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Ariana Grande – “Into You” On 2016’s Dangerous Woman, we witnessed Ariana turn a corner and hit her stride as an artist: one who became aware of her strengths and how to best utilize them.  Sure, Yours Truly and My Everything demonstrated flashes of brilliance, but even those moments sounded more like question marks than resounding statements – as if […]

Tame Impala – “Elephant” I was late to the Tame Impala party, finally discovering them in 2017 through a co-worker who played ‘Elephant’ for me – and it blew my mind.  Who were these modern Beatles, playing their psychedelic hearts out, only to an even more addicting rhythm?  The sheer confidence and craftsmanship made me […]

Glen Hansard – “Don’t Settle” Oh hey, 2019 represent!  Sometimes a song is just too brilliant; too immediately impactful and emotionally profound to be placed on the back burner.  “Don’t Settle” falls into this category – a track that defines Hansard’s superb record This Wild Willing in such a way that putting off recognition is […]

St. Vincent – “Digital Witness” When you’re a well-established musician, it can be difficult to surprise listeners and achieve success at the same time. St. Vincent’s self-titled record accomplishes that feat, and it’s in no small part due to “Digital Witness” – an expansive, artful pop masterpiece. The lyrics are a scathing indictment of “the […]

The War on Drugs – “Eyes To The Wind” If I were to choose the songs from 2010-2019 that make me feel the most free, in a sense that is entirely liberating and nearly indescribable, “Eyes To The Wind” could easily top that list.  Adam Granduciel allegedly wrote this song in only four minutes, in […]

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of May 31, 2019.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors. – List of Releases: June 7, 2019 – As Cities Burn: Scream Through the Walls Genre: Post-Hardcore/Indie-Rock/Progressive Rock Label: Equal Vision Aurora: A Different Kind Of […]

Our next stop on our tour of Bandcamp’s undiscovered artists takes us to Melbourne, Australia – the land down under. Specifically takes us to one Jesse Glass, a folk singer-songwriter whose music is extremely serine, dreamy, and picture-esque. With only one single out at the time of writing this, Jesse doesn’t have a large repertoire […]

Gates – “Persist in Delusion” We all have those bands that we look back on and wonder how in the world they didn’t take off.  I have quite a lengthy list of talented artists that I believe should be more popular than they are, but Gates has to be somewhere near the top of that […]

One of the very first things I remember loving was blink-182’s “The Rock Show”. Yeah, I was like five at the time, young as shit blah blah blah, but that put me right in the targets of blink’s music. I was the archetype of the demographic that found “The Rock Show” a refreshing change of […]

Let’s Eat Grandma – “Donnie Darko” In terms of underrated pop artists this decade, few are as talented as the duo of Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth – also known as Let’s Eat Grandma.  Perhaps that’s because they’re only 18 (17 at the time of this release) and their 2016 debut I, Gemini went largely […]

Sturgill Simpson – “Breakers Roar” Country music wouldn’t get such a bad rap if there were more Sturgill Simpsons in the world.  Simpson is everything that’s right with country music, and “Breakers Roar” is easily one of the most gorgeous songs that I’ve ever heard.  The strings here swell and ache in gorgeous entanglement, and […]

Carly Rae Jepsen – “Run Away With Me” For the longest time, I never understood the fascination surrounding Carly Rae Jepsen.  She writes cute, catchy 80’s influenced pop songs…and it’s not like she’s the first or even the best to do so.  Like any self-assured heterosexual man should, I jammed out to “Call Me Maybe” […]

Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors” The 20/20 Experience changed the way I view pop.  That may be a bit of a naive take, but it’s true based on my late introduction to modern music (I was that kid in high school who was obsessed with 70’s rock) and the fact that the album – especially Part […]

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of May 31, 2019.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors.   – List of Releases: May 31, 2019 – Apex Manor: Heartbreak City Genre: Alternative Rock Label: Merge Arlo Day: Bad Timing Genre: Alternative Rock Label: […]

The Roots – “Stomp/Lighthouse” I have a special relationship with The Roots that I don’t have with very many artists, much less of the hip-hop variety.  They were the first “rap” that I ever listened to on my own.  Purchasing Game Theory from F.Y.E. when I was in high school is still fresh in my […]

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