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Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015
The sophisticated and catchy experimental pop of "There's Nothing There" is an intriguing preview of his new record, OK It's Not OK.

When “quiescence” is one of the words used in a pop song, you guess with reasonable confidence that the tune would be best classed as “thinking person’s pop”. Such is certainly the case for the new LP by Corey Dargel, OK It’s Not OK, and its lead track “There’s Nothing There”, the video of which you can stream below. Although the main refrain of the song has Dargel singing, “It’s not a disguise / My vacant stare / Look into my eyes / There’s nothing there”, it’s easy to tell that those lines themselves form something of a mask for Dargel. The eclectic arrangements and quirky mood of “There’s Nothing There” reveals Dargel to be a composer with a lot going on in his head.


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Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015
Spare and simple, the latest number by Jesse Harris and Star Rover, is a melancholy lament to the ephemeral nature of life.

Time Out New York once said about the singer/songwriter Jesse Harris, “[His] gift lies in his deft rendering of fleeting moods and passing moments.” This holds particularly true for “Catch the Ash”, a track off of Harris’ new album with Star Rover, No Wrong No Right. The spartan tune uses delicately played minor chords to slow down time as Harris reminds us to “catch the ash before it falls”. Harris rose to fame after writing Norah Jones’ Grammy-winning song “Don’t Know Why”, but since then he’s remained a prolific and unique recording artist, a streak continued by No Wrong No Right.


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Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015
The latest tune by the New York singer/songwriter is an affable, voice-and-guitar tune that captures what Sexton calls "the twilight of the mind".

Syracuse, New York singer/songwriter Martin Sexton is going to release his eighth studio record, Mixtape of the Open Road, this winter. You’ve already heard the lead single “Remember That Ride”, which premiered on Wall Street Journal online; now you can stream the wistful number “You (My Mind is Woo)” below.


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Monday, Jan 12, 2015
A driving anthem for those striving to break free from the mundane 9-to-5 routine, "Spoil Yr Party" is a potent first taste of what's to come on Sporting Life's new LP, Rivalry.

Sporting a pop streak that’s unafraid to be aggressive, the San Francisco outfit Sporting Life is set to release its new album, Rivalry, just about the time folks start preparing themselves for the springtime. Fitting, too, as the high-energy music of the group is well suited for sunnier environs. But “Spoil Yr Party”, the video of which you can stream below, is the kind of rock number that’s fit for all seasons, as it’s a driving tune that expresses a universal frustration that, in the modern day, knows no temporal constraints.


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Monday, Jan 12, 2015
For a slice of honky-tonk rock chock full of spirited backing vocals and bluesy guitar, Ivory Deville's "Dance Hall" will do just the trick.

Ivory Deville may call Los Angeles its home, but by the sound of “Dance Hall”, a track off its recently released self-titled LP, they’d fit in just as well in a Southern honky-tonk. This is just the kind of tune to jolt one out of the winter doldrums and into the mood for dancing—yes, the song really does live up to its name. “Dance Hall” now has a fun and free-spirited live video to accompany its rock swagger, which you can view below.


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