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

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 is¬†“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

‘Sick’ by Townies Is Anxious, Dynamic New England Pop Punk

‘Sick’ by Townies is folky, grimy punk rock with an anxiously urgent, poppy approach. This “punk rock trio formed in the woods of Croydon, NH,” but is now “based in Boston, MA,” they say. They describe themselves as, “purveyors of bangers and broc.” These guys definitely traffic in raucous, rollicking tunes to say the least. They are unafraid to let their work develop and come … Continue reading ‘Sick’ by Townies Is Anxious, Dynamic New England Pop Punk

Mr. Lisp’s ‘Get Out Minds Right’ Is Grimy Philadelphia Skate Punk

Mr. Lisp’s ‘Get Our Minds Right’ is straightforward, melodic skate punk with a grungy Californian flair. These guys describe themselves as, “a four piece punk band from Philadelphia, PA. The band formed in early 2017.” The group brings a lot to the table. On the one hand, there’s a deep, palatable familiarity to their sound. But under that, there’s a level of restraint these guys … Continue reading Mr. Lisp’s ‘Get Out Minds Right’ Is Grimy Philadelphia Skate Punk

City of Sound’s ‘The Madhouse’ Is Glitzy Alt-Rock in the Vein of U2

City of Sound’s ‘The Madhouse’ is crisp, clean alternative rock with a shiny, bombastic pop sensibility. This North Hollywood group of three is “gearing up to release their debut full-length album,¬†Silent Empire.” This piece, the album’s opening track, “boasts the band’s trademark anthemic sound built on earworm melodies, arrangements and hooks.” The band describes it as, “crafted with that theme of reflection in mind and … Continue reading City of Sound’s ‘The Madhouse’ Is Glitzy Alt-Rock in the Vein of U2