The Assistant / Ina Bauer Trio / XAM Duo / The Hardy Tree

It’s funny and intriguing how synth-led musical constructions have come almost full circle in terms of credibility and creativity.  Having been both a vehicle for exploratory ambition as well as DIY minimalism from the late-‘60s to early-‘80s, only to be abused and maligned from the over-polished mid-‘80s to the Pro-Tooled ‘00s, things have come … [Read more...]

EP and Video from Swedish twin sister duo Taxi Taxi out now

Twin sisters Johanna and Miriam recently released a swoon-inducing EP titled Floating Forever on their own Delicious Demon record label.  The 4-song EP is graced by the strikingly beautiful vocals of both Johanna and Miriam and they play the synths and guitar accompaniment that buoys the tunes. The power ballad "Floating Forever"  is out now in … [Read more...]

New Single and Video from pop singer-songwriter Kat Vinter

Singer/songwriter Kat Vinter recently released the second single off of her forthcoming debut EP, Islands, which is due out on April 26th via Culvert Music. Kat also recently released a new video for “"Sooner or Later"," the first single off of Islands The EP showcases Kat’s lush vocals combined with brooding, beat driven pop music … [Read more...]

Album out from darkwave/electronic band RxGF

For several decades now the Pacific Northwest has been a fresh source of innovative and boundary-pushing music, and since 2010 Seattle native and musical veteran, John Morgan Reilly, has been continuing that tradition through his music project RxGF and his eccentric brand of songwriting.  He is joined by Angeline Schaaf on lead vocals  and she … [Read more...]

Hot Single from Australian hip-popster Nick de la Hoyde

In the current musical landscape, there are no longer geographical barriers. You don’t have to be from hotspots New York or L.A. to be a rap/hip-pop artist. Poetry and pop music can go hand-in-hand, and an MC doesn’t need to shy away from wearing his heart on his sleeve. So now is the perfect time to introduce Nick de la Hoyde – the young … [Read more...]

Cobi Mike of Gentlemen Hall goes solo with new EP

Cobi Mike's recent decision to leave Gentlemen Hall (Island Records) to release his first solo project arose from his desire to rediscover his voice and share his personal message. In 2008, the singer-songwriter helped form the unique Boston musical collective. Gentlemen Hall quickly catapulted to success, being awarded a MTV Video Music Award in … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 4 Songs

Nick de la Hoyde – “The Longest Way” Nick de la Hoyde is a fresh self-starter from Sydney, Australia who’s breaking into the hip-pop world with the sleek, engaging song-rap “The Longest Way”.  Before him music career blasted off, Nick lived for four years in Barcelona, Spain training to become a soccer player.  As a way to vent his frustrations … [Read more...]

Nicole Atkins – “The Tower”

I trust that by now in my life I have witnessed enough home-grown prodigies to recognize one when I see one.  Please watch Nicole Atkins's acoustic rendition of "The Tower".  She is accompanied here by an incredible slide guitarist, and it is filmed on Brooklyn’s East River: Then, go see her perform it live, and compare the dynamic range of … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 4 Songs

Grown Up Avenger Stuff – “Pins” With a slew of accolades, an upcoming album, Eclectica, on the way, and the release of an official video for “Pins”, the members of indie rock band Grown Up Avenger Stuff are keeping themselves in the musical mix.  Deirdre Kroener (vocals), Tyler Thomsen (percussion), Hunter Thomsen (bass), and John Thomsen … [Read more...]

Ten Best Shoegaze-Related Events of 2014

A rundown of the 10 best shoegaze-related events of 2014 is better late than never, right?  Just like the reformation, continuation, or news of these original shoegaze-tagged bands some 20 years after their initial glory days during the 1990s U.K. music scene.  The (re)evaluation of the impact of bands like My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, and … [Read more...]