‘Evelyn’ by The Trust Fund Kids Is Competent, Pensive Indie Rock

‘Evelyn’ by The Trust Fund Kids is dark, pensive indie rock with a refined, understated approach. Musician Kevin Connor describes The Trust Fund Kids as his personal “self-produced musical project.” There’s an ideological unity and sonic togetherness on here that could only come from a one-man project. From the low, chunky guitar riffs peppered with warm electronic elements to the hopeless, monotone approach to the … Continue reading ‘Evelyn’ by The Trust Fund Kids Is Competent, Pensive Indie Rock

‘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

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

Artist of the Day: Andy McBride with “Shipyard Soul” (+ Exclusive Interview)

The exciting song comes from McBride’s debut solo record titled “Shipyard Soul.” The record has several different sounding songs to keep it interesting. Fans of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan will definitely enjoy the work of Andy McBride. Continue reading Artist of the Day: Andy McBride with “Shipyard Soul” (+ Exclusive Interview)

‘Calm 101’ by As Was Is an Anxious Acoustic Composition with an Engaging Environment

‘Calm 101’ by As Was is sad, anxious acoustic guitar music peppered with a variety of other analog sounds. “The puzzles of anxiety,” the artist says of this tune, “from my body, to your ears.” Continue reading ‘Calm 101’ by As Was Is an Anxious Acoustic Composition with an Engaging Environment

Cursive’s ‘Under the Rainbow’ Is a Strong Release From The Long-Running Omaha Indie Outfit

Cursive’s ‘Under the Rainbow’ is another strong release from this important, long-running Omaha-based indie rock group. The band describes itself as “writing smart, tightly woven concept albums where frontman Tim Kasher turns his unflinching gaze on specific, oftentimes challenging themes, and examines them with an incisively brutal honesty.” These guys emerged from the same Omaha prep school scene that launched the likes of Lullaby for … Continue reading Cursive’s ‘Under the Rainbow’ Is a Strong Release From The Long-Running Omaha Indie Outfit

‘Billing Luna’ by Stray Owls Is Patient, Sadly Whimsical Rock

‘Billing Luna’ by Stray Owls is patient, sadly whimsical rock music with a fuzzy, eclectic retro vibe. “This recording survived a fire that destroyed the studio it was recorded in,” the band says, so clearly some sort of higher being felt the world really needed this. “When life handed Stray Owls lemons… this rural North Carolina fuzz-folk band didn’t fold,” the group claims. “They took those … Continue reading ‘Billing Luna’ by Stray Owls Is Patient, Sadly Whimsical Rock

ROA’s ‘Ushism’ Is Solid Japanese Hard Rock with a Folky, Traditional Approach

ROA’s ‘Ushism’ is some solid Japanese hard rock with a folky, traditional approach. These guys “blend both Japanese traditional sounds of shamisen with western guitar rock,” the band says, “for a brand new sound.” The shamisen, the plinky, airy string instrument the band makes such great use of, has a centuries-old place in Japanese folk music. It’s great to see a younger generation making use … Continue reading ROA’s ‘Ushism’ Is Solid Japanese Hard Rock with a Folky, Traditional Approach

‘Pay Me Back’ by Rare Americans Is Anxiously Narrative Folky Punk Rock

‘Pay Me Back’ by Rare Americans is anxious punk rock with a melodic, folky sensibility. “This is the story of a professional athlete turned conman who lost all his money from lavish spending,” the band says. “He ended up conning his own adoptive mother out of her house, after she raised and nurtured him from a young age.” The powerful, saddening story that defines this … Continue reading ‘Pay Me Back’ by Rare Americans Is Anxiously Narrative Folky Punk Rock

Songwriter Rhymes “Mona Lisa” with “Pizza” in Low Budget Free Style Acoustic Ballad

When you get past the low-budget audio quality and really focus on the lyrical content of Ramone Henry’s song you will discover that you are quite amused. “Mona Lisa Eating Pizza” is a romantic song but feels quite comedic at the same time. I mean who else besides Ramone Henry has been clever enough to rhyme Mona Lisa with Pizza? Out of the hundreds of … Continue reading Songwriter Rhymes “Mona Lisa” with “Pizza” in Low Budget Free Style Acoustic Ballad