Category: Music

Natalie Gaza “Stelazine”

Like I said about their pervious outting “50 Thousand Feet” Natalie Gaza’s sound pulls together some of the best elements of classic rock and punk from the 70’s and puts it in a blender. With guitar flourishes that would put

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Patrick Jordan “The Truth”

When you were a former member of Lost Sounds, you have a lot to live up to, and Patrick Jordan does just that with his new track “The Truth”. From the look of things Patrick has been releasing a steady

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Johnny Conquerooperson “Why?”

For those of us of a certain age one of the first touch stones of hearing garage rock were the soundtracks to the movies of John Hughes. So much so that anything at so much as faintly whiffs of that

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Julez “Lookin’ Through You”

Julez’s “Lookin’ Through You” inhabits the gauzy garage rock by way of the Jesus and Mary Chain via a slightly country rock vibe that much of the best work of Mazzy Star lives in. That is to also admit all

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Lost Talk “Jesus/Centaur”

Full of wild rhythms, and ragged but bouncy bass – Lost Talk’s “Jesus/Centaur” leaps, yelps, howls and screams like you’re in the middle of a snake handlin’ holy rollin’ mountain revival from hell. It is also one of the most

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Slowcoaches “Found Out”

The sound of Slowcoaches’ “Found Out” owes as much to the first wave of punk and hardcore as it does 90’s garage rock and riotgrrl. It’s clear and concise and will rip your head off if you’re not careful. “Found

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IV League “Superstar”

IV League’s “Superstar” is one of those tracks that comes out of nowhere and hooks you within the first 5 seconds. Because everyone knows Mint is shit. Alright that has nothing to do with how good the song is, but

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Laura Carbone “Tangerine Tree”

Softer fare than what we normally cover, but Laura Carbone’s “Tangerine Tree” is a compelling and well rendered and hypnotic first offering from Laura’s new album Empty Tree. Sometimes a track is just so good that I have to bend

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Numb.er “Numerical Depression”

Numb.er’s new track “Numerical Depression” takes everything that you love about post-punk and distills it into an infectious 100mph drive through it’s staccato vocal delivery, relentless drumming, rubbery bass and early Cure style guitar playing. The song is the musical

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CO SUNN “why”

The frentic energy that comes off of CO SUNN’s “Why” in waves is nearly enough to make you fall in love with the band. Hailing from Vänersborg, Sweden. With fuzzed out vocals and a tightness to their playing you don’t

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Moonfuzz

LA’s Moon Fuzz has dropped quite a few great songs on their SoundCloud the last several years, including “Stupid Cupid” and “Can’t Complain”. While it’s hard to pigeonhole Moponfuzz’s sound into something short and pithy, it’s equal parts aggressive and

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Slut Magic “No Loyalty”

Hard driving and ferocious Slut Magic’s “No Loyalty” is the type of song that makes me want to headbang for the first time in years. It’s got the right tone, swagger and bite to really get under your skin. Their

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Pono AM “Creator”

St. Louis’ Pono AM delivers on the buzzy poppy hollowed out garage rock that we all love and desire. The video for their latest single “Creator” is a psychedelic whip-lash inducing dash in a claustrophobic space. From the few other

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SKRRT “Live”

Live by Skrrt “Live” by SKRRT brings back all the grit and grime of 70’s New York No Wave all the way from the sunny shores of California. These 6 tracks, coming in just over 12 minutes show a band

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Rebecca Lou “Bitch U Look Good”

Rebecca Lou’s track “Bitch U Look Good” is a raw and powerful song about female empowerment in an age where songs like this are really needed. With powerful vocals and a massive guitar chug it’s definitely hard to ignore in

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The Bobby Lees “Ragged Way”

Anyone who regularlly follows this blog would know that I would be hard-pressed to find something about this song that I don’t completely love, and that’s not hyperbole. This well charged burner is off of their album “Beauty Pageant”. It’s

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The Strips “Black Cats”

The undeniable patchouli smell of 70’s stoner metal permeates the air around “Black Cats”, with humongous Sabbath-esq riffs the song is both catchy as well as heavy. It’s really good to hear metal music that isn’t just “grunting over music”

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Lost Talk “Chrome Alone”

Off-kilter to the point of nearly being arrhythmic, Lost Talk’s “Chrome Alone” has a really unique and skittering drum sound that might not come across with the sheer brilliance that it portrays the first time you listen to it, but

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Tongues of Fire “Sunburn”

The first word that comes to mind hearing “Sunburn” by Tongues of Fire, is tough. This hard hitting, rough and tumbled sound really stands out in a scene that is becoming increasingly coy and vague. Clocking in just over 2

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Animal Hands “Mirror and the Blade”

Animal Hands’ “Mirror and the Blade” is the kind of dark and straight forward goth rock that made Souixee and the Banshees famous. I really can’t say enough about it’s naked unabashed desire to make a great rock song. From

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Abdomen “Lies”

Netherlands punk act Abdomen play the kind of fuzzy / brash and in your face that can’t be ignored. Their single “Lies” is the first song from their upcoming LP “Emetophobia” is a lo-fi buzz saw that cuts through all

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Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? “Corazone”

Anybody who’s been following the blog as of late, has to have noticed me reviewing this band before. I don’t know what much new I can say about them except for… They’re better than 99.999% bands out there? This song

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fauxcanada “Projector”

From the the rubbery bass, to the coo-ing vocals – “Projector” screams 90–early 2000’s indie pop in all the best ways. To say that fuxcanada is just a nostolgia act would bring the band a great disservice however, from their

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Young Elk “Murderer”

If you are unfamiliar with Portland’s Young Elk or Minnesota’s Low, I hope that this is a good introduction to both of them. Straying (not too far) away from their late 90’s emo-folk aesthetic Young Elk brings us their interpretation

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The Golden Web “The Emperor”

As I told The Golden Web when they sent me this track, if I were to turn down this video, I’d have to change the name to something other than Pop Occulture. “The Emperor” is big hooky phased T-Rex rock

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Banzai Cliff “Too Young To Die”

When people ask me what kind of music I like, my canned response is “Big Dumb Rock”, while this might sound like I’m being dismissive of the very thing that I love, but The Ramones are big dumb rock, Suicide

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Slow Roar

So the second I say that something is a “first” on Pop Occulture, I then run over it by doing it again. Here are two tracks by Slow Roar, “Be The Bleed” & “Honey” with one foot in The Jesus

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Vowws “Esseff”

It’s hard to think of a song that’s this dark that also swings, bringing together divergent sounds from 80’s new wave to early 2000’s industrial the track has a really good over all feel that also has the unique perspective

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The Muffin Heads “Bang Says the Gun”

Walking into this song, the thing that I wasn’t expecting was the industrial level of aggression in front-woman Bex’s vocals. If they hadn’t self-identified as punk I would have been more than tempted to slot them in with the Al

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Lauren Ruth Ward “Sideways”

I have to admit it, this is the first time I actually sat down to see what other people were saying about the artist that I’m writing about. It’s not because I’m a lazy hack writer who needs other people’s

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