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Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014
David Paige's "Not My Fault" sports an easy-breezy feel straight out of a mid '70's California rock record

Chicago native David Paige has had a pretty good 2014 already. He revived the youthful effervescence of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for his music video “Are You Ready?” PopDose named his new EP, Inside Out, one of the best EPs of this year. He’s also been touring recently to promote his new acoustic EP, Unplugged. Below you can stream his newest track, “Not My Fault”, which finds Paige taking kindly to the ‘70s California rock aesthetic.


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Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014
With equal parts moody synths and driving guitar riffs, Tell Everyone, the latest by the New York duo Wild Arrows, captures the trying circumstances that led to its creation.

The duo Wild Arrows describes its history thusly: “Formed in late 2011 out of an idea from 2008, washed away by a hurricane in 2012 and finally to release a full length in 2014.” The emotional circumstances that led to the creation of Tell Everyone, the debut full length by the team of Mike Law and Shiori Takenoshita, are reflected in the music. Moving from passages of gleaming ‘80s synth sounds to distorted, low-end riffs, the album finds Law (vocals) making the best out of a trying situation.


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Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014
Stripped down with no overdubs and sparse production, Ceilings Floors and Open Doors finds California singer/songwriter Gwyneth Moreland distilling her musical voice to its purest essence.

Ceilings Floors and Open Doors has a tricky task to pull off. On the one hand, like so many confessional, lo-fi singer/songwriter albums these days, the record finds California singer/songwriter Gwyneth Moreland avoiding the bells and whistles that comes with much of today’s recording software. Ceilings is stripped-down to the most basic level recording-wise; at times, tinges of lo-fi buzz can be heard seeping into Moreland’s acoustic guitar-driven musings. On the other hand, so many lo-fi albums use that austere type of recording as a gimmick, obscuring whatever unique thing an artist might have to say in favor of sounding “authentic”. Fortunately, the latter folly is nowhere to be found on Ceilings, as Moreland uses a lo-fi sonic to enhance her voice and her songwriting, not to obfuscate them. The result is a singer/songwriter LP with the warmth and intimacy of a small house show.


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Monday, Nov 10, 2014
An execution style kill goes down in a forest... or does it? You'll have to watch the latest music video by the Toronto rockers the Honeyrunners to find out -- and get a potent dose of the Black Crowes style riffs to boot.

The Honeyrunners hail from Toronto, but you’d be forgiven for thinking them another retro-minded American rock ‘n’ roll band. The spirit of the Black Crowes is alive and well with this young outfit, whose latest outing, EP 2, features the driving number “Under Control”. On its own, the song is a real jam, with staccato riffs building up a tense mood. The tension builds even more, however, in the song’s video, which opens with a man being knelt down, just about to be shot, and then… well, for that, you’ll just have to watch the rest below.


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Monday, Nov 10, 2014
An enigmatic, brooding cut of rock 'n' roll, Betty Black's "Heartless" now has a psychedelic and shadow-heavy music video to accompany its cryptic sonic quality.

If Chelsea Wolfe spent a lot of time out in the Southwestern deserts of the US and listened to a lot of old school blues, the resulting sound would probably be quite close to the music of Betty Black, the project of New York musician Sylvia Gordon. “Heartless”, her latest tune, is a brooding affair, capturing the sexual energy of rock ‘n’ roll at its sleaziest with a healthy dose of blues rhythm. The highly creative Black directed and edited the video to “Heartless” herself, pairing the song’s enigmatic energy with a striking contrast between psychedelic flourishes of color and heavy shadows.


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