Rachel Townsend

Touch the Buffalo’s new release Bodhicitta helps the Arlington, Virginia-based band stake a claim as one of the most substantive and idiosyncratic alt-rock indie acts hitting the scene in many moons. The four-track EP spans a surprising gamut of sounds for a brief release that attests to the band’s eclectic stylistic range. However, despite that, Touch the
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“When the Cats Come Out” from Vienna, Austria’s ViennaCC is the new pop confection from one of the indie music world’s most one of a kind talents. He’s carved out an unique niche in the modern musical landscape without compromising his distinctive melodic vision and traffics in unusual subject matter that he nevertheless makes palatable
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LVCRFT’s fifth album, appropriately titled V received a memorable introduction via the collection’s first single “Scream! (For Halloween)”. This universally minded call to broomsticks of the season’s aficionados has an effortless ability to compel the listener’s attention and hold it for the entirety of the song. It’s the latest Halloween-themed musical concoction courtesy of the three-headed creative
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Few modern singer/songwriters are as representative of how influences shape artists in disparate ways than Diane Gentile. Her new album The Bad and the Beautiful owes a lot of debts. David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Lucinda Williams, and even legendary Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen have played pivotal roles in Gentile’s artistic development. Her years as a resident
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There isn’t a single track on Marc Miner’s Last Heroes that does not grab you. I’m quite taken with the album. He’s done an exemplary job of breathing new life into venerable musical styles such as classic country and blues without the songs sounding like empty pastiches. Miner, instead, hears continuing vitality and relevance in roots music.
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How would you describe your musical style?   Eclectic Indie chamber folk/rock Who were some of your music influences that inspired your passion for songwriting?  Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, Bowie, Kate Bush, Fleetwood Mac, Chrissie Hynde, Leornard Cohen, Lucinda Williams  and  Hildegard of Bingen What would you like your fans to take away from your songs?  I
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Step into room, and you will see Henri Cainglet’s work. The Filipino native has an undeniable, visual aesthetic that inspires both delightful bewilderment, and a sense of all-encompassing, wild-eyed immersion. There’s something refreshingly modern about his style, whilst simultaneously displaying a kind of timelessness. Mr. Cainglet’s mixture of his cultural roots with elements of key
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With synthesized melodicism riding the top of the charts harder than ever before, it is perhaps not surprising that quality rock has become all the more a coveted commodity in 2023. The guitar solos and searing vocals of yesteryear are now the muted cries of expression they started out as, and in the case of
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In an endearing howl, Rob Alexander begs the question of how to reconcile self with substance in this, his new single, “Get Over Yourself.” The question isn’t as simple as it sounds; for Alexander is backed into a corner right now, facing down notions that won’t let him be, and he’s looking for a means
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For the first couple of bars in Mela Bee’s “Shine,” west coast trap and retro pop conceptualism seems to hang in the air like a stubborn fog over the city lights of early morning, but the fierce beat from the percussion is soon to break through the clouds. Behind its strut, Mela is ready to
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When they’re done the right way, a smart single is all an artist needs to set the tone for the entirety of their careers, and in the case of the new release “19” from the compelling young Taylor Jules, one has to say that she went about recording her new track in the best fashion
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With some casual grooves in “The Crossing,” ferocious clashing of harmony and rhythm in “I Love Soul and I Love Rock,” stately, beat-driven rock in “Common Ground,” and passionate crooning ala the other gems you’re going to find throughout this record’s tracklist, The Price Brothers Band assembles what could be a must-own live indie record
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The new EP Ancient Cosmic Truth from Louis Siciliano ranks as his best collection yet. It’s only four songs, but Siciliano and his cohorts accomplish more over the course of those four songs than many comparable or subjectively more talented musicians pull off with much longer releases. The underlying ambition of these performances is unmistakable. Despite the
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What will be the driving force of your career in this upcoming New Year? Focusing a lot on my work as a music technology advocate for the blind so that we have greater access to the same tools as our sighted counterparts in the music and audio industries! What are the BIG MOVES in 2023 that you want
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Born in Missouri and based now out of Dayton, Ohio, Pete Price has played guitar for indie band The Fries for 30+ years. His tenure with the band has earned him a well-deserved reputation as one of popular music’s best yet unheralded players. His songwriting, as well, has attracted fulsome praise as one of the
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In the first few verses that we hear in her new single “Are You Clapping?,” Taydem Shoesmith sings to us against a passively alluring beat unfolding behind her words ever so slowly. There aren’t any bells and whistles in the mix to come between her voice and the audience – there is only artistic honesty
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