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pop music in flames [single reviews]

The Saylor - "It's Fire": How many different allusions to fire can one make in a song? The Saylor, formerly of reggae/hip hop/rock fusion group V!BES makes his solo debut with this single, which is certifiably a summer banger. After all, the music video for the song has racked up over 12,000 views in just over a week of ...

New and unexpected directions sure to enthrall [single reviews]

Vesperteen - "Sweet Child o'Mine": Come on, do I even need to tell you this is a cover? If you were skeptical that a vibey, emotive indie pop project could take on such a legendary tune and emerge unscathed I would understand - I was there myself. But against all odds Colin and Co. pull it off. That iconicĀ guitar riff takes ...

anticipated bangers [single reviews]

Andreas Moss - "Stop Me": At SXSW this year, an employee of Curb Records turned to me and warned me playfully that Andreas Moss was about to "blow the roof off the joint." Right he was. Of all the artists I saw that first evening at SXSW he had the best vocal performance. In spite of his songs being huge (whether a club ready ...

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 ...

A R I Z O N A makes music that ain’t for no peanut “Gallery”

Words: Ryan Getz I feel like many music publications are going to avoid A R I Z O N A's new release Gallery because on a surface level there isn't a lot that makes them stand out from the crowd of summery pop-rock bands making danceable music. Walk the Moon seemed to be a catalyst for a movement that shows no signs of ...

Angsty dream pop from The Dream Eaters makes for a memorable listen

I knew I was in for an adventure when I looked at the track list for The Dream Eaters' We Are the Curse and found a track titled "Astral Asshole." The group has roots in Brooklyn, Boston, and Vancouver Island, BC. So each band member carries a bit of that grey weather into the music. Being seaside helps too. That ...

Pensively fun songs [single reviews]

Lo Tom - "Overboard": "You really messed me up" is a brutally honest way to begin a song. Yet, it isn't a line that's altogether terribly surprising for a band that consists of members of Pedro the Lion and Starflyer 59. Jason Martin's trademark guitar tones and David Bazan's emotive vocals are unsurprisingly standout ...