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Harbor Day - Tonight

It’s hard to find musicians unobsessed with being cool these days. Harbor Day is such an act. If this were a pop song, I’m not sure I’d enjoy it. But, this is a novelty-pop song, to my ears, and reminds me of the brilliant Beetlejuice scene where they…
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Micky James - Kings

Rock n’ roll is going through a phase where it feels the need to quote itself. Micky James like others of his generation has an affinity for a retro sound and look, citing David Bowie and The Roling Stones as inspiration. I’m not much for nostalgia, and…
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Plastic dreams- Dream-pop new releases - August 2020

Inner Oceans – Islands 777 Inner Oceans makes mid-fi headphone landscapes balance genre-bending sonic textures with pop. Here’s our review of his newest single Islands 777. Inner Oceans doesn’t sound so much as dream music, but rather as the music of…
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Blakk Mantra - Queen of Infinite Space

Blakk Mantra have been watching the Dead Skeletons and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club from the sidelines for a while. If my assumption is true, they’ve spent the time taking good notes. The driving boogie fuzz of the guitars propels the song forward like a car running…
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The Slim Kings - Truth Be Told

The Slim Kings are retro apostles, renouncing all recording techniques that appeared post-1971. They are inspired by the sound of the Byrds and the Rolling Stones, feature two younger industry pros, and the legendary drumming of Liberty Devitto. I was always distrustful…
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Shoken Boys - Woke Up In a Dream review

With an intro that could soundtrack the battle at the O.K. Corral and vocals that are reminiscent of Bob Dylan’s cowboy days, you’d think Shoken Boys were the latest indie-country darlings. They are actually from Israel, and judging by their single Woke up in…
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Full-time punks - New musical releases - August 2020

Bi-Product – Little Bitch Bi-Product is an Australia’s meets So-Cal Punk Rock unit, formed by Liv Roush and featuring members of The Overrides. Here’s our review of their single Little Bitch Bi-Product deals with the horrors of sexual assault through…
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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…