Cardinal’s ‘Tension Rod’ Is Solid, Anxious Virginia Emo

Cardinal’s ‘Tension Rod’ is tight, anxious indie rock with a sad, gruff take. These guys describe themselves as, “a five-piece rock band from Richmond, VA,” which “grew out of a mutual love for the dark, often brutal imagery of emo and the heaviness of post-hardcore.” The band’s style has shifted “over the years,” they say, “to embody a more straightforward sound that evokes an indie … Continue reading Cardinal’s ‘Tension Rod’ Is Solid, Anxious Virginia Emo

‘Five On It’ by Spielbergs Is Top-Notch Norwegian Alt Rock

‘Five On It’ by Spielbergs is some crunchy, straightforward rock music out of Norway. These guys were “named in Stereogum’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2019 feature as well as in The Guardian’s Best New Music for 2019.” Their “debut album This Is Not The End comes out on Feb 1st.” The band brings a kind, nostalgic buzz to a cleanly composed alt rock track. Over … Continue reading ‘Five On It’ by Spielbergs Is Top-Notch Norwegian Alt Rock

Izzy Miller Sings the Ballad of a Lonesome Cowboy

Izzy Miller is out with a country anthem about losing love and numbing the feelings with drinking and drugs to avoid the sad emotional spiral of heartbreak. The lyrics of “Another Drink or Two” provide the explanation that no matter what he does to cope with his depressing feelings, he will still be haunted by his ex-lovers memory. The song features pedal steel guitars, a … Continue reading Izzy Miller Sings the Ballad of a Lonesome Cowboy

The Romance Vibes are Hot in Cold Engines “Sexual Feelings”

Cold Engines has delivered a track that will seep into your soul and rock you into the feeling of romance. “Sexual Feelings” is full of romantic intention through the delivery of a soothing vocal that bleeds true tenderness. The vocal comes across as soulful and lustful yet is still clearly driven by the force of genuine love. The bands instrumentation is perfectly fitting for the … Continue reading The Romance Vibes are Hot in Cold Engines “Sexual Feelings”

Sinead Burgess’ New Song “Praising God, Raising Hell” Wins Over Listeners Ears & Hearts

Starting off with a mellow acoustic guitar and a bluesy harmonica is Sinead Burgess’s new anthem called “Praising God, Raising Hell.” Her raw and unique voice comes in smoothly, immediately hooking in the listener. Sinead Burgess wins over an audience with her authentic sound and emotional input in her lyrics. She comes across as tender and truthful, an artist worthy of celebration. Sinead started her … Continue reading Sinead Burgess’ New Song “Praising God, Raising Hell” Wins Over Listeners Ears & Hearts

Oceans Over Alderaan’s ‘Sevenfour’ Is Expasive Gaze-Oriented Post Rock

Oceans Over Alderaan’s ‘Sevenfour’ is some haunting, ethereal post rock with some clear shoegaze influences out of the United Kingdom. These guys describe themselves as, “an atmospheric doom pop band from Blackpool.” They say they put together “elements of shoegaze and post-rock to make a huge wall of sound.” The band definitely knows how to immerse their listeners in a crisp, clean and well-orchestrated environment. … Continue reading Oceans Over Alderaan’s ‘Sevenfour’ Is Expasive Gaze-Oriented Post Rock

Like the River’s ‘Element’ Is a Meandering Alt Rock Soundscape

Like the River’s ‘Element’ is some meandering, lowkey alternative rock with an atmospheric take. These West Virginia natives really know how to bring power and bite to a serene, unassuming track. The song’s keystone riff blasts through the mix providing an important contrast for the rest of the tune’s otherwise airy components. Compositionally, these guys make good use of the loud-soft dynamic that’s defined much … Continue reading Like the River’s ‘Element’ Is a Meandering Alt Rock Soundscape

‘Be One of Us’ by Night’s Edge Is Some New School Gothic Punk

‘Be One of Us’ by Night’s Edge is dramatic punk rock with a clear gothic flair. “With a sound just as distinct as its look,” these guys claim to be “bringing originality back to rock music.” Fusing “metal, goth and alternative,” the band “uses harmonies and keys to add deep atmosphere to its driving grooves.” The group has a soaring, at times orchestral sound that … Continue reading ‘Be One of Us’ by Night’s Edge Is Some New School Gothic Punk

The Native Howl’s ‘Mercy’ Is Potent Hard Rock-Oriented Bluegrass

The Native Howl’s ‘Mercy’ is some emotionally potent, mostly acoustic bluegrass that exists in a hard rock context. The band says this “song takes their sound to a whole new level while still holding true to the stylings of their 2016 EP Thrash Grass.” This is a very well-rounded track. It hits hard without sacrificing its twang. There’s a deep sense of groove on here which … Continue reading The Native Howl’s ‘Mercy’ Is Potent Hard Rock-Oriented Bluegrass

Teenender’s ‘Hooked’ Is Sugary, Groovy Electro-Pop

Teenender’s ‘Hooked’ is glitzy electro-pop with a high production value and a sugary approach. These guys really know how to bring a sense of groove to a more melodically-oriented tune. There’s a real sense of low end on this track which compliments the airy vocals and fluttering synth work nicely. The track has a deeply organic feel that sets it apart from most of its … Continue reading Teenender’s ‘Hooked’ Is Sugary, Groovy Electro-Pop