ALBUM REVIEW: WARREN DUNES — “GET WELL SOON”

We’ve all had that moment: shuffling through a bunch of new music and clicking through a bunch of stylistic clones.  Then something catches your attention, so different that it freezes your finger hovering above the skip button. Before you know it, you’re three tracks into an album and still listening.  Be prepared—Get Well Soon, the... Continue Reading →

PREMIERE: “BORN AGAIN” BY ALYSSA MESSINA

“‘Born Again’ is a song about the impact that one may leave on another person in ways that have never been felt before,” Canadian singer/songwriter/producer Alyssa Messina shares about her latest single. “Born Again” channels the same chill-pop vibes that have garnered Messina attention for her takes on Lewis Capaldi’s “Lost on You” and Billie Eilish’s... Continue Reading →

ALBUM REVIEW: LEON III — “ANTLERS IN VELVET”

Our consumption of music has changed.  Digital downloads, and now, streaming services, have placed a premium on the rapid-fire release of singles over the carefully and complete idea of albums.  Every detail of Leon III’s Antlers In Velvet feels like a time-warp to when listening to music was the main event, not just some background... Continue Reading →

THE EAST OF 8th PLAYLIST: NEW MUSIC FOR NOVEMBER 11, 2020

Our newest editions to the East of 8th playlist are sure to get your attention. With the sun setting earlier and earlier, we packed this update with up-tempo alt-rock and indie-pop tracks to help brighten the mood. Without further ado, here is this week’s East of 8th playlist presented in the order they were added... Continue Reading →

THE EAST OF 8th PLAYLIST: NEW MUSIC FOR OCTOBER 31, 2020

Up-tempo indie rockers get mixed with some fiery indie pop beats on this update to East of 8th's playlist.  Without further ado, check out these spooky good songs! "HELLO, HELLO"  -  GLASER BROTHERS Bright electric pop guitar riffs are front and center and boosted by a driving beat that will remind you of the catchiest hits... Continue Reading →

PREMIERE: “BREATHE” BY VERA BLOOM

On your first listen of “Breathe,” the debut single from Nashville’s Vera Bloom, your ears may deceive you into thinking you know this artist.  After all, there’s plenty of grunge influences to remind you of Nirvana or Veruca Salt, but tempered by a smoothness suggestive of Skating Polly.  There’s also power vocals that kick into... Continue Reading →

ALBUM REVIEW: IN EARNEST – SELF-TITLED EP

There’s a pattern I always follow when starting an album review.  When dealing with hundreds of daily submissions, an album usually only has a minute or two to catch my attention to make it onto the potential review list.  Full exploration of the album doesn’t happen until much later, when a final version is submitted,... Continue Reading →

THE EAST OF 8TH PLAYLIST: NEW MUSIC FOR OCTOBER 4, 2020

That slight crispness in the air means it's time to switch from our sunny songs of the summer to the more chill sounds of fall. The East of 8th playlist this week is full of tracks to share with friends whether it's around that icon of the fall season, the bonfire, or while hanging out... Continue Reading →

ALBUM REVIEW: JEALOUS OF THE BIRDS — PENINSULA

The lines between indie, folk, alternative, and pop rock are becoming more subtle.  Indie and alternative are leaning towards lighter, and often, dreamier tones. Folk rock is seeing an explosion of electronic instrumentation.  This evolution gives a keen artist the necessary space to push boundaries and create distinct sounds.  Jealous of the Birds, the musical... Continue Reading →

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