Brother Plainview’s ‘Lost On Us’ Is Clean, Resonant Alt Rock From Hong Kong

Brother Plainview’s ‘Lost On Us’ is some clean, hot alternative rock from the island city of Hong Kong. “With members from Canada, the UK and from Hong Kong,” these guys say they bring a broad array of influences to “their new EP, which was recorded during the summer in an industrial building in Hong Kong.” They describe this track as, “about appreciating the good times … Continue reading Brother Plainview’s ‘Lost On Us’ Is Clean, Resonant Alt Rock From Hong Kong

‘Casual Encounters’ by The This Is Well-Produced British Columbian Post-Punk

‘Casual Encounters’ by The This is spunky, twinkly post-punk with an ethereal, poppy flair. The group began, “as a solo recording project by guitarist/vocalist Evan Matthiesen between producing local bands in the Victoria, British Columbia area,” but has recently been “realized as a real life band featuring Jimbo Rai and Seth Eggler on bass guitar and drums respectively.” The band says, “this self-produced track… explores … Continue reading ‘Casual Encounters’ by The This Is Well-Produced British Columbian Post-Punk

Pedestrian Lifestyle’s ‘If I Surrender’ Is Tight Atmospheric Rock Out of Ontario

Pedestrian Lifestyle’s ‘If I Surrender’ is spacey Ontarian indie rock with a tense pace. “Forming in 2008,” the band says they “slowly began to take shape and put together their own sound. Basing much of their material off of emotional and musical influences to aid their creative process.” Making use of “a tightly wound rhythm section and waves of echoing guitar and vocals, the band … Continue reading Pedestrian Lifestyle’s ‘If I Surrender’ Is Tight Atmospheric Rock Out of Ontario

Billy the Kid’s ‘Tercer Mundo’ Is Exceptional Costa Rican Hardcore

Billy the Kid’s ‘Tercer Mundo’ is bruising Spanish-language hardcore out of Costa Rica with a decidedly political take. The band says this “is the new single off of Billy The Kid’s new album DESTROY BABYLON, to be released Spring 2019 worldwide through Blindsided Records.” These guys “have toured Europe and the US over 8 times and are gearing up for another worldwide tour,” they say. … Continue reading Billy the Kid’s ‘Tercer Mundo’ Is Exceptional Costa Rican Hardcore

Book of Shame’s ‘Compatability’ Is Expansive, Ethereal Experimental Rock

Book of Shame’s ‘Compatability’ is spacey, untethered rock music with a defiant, ethereal aesthetic. These guys say a chance run-in at a violin repair shop, “led to a collaboration that has resulted in an album, a band, a lifestyle and poverty for two men who should know better.” There’s certainly a lot of ground covered on this track. From the tappy mechanical guitar lead that … Continue reading Book of Shame’s ‘Compatability’ Is Expansive, Ethereal Experimental Rock

Kuchimatl’s ‘Come Home’ Is Soulful Mexican Electronic Music

Kuchimatl’s ‘Come Home’ is eclectic, spacey electronic music with a decidedly human approach. “Kuchimatl is Javier Correa,” who describes himself as, “a Mexican keyboardist with an androgynous and exotic singing voice.” He says his music features, “an electro-pop aesthetic mixed with otherworldly sound passages, and a spiritual punk attitude on stage.” There’s definitely a lot of cool stuff coming together on here. The whole piece … Continue reading Kuchimatl’s ‘Come Home’ Is Soulful Mexican Electronic Music

Spirit of the Wildfire’s ‘No Allegiance’ Is Well-Balanced, Quick Punk Rock

Spirit of the Wildfire’s ‘No Allegiance’ is some heavily-charged, fast-paced punk out of Canada. These guys say their approach provides “listeners with a high energy, dynamic experience from an arsenal of unique styles and sounds. Combining a diverse array of influences from ska to hip-hop, with a hard hitting punk aggression, the group dubs their sound ‘funk punk.’” From the more pensive, ska-oriented bars of … Continue reading Spirit of the Wildfire’s ‘No Allegiance’ Is Well-Balanced, Quick Punk Rock

‘Just Fly’ by All Types of Kinds Is Some Funky, Eclectic Acoustic Rock

  ‘Just Fly’ by All Types of Kinds is a groovy, deeply rap-inflected take on acoustic rock. Over the past year, these guys have “had the good fortune to open up a show for Martin Sexton in California, Houndmouth in South Carolina,” as well as an upcoming “opening spot for a national touring act at The Paramount Theater on Long Island.” These relative newcomers say … Continue reading ‘Just Fly’ by All Types of Kinds Is Some Funky, Eclectic Acoustic Rock

Maria DeHart’s ‘For Evelyn’ Is an Ethereal, Lo-Fi Take on Indie Pop

Maria DeHart’s ‘For Evelyn’ is a haunting, ethereal take on atmospheric indie pop. In certain regards, this is kind of a limited piece, but the focused, unvaried approach to the composition allows the listener to really get invested in the emotion and environment DeHart is putting forward. The united, almost singular way the vocal harmonies interact on this track gives it a distinctly choral, maybe … Continue reading Maria DeHart’s ‘For Evelyn’ Is an Ethereal, Lo-Fi Take on Indie Pop

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