Leanids

Raw folk and earnest vocals describe Leanids well. The Swedish outfit builds intensity on one track and slows things back down on the next (or several tempos in one!). There’s a sense of sincerity on their new record, A Wildly, which few bands are able to convey. Leanids are making music they want to make, [...]

New Letting Up Despite Great Faults: “Wrapped”

It’s taken me way too long to post the new Letting Up Despite Great Faults material, and for that I apologize. This crew has been one of my favorites over my blogging (and pre-blogging) years, in both personality and musicianship. I adore everything they put it out. Frankly, it’s hard not to. Not [...]

[MP3] Fitness Club Fiasco: “Hades”

Fitness Club Fiasco, of Toronto, is back with new single “Hades,” which was actually inspired by the band’s experience watching loved ones battle cancer. The emotional highs and lows are on full display in this dynamic track. Driven by electro beats and lulling harmonies, “Hades” is a sufficiently lush tune.

Hades by Fitness [...]

Duplekita

Duplekita, the new project of Faunts co-founder Tim Batke out of Edmonton, makes some of my favorite kind of music. Expansive, electronic pop with sweet, hushed vocals and a building, layered melody. It’s a sound that can be listened to on repeat without a care in the world. I’ll put on my headphones, [...]

[MP3] Eliza Shaddad: “Hideaway” (Kiesza cover)

Check out Eliza Shaddad’s take on Kiesza’s “Hideaway” with production by Turtle. In case you forgot, I featured the Sudanese/Scottish singer a little over a month ago. She’s dynamite, and so is this cover. Shaddad recently released her debut EP, Waters, via Beatnik [...]

Andrew Rinehart: “Doin’ What We Have To Do (feat. Cheyenne Mize)”

For some strange reason, this new song from Andrew Rinehart (aka Andrew Sellers) was sent to my spam folder. I couldn’t think of a less-deserving track for that to happen to. Laden with heavy strings and Rinehart’s mellow, poignant vocals, “Doin’ What We Have To Do” should be a massively licensed single for [...]

Phox: “1936″

I heard a song from Phox way back when, and then for some terrible reason I forgot about them. Probably reasons that befall all music bloggers. There are just too many bands to remember. Luckily, their label – Partisan Records – got in touch with a new song of theirs, “1936,” and it’s simply [...]

Kan Wakan

LA trio Kan Wakan released their debut LP, Moving On, this week. Hearkening back to the days of genuinely melodic indie music, with full orchestral backings amidst simple keystrokes, Moving On should quickly propel Kan Wakan into territory that suits radio and blog fans alike. The songs below are sure to lift your spirits with [...]

Miracle Fortress: “Here’s To Feeling Good All The Time”

One of the best parts of blogging again is getting reacquainted with bands I wrongly left off my radar when I was on hiatus. Miracle Fortress hasn’t really been a part of my life for a while, but with their new single “Here’s To Feeling Good All The Time,” I’m feeling some major regret. It [...]

Pretties for You

Pretties for You (oh hey, Alice Cooper) did well in choosing their band name. Their music is exactly what I’d expect, which isn’t a bad thing. Female vocals, abundant energy, in-your-face rock. Intense passion oozes from Martina Forsgren’s voice and the unrefined sounds follow. Another thing going for Pretties for You is that they’re [...]