Rachel Townsend

Just Breathe is a rock-n-roll romp that seeks to inspire and empower you! The new album from Singer/songwriter Pidgie is a tour-de-force of creative perseverance and personal triumph. Pidgie is a disability rights activist who was born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Pidgie was mentored by her older sister (who also had SMA) on how
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The Brian Shapiro Band will soon carve out a place for themselves as one of the brightest and most idiosyncratic musical units working today. Shapiro is an university instructor in his life away from music, but there’s nothing stuffed-shirt or stolidly academic about how he treats his songwriting. The ten tracks included on his sophomore
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Steve Markoff and Patricia Lazzara continue building a reputation as one of the pre-eminent instrumental interpreters of popular songs emerging in recent years. Their new single “Layla” doesn’t look back to the original Derek and the Dominos version full of soaring lead guitar and a full rock band performance. Instead, the alto and concert flutist
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Wreckless Strangers’ “You Just Hurt” is the third single from their impending album release When the Sun and a Blue Star Collide and arguably the best yet. The six piece band’s memorable foray into outright electric blues jettisons anything country in favor of a gritty yet joyful expression of well-loved style. It is unquestionably retro in the sense
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Lamenting in one verse, optimistic in the next, Morten Nygaard comes across as a man as conflicted as he is certain of his own mortality in the new single “Trespassing,” and though a lot of his longtime listeners are already aware of his multidimensionality as a songwriter, this is by far the most accessible of
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There’s no denying the stranglehold that the Covid-19 pandemic had on the world for the last two and a half years, but the way it bodied the souls and minds of those with high-functioning anxiety (and similar quirks) is indescribable. Introverts already dreaded leaving their homes and now there was a literal killer on the
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The Americana element has been everywhere in pop music over the past year, to the point where a lot of critics have deemed its use a bit too predictable for the artists who have been adopting its key aesthetics. That said, when a player like Brooke Josephson decides to take her music in a different
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Equal parts blues swing and old-fashioned country melodicism, the hook-powered “Chillin’ with Me” keeps one foot on either side of the artistic borderline but ultimately feels like a bright piece of Americana. It’s not the only such hybrid you’re going to hear in the new album A Señorita, A Sweet Tea and A Few Good Songs by
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The minimalist movement has its hook in everything from pop music to jazz, country, and even hip-hop at the moment, and while you might assume that it’s having a big influence over the singer/songwriters emerging from the underground at the moment, you could also argue that cut and dry concepts have always been a part
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Relaxed as a lazy afternoon spent under the summer sun, a whisper of an instrumental melody introduces us to the warmth of “There Will Be Light,” the closing track in Alex Krawczyk’s new album Le Olam. As the song begins to unfold, it quickly becomes obvious that this relatively simple ballad is bound to unleash a
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Evolving from a gentle harmony that only gets stronger as we listen on, Larry Jay’s “Saving Lives” doesn’t immediately feel like a larger-than-life piece, but after its stirring intro, it quickly becomes obvious we’re not listening to a stock country song here. The ascending melodies pick up steam as the beat engages with Jay’s lead
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Slow-churning emotional unrest in “How Did You Get in My Heart.” A bucolic sunset imagined in sonic terms for “What a Lovely Day.” Purist romance of the most virginal variety in the single-worthy “When We’re Together.” These three original songs would have been enough to get some positive feedback out of this critic for Bettman
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AV Super Sunshine is at it again – tailoring a song that is unique to its artistic vision and ignites a wide range of emotions. In “Judas” the pop rock outfit proves it can pivot its sound to something deeper than what we’ve heard from AV Super Sunshine in the past. Still having a bit
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Adrenaline is the name of the game in the new singles “I Don’t Mind” and “Can’t Fight the Feeling” from Gabriele Saro this spring, and although the urgency of the delivery is a big part of the reason why these tracks feel like a mad sprint to stardom, it’s not the only element influencing how
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