Category: Music

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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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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