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BROADSIDE-PARADISE

One of the aspects I love about music is how it can make one feel. I also love how we can associate an album or song with something. These have always been two elements that stand out about music to me. Two years ago I was introduced to a band from Richmond, VA and upon first listen I didn’t feel anything or like what I ...

Royal Blood Wonder How They Got So Dark… and They Have Us Wondering Too

Brighton rockers Royal Blood burst onto my radar back in 2014, first with their Out of the Black EP and then with their full-length debut that released not long afterwards. Their rowdy blend of rock ‘n’ roll immediately caught my attention, and so when the time came for their sophomore effort I jumped at the chance to ...

Fire from the Gods Retell the Narrative on Latest

Rap metal revivalists Fire from the Gods made waves last year with their full-length debut Narrative, and now they’re making even bigger waves with Narrative Retold. The Austin-based quintet’s new release is a reissue of their 2016 effort, with slightly-reworked compositions in addition to a couple of brand new cuts. With ...

LEAST OF THESE-WOLVES

One of the aspects I love about music so much is how it can make a person feel.  This seems to be a common theme in my world. Back in 2013, I was introduced to a band from Denton, TX called Least of These. I was instantly a fan. At that point in my life, I was on a different journey than the one I am now, and they were the ...

Reacting to Lil’ Yachty’s “Teenage Emotions”

I first had an inkling Lil' Yachty was a big deal when I saw his name pop up on some lineups for festivals booked by EDM/Hip Hop promoter Prime Social Group, including the notorious Number Fest in Athens, OH. My suspicions were confirmed when I was strolling down Sixth Street at SXSW this year and I found myself in the middle ...

Z Wolf’s Dream Machine II is just that, a machine

On Witch-rock electronic duo Damn the Witch Siren's last release, Back to Dreaming, there's a song called "Let the Beast Out." It's one of the most aggressive songs on the album and it hints at a direction that the duo occasionally touches on. The sound seems to originate with Z Wolf, and upon hearing his record "Dream ...

Genre-Bending Duo Brick + Mortar Let It Drop… Again

Brick + Mortar. Founder Ryan Getz initially wrote about the New Jersey duo in one of our Relevant Discoveries features over three years ago, and that’s actually how I first heard of them. I listened to (and enjoyed) the Dropped EP not long after its initial release in 2015, but never got the chance to give it a proper ...