The Contortionist: Language

Progressive metal acts have been on the rise in recent years; more and more bands are setting out to write extremely technical music, all while keeping it accessible to those not involved in the scene. One such band is The Contortionist, who only started exploring the genre a few years …

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Jake Tavill: Indigo Child

Blues artists are known for their undeniable soulfulness, boasting of struggle and heartbreak. In modern times when pop music often dominates the masses, such artists are difficult to come by among the younger crowd. Yet Jake Tavill’s debut album, Indigo Child, is a refreshing blend of deep, moody blues …

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Cariad Harmon: Cariad Harmon

Do you have to be an American born and raised to be able to put your heart into an Americana-inspired album? Some might argue yes, but Cariad Harmon, who grew up in London, has not let that stop her from producing an album of her aesthetic of choice. Originally from …

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Within The Ruins: Phenomena

Out with the old and in with the new. The saying may be common, but metalcore band Within The Ruins have set out to prove that it doesn’t mean there isn’t room for compromise. Much like their sound, a dynamic blend of metal and electronic, Within The Ruins are able …

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Gwyneth Moreland: Ceilings, Floors And Open Doors

Gwyneth Moreland has two releases under her belt and is ready to introduce the world to her third. Ceilings, Floors, And Open Doors was written in her hometown of Mendocino, California. A rural town, Mendocino is sure to have served as inspiration for the album. With the help of bassist …

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Social Distortion @ Starland Ballroom

SAYREVILLE, NJ—The night at newly and gorgeously renovated Starland Ballroom started with two sedate opening bands, folk-rockers Johnny Two Bags and the garage band, The Whigs. Then, shortly after 10 p.m., long-surviving punk rockers Social Distortion exploded on stage playing the fast-paced “Road Zombie” with its relentless drumming and its …

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Better Than Ezra: All Together Now

Some bands may be intimidated by the need to consistently put out progressively fresh music that still manages to attract a dedicated fanbase. Better Than Ezra have proven they are not one of those bands with the release of All Together Now. Their eighth album gives their signature alternative …

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Pale Hands: Spirit Lines

A wife-and-husband duo, Pale Hands hail from Massachusetts playing warm and sultry dream pop laid over several walls electronic beats and melodic hooks. Their debut, Spirit Lines, is as frontwoman Jen Johnson puts it, a “place to express my pop side,” a record whose uncomplicated nature belies the multitude …

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Wormburner: Pleasant Living In Planned Communities

Wormburner have no time nor need for a long, drawn-out introduction, and just like a novel without a prologue, Pleasant Living In Planned Communities immediately kicks into high gear, weaving several tales of soldiers, hustlers, and other characters living through desperation. The band effortlessly melds indie, punk, power pop, and …

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Maggie Bjorklund: Shaken

Maggie Bjorklund is a steel guitarist, singer, and composer from Denmark. She has gotten her name out there as a musician by working with many. Her experience includes having toured and recorded with Jack White, performed with Howe Gelb, X’s John Doe, and Exene Cervenka, and released her debut album …

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