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I’m feeling nostalgic, let’s see what new tunes hit the spot [single reviews]

Bird and Byron - "Alone!": LA band to watch Bird and Byron recently dropped this short bop adeptly titled "Alone!" This indie pop ditty features a desperate chorus atop a care-free blanket of instrumentation. The vocals have a bit of a soulful feeling, mixing a bit of southern rock or Americana (choose your favorite genre ...

Reflecting on Melissa Villaseñor’s “Dreamer” and “Safe Place”

This afternoon, I watched the debut episode of SNL comedienne and impressionist Melissa Villaseñor's new podcast "Laughing With Myself," and at the end of the episode she said something quite profound. I'm paraphrasing here so bear with me; she mentioned the importance of laughing at herself because the sound of her giggle ...

my surroundings are chill, and my mind is lit [single reviews]

Safari Room - "Young Water": In our Nashville Artists to Watch feature earlier this year, I compared Safari Room to Local Natives. This earworm of a tune definitely continues this vibe, with a bit of an emotive twist. The feeling I get while listening is similar to stepping into the sunshine of my yard for the first time ...

I’m wired at night [single reviews]

The Midnight - "Deep Blue": Last summer I had something of a synthwave awakening when I found myself listening to a ton of The Midnight and discovering subreddits like "r/outrun," "r/sizz" and "r/TheNightFeeling." I've been intoxicated by this grouping of feelings, and I've been chasing them since then. The Midnight's new ...

synthwave, new wave, don’t wave at me now [single reviews]

Modeling - "Lodestone": I first heard about Modeling via a late submission for Steadfast 2020. Their sound immediately captivated me. Fans of Tycho, Polyenso, and even M83 will love this band. The glorious, otherworldly synth is something I will play at top volume once I complete my 80's outrun-inspired man cave at home. ...

MORE SINGLES FOR YA!!!!! [SINGLE REVIEWS]

Zach Frost-"Death Wish": Zach Frost is one of those musicians that does not put out bad music. Everything he has released thus far has been fantastic. Why? Well, he is a storyteller and very relatable. The songs that he writes are about life and the struggles that we all go through. And with “Death Wish” he continues ...

Grab bag o’ tunes [single reviews]

The Ghost Inside - "Aftermath": The metalcore legends defied all odds and have reemerged from what could have been a career ending crash. "Aftermath" is an honest, anthemic, breakdown loaded banger celebrating a comeback while acknowledging the past. The song has a similar feel to The Color Morale's "Strange Comfort" and ...