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The Phone Booth – “Swim in Oceans”

Santa Barbara quartet The Phone Booth turn to songwriting to work through grief in their upcoming album, Roman. The band’s latest single preceding the release is “Swim in Oceans,” a cacophony of fuzz guitar and muddled vocals that gives nods to their west coast garageband roots and punk-inspired angst. The album itself is an homage to…

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OSQAR – “Let Me Be Your Weekend”

Burgeoning New Zealand electropop act OSQAR comes out swinging with his club-inspired, soon-to-be hit, “Let Me Be Your Weekend.” It’s got all the makings of an electronic bop; a little wistfulness, laid back endurance, and wavy synths to set the tone. In the scope of modern relationships, this track covers all bases, getting a bit…

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Mink’s Miracle Medicine – “Pyramid Theories”

West Virginia duo Mink’s Miracle Medicine strum up some homespun melodies steeped in emotion in their new single “Pyramid Theories.” Melissa Wright’s poignant vocals conjure imagery that stands the tests of time, hammered home with steady percussion and gentle guitar strains. Their folksy twang-meets-grungy rock sound is captivating, showcased as both an impassioned cry and…

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Family Hahas – “OK Year”

Zippy indie rock duo Family Hahas bring a lighthearted sense of nostalgia to their music that’s undeniably infectious. This is especially true of their latest single, “OK Year.” Clarion vocals and burgeoning synth lines maintain the song’s zest, opening up with intrinsic percussion, cementing bass grooves, and paired vocal harmonies. This is easy listening at…

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The Six Sevens – “San Francisco”

Santa Barbara slacker rock outfit The Six Sevens hit the nail on the head of the quarter life crisis in their single “San Francisco.” The quintet’s jangly guitar lines and bleary drum fills help paint the picture of parental disappointment and being young, broke, and restless. With that grungy and wholesome sound that conjures comparisons…

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Bengal Lancers – “Memory Loss”

Indie rock four-piece Bengal Lancers contribute to a vital dialogue in their latest single, “Memory Loss.” The band mulls over the impact of mental health on oneself and others from a stance that’s both earnest and relatable. The listening experience itself is cathartic, letting go of past frustrations and anxieties by way of running guitar lines,…

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Erostratus – “No Show”

New York City trio Erostratus take a page out of the psych-rock book in their track “No Show.” Frontman Ben Workman takes an aerial-view look at his experiences and personal connections, piecing them together with clear-cut imagery and anecdotes. The song’s structure takes on a similarly piecemeal feel, connecting disjointed time signatures with modulating keys…

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Adeline Hotel – “Lightning”

The homespun, jangly wonders of Adeline Hotel are certainly not lost on their latest single, “Lightning.” Dan Knishkowy and Co turn up the rugged side of their sound, ruled by spiraling guitar lines, tinny percussion, and a light haze of distortion to smooth it all over. This track is a step away from the projects…

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TOLEDO – “Hot Stuff”

Indie rock duo TOLEDO draw up a creamy, dreamy hit with their latest single, “Hot Stuff.” Their combination of bubbling electronica, meandering guitar lines, and lofty falsetto provides the all makings for a sunny fall soundtrack. The band broods over the passage of time and the inevitability of change in a way that keeps their lighthearted disposition in…

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Mantell – “Lulu”

Melbourne, Australia foursome Mantell grind out some gritty surf rock with the leading track off their recently released EP, “Lulu.” This song takes the breeziness and serenity that we’ve come to expect from coastal-region bands and cranks it up a few industrial notches. The lead-foot distortion, methodic guitar strains, buzzing synths, and unrelenting drum work…

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