Mick Mullin tells it like it is in his latest release, “Nashville Man.” His voice is straightforward and honest in its assessment of his hometown. “It takes a Nashville man to sing a Nashville song” rings as a brilliant lyric alongside, “Whoever served you that beer wrote the best songs you’ll never hear.” Mick Mullin gets it.
The Paz Band will disrupt everything you thought you knew about contemporary music. With Gal De Paz at the vocal helm, this Tel-Aviv based bunch of rockers are among our favorite modern artists. “Old Bag Of Sand” reaches deep and pulls off a solid performance that you just don’t hear much of these days. It is a sonic joyride. Check out The Paz Band.
trdml exercises a unique approach to hip hop with their new tune, “Cardio.” The production is groovy, with elements of Cake-like brass, fizzy guitar licks, and catchy vocals. The beat is sure to get you bumping along. Enjoy the refreshing sound of trdml — these fellas are up to something cool.
Just when all seems lost in the music business, you hear a song by a band who can actually play their instruments. Tularosa knows their craft, and will get you swaying along to their latest release, “If You Love Me” — a solid production and performance all around, filled with clever guitar licks, tasteful bass lines, solid drums, sweet keyboards, and strong vocals.
While their lyrics may offend you, there is no denying Tokyo Luck Hole can write a catchy tune. Gritty, retro-infused, and rowdy, these boys can light a controversial flame. “Weekend Leave” is a lyrical beast of a song. The 2:45 mark will have you reaching for your leather jacket and pomade. Rad to the bone. Check them out.
Brainard has a knack for folksy humor and rock and roll swagger. “The Beholder” is one of his tunes that will get you tapping and chuckling along. Woody acoustic, twangy electric, and a thumping groove will keep you in the pocket with Brainard — your new favorite troubadour.
Galen Crew takes listeners to another dimension with his mesmerizing new release, “Deeper Waters.” The tune has a smooth and shadowy production that is hard not to get lost in. Galen Crew is big in China, but we expect he is on his way to finding himself on plenty of US playlists in the very near future.
Petrov, the Hero keeps it cool and groovy with “Junction Dilettante.” The tune is laid back and pleases the ears in a Tom Petty meets Dawes kind of way. Peaceful and breezy all the way through, “Junction Dilettante” is a solid tune from the debut EP Petrov, the Hero.
Lazy Genius gets you grooving with “No Worries.” It is trippy and fun listening, with a laid back psychedelic vibe. The production is ethereal and ear catching, with a kaleidoscope of sonic colors swirling around. The second single off their latest release, “No Worries” will chill you out.
Last night I was standing in an alley talking with some friends. All of a sudden I heard, “Ladies and gentlemen, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Darlene Love!” Turns out Darlene was doing her Wall Of Sound Christmas show in the theater next door. The next day I heard “Season Of Love” by The Great Escape — a nostalgic holiday treat. If you enjoy a little tinsel in your tune, then check out The Great Escape.
With all the mysticism of The Zombies and late-sixties swagger, Lucille Furs will have you lighting incense and popping peppermints. Their sound paints a sonic picture that is hard to match. If you dig a little psychedelia, this group is going to tickle your trippy bone.
The Morning Yells have us swaying and feeling groovy with “Half Speak.” With a sound that remains classic while contemporary, this group will sit cozy on your playlists next to indie rock heavyweights. The Morning Yells have the goods and deserve a spin.
All Types Of Kinds remind the ears that beautiful music can be made with the human voice. Their harmonies are perfectly pure — not hiding behind effects — and join as one pleasing voice. The 3:45 mark is exceptional and shows us what these fellas can pull off.
Stray Monroe has mastered the art of chimey rock and roll. Their guitars are brights, drums and bass tight, and the vocals carry the melody on home. They recall the upbeat pop vibes of The Strokes. Groovy group on the rise.
Similar artist: The Thrills
Cloudlines write bouncy indie pop to bop your head to. The Portland duo will have you hooked with their latest release, “On Somebody” — a cleverly produced ditty with glitched-out effects and pulsing synths. The song swirls like your head after relationship disaster.
Similar artists: Imogen Heap
All hail, Secret American. This crafty group of indie-pop rockers know how to write a catchy song. “I Wanna Know” pulls a lot of rabbits out the hat, heavily influenced from great songs of the past. The 2:00 mark reveals a brilliant Odessey and Oracle meets the Monkees vocal treat. Love it.
Similar artists: Dr. Dog
“French Kiss Me” by Jupiter Jayne has us aggressively head nodding and moving in our seat. Wicked catchy electronic pop. Influenced by Prince and Lady Gaga, Jupiter Jayne has an ear for irresistible hooks. Crank the speakers and bump this one.
Similar artist: The Pet Shop Boys
Fuzz guitars, bright 12 strings, and a crispy snare drum: “Door Knockers” by Pekoe Cat is cool. The synths, thumping bass, and effect-laced vocals have a Kevin Parker vibe, but the intro is really what has us tuned in. The open acoustic chords and Mellotron are great. Would love to hear more.
Similar artist: Tame Impala