Panda City’s ‘Under the Influence’ Is a More Refined, Conscious Take on Rap Rock

Panda City’s ‘Under the Influence’ featuring Dyce is a rock-oriented, deeply instrumental take on rap music out of the South Bronx. It was “early 2016 as news channels showcased relations of all kinds strained across the globe.” Then, “South Bronx artist Clacc brought together four musicians from different walks of life and musical backgrounds to create Panda City. Proving once again that music builds bridges, … Continue reading Panda City’s ‘Under the Influence’ Is a More Refined, Conscious Take on Rap Rock

After Incredible Success Playing Guitar for Other Artists, Brad Sample has Embarked on his Solo Career

Brad Sample is a seasoned guitar player who has performed in front of hundreds of thousands of people and has even taken the stage at the famous Grand Ole Opry. He has played guitar for several major label artists. While Brad Sample is a veteran to performing, he has just recently, on November 16th, started a career where he is the main attraction. His first … Continue reading After Incredible Success Playing Guitar for Other Artists, Brad Sample has Embarked on his Solo Career

Make’s ‘Vomit’ Is Some Fuzzy, Experimental Norwegian Punk

Make’s ‘Vomit’ is a crunchy, expansive take on different punk rock traditions out of Norway. These guys summarize themselves as simply, “OSLO MUSIC.” They describe this tune as, “about self-destructive behavior and feelings, as well as destructive choices made by our government.” There’s a charming simplicity to this track. The lazy, bucolic guitars whirr away under a deeply expressionistic rhythm section and a vocal performance … Continue reading Make’s ‘Vomit’ Is Some Fuzzy, Experimental Norwegian Punk

City of Industry’s ‘Guilt’ Is Rough, Sad Seattle Hardcore

City of Industry’s ‘Guilt’ is deep, rough melancholic hardcore with a lo-fi take. These guys describe themselves as, “a three-piece hardcore-punk band from Seattle, Washington.” They call this new single, “an approachable, yet melodic take on what they see to be hardcore punk.” I’m definitely a big fan of this, but I don’t know if it could be described as approachable or melodic. There is … Continue reading City of Industry’s ‘Guilt’ Is Rough, Sad Seattle Hardcore

‘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

‘The Swell’ by Sparks Fly From a Kiss Is Clear, Concise Psychedelic Rock

‘The Swell’ by Sparks Fly From a Kiss is fuzzy psychedelic rock with an upbeat, chirping sensibility. They describe their new album, also called The Swell, as, “a gritty album of atmospheric melodies and sonic hooks.” The band came into existence when to members-to-be met “working at a New Brunswick, New Jersey bar and restaurant. Various members would join over the years to help add melody and … Continue reading ‘The Swell’ by Sparks Fly From a Kiss Is Clear, Concise Psychedelic Rock

Some Choice Highlights of Southern Post-Hardcore Listed (In No Particular Order)

The American South and its vast, often rural landscape may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of punk rock. Especially not in comparison with locales like New York, Los Angeles or Chicago which have fabled, well-established and oft-discussed scenes. But this understanding leaves out, among other things, the earliest days of post-hardcore’s development which happened largely in Washington D.C. … Continue reading Some Choice Highlights of Southern Post-Hardcore Listed (In No Particular Order)

‘Kiss Me on the Mouth’ by Michelle Blades Is Clean International Indie Rock

‘Kiss Me on the Mouth’ by Michelle Blades is slick bluesy indie rock with a distinctly retro sense of homeliness. On here, the “Mexican-Panamanian artist presents a bittersweet track… [featuring] a character trying to persuade themselves of an innocence long lost while analyzing the vices of those around them,” her people say. This bandleader says her varied discography functions, “as an extension of her nomadic life spent … Continue reading ‘Kiss Me on the Mouth’ by Michelle Blades Is Clean International Indie Rock

‘Say So!’ by The Entrepreneurs Is Tight Danish Experimental Rock

‘Say So!’ by The Entrepreneurs is clean, reasonably experimental rock out of Copenhagen. The band describes their work as, “aesthetically rich and experimental variations on some of rock’s most significant subgenres like punk, grunge, post-rock… performed with an underlying experimental and explosive feel.” They claim to be committed to, “an approach of always being curious and open to inspiration. Everything goes as the band keeps … Continue reading ‘Say So!’ by The Entrepreneurs Is Tight Danish Experimental Rock

Cold Weather Company’s ‘Do No Harm’ Is Dark, Orchestral Piano Rock

Cold Weather Company’s ‘Do No Harm’ is dense orchestral music with a rock-oriented analog approach out of the Garden State. Frontman Steve Shimchick says the track is, “inspired by different stages of the same exciting, yet fleeting relationship.” He goes on to explain that, “while many songs on,” the new EP “Find Light include a struggle between positive and negative themes within the same verses, … Continue reading Cold Weather Company’s ‘Do No Harm’ Is Dark, Orchestral Piano Rock