Neil Holyoak: Rags Across The Sun

I’ve been looking for an artist to replace Fleet Foxes in my heart ever since they stopped putting out new material post-Helplessness Blues three years ago. And by God, I think I’ve found my new fix in Neil Holyoak. The folksy Canadian-American singer takes after the quintet with his …

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The Collection: Ars Moriendi

Hailing from Greensboro, NC, The Collection’s sound can only be described as everything idyllic about the South and more. They transport you to a place where it’s quite normal to have some banjo-slinging, fiddle-playing best friends over on the pristine white porch where you grew up for a jam session …

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Midnight High: Midnight High

Take a load of white laundry and mix it with rock, reggae, metal and hip-hop. Aside from sinfully disregarding everything your disappointed mother taught you, you’ll end up with the colorful mix proposed by Midnight High, an Astoria-based trio, on their eponymous debut.

As the genre fusion would suggest, this …

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The Futures League: Don’t Be A Drag

The Futures League are an indie group from Los Angeles. Don’t Be A Drag, their debut release, is a five-song EP that packs a punch of rock ‘n’ roll in many of its forms, while sticking to its most effective formulas. A concise, no-nonsense record, it is a jolt …

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Challenger: Back To Bellevue

Brooklyn’s Challenger are doing exactly what their name implies by playing around with the boundaries of genres. Their music redefines new wave, electronica, indie, synthpop and even punk to a certain degree by being all of those things and also none of those things. If anything, you could call Challenger’s …

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Vinyl Thief: Fathoms

Converting an old church sanctuary into a practice room, members of Nashville-based Vinyl Thief began making music in 2012, adopting electronic rock as their outlet of choice. After putting out an EP last March, they saw success with the single “Middle Of The Night,” an early summer hit on indie …

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Eric Johnson: Europe Live

If there is one thing that sets great guitar players apart from the rest, it is their ability to transform studio recordings into improvised works of musical art during live performances. On Europe Live, virtuoso Eric Johnson does just that, enhancing many of his studio cuts with multiple tempo and …

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Oscillator Bug: Bursts Of The Million

A unique and refreshing project, Oscillator Bug debut with a bold combination of various rock ‘n’ roll strands and electronic music. It is hard in this decade to find artists busying themselves with experimentation and avoid either overdoing it or lacking in experience. Perhaps it’s because the opposing genres cancel …

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The Singles: Look How Fast A Heart Can Break

The Singles simplify rock ‘n’ roll on Look How Fast A Heart Can Break, creating a unified record full of catchy guitar melodies, driving backbeats and love-struck lyrics. Harboring a sound very reminiscent of retro rocker Marshall Crenshaw, guitarist and songwriter Vincent Frederick provides clever lyrics about heartbreak in …

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Grant Evans: Lacerations

It has been said that good art is supposed to disturb its audience; in other words, it is supposed to expand your comfort zone and introduce you to new ideas and concepts. So when you have music that is composed of alternate musical ideas and experimental instruments, it can be …

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