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Degree of Being - Night Sweats

Degree of Being got the hip shakes like Jagger. In fact “Night Sweats“, that sounds like some blues-rock blasphemies thrown at a hated enemy, reminded me of a lost Stones classic, “Down in the hole“. It takes a really good rhythm section to make…
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Thirsty Curses - Bruises On Your Shoulders review

Power-pop groups like Weezer, OK GO, or Cheap Trick inspire great devotion in their legions of fans, who usually bond over the well-crafted songs, and the geekdom allegiance of their authors. If you’ve worn out your Posies and Big Star records, I’d suggest it…
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This is Slug - Get Home Safe Ben

This is Slug is an interesting project that proves the importance of really paying close attention to your music. On the surface, this reminded me of Swedish-pop what with its nice melodies, and rigid vocal tone. However, This is Slug presents itself as a math-rock unit.
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Indie folk discoveries - New releases - August 2020

1.0.8. – Sawdust and Hay 1.0.8. is and Indie Folk, Alternative Rock band from England. Andrew Stewart is the leader of the band. Here’s a single dealing with “the optimism and innocence of the 1950’s”. Ok, now. 1.0.8. play music inspired…
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hellocentral - Carbon Fiber House

The future is unwritten and uncertain. One thing looks clear. If a new era is going to have us in it, in a similar fashion to the way that we are living now, digitalization will take over our lives, rather than simply enhance them. Carbon Fiber House talks about the…
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Gawn - Pushed Aside

The hardest thing to fake about alternative rock of the 90s variety is the sense of despair, like laughing at an incoming mushroom cloud. Gawn are able to do that. I suspect they’re playing, but they do it very well. The intro sounds like the Pixies, and they quote…
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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…