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A big part of writing a great pop song involves threading the needle between crafting lyrics and music that sound familiar but also adding enough originality to avoid being considered a clone of someone else’s style. It seems more often than not many pop artists tend to err on the …

Technically, Post Death Soundtrack is labeled as a “psychedelic industrial doom duo” which, unless you’ve got a feel for any of those descriptions might not mean much to you. To me, they’re a cross between Ministry and Nine Inch Nails with some David Bowie tendencies in several tracks present, as …

When people think hip hop, the last thing they usually think of is music that feels like a good chunk of it came from the 1960s or 1970s. Yet, with the self-titled album, “Big Terror,” presented by Buttercuts Records, has taken that kind of sound and laid down a set …

“From the Roots to the Sky” by the J. & F. Band is a testament to preserving the best parts of what came before us while at the same time celebrating some newer musical developments, with new a relative term. The album opens with an easygoing number that from the …

On their newest single “Twisted,” Best Intentions shows all of the trappings of the prototypical New Found Glory-like bands. The cadence in the intro that rolls into the catchy hook, the barely-there bass riffs, and the complementary guitars that serve to lead your ears onto the content of the verses …

Sometimes a great track comes from pieces of other tracks. “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac, for instance, came about from several recycled bits from other tracks each of the band members had created earlier. Stevie Nicks wrote a vision for the lyrics before the music was written, while Lindsay Buckingham …

Amy Winehouse won her first Grammys in 2007 for her mega-hit “Rehab,” and the equally brilliant if a little more impressive “Back to Black.” Before she died too soon in 2011, Ms. Winehouse won six Grammys and was nominated for eight in total. She’s done more than that, though, she’s …

With their latest album “U.N. Article 14,” the band American High claims that they approached the set of tracks in an unconventional way. “We think songs are more interesting when they can be seen in different ways. We shun the tired INTRO-CHORUS-INTRO-CHORUS-LEAD-CHORUS-EXIT blueprint. We prefer freeform songs. We tried to …

With a name like Carnymusic, you might be a little surprised to find out that instead of circus sounds, this self-titled solo project from Mike Carnahan is actually a solid indie album. It opens with a Decemberists-like track “Riptide.” I say Decemberists-like due to the fact that Carnahan’s style choices …

Hearing Anne Steele on her latest album, “Made Out of Stars,” a few things surprised me. Firstly, I was surprised that she’s not already signed to a major record label like Sony, Capitol or Universal. Secondly, I was surprised at how much range she shows from one song to the …