With a sound that emerges from two different realms of music, an interesting sound emerges from Deradoorian. There is certainly an influence from the Dirty Projectors who the lead sound maker in Deradoorian was once a part of; there is also a more experimental sound from a more psychedelic and spiritual realm. The sounds can […]

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Big pop sound but very unique.  Almost folky vocals over electronic backings.  Would be a great supporting act/opener for Sylvan Esso.  Four sisters in their twenties make up the band out of Atlanta, GA. RIYL: Sylvan Esso, St. Vincent, Lana Del Rey, Haim | Play 3, 6, 4, 2 | FCC: Clean

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Pristine vocals over various arrangements from acoustic guitar to orchestral string-style layouts to solo piano ballads.  A bit of folk in her singer-songwriter solo approach.  Spacious and light, great for a stormy cabin near the Maine Coast. RIYL: Joanna Newsom, Regina Spektor, Devendra Banhart, Kate Bush, CocoRosie | Play 2, 3, 5, 8, 10 ALL […]

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Quintessential PNW rock from Portland.  Alt-folk rock feel of the Moondoggies, a bit more upbeat, though.  Lyrics bring the laid-back feel of some surfy rock (think Parquet Courts but less punk).  Awesome stuff. RIYL: Moondoggies, Blitzen Trapper, Wilco, Parquet Courts | Play 2, 1, 3, ALL | FCC: Clean

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Folky, primal tunes.  Feels a bit like mellow, early, early 90’s Dave Matthews meets Rusted Root, but really feels like a Horse Feathers side project.  Percussion is all hand and the strings are mostly banjo, mandolin, guitar with some mild wah effects. Nice sparse sound, cozy album. RIYL: Horse Feathers, Be Good Tanyas, Frazey Ford, […]

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Synthy beats with hollow yet full focals.  Haunting feel with a bit of warmth.  Midi and drums behind vocals with sound-scapey guitars.  Formerly of the Postal Service. RIYL: Cat Power, Sylvan Esso, Regina Spektor | PLAY: 8, 1, 2, 3, ALL | FCC: Clean

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Label: Bella Union PINS’ latest album Wild Nights finds them mixing vocal harmony laden 60’s girl-group pop with 80’s NYC goth/punk. Now, there have been a lot of other artists doing this style of music and it’s been done better, but if you are a fan of this genre you will enjoy these songs very […]

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Label: SideOneDummy Already Dead is the sophomore album from New Paltz, NY band Timeshares. Their music has the sound of 00’s punk mixed with alt-country/roots rock. The songs here are catchy and energetic, but at time are weighed down by clunky lyrics, like on the otherwise uplifting track “Tail Light”. Still worth a listen if […]

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Howl is the debut full-length from German folk-pop band Mighty Oaks, following two previous EPs. The album contains some of the songs that appeared on those EPs. Their music is very much influenced by certain popular American & British artists. It’s a very pleasant album but plays it safe and is a little derivative. There […]

Debut album from Count Counsellor is titled & The Childhood Heroes. The music is a mix of Indie Dance and Electro R&B with very slight hints of Dubstep. There are only four tracks with a nice mix of upbeat and mellower tracks. This is a solid debut and hopefully Count Counsellor will be giving us […]

Mocean Worker’s latest, self-titled work is a mix of Funk, Jazz and Swing with an electro edge. The music takes those genres and adds a funky, creative twist to them. Tracks: 2,5,7

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Lucifer– Lucifer I Rise Above Records Release date: 2015Jun09 Rating: 5/5 Lucifer is the newest project of vocalist Johanna Sedonis, formerly of The Oath. Whereas the latter took influence from NWOBHM (Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, et al), the former are described as “heavy rock”. “Morning Star” is heavily influenced by Black Sabbath with excellent guitar/bass interplay. […]

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The Exploding Eyes Orchestra– I Svart Records Release date: 2015Jun12 Rating: 5/5 I can’t heap enough praise upon the amazing debut from The Exploding Eyes Orchestra, which features five of the seven members of Jess and the Ancient Ones. “The Smoke” opens with a dose of mystic blues-tinged rock. “Crazy Heart” showcases soft-spoken vocals that […]

Long, dark, ominous pieces inspired by the words “night” and “shade”, hence the title. Trk 3 less dark, sample.

Avant-garde works for percussion, sax and/or piano ranging from ominous/weird to accessibly modern.

Two Impressionist composers’ pieces-lovely, play most!

The Mephisto Duo performs works from 1876 or 1938 from Belgian composers. Rontgen’s particularly melodic. Play!

Bach’s lovely cello suites transcribed for guitar. Play! Liner notes do not specify tracks in each suite.

Highly varying works for wind duet (horn, trumpet or clarinet with piano) or wind ensemble/orchestra. Quiet, melodic or jazzy, or oompah. Duets very nice!

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Pretty quintessential, yet older, alt-folk-rock from Wilco.  It sounds, though, like the band went into the studio with 12 songs that they pared down to 11 rather than going in with, say 30, and picking the top choices.  Still a solid sound from a favorite dad rock band. RIYL: Tweedy, Lowell Thompson, Ryan Adams, Wilco | Play: […]

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Drownin’ On A Mountaintop can best be described as “Backwoods Grunge.”  A mostly mellow album, with guitars that will remind you of an old Johnny Cash tune or other country tunes, this album possesses a firm southern rock feel. Morris’ voice reminds of Cobain often but he’s still working out the kinks lyrically. The slower […]

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Rozwell Kid’s Too Shabby evokes a mid 90’s rock era feeling, most notably, drawing comparisons to early Weezer. Rocking guitars, drums, and vocals keep Rozwell Kid planted firmly inside the rock genre, with an angsty pop-punk sound that sounds familiar yet original at the same time. They take time to slow it down on a few tracks, […]

Skylab’s first and second albums, titled #1 and #2 1999: Large as Life and Twice as Natural have been re-released. Skylab were pioneers in this genre along with Massive Attack and Portishead. The Skylab sound though is not quite as structured as those other bands and #1 has a deconstructed Trip Hop sound with a […]

Debut from artist Seven Davis Jr. is titled Universes. The music is a mix of Disco, Funk and Soul and has an experimental quality to it that gives it a funky yet fun feel to the tracks. RIYD: Peven Everett, George Clinton Tracks: 3,4,5,8,10

Evil Eyes is a single from Roisin Murphy. The single contains the original edit plus five remixes. The original edit has a Synth Dance feel with some good bass guitar backing up the track. The remixes are also Dance based with some variety including Berlin Techno, Dub House, and Disco Dance. The tracks are all […]

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