Belushi Speed Ball – Stella 1 and Stella 2

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Belushi Speed Ball. The name says it all. This protothrash quartet hails from Louisville Kentucky and released their sophomore album Stella 1 and Stella 2 on sonaBLAST! records earlier this year. Need a jam to get the blood pumpin’…but also … Continued

Jessica Ever – How’s This for Distance?

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This album hits the spot! And not just because I relate to these songs on a personal level (Chicago, breakups, twenty-something angst), but because the craft is that good. Ever blends the best sounds of the 90’s alternative scene (think … Continued

Figbeats – Circle the Drain

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Valparaiso Indiana is mostly known to being the home of Orville Redenbacher…which is a reference I feel may be dated, as many of “Gen Z” are likely unfamiliar with the commercials of the always smiling octogenarian slinging his signature popcorn. … Continued

Hard Femme – A Layer of Topsoil

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“Human life has no meaning, still we find it in each other day,” What a lovely lyrical sentiment! Each song on the new Hard Femme album is filled with wonder, existentialism, and queer identity. Hard Femme’s “soft queer pop” has … Continued

Emily Jane Powers – Isometry

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I was already a fan of Emily Jane Powers, and even more so now. The newest release from Emily increases the focus on honest and intense songwriting. Standout track, Blue Black Grey White has a passionate shout along chorus. Three of … Continued

Liz Phair – Soberish

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Alternative/indie/pop-rock trailblazer Liz Phair has returned with her first album of new material since 2010. And it was worth the wait, as these songs shine and deliver fans a “dose” of classic Phair: specific and sincere songwriting on a variety … Continued

Beach Bomb – Cannibals

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June is here. Compared to last summer, there seems to be child like wonder attached to this one. The excitement of reconnecting with friends, going to see live music, or just socializing in general after a year of isolation has … Continued

Serengeti – have a summer

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Sunny, funky, good-time rock just in time for the summer. Enjoyable flow both in the sung and spoken verses, with lyrics detailing the varieties of ways to turn up, all with a healthy dose of self-empowerment. The tracks move along … Continued