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From Indie Folk to Neo-Soul: Get to Know Sam Westhoff, the Name Behind the Evolution [Artists to Watch]

Sometimes all you need to realize the true greatness of something is to take a second look. I met Sam Westhoff some five years ago, as we were both freshmen at the university we attended. I’ve always known Westhoff as a musician, and I remember that first EP he released back in 2014, Hello, my name is. Not long after I ...

I think this is working… I think. but these are def cool. [single reviews]

DBMK - "Heartscam": DBMK seem to have found that happy medium between Twenty One Pilots and The 1975, while occupying a space all their own. Their newest single "Heartscan" seems to further make a point of this. I appreciate the band's ability to make effective use of space in this song, often trading bombastic grooves for ...

I wrote this instead of watching the Buckeyes [single reviews]

Drug Church photo credit: Tommy Cantwell Drug Church - "Weed Pin": Driving rock n' roll. About being unhireable, as Drug Church says. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. And when life deals a crappy hand, write a sick rock song about it. That appears to be advice that Drug Church is following. A touch of shoegaze ...

coffee shop summer jams [single reviews]

Amber Pacific - "Feels So Right": Within seconds of this song starting, I felt a wave of nostalgia overtake me. This song feels like it came out a couple of months late, but thankfully it's still July and there are some summer highlights to be enjoyed so far. The lyrics are typical for the feel good side of pop punk, but ...

pop music in flames [single reviews]

The Saylor - "It's Fire": How many different allusions to fire can one make in a song? The Saylor, formerly of reggae/hip hop/rock fusion group V!BES makes his solo debut with this single, which is certifiably a summer banger. After all, the music video for the song has racked up over 12,000 views in just over a week of ...

New and unexpected directions sure to enthrall [single reviews]

Vesperteen - "Sweet Child o'Mine": Come on, do I even need to tell you this is a cover? If you were skeptical that a vibey, emotive indie pop project could take on such a legendary tune and emerge unscathed I would understand - I was there myself. But against all odds Colin and Co. pull it off. That iconic guitar riff takes ...

anticipated bangers [single reviews]

Andreas Moss - "Stop Me": At SXSW this year, an employee of Curb Records turned to me and warned me playfully that Andreas Moss was about to "blow the roof off the joint." Right he was. Of all the artists I saw that first evening at SXSW he had the best vocal performance. In spite of his songs being huge (whether a club ready ...