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Leggy “Not What You Need”

The fourth appearance of Leggy on Pop Occulture. So for those of you who haven’t read about them here before, here’s the shortest recap. “Leggy is a trio from Cincinnati, OH. Creating some of the interestingly smeary/dreamy/noisy punk out there

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Lot Lizard “Ice”

Lot Lizard’s “Ice’ has a tight dark sound, that reminds me of East Bay Ray providing guitar for a post-punk outfit circa 1979. Hard but infectious, the pained / yelled vocal style provides a nice balance against the slick high-energy

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King Willow “Your Band”

King Williow’s “Your Band” is a ferocious yet sweet-sounding power-pop track railing against a certain kind of egotism that exists in pretty much every scene that I’ve, personally, ever witnessed. With cleverly stinging lyrics, King Willow strikes back with enough

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Djunah “Animal Kingdom”

One of the unfortunate side effects of the current musical climate is that it’s few and far between that I actually see a video that actually pulls me in visually. However, every once and a great while I see something

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Broken Baby “My Head’s A Television”

Broken Baby’s “My Head’s A Television” is a buzzy energetic romp that feels like a steamroller bowling down to the seconds of it’s less than 3 minute runtime. Full of amazing hooks, and frantic playing it’s possibly one of the

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Desert Sharks “Sorceress”

Desert Sharks “Sorceress” is a high energy track that smacks you in the head from the opening chords all the way through until the end of the song. In a time of lackluster pop-punk and even worse hard rock. It’s

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Human Beat “Contact”

From it’s crunchy VHS aesthetics, both for the video, nearly danceable beat, and guitar that cuts through the rest of the mix like a weapon — Human Beat’s “Contact” screams early Post-Punk / No Wave without beat it over the

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Jesus Did “Kills Birds”

Jesus Did’s “Kills Birds” is a track absolutely bounding with a retrained energy that jumps out of the speakers and makes you want to listen to the song on repeat. With touches of PJ Harvey, the song is unique and

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Ian Ferguson “Worried Walk”

Ian Ferguson’s “Worried Walk” is a slice of West Coast styled (though apparently from the East, I can’t find much information on the band) sunshiny garage rock mixed with a healthy dose of T-Rex filtered through Nobunny that you need

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VAZUM “She’s In Parties”

Musically deepening the mysterious sound of Bauhaus’ original track “She’s in Parties”, VAZUM takes complete control by thickening the sonic pallet and giving it a depth that is a little lacking in the original. It’s refreshing to hear a Bauhaus

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The Cosmic Coronas “Jeepster”

One of the hardest things to do with a cover is to have it be true to the original, but also do it in such a way as to bring your own energy to it that will make it stand

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Steph Sweet “All The Things”

There is an interesting background level of darkness I’ve been noticing increasing in music the past several months. While most of these bands are latching onto the tried and true tropes of the Peter Murphy voice, a ripping off later

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Rebecca Lou “Take Ur Time”

Rebecca Lou’s “Take Ur Time” is one of those interesting songs that picks and choses little bits and pieces from all over the history of rock, and puts together something new. From the vocals that remind me of an underground

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CATSIGNS “Smokin’ The Clouds”

CATSIGNS’ blissful version of psych-pop is infectious and sunny, without slipping into overwrought cliche. Typically drug songs can really start veering towards the later, as bands think that they’re being more clever than they are. However, “Smokin The Clouds” is

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Glamper “Life Finds a Way”

With a great riff and clever lyrics, Glamper’s “Life Finds a Way” lives in an interesting world between a tongue in cheek send-up and a sincere tribute to everybody’s favorite Spielberg dinosaur movie Jurassic Park. A fuzzy catchy track, that

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Deal Casino “Dear Prudence”

Rule #1 when doing a cover, don’t cover the Beatles. It’s just too hard to mess up, and there’s already so many of them out there that they’ll get lost in the mix. However, if you do have an interesting

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Lauran Hibberd “Hoochie”

Lauran Hibberd’s “Hoochie” is sweet and crunchy and going to be caught in your head the second you hear the opening chords for at least the next few weeks. In a world of a serious lack of emotionally honest feeling

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The Pretty Flowers “Lawyers, Guns and Money”

There’s a fine line that a band takes when covering a song, trying to stay true to the original while bringing something new to the table so it doesn’t sound redundant. This is a very hard line to stay on,

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FALSE HEADS “Slease”

Back to Pop Occulture are the UK’s FALSE HEADS and like their previous efforts, this is a buzzy poppy alternative rock song with a solid foundation in the roots of rock. As I said in my previous reporting on the

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Super Paradise “6:30”

Self described as a combination of the psych sound of the bay area with the sounds of New Order, isn’t very far off the mark of this interesting gem that got sent to me the other day. Very well produced,

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Blushing “Dream Merchant”

If the Breeders had been 10% more into shoegazer, Blushing’s “Dream Merchants” would have sounded right at home on Pod EP, the song is full of shimmering hazy melodies that will worm there way into your head without feeling either

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Glass Body “Here Comes Ham”

Miami’s Glass Body has a very unique sound that I can’t quite put my finger on — with riffs straight out of the Black Sabbath songbook, the song is heavy, but not brutal — with vocals that sound like they’re

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The Moonjacks “Cigarettes”

The buzzy first single from California’s The Moonjacks “Cigarettes” is a catchy fuzzy hard driving poppy little single that has an earworm that will be in your head for days after listening. Currently they have a few other demos on

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The Frownsss “Beesides”

Fluttery, and lo-fi The Frownsss “Beesides” is something that you could hear coming straight off of a Pebbles compilation. Bringing raw and focused garage psych that will worm it’s way into your ear. From what I can tell this is

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Bee Bee Sea “Be Bop Palooza”

Did you ever wonder what Jay Reatard would have sounded like if he wasn’t so depressed all the time? Well wonder no longer, because that’s the exact impression that Bee Bee Sea’s “Be Bop Palooza” gives me upon the first

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The Starfires “I Never Loved Her”

Honestly, this is one of the weirdest submissions that I’ve ever gotten — simply because when I got it the band’s bio was their Wikipedia article. Which should be a little bit of a hint that the band already has

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“Honey, I Sure Miss You” Haunted Summer

If there’s two things that I’m a sucker for it’s haunting vocals, and Daniel Johnston. So this is one of those “you got your peanut butter in my chocolate” Recese commercial moments that is just the perfect storm of things

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The Exbats “2027”

The Exbats have been on my radar for a while, they’re one of those bands who’s infectious energy just pulls you in from the first chord of the song until it throws you back out into the real world just

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Niel Brooks “The Angels Laid Him Away/Lous Collins”

Not the typical sound that we cover here at Pop Occulture, but over the years I’ve held tight to one simple philosophy. If you don’t like Mississippi John Hurt, I don’t like you. Done in a style recommencement of musicians

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The Healthy People “Animals”

It seems like northern Europe has been spawning a lot of my new favorite music for the past several years. It’s an area that didn’t really pique my interest until now, but it’s becoming a hot bed of some great

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