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Ethica – “Alarm”

Russian dream pop quartet Ethica supplies a juicy guitar-driven jam with their latest single, “Alarm.” This track brings an edge to the typical indie shoegaze ethos, meeting silky smooth vocals with gritty guitar lines and pounding bass. They play up the contrast well, keeping things refreshing with subtle layers of synth and guitar countermelodies. The…

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Esai – “Groove”

Hip hop wonder kid Esai spits full on fire in his single “Groove.” In just under 2 minutes, the 17-year-old rap aficionado manages to paint a full picture with clever lyricism delivered at the speed of light with perfect clarity. Citing influence from the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Eminem, Esai takes the full storytelling…

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Album of the Week

Hundred Plus Club – Everybody’s Friend

Everybody’s Friend, the recently released album from Cheektowaga indie rockers Hundred Plus Club, gets going right from the start, with the frenetic opener “Twice the Pride, Double the Fall” bringing forth all the attitude one might expect from a tune about dismissing a relationship on the brink of toxicity, not to mention employment of a…

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Good in the Dark – “When the Night Is Through”

“When the Night Is Through” stands as the debut single from Good in the Dark, the collaboration among Chicago-bred multi-instrumentalist Heather Perry, percussionist Carlos J. Zapata and guitarist Grant Goldsworthy. The band sustains a noise pop sound mixed with traces of disco and pulsating dance, as well as the edge of a post-punk band to…

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The Dirty Clergy – “Summer Days” (ft. Karina Noelle)

The Dirty Clergy’s “Summer Days” should feel like an escape or maybe more so a cause for longing if you live in western New York this time of year. The track sounds like vintage Weezer brightened up by angelic backing vocals and talk of everlasting summer. Nominated for an Independent Music Award, mentioned on the…

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Why Not – “Dear Friend, Pt. 2”

Minneapolis band Why Not applies a formula of indie rock mixed with math rock and punk to their 2-minute-long single “Dear Friend, Pt. 2.” The track houses irrefutable energy brought on by cutting guitar riffage and unbridled percussive bashing, all of which leads to reminiscence of a Minutemen tune. Furthermore, the song’s somewhat clumsily placed…

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NEWMEN – “Debbie Harry”

With a song title like “Debbie Harry,” it comes as little to no surprise this recent single from German indie rock band NEWMEN encapsulates a sleek new wave sound bearing partial resemblance to that of Blondie, the legendary New York outfit Harry famously fronted. The track is teeming with crisp dealings of guitar and waves…

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Ruler – “Easy Life”

Matt Batey’s solo project Ruler finds the Montana-turned-Seattle-hailing musician pushing out the single “Easy Life,” a high-spirited pop-rock masterwork stitched together from the fabric of life’s woes. From dealing with a downer of a 9-to-5 job to a deteriorating relationship, the lyrics express a plea of “why me?” in a world that stomps on the…

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Escapists – “Weirdo”

Escapists, a London-based quartet, lay down an air of menace as their recently released track “Weirdo” settles in with 10 seconds of radio-type frequency and sludgy distortion before breaking into a hard-edged, unrelenting rock groove. The track strikes a perfect balance between chaos and precision in this earworm of a tune lyrically centered around the…

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HAWAI – “Think About It”

The Orange County alternative rock four-piece HAWAI starts out their new, endlessly catchy tune “Think About It” with its elegant keyboard line in the forefront while twitchy vocal and separate instrumental cues hint at what’s to come. The track then jumps into a colorful synth-pop soundscape met with lyrics detailing a wordless but tension-filled interaction…

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