Posts byScott Carlito

Ben Millburn Lets Us See His ‘Sunglass Moustache’

“I Feel Something”, in some ways, sums up the lyrical material on Sunglass Moustache. Fatalism fills a lot of the songwriting of Ben Millburn, never in an overwrought fashion, but as pointed in its economy, speaking directly to listeners, as any of the album’s music. He produced the album with Grant Johnson and, unquestionably, the sound of Sunglass
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Mariel Darling Sees All With “No Mirrors”

If you haven’t already heard “No Mirrors,” the critically acclaimed new single by indie pop goddess Mariel Darling, the chances that you’re going to in the very near future are between ninety-nine and one hundred percent. The song is everywhere, and it really isn’t all that hard to see exactly why. 2018 hasn’t been the
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Leland & the Silver Wells – Dark and Intriguing Debut

Nocturnal, atmospheric and tempered with a taste of mystery. Leland Ettinger returns to music in Leland and the Silver Wells, and the band’s self-titled September release. Fans of the stylish alternative singer/songwriter are given front row seats to a sonic tour de force guaranteed to leave a lasting impression after even a single listening session.
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MkX Shares His “One Sided Love”

There’s a growing disconnection between audience and performer within the realm of American Top 40. Right now, as is often the case towards the end of a decade as people’s tastes begin to shift and a new generation comes into the record purchasing market. In order for aspiring artists to gain the trust of the
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Wave 21 – Rollicking Country Rock Debut

There is an excellent balance defining the new record by Wave 21. They demonstrate they know how to get things off to a rollicking start with the album’s opener “Ya Ya Ya”. I may be wrong, but I suspect this is the Kenny Arnoff drummed track thanks to its decisive, swinging backbeat and the production
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Vinyl Floor Has Reached Their ‘Apogee’

A world full of discord and people who don’t know how to get along anymore. There’s war in one corner of the planet, bigotry in another. Every day it seems like the clouds get a little darker and we all get a little further away from peace. The desolate, bleak universe described in Vinyl Floor’s
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Chuck Whyard is Now C-Wired

For those who would say that alternative rock’s greatest days are behind it and that the term “alternative” is no longer applicable to any post-punk rock band active today, C-Wired are here to inform you otherwise in their debut EP Omega. Omega was designed with the intent of challenging all of modern pop’s most stagnant conventions with insatiable
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The Good Morning Nags Are ‘No Damn Good’

Critics from coast to coast are in universal agreement – country music is desperately in need of a makeover. The once vibrant symbol of American artistry and vitality hasn’t aged as well as rock n’ roll or R&B, and artists like The Good Morning Nags are intent on giving it the shot of adrenaline that
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The Eyebrows Turn Up The “Volume”

The Eyebrows arrive on the scene with – Volume, a ten track LP by the Charlotte, NC natives, formed by of Poprocket and Temperance League members Jay Carrigan and Shawn Lynch, adding Darrin Gray to round out the line-up on this release. Much of the story also comes after Jay Carrigan went through an adjustment
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Darren Jessee Unlocks The Door To The Jane Room 217

Despite the bare bones sound of The Jane Room 217 by Darren Jessee, it is an album requiring multiple plays before you can hope to fully digest it. The opening number “Anything You Need” is one of the release’s more conventional numbers and exposes the sensitive terrain Jessee explores with his first solo release. The song’s acoustic guitar sound
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NIK:11 is Back With Some ‘4Play’

Music has been changing a lot lately, and it really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone that it’s getting a little bit more electronic than it’s ever been before. Technology has changed the face of our planet and the people who live on it, for better or worse. We’re living in a
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Couch Jackets Are Ready To ‘Go To Bed’

Arkansas brings a surprising band with a great new release on Couch Jackets – Go To Bed. Recorded in Nashville, TN, this is not your average music coming from that area, as they tend to weave everything from punk and psychedelic pop factors with progressive rock and other forms to mystify with. The band features
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Conceptz Are Ready To Make A ‘Splash’

The seeds of success for Conceptz first took root in 2011 when brothers Short Fuze and Highrowglyphfix, aspiring New York born performers and writers, first conceived the project. They’ve worked hard since to establish themselves as an often conceptually minded hip-hop outfit with a strong penchant for crafting cuts incorporating a number of different influences.
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Esteban Alvarez releases Pop Piano single

American pop music is in a very transitional phase in its long and storied history right now, and it shouldn’t really come as a shock to anyone that during this time, we’re going to be hearing a lot, and I mean a lot, of really strange, confusing music that doesn’t really fit the context of our
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Jeremy Parsons Lets Us Know ‘Things I Need To Say’

The opener for Jeremy Parsons thirteen song album Things I Need to Say, “Makin’ Things Up As I Go”, is an immensely approachable tune with genuine traditional country coupled with a breezy pop song like structure. Parsons has an appealing, youthful voice cut with just enough of that classic “High Lonesome” vocals helping him accentuate
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Matt Westin Ready To Start His ‘Legacy’

There are a lot of ways that artists express themselves in music, whether it be through their lyrics, the instrumentation or even the production of a record itself. Music exists to express all of the emotions for which there no words, and that isn’t limited to one specific aspect of a song over another. In
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Ben Rice Takes Us Along On ‘The Getaway’

Fusing the cold, unforgiving gaze of Bob Dylan’s intrepid prose with the fierce, DIY spirit and rebellious attitude towards tradition ala Billy Bragg, New York producer and songwriter Ben Rice is blowing up the indie rock world right now. His all-new song “The Getaway” is the first single from his debut EP due out this
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Crack of Dawn Should Be In The ‘Spotlight’

