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Post-vacay tunes for your enjoyment [single reviews]

Judah and the Lion - "Going to Mars": If ever it were possible for a folky band to sound spacey, Judah and the Lion have mastered it. You probably already know about the genre fusion this Nashville group has become so adept at pulling, but the release of "Going to Mars" proves why they deserve a slot on the latest iteration ...

Is this the new normal? Chainsmokers/Coldplay reaction

Photo: Coldplay Facebook pic of the groups embracing after their performance at the BRIT awards One can almost hear the collective sigh eminating from music publications (and hipsters) around the world in response to two bands at the top of the industry releasing a single that might have been inevitable. Are we joining ...

take a gander… er… listen to these! [single reviews]

Words from Brandon Hughes, photo credit to GOOD PALS Michigander - Live In Chicago It takes a special act to make as much noise as Michigander has with only two tracks. With less than a year since his debut, Michigander has got a lot of ears listening for what’s next from the project. Today, he unveiled a pair of ...

songs to sip a hot chai to [single reviews]

Nicholas Rowe – “Sacred and Profane”: This wasn’t what I expected from the songwriter. Folk side projects aren’t all that surprising, generally. But one can tell this is more than a side project. Rowe likes to hang out in a mood that is somewhere in the evening clouds. I’ve gotten similar feelings while listening ...

Single review: Eleventh Hour Onset brings the heat with “The White Chapter”

Allow me to introduce you to a young band called Eleventh Hour Onset from Racine, WI. This is a town that I once drove to with some friends in college, simply because they have a Chick-Fil-A in their mall. At the time, our Chicago suburb of Wheaton didn't have the prized fast food chain, so we had to drive an hour and half to ...

songs like hand grenades [single reviews]

Photo credit: Alaina Latona Jeffrey James - "Hand Grenade": I'm stoked that this artist is a part of the SouthxSea movement as they haven't proven me wrong yet. This song is the first time I've heard a song from the alternative R&B/indie pop movement with blues rock elements, and it's very infectious. The song is like ...

songs get firey in unexpected ways [single reviews]

(Sorority Noise photo credit: Pat Nolan) Sorority Noise - "No Halo": Unlike most of you reading this, I listened to this song having never taken the time to get to know Sorority Noise before. I am regretting that fact very much right now. This band isn't mainstream at all, yet has a lot of cross appeal. I hear Tiny Moving ...