Posts byScott Carlito

Paul Jacks is Now The ‘Defractor’

Fusing 80s Goth indulgences with bright melodies and contemporary pop song structures, Paul Jacks invokes a pulsating energy that was otherwise missing in new music this year with his debut solo affair Defractor. Divided into eight stylish songs that push the limits of tonality to the very brink but never fall short of translating all of
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Madelyn Victoria is ‘Right Here With You’

Melding classic country framework with a stylish modern pop/rock production, “Right Here With You” showcases the talents of young country star Madelyn Victoria, a fiery Texan with cratering vocal abilities. We open up with a blistering guitar part that is subdued by the smothering mix, which softens the mere notion of a rough edge as
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Brooke Josephson Does Not Need “Mr. Fix It”

Californian singer/songwriter Brooke Josephson has been impressing critics around the country with her songwriting prowess and incredible execution of otherwise simple pop/rock tunes, and in her new single “Mr. Fix It (Rocky G Remix)” listeners get to experience one of her most popular songs from an entirely different perspective, which is debatably even more exciting
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Rebecca Blasband is “Here” To Stay

A decadent piano pierces through our speakers and is shortly followed by the voice of Rebecca Blasband, who starts to whisper the bittersweet lyrics of “Love Is” amidst a growing musical melancholy just beside her. The epitaphic tone is soon broken up by a cathartic major key chorus that beckons us closer to the warmth
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Timber Welcomes You To ‘The Family’

The glowing resonance of strings dancing in vibrant synchronicity guides us through the opening bars of the pristine “Burying Ground,” our foray into The Family by Timber, which is the band’s first full-length album and successor to their 2015 self-titled extended play. A quaint rhythm flirts with pastoral sensibilities and walks us into the flash point
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Appalachian Road Show Brings Music Back To The Hills

As the spoken word intro to Barry Abernathy and Darrell Webb present Appalachian Road Show crumbles away like bits of earth that fall at the feet of “Little Black Train,” the lush string pattern that carried the first track of the album evolves into a textured, movingly dark ballad in its own right. “Little Black Train” is
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Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite Show A ‘Strange Intuition’

Canada’s Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite, a creative partnership between singer/songwriter Dee and production team/musicians the Grand Brothers, are turning heads and ears alike thanks to the impressive album release Canyon Diablo. The latest single from the album, “Strange Intuition”, has a more limited sonic purview than we heard with the previous single “Electrified”, but that isn’t
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Jerad Finck Wants To be One Of The ‘New Kids’

No matter what genre of music we’re talking about, remixes are always a hit or miss affair, especially when the original version of a single was loved by all of an artist’s most hardcore fans. SEAWAVES recently took on the revolutionary anthem “New Kids” by Jerad Finck. While the results could have just as easily gone
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The Blackmail Seduction Gives Us Volume II

“Dead Girl” opens the second self-titled album by The Blackmail Seduction with a big, cinematic number and arrayed guitars thanks to chief songwriter Jess McClellan and lead guitarist Troy Hardy. There’s no single showcase moment for the guitars and the way they are spread out throughout the song makes more of an impact than any guitar
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The Merrymaker’s Orchestrina Present ‘Little King and the Salamander’

Presumably a collection of songs ending up on the band’s debut Act 3 and material potentially destined for release on future collections, The Merrymaker’s Orchestrina fourteen songs included in the Little King and the Salamander collection should go a long way towards solidifying Ryan Shivdasani’s position as one of the indie scene’s best songwriters and musicians. This collection of
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Saint Jaimz Is No Longer ”AWOL”

California based musical artist Saint Jaimz entered the music world following a sixteen-year tenure in the United States Army inspired by a talent contest he participated in while on duty in Germany. He’s made his reputation this far on a handful of distinctive singles characterized by his superb vocals, fidelity to R&B traditions, and yet
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Abby Zotz Shares Her ‘Local Honey’

Music videos are the ultimate form of extending a musician’s artistic expression outside of actually playing live, and Abby Zotz’ new video for “Big Hope” is as organic and authentic as they come. A quintessential single from her breakthrough album Local Honey, “Big Hope” is visually realized with limited grandeur and maximized intimacy for what I
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gloryBots Is Out Of This World With ‘Dark Alien Pop’

Recording under the title of gloryBots, indie rock maestro Jalal Andre has just delivered the quintessential pop record of the late 2010s in the form of Dark Alien Pop. The album lives up to its imaginative name and the futuristic nature of its composer’s handle fearlessly. Opening up the self-explanatory ambient/industrial track “Entanglement,” gloryBots proves to us
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In/Vertigo Is Officially The ‘Bad Enemy’

The firepower Calgary based four piece band In/Vertigo brings to their hard rock sound on “Bad Enemy” is one hell of a harbinger for the glory to come with their forthcoming EP release Sex, Love, and Chaos. They made some minor waves with the limited release of their self-titled demo, but In/Vertigo has built their career
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Elsewhere Rocks With ‘Multi-Man’

