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Song by Song: The music of Dystopian Future Compilation #1

Obliferous - "Why Us 3": This minimalist song kicks things off with some noise and drone-type effects. This might be stating the obvious, but the foreboding track seems appropriate to set the stage for a compilation highlighting musicians whose identities' very existence can be dangerous. Get 'Em Tiger - "Next To the ...

Halfnoise – Flowerss EP

With Zac Farro back in the game with Paramore it wouldn't seem terribly far fetched to conclude that his project Halfnoise would go on hiatus, or at least be relegated to "side project" status. Not so with Halfnoise. It's fairly apparent to me that Zac had a heavy influence in the new "indie" direction of Paramore, if the ...

Many Rooms – There Is A Presence Here

If you know Bri Hunt at all, nothing about her debut full length under the Many Rooms moniker should surprise you. This includes the fact that the masses are beginning to respond to her music in a big way. Let me tell you why. Actually before I go any further, a quick sidebar: I'm listening to the album once more as I ...

Faintheart – The Overview Effect

I've said it before. But if you're looking for some indie rock to give you the feels, Faintheart is your band. Listening to "90 Minutes," I get a wave of nostalgia. The year is 2008. Ten years ago. I'm sitting in my dorm room at Wheaton College in suburban Chicago, IL. The novelty of college life hasn't quite worn off, but ...

Sting and Shaggy deliver on the groovy “44/876”

If you had told me at the beginning of the year that a musical highlight of 2018 would be jamming a reggae record from Sting and Shaggy, I would have said you were nuts. I'm a casual radio listener of these artists. I know the big hits from Sting and the Police. I've laughed at jokes about "It Wasn't Me" (and, let's be ...

Manic Street Preachers – Resistance is Futile

Words: Ryan Getz There are a few bands that, as a music blogger, of whom I should probably have at least a working knowledge. But I don't really. One day I decide to review an album and broadcast my lack of knowledge to the world. So today's band in that category is Manic Street Preachers. What do I know about the ...

Salina Solomon releases the instantly memorable “20/20”

Salina Solomon is certainly not your run-of-the-mill Nashville pop artist. I suppose the best way to describe her music would be to describe my interactions I've had with her. We first connected early last year when I was doing market research in Nashville for the space that would become True Music Room and Bar. She and a ...