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Yorkshire, England-based singer-songwriter Paul Littlewood delivers a warm and sincere song from his new double A-side single.
This 6-CD box set caps the popular series with a look at renowned Memphis label Stax’s multiple imprints in celebration of its 60th anniversary.
Synth-pop/post-punk act Twin Ritual reveals its dancing-inducing grooves and thought-provoking lyrics on its debut EP.
Russian dream rock band Champanes goes the stoner pop route (and originates the descriptive term?) on its heavy-dreamy new single.
Danish alternative/electronic rock group VETO unveils another captivating number from its upcoming fourth studio album.
UK garage/psych-rock duo The Black Delta Movement delivers a dynamic cut from its upcoming album.
Louisiana native electronic/synths-based psych duo Stonerpop releases a hypnotic, yet vivid new tune off its trance-inducing upcoming album.
Norfolk, England-residing electronic duo Broads unveils its rich and layered second single from its upcoming sonically diverse album.
Seminal Americana band 6 String Drag returns with a reissue of 1997 classic album High Hat and a new album in March.
NYC-by-way-of-Chicago indie rock/punk act Stock Footage drops the dynamic lead-off single from its upcoming second EP.
Art rock singer-songwriter ASHRR delivers an atmospheric synths-based number that focuses on his heavy and haunting vocals.
The Big Takeover premieres seminal punk/rock band The Scenics’ WFMU concert in full and musician/author Peter Aaron reviews the impressive gig.
NYC rock ‘n’ roll band Dave Goddess Group releases a classic rock EP and drops a new video for its title track.
Singer-songwriter/performer Amanda Brown (NBC’s The Voice, Season 3) delivers an energetic and powerful first single from her highly anticipated debut album.
NYC’s Baroque/psych-pop band Lake Ruth unveils a lovely, bittersweet, psych-tinged track from its upcoming second album.
Swedish experimental/indie act ShapeShiftingAliens (AKA Niklas Rundquist and J.P. Cleve) delivers an eccentric new video.
Chilean guitar-based, indie rock band Maff reveals its first Spanish-sung song off of its upcoming second album.
Indie rock/folk band The Cabin Fever emphasizes lyrical turmoil and subdued emotions and sonics on its second EP (which is reviewed here too).
Veteran singer-songwriter/musician Steve Barton (Translator) returns with an ambitious and varied triple album.
Oakland, CA-based indie pop/rock band Felsen unveils its fifth reflective and captivating album, out soon via Mystery Lawn Music.
Garage rock/punk act (project of prolific musician Daniel Brady Lynch) Bummerville drops a video for a new rough, but tuneful track.
Pop-rock act Echo Bloom (the music project of Kyle Evans) releases an Americana-steeped number off its new album.
Rising British indie garage rock band The Velvet Hands release a single and accompanying video from its upcoming debut album.
Seattle rock band Nostalgist straddles the line between shoegaze and post-punk on an atmospheric tune off of its upcoming album.
Hip-hop/jazz/world music hybrid group LowDown Brass Band drops an involving video for a vibrant number off its new album.
Veteran singer-songwriter/musician Luther Russell (Those Pretty Wrongs) will be releasing an anthology of his work, as well as a new album.
Turkish garage rock/punk band Reptilians From Andromeda scream for revolution on its new gritty and grungy debut album.
Indie/garage rock band Ampline (including Mike Montgomery of R.Ring) delivers its 5th LP of raw, propulsive, and tuneful tracks.
Renowned singer-songwriter/musician and author Kristin Hersh unveils a new video for a tune off her most recent, critically lauded album.
Rustbelt rock band The Outside Voices unveils a gritty to psychedelic, vibrant rock number off its upcoming EP.
UK-based cosmic/psychedelic folk outfit The Hanging Stars channels the sweet sounds of The Byrds and Big Star on its new single.
Eraldo Bernocchi and Chihei Hatakeyama join forces on an upcoming LP and new ambient and ethereal single.
Veteran musicians Erica Elektra (Hearts of Palm UK) and David Klotz (Fonda, TV show music editor) pair up on new synthwave project.
Pacific Northwest indie pop band Math and Physics Club gets inspired by the Posies on its latest charming, melodic single.
Canadian singer-songwriter/musician David Myles draws from American roots music on his latest single and upcoming 10th album.
Seminal punk band the Dwarves returns with an explosive, but melodic track off its upcoming album on Burger Records.
Andy Wickett, the original frontman of Duran Duran, gets his due with Cleopatra Records’ release of an EP of early band demos.
Jason Wagers (The Corridors), recording as Nova Flares, drops a hazy imagery video for his debut jangle-pop/surf rock single.
My best bets on another great year for music, old and new. (Never mind the cranks, here’s the good stuff as ever.) Hope this little list inspires you to find, or give a second look to, a few cool releases you might miss otherwise that you end up truly loving.
Australian ethereal/indie pop duo Corniglia pairs light and shadow on a brisk, yet still reflective number off its debut self-titled album.
Marcus William Striplin, recording under the name of his revered mother, delivers a bittersweet number from his upcoming album.
Casey Chandler, recording as Galapaghost, releases his fourth and last reflectively affecting and thought-provoking folk-rock album.
Explosive rock act Jane Lee Hooker unleashes a video homage to the Rolling Stones’ “Watin’” that is set in the same NYC’s East Village.
Renowned power pop band The Choir (with some members moving on to the Raspberries) releases previously unheard sonic nuggets from the ’60s.
Gibby Paul, previously of now-defunct Mammoth Life, comes back with a spirited rock-pop act and new music video for its lead single.
Influential and long-running art-pop band The Monochrome Set returns with an engaging album and creative premiere text intro to its new video.
Power/baroque pop artist Mo Troper pays homage to ’60s pop videos in his new video for a track off his latest album.
Multi-platform artist Rachel Mason, under the persona of FutureClown, delivers a motivational anti-Trump anthem using his own words.
Sean Morales, who is currently in James Arthur’s Manhunt, releases a retro indie rock track off his upcoming stylistically hybrid album.