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Give Chase merge punk and nintendo with quality results

Merging glitchy dubstep influenced electronica with Linkin Park and Snapcase inspired alternative punk, indie band Give Chase bring ambition and a slight twist to some familiar genres. The breakdowns feel like aggressive Nintendo music, something their contemporaries Horse The Band experiment with often. Their track “Brave Face” has a strong sense of groove and melody,...

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Paul Y Justin talk about DIY and punk music marketing

Today I spoke with eccentric Sacramento rock duo Paul Y Justin, who are currently working on their debut album. Welcome to Independent Music Promotions. Tell us about Paul Y Justin and what you bring to the table. We started out in a punk band in high school, back then as members of “The Celery Stalkers”,...

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Brazil’s Cultivo Comes In Peace

Brazilian sensations Cultivo “transport the listener to a state of joy and well being”, according to their biography. I have to say that I feel slightly as if I’m on vacation after listening to the relaxing “Impermanencia“. Though I don’t understand what they’re saying, this helps me sink further into the bright mood displayed. Generally focused...

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“Selfish” by metal newcomers Judgemetal

A good effort by independent metal act Judgemetal comes to us in the form of “Selfish”. The recording is respectable and the spirit is there, with the opening vocals reminiscent of stoner metal clutching onto a well chosen vocal line (the classic ‘Astronomy Domine’ by Pink Floyd comes to mind). The use of noise instead...

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Rock n Roll Storm’s A Comin – A Hideous Blue Inspires

“Nothing’s what you bargained for. Give it up like a cheap whore.” That sums it up, doesn’t it? There is a positive message in there if you look for it. Your plan. Give it up. Drop it. Sobering, lyrical brilliance from Mr. Derrick Mills, the musical mastermind behind the dangerous and fascinating project A Hideous...

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The Worries Sense Trouble

“The world is in trouble. So much trouble.” So starts the track “Strictly Worries” by London-based reggae/soul band The Worries. From the necessity of an Occupy Wall Street movement to the crashing worldwide economy, dimming resource bases, unending starvation, and rampant violence worldwide, it’s evident that the world is in trouble and it’s easy to...

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NO impress Bono with “Meet Me After Dark”

You know that you’re on the right path when you get a call from Bono saying that he’s a fan of your music. Los Angeles-based pop rock 4-piece NO have had this experience, and are now moving headstrong into the holiday season with some serious vigor. Instantly catchy, cotton candy pop rock with hints of...

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Act Natural wear their hearts on their sleeves with “Highs and Lows”

When I hear the term alternative rock band, I’m not really sure what it means anymore. In some circles, even Nickelback is labelled alternative rock (Don’t ask me for references on that one). However, one of the more respectable heads on this particular hydra is the emotional, atmospheric personality expressed by bands like Death Cab For...

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Pia Dean releases “Maybe”, Feeling Good, Feeling Great

“Brand new day and it’s looking good. It feels like I can breathe again.” Nothing at all wrong with some revival and positivity in my books. I can agree with the sentiment. Independent newcomer Pia Dean shows some real promise on her new collaboration with vocalist Caroline Langford, the sunny and emotive “Maybe”. Langford’s unique vocal...

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Deadman Walking Through Moody Territory

Coming to us from Madrid, Spain, moody alternative rock trio Deadman bring to mind early-era Radiohead, The Cure, Placebo, Joy Division, The Smiths and The Pixies. This is not at all a bad thing, as few bands do it well. Deadman take both brit pop and goth rock to heart, and marry the two. The...

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Score A Point For Intelligent Hip Hop – Good Biz Drop “Sound Investment”

It’s always inspiring to hear intelligent hip hop artists who are more socially conscious than socially destructive in their expression. The album “Sound Investment” is hot off the press and comes to us from independent hip hop super duo Good Biz. Sitting within the “conscious hip hop” genre, MC’s KP and Bobbie Fine bring a...

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Could Dale Turner’s “Mannerism’s Magnified” Cause Neurogenesis?

Exercise. Meditation. Active learning. Ginkgo buloba. Dale Turner. Though more research may be required, I would bank on the fact that ALL of these things encourage the healthy process of neurogenesis (the growth of new brain cells) in the human brain. Just after going through a phase of being entranced by Brian Wilson’s work on...

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