Rock n’ roll is one of the most wildly assorted genres in all of pop music. For over half a century, rock has become an umbrella genre for virtually everything that is loud, proud and played with breakneck adrenaline (which isn’t limited to tempo, mind you). In this melting pot of epic bands and artists
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Kanisha K Knows ‘Talk is Cheap’

The heartfelt authenticity of “Talk is Cheap” is fast becoming a hallmark of Kanisha K’s songs and this latest single release will, undoubtedly, experience even greater success than her preceding efforts. It’s not hard to explain why. Kanisha K never cheats the listener with pat songs about time-tested themes; instead, “Talk is Cheap” tackles the
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Brown Kid Picks At Us With His ‘Rusty Strings’

Forbidding church bells loom in the foreground as Brown Kid strums a freewheeling acoustic guitar in the song “Welcome to My Funeral,” the first track in his all-new, highly anticipated EP Rusty Strings. Featuring his internationally adored airy vocal stylings and an angular, almost Ween-esque riff structure, “Welcome to My Funeral” gives listeners an idea of
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Dangermaker Is Ready To “Run”

This has been such a huge year for the recording industry. Aesthetically, you couldn’t really ask for a more interesting time to be alive in history. Artists around the world are advancing the audiological palate beyond what any of us could have ever dreamed possible, and not only are we hearing sounds and styles that
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James Lee Baker brings Us ‘Home Again’ 

The new album Home Again by James Lee Baker is the perfect fusion of California’s easygoingness, Coloradan singer/songwriter grit, British rebelliousness, and Canadian endurance. Featuring a lineup of musicians from all four of those locations, Home Again is by far the most splendidly diverse country album of the latter half of the 2010s, but its draw isn’t limited to
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Alberta Gives Us A Taste of ‘MMMMM’

Alberta, the chosen name for David Boone’s solo vehicle, will garner a lot of critical notice for the project’s new album MMMMM and, hopefully, translate into commercial success as well. He’s certainly too idiosyncratic for conventional radio play, but the eleven song collection stands as either a fully realized studio recording or the template for a popular
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Corinne Cook Says ‘Yes I Can’

Corinne Cook brings listeners into her musical world on Yes I Can with a shot of straight blues, no chaser, on the first song “Last Thing to Go”. It’s an auspicious beginning for the album and comes complete with rugged harmonica playing and effective guitar playing flaring over a solid rhythm section attack. Denny Martin
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The Fibs Bring Back Strong Dark-wave Shoegaze

The Fibs self-titled second studio album isn’t a particularly cheerful affair – if you’re searching for life-affirming uplift, look elsewhere. Preston Newberry’s lyrical gifts grapple with life in all its unwieldy internal and external manifestations and definitely possess a curt focus driving to the heart of each song’s subject matter. There’s a frame of reference
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Jonathon Zemek Dives Deep With ‘Hillcrest’

If you’ve been following indie rock lately, then you already know that critics from one corner of the globe to the next can’t seem to stop raving about Hillcrest, the cinematic new album from Austin favorite Jonathon Zemek. Like the comic book of the same name, Hillcrest centers on a loveable but flawed character named Peter, who learns
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Mikey See Wants You To “Love My Body”

Mainstream music has always had to struggle with the black cloud of commercialism that hands over some of its most lucrative artists, but even when the darkness becomes so powerful that there seems like there isn’t a shred of originality left in our world, there’s always a light to break through the clouds emanating from
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The Refusers  Are Here To ‘Disobey’

Although many genres of music have shared an intimate relationship with politics and social revolution, few have the storied legacy that rock music has with modern reform. Since its inception, rock n’ roll has been a consistent vehicle for affecting change in the western world and beyond. The Beatles championed the free love movement a
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Oberon Rose Is “No Stranger” in new video

When it comes to making a professional music video, a substandard production quality can make the difference in a young artist’s career. If we, the viewers, aren’t able to feel the faceted nuances of your music juxtaposed against the imagery of the video that we can’t relate to the intended message. You can’t stamp a
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Spayed Koolie is Worth More Than ‘Ashtray Change’

With the strike of an electrified chord that shimmers and glows like a shooting star, Spayed Koolie unleash everything they’ve got in “100 Years (Need),” a song that serves as both their rookie single and the opening of their awesome new album Ashtray Change. The gorgeous hook that “100 Years (Need)” throttles at us with full force
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Gordon Thomas Ward brings us To Providence

Over the last half decade, singer/songwriter Gordon Thomas Ward has been making his mark on the indie world by writing songs that question his listener’s perceptions of melody and tonality in a way that is completely different than any of his peers have. Now in his sophomore release Providence, the highly anticipated follow up to 2013’s Welcome
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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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