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Trickster Figures - Black Hole

Trickster Figures are a rock duo that between them appear to possess near-perfect communication. Much like great rock couples of the recent past (the White Stripes, Two Gallants) they are also inspired by roots music and complement this by the addition of banjo, acoustic…
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LoveLeo - HEAD OVER HEELS

According to LoveLeo’s official bio (real name Leo Reilly) the first song that he ever recorded was a rap fed directly into the Soundcloud app. In a matter of days, the kids at the school that Leo was attending all knew the song which turned him into a local…
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Austin Bullock - Cleaning Lady

I have to preface this by saying that I was listening to a lot of corporate rock before hearing this song. Austin Bullock (terrific terrible name) came on like a dazed and confused teen, walking while blind drunk and stumbling into the furniture. Naturally, I had more…
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Demeter - Beg, Borrow, Steal

Demeter’s Kate Rivera proves that great female vocals are not just those that soar to incredible highs, pumping eardrums mercilessly. No, ms. Rivera treats the sung words as an actress would. Each line is delivered in a surprising manner, all done according to the…
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Jules Leyhe - Den Of The Beast

Jules Leyhe’s work sounds like an old guitar-slinger falling in love with modern production and recording techniques. It reminded me of Jeff Beck’s more recent experiments with EDM. Sure, it’s wacky. Sounds fall on top of each other, replacing one scene…
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Luke Hansen - Who I Am

It’s hard getting a hit in any era, what with the constant changes in taste. Luke Hansen, craving a hit, wisely chose to go with a sound that never tends to rust or wither. I like to call this “secret agent man music“. It’s a smooth, beach party…
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Alvie & the Breakfast Pigs - Tokyo review

Alvie & the Breakfast Pigs sounds like a moniker designed for greatness, or at the very least infamy. They promise to play loud, fast, and spare no punches. Well, the speed could be aided by a few shots of espresso. The loudness would certainly depend on the level of…
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A Great Leap Forward - Oppressor

A Great Leap Forward sounds like a drunken argument in the bar after someone’s just smashed a bottle and is left dangling the neck madly. Musically, it checks all the boxes for well-produced modern metal. The harsh vocals are clean and crisp. The breakdowns are…
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Sean Benjamin - Find Your Own Way Out

Music changes, but it should always boogie when it can! Sean Benjamin’s single boogie-shakes by way of garage-rock luminaries the Arctic Monkeys and the Black Keys. What Mr. Benjamin has learned and does best of all is color the boogie with atmospheric keys and…