In the eponymous opening track of their new album Spotlight, critically acclaimed Canadian R&B outfit Crack of Dawn perfectly exemplify that warm feeling that we all get when the sun breaks through the shades at the beginning of a brand new day. I wouldn’t exactly describe Crack of Dawn as your typical atmospheric pop band,
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Steve Wheeler Takes Us To ‘Terminal Velocity’

Music is an all-together complicated business that is too often forced to endure cosmetic makeovers so that the general public will view it as streamlined and easily accessible as opposed to ruthless and fiercely competitive. And on top of that, there’s never been more talent in the pool than there is right now, with artists
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DawgGoneDavis Puts Out Some ‘Forever Music’

Rebecca Rogers Davis hasn’t entered the musical world in the traditional way, but her lifelong love for music and writing her own songs is a common thread she shares with any full time musician or songwriter. Her latest two singles, “Forever Music” and “Butt on Fiya”, continue in the same comic mode she established with
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Nick Andre Lets Us Know The State Of The West Coast

I am, ordinarily, not a fan of rap/hip hop. My preference falls more in with strong melodies and string instruments, primarily guitar. I am not, however, close-minded. There is a fair amount of hip hop I’ve heard down the years that’s impressed me with its confidence, musical imagination, and focus. Nick Andre’s latest singles are
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Phillip Broussard is On His Own ‘Wavelength’

No artist wears their identity on their sleeve more than acoustic singer/songwriters. For rock bands, a singer is able to hide behind the giant, crushing riffs from the guitarist, while guitarists tuck themselves neatly away behind the drums. Rappers come close to the same level of exposure as the folkies, but they’re able to use
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Love Stallion Takes Us On An ‘Unforgettable Ride’

Unforgettable Ride, the nine-song album from Denver’s Love Stallion, pays creative homage to melodic 80’s-early 1990’s hard rock. Love Stallion might seem a bit like a band out of time, but they present their material with a clear modern sound and a high level of musicianship shielding them from any wagging tongues eager to denigrate
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Fate Under Fire Sultry Ask For ‘La La Love’

It’s a mark of the talent of Fate Under Fire that they’ve been able to place their music with a number of feature-length and television productions while never compromising their musical vision. Instead, it’s easy to hear what draws those creators to using the Sacramento, California based band’s music.   The four-piece band serves up
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Mark Rogers Starts Us Off With ‘Qualifiers’

The second self-released effort from singer/songwriter Mark Rogers, Qualifiers, is a six-song EP with more depth than many albums twice as long. The Williamsburg, Virginia based artist surrounds himself with a cadre of talented accompanists who help realize these songs by serving their interests rather than attempting to corral some moments of instrumental glory for
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Project Grand Slam Is Now ‘Trippin’

Of all the fusions and crossover styles that I’ve been subjected to sampling this year, none of them have caught my attention more than what’s going on with R&B lately. Not only is R&B absorbing more of rock n’ roll’s bravado and pomp, but it’s starting to adopt jazz artists under its previously limited umbrella
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Jeremy Parsons is Ready To Burn This House Down

Texas has always been a place where we can count on finding excellent treasures in the pop music lexicon; whether it be from the brooding country cowboys who soundtrack the great American plains or the contemplative folk singers of the abstract Austin scene, and the countless garages where rock n’ roll and even the heaviest
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Clayton Morgan Has A “Taste For Love”

I just knew I was in for something really saucy when I heard the humming at the start of “Taste For Love” by Clayton Morgan. I was right.  At just over four minutes, “Taste For Love” fuses all that is right in the world of pop, soul, dance and R&B. Morgan’s zestful delivery and sensual lyrics
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Ryan Chernin ‘You Know Who You Are’

Hot single “You Know Who You Are” is the debut release from Ryan Chernin. Three singles have already seen the light with great videos to get a look at Chernin as well as hear what he’s all about. The Singer/Songwriter from New York is a different animal than you’ll typically find in the Singer/Songwriter genre because
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The Merrymakers Orchestrina Start With ‘Act 3’

Rock music is going through some serious growing pains right now. If you’ve been following the business lately, then you’re already aware of the circumstances we’ve been dealing with. The old guard is aging out of the system, and it’s not exactly like there’s been a clear-cut group of successors to emerge thus far. Really,
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The Color Forty Nine drop Alt-Americana EP

From San Diego, The Color Forty Nine has released a debut self-titled record that comes with seven songs cut from the Americana cloth but also falls into its alternative rock listing with more of a folk-rock and even a singer/songwriter approach to round out their categorization factors. But make no mistake this is a band with
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Mike Ra Releases the ‘Dogs’ on June 18th

Truly great music washes over us like an ocean tidal wave. It doesn’t warn us that it’s coming. We’re already out there. We’re deep in the water waiting for something to come around. We’re expecting a reckoning to come our way. When this happens, critics like to pretend like it came out of total oblivion.
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D.L. Byron is back With Satori

In his new song “No. 1 God,” which serves as the first track on the brand new EP Satori by D.L. Byron, the complacent silence of a generation of yes men and sycophants is broken with an explosive, lumbering riff that rockets us down a wide open country road, nothing in our way to stop us. We’re
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Lusitanian Ghosts release self titled LP

In the last 27 years, we’ve seen alternative music break into the mainstream and systematically change the entire landscape of popular music as we know it in both the western and eastern hemispheres. It is rather incredible that a subgenre, a label really, that was meant to encompass music that essentially rejected the established ethos
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Cathy Hutch is ‘Free Wheelin’

We’re sitting in a field of green, the wind gently shaking the grass beneath our hands and feet on this warm summer day. A humble guitar strums gentle, folky chords that fill up the air around us. The chords seem to compliment the breeze, easily drifting through the atmosphere and carrying all of our cares
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