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Hex Smokers – “From Beyond”

Indiana act Hex Smokers got us feeling rowdy with their latest offering, “From Beyond.” A retro organ laces this one with hints of creepy 70s horror punk… But there’s more to this jam than meets the eye. Some blistering guitar leads and mysterious vocals really help to bring this one home. Fans of The Denzels, The…

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Soobie – “Tell Me What”

Soobie is a 21-year-old singer/songwriter from Chennai, India. Her latest earworm is “Tell Me What,” a squiggly synthy bedroom-pop jam about the inner workings of her mind. The chorus of “don’t tell me what to do” pairs perfectly with the quasi-clavi riffing that comes afterward. This one is full of sugary, bubblegum melodies – check it…

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Floral – “This Year”

Floral is a California-based math-rock duo whose “This Year” blew us away with its sheer demonstration of musicianship. Pairing math-rock riffing with the sentimentality of midwest emo is a genius move by these two musicians. Hints of American Football can be heard among the otherwise blistering riffing that is reminiscent of Topshelf heroes Toe, Maps &…

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Rochester

Soviet Dolls Release Cover of 80’s Classic “Cruel Summer”

Rochester synth-pop act Soviet Dolls has released a cover of the classic Bananarama hit “Cruel Summer.” Set to clips of Night of the Comet, the Dolls’ take on “Cruel Summer” keeps the synthy magic but gives it a polished, 2020 feel. Their take on the song is just a bit darker, with a slightly more…

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Phobia Quartet – “1995”

Something about “1995” screams late 90s. Maybe its the charming lo-fi mix or the emo-pop musings of singer Adam Hood, but Phobia Quartet really seem to have captured a moment here. Full of the charming indie rock you’d expect to hear on Vagrant or Deep Elm Records in the early 2000s, “1995” nails it with…

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Hanter Dro – “Turtle Man”

It’s been a hot minute since we’ve heard an inspiring slice of post-hardcore angst. Hanter Dro is a talented Swiss act whose “Turtle Man” has been a mainstay on our playlists. Full of discordant guitars, powerfully emotional vocals, and huge drums, “Turtle Man” is perfect post-hardcore for fans of La Dispute, Balance and Composure, or…

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Kadeema – “Gotta Get It”

Out of the ashes of Ascot Royals comes Kadeema – the longtime songwriting partnership of Jimmy Chauveau and Tal Vaisman have come together to create “Gotta Get It.” Inspired by the underwhelming monotony of the day-to-day grind, “Gotta Get It” is more about dancing away your problems than letting them get the best of you. This…

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Mint Julep – “Stray Fantasies”

Last time we checked in with Mint Julep, we were jazzed on the lovely synth-pop of “Blinded.” Their latest offering, “Stray Fantasies” is the title track from their upcoming LP – it stays on-trend with pulsing synth textures, ethereal vocals, and a hint of wintry energy. “Fantasies” and “Blinded” are both going to be included…

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Stray Fossa – “Are You Gonna Be Okay

If you’re an avid buffaBLOGGER, you know we’ve been paying close attention to shoegazy VA act Stray Fossa for at least a few years now. Their latest jam is “Are you Gonna Be Okay” – continuing their trend of bedroom-pop greatness, the trio pairs hush-hush vocals with blasts of synth, warbled out guitar twinkling, and big snazzy basslines. Stick…

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Valentin Marx – “Fair”

Brooklyn based trio Valentin Marx aren’t messing around – their latest banger is “Fair,” a big indie rock jam that owes as much to Wilco as it does Sufjan Stevens. A rip roaring electric piano opener leads into impassioned, wistful vocals before finally breaking into a guitar-based chorus. Full of surprisingly melodic moments, “Fair” is an…

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