Fragile Things – Broken Sun

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How many times have we all heard the phrase “the first one is the best” when referencing a series of albums, films, or books? I’ve heard it more than enough in my time. My thoughts are that this frequent occurrence is likely due to an emotional attachment to the original formula and subsequent diversion from said formula. And it’s something I’ve seen happen to a many of fan. Read more »

Taylor Jahn – Hide Away

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I have a soft spot for singer songwriters. Partially because they often produce adorable folky tunes and also because they’re often from small towns like the one that I came from, so I feel like we have some unwritten bond that city folk just don’t understand. Read more »

Your Old Droog – Just Rhymin’

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Take a Ukrainian-American, a Rastafarian and a hip-hop heavyweight all by way of New York and you’ll get Your Old Droog’s newest single “Just Rhymin’” featuring Joey Bada$$ and Styles P.  Read more »

Jet Plane – Pipe Dream EP

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What does a song say when it has no lyrics? I had this question on my mind this week as I listened to Russian band Jet Plane’s EP “Pipe Dream.” Hailing from Bryansk, Jet Plane is composed of five members: guitarists Sergey Sapunov and Maxim Berezko, Dmitriy Bulavincev on drums, bass player Konstantin Kiselev, and Igor Zyuzko, who plays violin, bagpipes, piano, and a Swedish string instrument called the nyckelharpa. Zyuzko’s multi-instrumental prowess allows them to combine folk sound with rock, creating the post-rock genre they play in. However, the band doesn’t let lyrics or genres define their songs, but rather they wish for listeners to imagine for themselves what each of their songs mean. They must listen for what the music makes them feel. Read more »

Liberty Lies – Are You Listening?

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I always thought I was the only person who paid attention to song lyrics, but Liberty Lies’ new single, “Are You Listening?” has proved I’m not. A hard rock band from the West Midlands, this group of five originally formed in June 2008, consisting of lead vocalist Shaun Richards, guitarists Josh Pritchett and Liam Billings, drum player Adam Stevens, and bass guitarist Adam Howell. They have been together for more than eight years now, rocking the world with amazing instrumentals. They have even toured with the likes of Shinedown and Halestorm. As I said, however, their newest song is more than pleasant sounds. Read more »

Spun Intended – Learn to Love EP

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Punk has come a long way (at least the subject matter has) in the 40 years since its inception and punk outfit Spun Intended have taken from the old school and mixed elements of traditional rock they call “Gonzo Rock” for their “Learn to Love” EP.  Read more »

3 Kisses – Angels Bleed Black

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The purpose of music reviews is to inform and entertain the public on the work of a particular artist. Even if it’s only reviewing one album, it’s almost a necessity to have prior knowledge of past albums and other releases to be able to discuss the likely evolution the artist will undergo with time.

Since starting out 12 years ago, 3 Kisses has released nine studio albums. With that stated, it’s seemingly impossible to accurately review the group’s new album Angels Bleed Black. I first became aware of these guys (and gal) this past May for a write up of the LP Cardboard Cutouts. Since that time I haven’t delved into any other albums from this band. So, this review comes as a bit of a challenge. Read more »

Kilkovec – Plunge

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Here’s a fun game. Put on a piece of music from a popular genre and try to guess the nationality of the artist.

Can you do it? My guess is probably not unless the vocalist isn’t speaking English or the music comes from the Middle East/Far East.

If that proves to be the case, you would never guess that Kilkovec is a Europe-based band upon first listening. As a three piece from Hampshire, U.K., Kilkovec instigates the same brooding, unruly attitude of American alternative with the new EP Plunge. Read more »

JW Sargent – Constant

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I find it both strange and exciting when a new song forces me into a philosophical crisis, like when I listened to JW Sargent’s recent song and music video release, “Constant.” An alternative/indie multi-instrumentalist from Philadelphia, Sargent has just begun his musical journey, planning to release his debut EP “In Retrograde” on November 18th. In preparation for the release, his music video premiered on idobi Radio, giving watchers hints about his style and sound. As I mentioned before, however, this song caused me to ponder for some time on the consistently-questioned attributes of love.  Read more »

Forty EightOh – 40

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Trap music has burst onto the music scene over the last few years, adding heavier bass, quick metronome snaps and hazardously sharp snares to this sub-genre of hip-hop. Arizona based duo Forty EighOh are adding their own take on Trap with their EP “40.”  Read more »