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REVIEW: “Odd West” by Jason McMahon

  By ELI JACE > Odd West is the debut solo album from Jason McMahon and it plays like snowflake flurries caught in a valley. Its beautiful cover illustration beckons forth with thick charcoal burnt guitar strings evaporating into ripped out cassette tape.   McMahon’s central command is the acoustic guitar. Odd West is instrumental,...

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Who Says There’s No Good Music Anymore? Here Are The 50 Best Albums of the 2010’s

Anyone who quips that there’s no good music anymore needs to open up and let it in. Music is more daring, experimental and free than ever, and the artists who fearlessly explore are often rewarded with appreciation from the music loving community. From edgy late-in-life releases like Bowie’s ‘blackstar’ to mind-expanding opuses like Kamasi Washington’s...

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Jim Morrison must be smiling. Marilyn Manson’s “The End” cover is artful, passionate and essential.

Somewhere in the cosmos, Jim Morrison is smiling, resting in the knowledge that someone out there really ‘got it’, all that talk of painful wildernesses, lizard self-awareness and personal release at the end of all things. At least one person ‘got it’, and it’s clear that person is Marilyn Manson. On Manson’s recently released cover...

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Stream Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s new Track “The Way It Used to Be” Taken from The Watchmen Soundtrack

Dark ambient soundtrack music’s new dynamic duo, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, have done it again on new composition “The Way It Used to Be”, a beautiful, jazz-soaked number they’ve offered for preview on Youtube. Vinyl collectors take notice, as HBO’s The Watchmen Soundtrack(s) will be available on vinyl very shortly. From Watchmen Episode 6,...

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Live Video from The Family Soul, “So Beautiful”

Out of Windsor, Ontario, Canada is the grand ensemble, The Family Soul, a new group that formed in 2017. Their debut album, On The Shoulders Of…Vol. 1, from this year, is full of snappy grooves, R&B licks and a lot of horn. The group simply started as a way to give Soul Brother Mike’s songs more...

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Happy Freuds Bring Thoughtful Folk and Electric Fuzz Worship on Balanced “Echo of Sounds” Album

Javea, Spain-based quartet Happy Freuds do a wonderful job of balancing both sides of their musical personality. On one hand, they do more than dabble in the loud electric soundscapes, playing fuzzed out riffs that wouldn’t sound out of place on a late 70’s metal record. On the other hand, they maintain a fascination with...

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Fort Lauderdale Rapper RuudAwakening Shows 2PAC Grit, Purging Depression, Fear and Misery on “CATHARSIS” Album

“Are you hearing those screams? See, my people ain’t free. They just want us to freeze.” – Magic,  by RuudAwakening Careful or this one will go over your head. RuudAwakening is that rare rapper who brings a complete subversive level to his rhymes, using sarcasm and brutal honesty to deliver atypical messages over hard modern...

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New York’s Prolific Indie Genius Nehedar Fends Off Polarized Cultural Forces in “Pendulum” single

New York-based artist Nehedar, brain child of restless musical genius Emilia Cataldo, has been consistently releasing excellent music since 2007 (Nehedar has 9 albums on Bandcamp & some secret releases on Soundcloud.) Think of artists like St. Vincent, PJ Harvey and Sharon van Etten and you’re on the right track. Always insightful and lyrically relevant,...

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New Music Friday – Essential New Artists for the True Music Connoisseur

It’s New Music Friday again, and there’s a plethora of essential new artists for all you music connoisseurs out there. Below we’ll outline our curated recommendations. Most of these picks are included on our Independent Music Worldwide playlist. Hope – Red Man Find something more powerful than this for me. Don’t worry. I’ll wait….it’s just...

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New York Artist XI.ME.NA Summons Electronic Pop and Avant-Garde Opera Muses on Enchanting “Before You” EP

We’re very pleased to introduce award-winning artist XI.ME.NA, who uses her multi-disciplinary background, personal life experience and out-of-this-world vocal capacity to create a truly original sound, demonstrated on new EP release “Before You”. Art pop singer XI.ME.NA from New York/Venezuela uses her voice to create neoclassical, vocally-driven, ambient, electronica music. Produced by Joe Rogers, these are...

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Raising Hope and Celebrating Life with Sluka on Majestic Rock Single “Hey Oh”

The latest release from Progressive Alternative Rock group Sluka entitled “Hey Oh” is the 2nd single to be released from upcoming full-length album “Ready to Connect” (due Oct 31 on all platforms), and it’s without a doubt a force majeure. Grammy Award Winner Alan Sanderson produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered the entire album. Sluka brings a positive...

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NYC-based Acoustic Singer Songwriter Scott Chasolen shows Music’s Power to Transform and Heal on “Living in Limbo” Album

Bold and introspective Singer Songwriter Scott Chasolen‘s new “Living in Limbo” full-length album was truly written out of urgency. The collection of intimate performances shows music’s Power to transform and heal, a process Scott himself can attest to. Scott is a well-established NYC-based musician, highly sought after for session work. He also plays in the...

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