Category: Music

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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QWAM “Mall”

Brooklyn, NY, QWAM’s new “Mail” is an energetic anthem about next to nothing. The song is a mall-pop anthem on antihistamines, I can’t underestimate how much of an earworm this song is, and the fact that I’m running around singing

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LOUD HOUND “Youthful Stranger”

LOUD HOUND’s “Youthful Stranger” crackles with a suppressed energy that is full of dread and longing that can’t be understated. This dream-garage track comes from the same place as early Jesus and Mary Chain or the Raveonettes, but has a

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Black Leather Jacket “Village People”

Completely unlike the namesake, Black Leather Jacket’s “Village People” is a song that has energy and a dynamic that bowls you over from the opening chords all the way through. The song has a very West Coast garage rock sound,

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Rock EUROPA “People in my Head”

Somewhere between the fuzzy pop of Buzzocks and the sonic perfectionism of The Killers, Rock Europa’s “People in my Head” is a frenetic blast of pop punk that feels both timely and a vintage slab coming from any of the

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AC DEATHSTRIKE “Wizard/Witch”

Wizard/Witch EP by ACDEATHSTRIKE The song title itself kinds of shows off the dichotomy of the song itself, going from gentle to brash with an interesting vocal interplay that never lets the song go stagnate. In a world where nice

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Closeness “End of the Maze”

Closeness is a project by to alumni of the mid-west high-water mark of greatness Saddle Creek Records, while I have written about this song in particular before, I just wanted to write about it agian as there is now a

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Heartthrob Chassis “Sister”

Heartthrob Chassis has a slow churning, swirling sound that is both tough and in your face as well as withdrawn into it’s own sonic space that is both unique but completely relatable. It’s drone and thud sound hinting at a

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Dish Pit “Family Man”

Somewhere between the high emotionalism of PJ Harvey and the slow throb of The Velvet Underground comes the pulse of Dish Pit “Family Man”. A slow churning, heavily distorted song that you can’t help yourself but be drawn into it’s

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Death Valley Girls “Disaster (Is What We’re After)”

What do you get when you combine The Death Valley Girls, Iggy Pop, Troma alum Kansas Bowling behind the director’s chair and an homage to Andy Warhol? My favorite video in years. Now I wish that I could say that

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Mirah “Understanding”

Mirah is one of those musicians that will always have such a special place in the panthion of musicians that I enjoy, that it would be almost unfair of me not to say something about her new release “Understanding”. The

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Sharkmuffin “Liz Taylor”

Sharkmuffin’s “Liz Taylor” is a smartly written song with witty lyrics that you could put haeds to heads with nearly any band and it would come out on top. All this dones’t really matter however, because it’s just a damn

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