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Phteven Universe

Phteven Universe is new self-titled cassette release which is also available in digital format. From the delightfully snazzy cover, you might think this is just a simple vaporwave album, but it is actually a little more avant garde and experimental, even tad dark. The vocals unexpectedly utilize an effect that makes them sound literally demonic, […]
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Feb. 18, 2018, 12:37 a.m.

The Cucumbers – My Boyfriend

One largely forgotten entertainment relic of the 80′s that I was huge fan of was the show Braingames, on HBO. It was an educational, animated program which featured puzzles and encylopedic trivia, presented in a uniquely creative manner. I don’t remember anything particularly offensive, but the show often used mildly caustic and cheesy humor of […]
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Feb. 15, 2018, 2:41 a.m.

Magic Wands – Jupiter

This review’s a tad overdue, given that Magic Wands’ album Jupiter was released back in 2016, but we’re operating on another timeline here I guess. I’ve previously written about this band a couple times, most recently here. I wrote: I first discovered Magic Wands at SXSW in 2010 when they played at The Ghost Room […]
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Feb. 9, 2018, 8:26 a.m.

Present Paradox – A Cave In The Inside

A Cave in the Inside is the latest album from Present Paradox, an artist located in Dortmund, Germany. This music could best be described as avant garde pop or maybe ambient pop. The songs have a warm analog quality to them, featuring some subtle noise and hiss that enhance the recording and contribute to the […]
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Jan. 30, 2018, 8:58 a.m.

Matt Westin – Our Redneck of the Woods

Originally from Pittsburgh, and having walked away from a career in engineering, Matt Westin would have seemed to be an rather unlikely prospect for country music artist. Yet here he is. Admittedly I was expecting something rather cliche when I came upon his new single Our Redneck of the Woods, (from his debut album, Legacy) […]
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Jan. 29, 2018, 4:49 p.m.

Dan Kenneth – From the Heart

Wilmington, Delaware based gospel and R&B singer Dan Kenneth’s latest song, From the Heart is aptly titled work of passion. Kenneth really does sing as if he means it, and you can feel the emotion in every note. With the vocals out front up against a minimalistic piano backing, he doesn’t hide anything in this […]
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Jan. 27, 2018, 1:48 a.m.

Ezla – Skeletons

Skeletons is a new single from Ezla, (an artist originally from Texas but now based in Nashville.) Ezla describes her music as “hypnotic pop,” and Skeletons absolutely lives up to this characterization. I would add that the both the song and video have a certain lounge music quality. In fact, Ezla’s style comes across as […]
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Jan. 26, 2018, 8:25 a.m.

Ashley J – Satisfied

At first glance, you might think contemporary singer/songwriter Ashley J is just another pretty pop music performer, but she actually earned a BA degree in Business Law. She really can sing, too. Her latest single, “Satisfied” is a kind of elegant pop song, featuring a light and cerebral backing track. It has an avant garde […]
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Jan. 22, 2018, 4:12 p.m.

SYBS – Motivation

Motivation is the product of ​former pro basketball player Ugonna Onyekwe, who is now “releasing music with his sister under the name SYBS.” It’s a high quality R&B/pop song, with elements of hip hop as well. The video features Coss Marte, a former inmate who developed a prison style workout, which he now performs in […]
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Jan. 20, 2018, 4:19 p.m.

Jarel Portman – Runaway Blues

Jarel Portman’s new track, Runaway Blues (from the album, Supersonic) is an awesome rock/blues song which has a psychedelic quality to it, particularly the backing instrumentals. The guitars have a late 60s-early 70s kind of tone, reminiscent of bands like The Pretty Things. Seriously, the vibrato on this jam is killer. The song features some […]
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Jan. 20, 2018, 3:48 p.m.

Diemetic – Fiesta

Fiesta is a new single from Canadian bass/house duo, Diemetic. It’s an upbeat, party jam that mixes elements of hip hop and dance. It kind of reminds me of a lot of those old 90′s dance mix cds like Club Mix 96. The music is just very fun and lively. It actually gives you energy […]
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Jan. 18, 2018, 3:19 a.m.

TJ Leonard – Roadtrip

Roadtrip is a new single from award winning country singer, TJ Leonard. He’s Swedish, but I swear you’d never guess that from hearing this song, as it sounds as authentically American country as you can get. Roadtrip chronicles in detail a trip throughout the southeastern United States, and I do mean in detail, with play […]
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Jan. 17, 2018, 12:25 p.m.

Self Checkout – Rainforest Cafe


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Jan. 13, 2018, 6:16 p.m.

The Band of the Hawk (feat. BRZ, STX & P.Ey3) – Dunno Wut To Believe In

Band of the Hawk is back with another impressive jam and great example of collaboration done effectively. Dunno Wut To Believe In is a politically charged song which deals loosely with the current political climate and some of the hot button social issues of our time that never quite seem to go away. Setting aside […]
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Jan. 13, 2018, 5:39 p.m.

Nina Söderquist & Björn Skifs – Goodbye

Singer-Songwriter Nina Söderquist has released a new ballad. It’s performed as a duet featuring Nina and fellow singer Björn Skifs. As you may be able to ascertain from the title, it’s a song about a couple breaking up, with the mistakes having made by each partner being too much for the relationship to overcome, and […]
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Jan. 9, 2018, 4:35 p.m.

Luke Fox – The Art of Sound

Orange County based artist Luke Fox has a new album that drops today, January 9th, 2018. When I say album, I do mean full album, as The Art of Sound contains over 25 tracks. Are all of these on the final release I wonder? If so then score. He doesn’t cut any corners on quality […]
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Jan. 9, 2018, midnight

Steven Chera – The Classic Standards

Crooner Steven Chera’s new album, The Classic Standards, features him performing classic songs from the early part of the 20th century. Inspired by Sinatra, Martin and the rest, Chera keeps the spirit of the Rat Pack alive. One can almost wonder if he is being channeled by Old Blue Eyes himself. Both musically and aesthetically […]
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Jan. 6, 2018, 6:14 p.m.

Keldamuzik AKA Diva

Multi-talented entertainment personality, Keldamuzik (AKA Diva,) thrives as a recording artist, actress, TV Show Host and producer. Her music is animated and exuberant. It combines her lively personality with some pretty catchy beats. One of my favorite jams of hers is That’s Why which has a musical backing track that’s reminiscent of video game “chip […]
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Jan. 5, 2018, 6:33 a.m.

Artdayn – Home Movie

Miami based artist Artdayn new single “Home Movie” combines a wide range of genres to produce a unique sound. Artdayn is well known for being a “singing Uber driver” and demonstrates his versatility on this track. There are elements of hip hop, pop, rock, R&B and even EDM here. He’s also a genuinely good singer, […]
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Jan. 4, 2018, 8:02 p.m.

Gerard Edery – Best of Gerard Edery

Gerard Edery’s descriptively titled double-album, Best of Gerard Edery is noteworthy in it’s versatility. Like a musical chameleon he manages to impressively switch back and forth from a wide variety of ethnic folk styles, seemingly at will. He demonstrates a mastery of these various styles rather than coming off as someone with merely a “jack […]
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Jan. 2, 2018, 12:22 a.m.