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Death By Unga Bunga - Trouble

You can tell how sophisticated I am from the fact that the mere name of this band, Death by Unga Bunga, clinched the deal in making me like them. The music was nearly beside the point. Still, fortunately, I was treated to a nice garage rock display. The howled vocals are…
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Johnny Franco - Stay Real

Jolting down words and melodies hits most would-be songwriters like a ton of bricks. What to write about? What’s even worth thinking about? Brazilian singer Johnny Franco sounds like a man with few of these problems. His writing is intense and natural, like a diary…
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Rufus Coates & Jess Smith - Modern Day Cathedral

Rufus Coates inspires authority like a young dictator in front of people that will not dare challenge him. His vocals seem programmed on a quiet diet of indignation and lack of natural light. Modern Day Cathedral is a blues ceremony against greed and consumerism. The tune…
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Hooks for days - Indie pop-rock reviews - August 2020

Goalkeeper – Happy There are verses of this tune where if you’d told me this was a recent Blink-182 rarity I’d believe you. Mind you, not just the vocals are worthy of comparison, but the drumming that seems to try and include as many fills as humanly…
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Alive and unplugged - Indie folk reviews - August 2020

PORTS – Reading in the dark Reading in the dark is intellectual folk. While the undersized, but driving bass along with the glittery production are all modern components, the general theme is one that is typical of this genre. The singer yearns for a simple life…
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Patient A - Shivers

Grunge achieved what the Pixies could only have considered in terms of loud-soft dynamics. But, theirs wasn’t unquestioned technical superiority for long, as the Deftones found a way to switch from soft to crushingly loud in just a few more years time. Patient A…
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ameliarose - vessel

ameliarose is ready to pull off a very nifty trick. She possesses the kind of voice that usually is used to sing love songs, and her music includes the production you’d assume would accompany these type of tunes. But, instead, her lyrics are a compound of humor and…
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MAGUIRE - Wrestling

A song and video that capture the restlessness and boredom of loneliness, MAGUIRE plays a ghostly, stripped-down, modern jazz. The song takes its time and becomes more uncomfortable and emotionally with each second. Much like the video, its authors seemed to have spent…