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RELEVANT DISCOVERIES [BANDS YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD OF BUT ACTUALLY SHOULD BE LISTENING TO]

Words: Ray Cobra/Picture: Michael Herrick Souvenirs - This alt-rock band from California has been around since 2011. They even have played Columbus a few times since I have been here, one of those include Fashion Meets Music Festival. It took me until a few months ago when they were announced as support for AFI to give ...

The Modern Savage – Unwilling Participants

The Modern Savage is a band that is very new to me, that I decided to write about on a whim. They bring to the table a brand of power pop in line with many music bloggers have been raving about for the past few years. What sets The Modern Savage apart from the crowd is the vocal style, in my opinion. In this realm, I tend ...

RADKEY – DELICIOUS ROCK NOISE

As a music fan and a writer, I suppose there are a few terms/word/phrases I’m not a fan of. At the moment the big one is “Sleep on”. I will admit I have used it a few times but it is starting to get out of hand. I cannot count how many times a week I hear this term, be it on social media or at a show. So I’m going to ...

the wldlfe – ILY

Indie pop collective the wldlfe burst onto the Indiana scene just under a year ago, with their debut EP New, which soon after its March release found itself on NoiseTrade’s “New and Notable” list. Since then, the Indy-based quartet has released a standalone single that was among my favorites from last year and now a ...

Train pulls an Adam Young on “A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat”

Halfway through the first song, I'm thinking "Drops of Jupiter this ain't!" Train is undoubtedly trying to stay relevant by getting in on the synth-y pop train. I'm going to go ahead and call it now - "Play that Song" is going to be the Owl City "Good Time" of Train's career. A song that's everywhere, catchy, ripe with ...

“Exploring New Lows” with Lights Go Out

Lights Go Out is an interesting beast of a band. In the past couple of years, I have watched Lights Go Out emerge as a basement DIY band in most senses of that term, break up, and re-emerge as a band freshly invigorated and ready to tackle some bigger shows. Exploring New Lows functions like one big driving musical ...

SUSTO – & I’m Fine Today

Charleston-based indie rockers SUSTO made their musical debut three years ago with their self-titled effort, an 11-track album with heavy Americana tendencies. This time around, the quintet fronted by Justin Osborne turns up the heat, pulling from all kinds of Southern sounds. The result is & I’m Fine Today, a cohesive ...