MUSIC REVIEWS

Xoe Miles “Where Do We Go?” (SINGLE)

Xoe Miles’ new single “Where Do We Go?” is the latest work from the alt-pop singer/songwriter and her self-taught talents are in full bloom. Miles’ commitment to writing her own material reflects her undimmed passion for creative expression. It has expanded to producing and engineering her work as well. “Where …

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Cedars “Bearing Swords” (SINGLE)

In their haunting new single “Bearing Swords,” darkly melodic outfit Cedars experiments with the limits of melodicism in a way that brings to mind some of the gods of synth-rock crossover music, and yet the metallic fitting that comes into play roughly halfway through the track winds up being the …

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Ventruss “Relinquished” (SINGLE)

Although it’s rather bruising beside the softer melodic tones in the song, the percussive thrust behind Ventruss’ epic metallic dirge in the new single “Relinquished” is almost a necessary evil – were it not packing as much of a punch as it is in this instance, the thunderous ascent of …

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Northern Gloom’s “Around the Face” (SINGLE)

Like getting smacked in the face with the body of a bass guitar, the first couple of moments in which we experience Northern Gloom’s new single “Around the Face” live up to the title of the track and then some. INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/_northerngloom_/?hl=en What they don’t completely reveal to the audience …

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Ronnue “You Got Me Open” (SINGLE)

Shortly after pressing play on the standard mix of Ronnue’s new single “You Got Me Open,” one can’t help but immediately wonder if we’re living in 1993 instead of 2023. One thing is for certain here, and it’s that Ronnue certainly doesn’t care what year it is in this track, …

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Rick Lorenzini’s “The Anywhere Café” (LP)

Southern California based multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Rick Lorenzini’s The Anywhere Café demonstrates his versatility. He blends jazz and folk influences throughout the album’s dozen tracks and building the compositions around piano gives this collection a much different flavor than his earlier work. It is his second studio album, following his debut What Brings You …

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Shady Oaks “Mad” (SINGLE)

The bluesy strum and drang of Shady Oaks’ new single “Mad” will garner a wide and appreciative audience. The Denver, Colorado riff-rockers milk their blues influences for all they’re worth and never fall into the trap of regurgitating past glories. Lead guitarist and singer/songwriter Ty Gallaway wears influences such The …

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The Crowe Boys “Leather Wallet” (LP)

New Orleans’ The Crowe Boys are three brothers who are steadily amassing a rabid following in the NOLA area and branching out into the national spotlight. They infuse their personal take on folk music tradition with genuine rock and roll energy. Their youthful vigor complements the maturity and undeniable melancholy …

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Taydem Shoesmith “Are You Clapping?” (SINGLE)

A strong harmony is often at the foundation of a great pop song, and though it’s up for debate whether or not the new single from Taydem Shoesmith, “Are You Clapping?,” is as legendary as some of its predecessors (and clear forerunners) in the pop genre have been, there’s denying …

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