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Don’t blink until you’ve heard these rich new tunes. [Single Reviews]

Moby Rich – “Blink”: Moby Rich is essentially what you get when you cross soaring pop hooks with nasty electronics, and on “Blink” they even sprinkle some video game samples into the mix from time to time. The percussive nature of the song contrasts nicely with a subtle ethereal feel beneath the sonic surface. What ...

HEAT in subzero weather [single reviews]

Judah and the Lion - "Over My Head": I heard this song for the first time live at Nashville's "Music City Midnight" event. My friends weren't fans of the band, but I liked the energy from the song and thought it worked well as a set opener. Banjo has never sounded so good on a synthpop anthem. Make no mistake, though—these ...

Hoosier Monthly Digest: January 2019 Edition

I know I missed a beat with my last “Hoosier Monthly Digest” of 2018, so I decided I’d try to make up for it with an exceptionally extensive column for my first one of 2019. If January is any indication of what the Hoosier State has to offer this year, I have a feeling that we are all in for one wild ride in ...

These new tunes will bring culture and harmony to your eyes (and ears) [single reviews]

Hembree – “Culture”: Hembree had one of my favorite EP’s from 2017 with Had It All, and while 2018 was fairly quiet for the Kansas City-based quintet, the release of their debut full-length is now a very concrete reality. The unveiling of House On Fire to the world is just three months away, and there is no better ...

Getting that travel itch… [single reviews]

Sea Cycles - "Quota": I first heard of Sea Cycles a few years ago when they were booked for a tour with Narrow/Arrow and they played Audiofeed Festival. The experimental dreampop group is rather fittingly from Florida. I say fitting because I can hear bits of both Copeland and Polyenso in their music. On "Quota" they ...

Not sick of this year yet [single reviews]

Year-end lists are everywhere, but we're not done introducing you to new music in 2018. Here are a few songs. Brigetta - "Sick": I first featured this artist (kinda) a while back—she originally performed under the sibling electropop collective Truitt, who I heard about via Phangs. "Sick" is her second single under her own ...

It’s December, and we’re STILL telling you about new stuff [single reviews]

Vesperteen - "Operate": My, what a long way Vesperteen is from the days of "Obsess Possess" and "Feathers So Hollow!" I once would have pegged Vesperteen as a pensive pop artist with a side of partying and now I think I would, in the words of Willy Wonka, "strike that, reverse it." The synth is strong here. Also, thematically ...