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Love L.U.V. “Christmas”

2 new holiday themed singles by Pop Occulture favorites Love L.U.V. these songs are no exception, once again bringing some of the finest garage-pop song writing this this side of a Phil Specter Christmas album. Alright so this review just

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Rude Dude and the Creek Freaks “Eye of the Sun/Follow Me Down”

Rude Dude and the Creek Freaks’ first single “Eye of the Sun/Follow Me Down” is a dark ferris wheel of rubbery bass lines and infectious mellodies that will be stuck in your head for days. Eye of the Sun/Follow Me

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Nevāda Nevada “900 Days”

All the way back in the 1900’s, I came across Kathryn Musilek’s solo album at a local record shop. Having liked all the other bands I had heard on Bi-Fi records up to that point, I quickly bought it and

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Possum “Quick Damage”

Toronto’s Possum is a 4 piece psych-rock band who just put out their first EP last week. High energy with big waves of psychedelic reverb, this is definitely a band to check out.

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Lasso Spells “Nu”

This spectral rocker by Austin, TX’s Lasso Spells is both haunting an in your face at the same time. With enough grit and reverb to spare, the song manages to be catchy as tell without pandering.

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Reality Something “Bail”

Recalling a lot of the best indie rock of the late 90’s, Reality Something’s “Bail” is a scorching lament, well worth checking out. Bail by reality something

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Dream Nails “Deep Heat”

“Feminist punk witches from hell” Dream Nails are back on Pop Occulture to put a hex on someone who I can’t even bring myself to say his name, because every time I do I start a crying jag about how

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Jitterz “One Good Song”

Chunky and choppy, Jitterz’s “One Good Song” speeds through it’s 2 minutes in a blink of an eye, and makes you wish they had at least one other song, if it was even half as good it’d still be better

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Leggy “Bruises”

Leggy is a trio from Cincinnati, OH. Creating some of the interestingly smeary/dreamy/noisy punk out there these days. Leggy is making music that’s not quite like anything else that we’re hearing out there and that’s about the best compliment that

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Swim Team “Are You Forgetting Something”

Melbourne-based four-piece Swim Team come out the gate with some of the coolest 60’s surf by way of mid-90’s college radio that I’ve heard in years. Jangly, yet one of the tightest bands I’ve heard in ages. I can’t wait

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Fascinations Grand Chorus “Can’t Make Everyone Happy”

Another great track from 60’s pop revivalists Fascinations Grand Chorus, another stomper that’s both catchy and sincere. Definitely well worth checking out!

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The May Company “Son of the Skies”

First of all, after going to The May Company’s web-page, and seeing a bikini-clad Allen Ginsberg with Shiva arms, I knew that this was a band for me. This 17 minute burner is by a mile the longest song that

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Captain Morris “White Girl”

I’ll be honest the first 5 seconds that I heard of this song rang of the insincerity of 90% of the garage rock revivalists around these days. Playing up the trappings of the genre without going into the feeling or

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Milkpunch “Butterflies In My Head”

Hard and edgy Milkpunch’s “Butterflies in my Head” remind you of all the good things that came out of the 90’s alternative scene, without feeling forced or like a nostalgia trip. It’s definitely a band to keep an eye out

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We Are Not Pop Music “Flesh”

According to their biography, We Are Not Pop Music is: “the representation of the effect produced by pop culture on thought and aesthetics, which we highlight juxtaposing style symbols considered strong, when seen on their own, but that are weak

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ex-mothers “Neon Drones”

Great single from NYC’s ex-mothers features massive riffs, skittering beats and oddly timed harmonies. Makes me think of late 70’s punk in a sense of liberation of the music rather than the uniformity of modern punk. Highly recommended. Looks like

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Period Bomb “Jack Shit”

Recalling a lot of the more interesting avant-garde punk of the 80’s Period Bomb’s “Jack Shit” is so antithetical to the pop song structure that it feels like it’s coming from another planet. This song is just so good that

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Heavy Heart “Teenage Witch”

London’s Heavy Heart has been releasing a song a month for the past year, however “Teenage Witch” has been the first installment that I’ve had the pleasure to have listened to. It’s sunny harmonies belie the deep emotional feeling that

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Hands Off Gretel “Teethin”

As I’ve previously stated on PopOcculture, there really does seem to be a resurgences of 90’s styled RiotGrrl/Punk that’s bubbling up all around the world. No band exemplifies this better than England’s Hands Off Gretel. Just, a bit over a

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bruiser queen “Telepathic Mind”

bruiser queen is a great 60’s influenced garage rock duo that’s been hitting the Midwest hard for a number of years now. With great ability to create dynamic and dancey songs with great studio built harmonies they are guaranteed not

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Hammered Satin “Strawberries N’ Cream”

There is such a small window between pastiche and tongue and cheek mimicry that most times people confused the former for the later. However there are also times where it just doesn’t matter because it’s just too damn good of

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Bleach Girls “Like You”

Bleach Girls’ debut single “Like You” exhibits all the best trappings of west coast garage rock with the swagger of the ’77 New York scene. The song has monster riffs, catchy melodies and tight female/male harmonies that you just don’t

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Fizzed “Oh Donovan”

I’m not sure that I understand all of the symbology of this Troma quality video. However, the song is a great throwback to blown out great rock, and possibly has some of the best yelps this side of Alan Vega.

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Kid Trials “It Goes”

From the “anti-capitalist art & music collective” non•market’s Comp 2, Oakland transplants and North Carolina natives Kid Trials drop some fuzz pop in the form of this great track “It Goes.” Check it out!

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Morricone Youth “Barbara”

Full discoloser, I’ve seen the movie Night of the Living Dead more times than I’d care to admit publically, so honestly this song already had a strike against it. However Morricone Youth’s reimagining of the score as a 80’s horror

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Potty Mouth “Smash Hit”

The first single from Potty Mouth’s debut LP coming out nearly next year, “Smash Hit” gives the big sound of the 90’s that should have been on the soundtrack to Clueless. It’s a solid track with great harmonies and a

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ROXY JULES “Rubies & Blood”

The hypnotizing thud of Copenhagen based ROXY JULES’ “Rubes & Blood” brings up images of the later work of many New Romatic bands as they started exploring darker and darker territory. Raw and catchy, the surreal video for the track

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Young Elk “Paper Cuts”

For better of worse you can hear the Portland in this debut single from “The Dark Side of the Holy Ghost”. Borrowing heavily from the Slo-core scene of the late 90’s, the steady chug of this thickly produced track is

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Apartment 3 “Common Abnormalities”

Reportedly recorded under a leaky pipe, directly to reel to reel with no overdubs, with a live audience. Apartment 3’s lo-fi angsty protopunk recalls some of the finer stoner rock of the late 60’s through today.

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Cuesta Loeb “Dive”

Daughter of world-renown jazz guitarist Chuck Loeb and Spanish singer-songwriter/actress Carmen Cuesta, Christina Cuesta Loeb releases her single “Dive” a shoegazy by way of 4AD slow burn that is has both a big chunky memorable riff and the dream like

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