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“Mama Told Me Not To Come” Reimagined By Funky Indie Act Five Townz

Independent rock/soul band Five Townz recently released a high quality version of the classic “Mama Told Me Not To Come” by classic rockers Three Dog Night. The vocals are raspy and loose from the get go on the verses, as if Kid Rock and Pitbull wrote a track together. The chorus is really where the...

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Baltimore Quartet Diefenbaker’s Pop Rocks

Baltimore-based garage rock/pop quartet Diefenbaker are currently promoting their new single “Got The Enzyme”. Right away the guitars are messy and thick – exactly the way they should be for a good indie rock act. The synth work is not only tasteful but it elevates the music by widening the soundscape. There is some subtle...

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The Best Party Song Of 2011 – “Sex, Drugs & Rock n’ Roll” by 4Q Rockband

                                                        “Sex, drugs and rock n’ roll” isn’t a term you hear very often anymore. Squares abound. The mainstream masses are more likely to indulge in reality tv,...

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Countless Thousands Are Happy To Be Here – Rock Revival pt 2

Countless Thousands are happy to be here, and it’s easy to imagine the world being equally happy to have them, starved as it is for genuine music and honesty without pretension. It`s rare to find lyrical prowess at all, let alone in a young band, but Danger Van Gorder of ¬†Countless Thousands is truly a...

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Look Out Florence And The Machine! The Nameless Girl Is Here

I’d like to draw your attention to The Nameless Girl, who will probably be a household name within the year provided she gets the right kind of push. Jemma Crook, the lead singer of this emotionally driven “bi-polar pop rock monster”, has a stunningly unique voice. Eclectic, to be sure, yet extremely catchy and something...

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Rock Revival Series Featuring Death Valley High

                        Death Valley High are a gritty hard rock/death pop 4-piece band hailing from San Francisco. Their new single “Multiply” features creepy melodic vocals and squealing guitars – a perfect combination. It’s nice to hear grit seamlessly blended with groove and a strong dose...

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4Q Rockband – Glam Rock From South Africa “I’m Hoping”

4Q Rockband is a independent hard rock/glam band from South Africa, and I was sent their lead single from the upcoming debut release yesterday via my Music XRay account. You wouldn’t expect an epic chorus of this level from a young glam rock/pop punk band, but the soaring harmonies and catchy guitar hook of 4Q’s...

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The RainDoggs – Tom Waits Meets Snoop Dogg To Jam

    The RainDoggs. Very clever name. Tom Waits (who himself released a stellar album “Bad As Me“) once crooned “For I am a rain dog, too” on his 1985 classic album “Rain Dogs”. 26 years later, an independent band from Austin, Texas has taken inspiration from him as well as the iconic Snoop Dogg....

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New Independent Hip Hop Artist Elia Shows Promise

New York rapper (currently residing in Florida) Elia¬†impressed me recently, and it’s always nice when you are sent a track by an independent artist that you would actually play in your spare time. Elia’s delivery is unique, and it works in his favor. For anyone unacquainted, I would compare it to a fusion of Ghostface...

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