MUSIC REVIEWS

Chesca “Feel the Breeze” (LP) 

Chesca made some pretty big waves with her single “Crocodile Tears” earlier this year, and in her new album Feel the Breeze, she brings the aesthetical concept behind the aforementioned track to a feature-length unlike any other I’ve heard in 2021. Rather than skewing simple pop with an unreal knack for …

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Gigi Vega “Down Crazy” (SINGLE)

For the first couple of bars in Gigi Vega’s “Down Crazy,” west coast trap and retro g-funk conceptualism seems to hang in the air like a stubborn fog over the cosmopolitan city lights of early morning, but the fierce beat from the percussion is soon to break through the clouds. …

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Annie Minogue Band “Sandbox”

Rousting us awake from a musical mundanity-induced slumber, the Annie Minogue Band’s “Sandbox” slowly but surely starts to fill the air around us with a countrified blues-rock sound that has no equal on the mainstream level this summer. Certainly, it’s been said by quite a few critics before me that …

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Robert Eberle “Where’s My Mind” (EP)

Adulthood has taught me many lessons. Not all of them are pleasant. Looking back on the younger version of me, circa my teenage years, I remember being smarter than the average sixteen year old, definitely more mature, but understand much more now. As smart as I might have been, as …

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Wave 21 “Brace Yourself” (LP)

Although it would at first seem driven more by the acoustic strumming we encounter in its opening bars than palm-muted electric guitar parts, the quiet pulsations of the latter wind up lending a lot of soul to Wave 21’s “Why Does It Happen” that wouldn’t be present in the music here otherwise. …

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Brooke Josephson “Rainbow” (SINGLE/VIDEO)

Brooke Josephson has traveled a long way from her beginnings in Warsaw, Indiana. She parlayed her theatrical beginnings into work on several major network television programs and now has a handful of music releases to her credit. She leads off her upcoming EP release Showin’ Up with the single “Rainbow” and it’s …

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Little King “Amuse De Q” (LP)

The story of Little King is one that spans over two decades. Their newest album , Amuse De Q, is a testament to their staying power, or perhaps more accurately, their will to survive. Ryan Rosoff is the founder of Little King, and throughout the band’s 20 year history has …

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Gnarly Karma “Rags to Riches” (SINGLE)

Huntington, New York’s Gnarly Karma are the sort of all-embracing rock band the times call for. Their latest single “Rags to Riches” is the latest in a trio of singles geared to expose the five-man outfit to a larger audience than ever before. Composed by singer-guitarist Michael Renert and drummer …

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Eller Rhodes “County Fair” (SINGLE)  

There’s a lot of good music coming out of the Midwest at the moment, and in the country genre, one of the more talented duos to catch my attention this summer has been Eller Rhodes. Comprised of a father and daughter with enough musical experience to really get your attention …

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