C-Dup’s ‘Up!’ Is a Glitzy, Well-Structured Take on Modern Trap

C-Dup’s ‘Up!’ is high-energy trap with a sparkly, well-produced beat. “Love the beat,” this artist, so he says he “had to come at it with some style.” This guy is really good at picking out, or maybe coming up with, samples. The way these dainty, glamorous string contrast with the unpretentious ballsiness of the rest of the track’s framework is an almost comedic, very welcome … Continue reading C-Dup’s ‘Up!’ Is a Glitzy, Well-Structured Take on Modern Trap

‘Thank You, Have a Nice Day’ by Pool Sharks Is Tight, Sparse Indie Rock

‘Thank You, Have a Nice Day’ by Pool Sharks is straightforward, honest indie rock with bluesy, garage-oriented feel. These guys say they “specialize in hook-driven ear worms with an emphasis on energy and making the kind of music you want to hear again and again.” They cite “influences from alt rock, to emo to pop which combine to make something that would appeal to the … Continue reading ‘Thank You, Have a Nice Day’ by Pool Sharks Is Tight, Sparse Indie Rock

Small Lake City’s ‘Avenues’ Is Well-Produced, Intentional Indie Pop

Small Lake City’s ‘Avenues’ is chirping, funky indie pop with a clean, glitzy approach. The quartet “is the brainchild of Kyle Costomiris and Reg Hamilton. Having met in high school through their shared passion of guitar, Reg and Kyle began experimenting with various playing styles, and eventually expanded their interests into music production,” they say. The band’s “unique style stems from their free-thinking songwriting approach … Continue reading Small Lake City’s ‘Avenues’ Is Well-Produced, Intentional Indie Pop

‘My Everything’ by Simon D James Is Expansive, Orchestral World Music

‘My Everything’ by Simon D James is eclectic world music with a broad, dynamic approach. This artist claims that through his, “individual interpretation of what the term ‘indie singer-songwriter’, can mean,” he “re-invents it as a powerful force which transcends scenes and trends and reinforces his claims as one of the most alluring musicians around.” He explains the origins of this song as arising “on … Continue reading ‘My Everything’ by Simon D James Is Expansive, Orchestral World Music

Joe Nolan Shows the Beauty of the Bay Area with “San Francisco Girl”

San Francisco is a small and charming city that is filled with alluring art, incredible scenery and beautiful gentle people. It is such a fascinating city that tons of songs have been written about the place. Singer-songwriter Joe Nolan takes the listener on a journey to San Francisco with his folk song “San Francisco Girl.” The song is made complete with picture-painting lyrical content and … Continue reading Joe Nolan Shows the Beauty of the Bay Area with “San Francisco Girl”

Redd’s ‘She Said’ feat. Rocky Wallace Is a Strong, Diverse Pop Track

Redd’s ‘She Said’ featuring Rocky Wallace is expansive, hook-oriented pop music featuring a woody, analog vibe and a fast-paced, technical rap section. “This is the first single off the upcoming release No Free Tickets,” the artists say, which isĀ “due out December 1st.” Clearly, this is well-rooted in the conventions of modern pop music, but this ad hoc duo has created a very unique environment for … Continue reading Redd’s ‘She Said’ feat. Rocky Wallace Is a Strong, Diverse Pop Track

Djunah’s ‘Brother’ is a Truly Powerful Prog Rock Protest Song

Djunah’s ‘Brother’ is a scathing, expansive take on the modern political climate from this Chicago-based, female-driven progressive rock outfit. The band says the song “is dedicated to survivors of sexual assault. It features the voices of Anita Hill, Christine Blasey Ford, and activists Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher, who became famous during the Brett Kavanaugh judiciary hearings for confronting Republican senator Jeff Flake in … Continue reading Djunah’s ‘Brother’ is a Truly Powerful Prog Rock Protest Song

‘Hollow Animals’ by The Bare Minimum Is Roaring Ontarian Punk Rock

The Bare Minimum’s ‘Hollow Animals’ is roaring Ontarian punk rock rock with a deeply emotive take. These guys are “are a Toronto punk band,” they say, with “a self-heckling sense of humor.” Musically, they describe themselves as flowing from, “thrash ragers to acoustic scream-a-longs… Somewhere between irony and nihilism, The Bare Minimum subvert pop songs into meditations on bar culture, boredom, and scene politics.” This … Continue reading ‘Hollow Animals’ by The Bare Minimum Is Roaring Ontarian Punk Rock

Artist of the Day: Violet Skies with Anthemic Debut Single “Cry for Me”

Violet Skies is a proud independent artist from the U.K. who has just begun releasing music. She has recently put out her first song on Spotify titled “Cry for Me” which is undeniably a pop banger that is fit for hit radio. The pop anthem features simplistic production, a moving beat, and a vocal that is drenched in so much emotion that it’s impossible to … Continue reading Artist of the Day: Violet Skies with Anthemic Debut Single “Cry for Me”