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JJ McGuigan – Dissociative

Born in Wichita Kansas, JJ McGuigan is a songwriter focused on “lyrical creation.” His latest EP titled “Dissociative” showcases his songwriting ability. What’s refreshing about JJ’s music is that he isn’t just another one man band trying to mediocrely do too many things himself. He sticks to what he’s good at and does it well, […]
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July 20, 2017, 9:53 a.m.

S-EM-C – On the Go

I don’t know much about S-EM-C other than that she’s a “recording artist specializing in Hip-Hop, R&B and Pop.” I had a good feeling about her new single “On the Go” (Blackhawk Records) when I saw that the cover featured the Delorean from the original Back to the Future. The production quality of “On the […]
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July 18, 2017, 4:50 a.m.

Kobi Arad – Ellington Upside Down

For a bit of background: Kobi Arad, a professional Israeli-American musician who resides in New York, performs and composes in such noted NYC establishments as Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center and City Winery. Kobi has collaborated with Stevie Wonder (a co-production with Stevie Wonder’s manager, Stephanie Andrews and Stevie himself.) Kobi obtained a Doctorate […]
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July 17, 2017, 8:27 a.m.

Aaron Beri – Connected

Aaron Beri, an Australian-based singer/songwriter, recently released and is promoting his debut album, Avalanche. The album itself features nine tracks, but we’ll be focusing on the lead song, “Connected.” It’s reverberating, spacey synthpop but with more of an R&B twist. The best way to describe it would be if you combined Erasure’s music with a […]
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July 15, 2017, 8:10 a.m.

Ed Roman – Red Omen

Often times when I review albums from certain genres I don’t normally have much familiarity with, I have to try and put myself in the artist’s shoes, imagine their target audience and try to get a feel for what it is they’re going for and to what extent they’re achieving their desired sound. However, in […]
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July 13, 2017, 9:23 a.m.

Buni Milani – Ride

Buni Milani’s new single “Ride” has an almost 80′s power girl rock or new wave vibe, which is interesting because Bruni recently released a project that was called “The New Wave” (which may or not have anything to do with new wave music from the 80s.) The backing music is commanding and action packed. Producer […]
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July 11, 2017, 2:14 a.m.

Henry Metal – The Maestro Abides

One thing that impressed me right off the bat with Henry Metal’s “The Maestro Abides” is how authentic it is. This captures the exact sound of metal as I remember it was when I liked it in the late 80′s, early 90s. Listening to the track “Rock N’ Roll Rebel” made me feel like I […]
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July 7, 2017, 7:31 a.m.

Alexander Howard – Mount Rushmore

Alexander Howard’s new single “Mount Rushmore” is set for July 4th release. According to Alexander, the song loosely follows the events of an eventful and boisterous night in Las Vegas, with the participants trying to maintain a “stone face” while downing “$3 shots of nameless whiskey.” This track is radio ready, and it is definitely […]
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July 2, 2017, 8:57 p.m.

Andrew Mancilla – Subtractive Color

Andrew Mancilla’s new album “Subtractive Color” is an impressive pop endeavor. The first song, “Rewire” is well placed as an opening track, as it builds quickly and the electronic energy kicks in. His vocals are goo too, like really good. In fact I’d be willing to bet he’s a better natural singer and has much […]
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July 2, 2017, 8:32 p.m.

Mythill Grim – Comfortable (Dante’s Love Ballad pt1)

Dublin, Ireland based Hip hop artist Mythill Grim’s new track “Comfortable” has an avant garde quality to it. He manages to to avoid the mistakes other rappers make. He doesn’t come across as overly flashy or flamboyant and his style is relatively nuanced and low key (coincidentally a producer who goes by the name Lowkey […]
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July 1, 2017, 6:12 a.m.

Elle Casazza – Too Bad

“Too Bad” is a flavorful new single off Elle Casazza’s new album, “Proof.” The vid has a terrific aesthetic and it exudes a late 80′s – early 90s summertime vibe (if you don’t understand what that means…I guess you just had to be there.) This is exemplified not only by the fashion, effects and color […]
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June 29, 2017, 8:55 a.m.

Self Checkout – Guy Gets Kicked Out of Fashion Square Mall For Wearing a Speedo


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June 26, 2017, 8:09 a.m.

KALO – Wild Change

KALO describes their music as “pure, heartfelt rock ‘n’ roll with just a tease of blues and roots.” I would agree with all of that, and I would add their music is in fact very good as well. Their new song “Wild Change” lives up to their previous releases like Dear John. “Wild Change” is […]
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June 24, 2017, 9:45 a.m.

Zerugy – Set to Release New EP in October 2017

Zerugy is a German rapper who is set to release a brand new EP in October 2017. He describes his music as doubletime rap with hard trapbeats, and his primary influences are old school hip hop artists. Visually, his distinguishing feature is that he rocks an illuminati bandana with runes on. The subject matter in […]
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June 24, 2017, 9:18 a.m.

Morty Shallman – Pop Fiction

Morty Shallman’s “Pop Fiction” is sort of a blend of spoke word storytelling, light rap and pop music. What differentiate it from other similarly esoteric and indie avante garde projects is that it’s incredibly well produced. Typically this kind of jam would be lo-fi, recorded by some guy with a turtleneck and a tape recorder, […]
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June 24, 2017, 6:53 a.m.

Aprilann – Crown & the Girls

Manhattan based singer/songwriter Aprilann’s latest release is “Crown and the Girls.” It’s striking how well-produced it is (credit Artie Skye of Skyelabs in NY.) The chorus is catchy and repetitive in that “department store pop music” kind of way that gets the song stuck in your head for days. I could easily see this becoming […]
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June 22, 2017, 6:36 p.m.

First Blush – Gold

The video for “Gold,” an intriguing, dream-like track by “First Blush,” looks almost like it could be short David Lynch or Cronenberg film. Just seeing the First Blush logo/color scheme, I assumed this would probably be a straightforward vaporwave song. It isn’t though. It’s more of an arthouse, blended synthpop style jam with influences ranging […]
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June 20, 2017, 8:32 a.m.

Planets – Reflections

Indie-pop outfit “Planets” has a single out called “Reflections” which will also appear on their upcoming EP, Colors Alive. It’s somewhat rare for an indie pop band to pull out all the stops as far as production, but I have to say that the video for “Reflections” is incredibly well done, both in terms of […]
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June 20, 2017, 6:38 a.m.

Reid Lee – Arrowheads

Singer-songwriter Reid Lee describes his latest track “Arrowheads” as “soulful and sweet Americana with a country heart.” It definitely comes across as a blended style derived from a variety of influences. The song really showcases his vocal ability and I found his pleasant and voice contributes to the calming, reassuring ambiance of the music. “Arrowheads” […]
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June 20, 2017, 6:05 a.m.

The Judex – Cult of Judex​ – Witchface

The Judex, a rock n’ roll band out of Philadelphia, has just released a double A-Side single. It’s their only release so far, but it’s apparent after listening to it that these guys are focused on quality. My first thought while listening to the track “Witchface,” was that this music reminds me a lot of […]
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June 19, 2017, 9:50 a.m.