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Partying all night with new friends: The Charlie Kulis Band remind us of fun times with ‘Hotel Room’

They start the party right away will little warning. This is a band that likes to make their impression right away as they know what they want. The vocals are passionately sung and with the sweaty crowd in mind as they are true entertainers, and like to make their fans smile. New York based Americana/Country outfit The Charlie Kulis Band back the early talk up with a storming performance on their new dance floor hit, ‘Hotel Room‘.

With vividly described vocals that tell you story rather quickly, its sung with an end goal in mind and that is to be the life of the party. The band join in the fun and lift up the splintered spirits that have been locked inside for way too long. Their exciting energy is all about the party and getting the girls back to your room after the music is over. This is an ode to pre-covid days when life was much more simple, and humans could party all night without having to worry about too much.

The drinks and dancing is flowing on this one and hotel security are going to have a busy night as these musicians mean business. The New York lifestyle shines through here as this is the City that does not sleep usually. With so much to do, this is a common occurrence and the Americana style of the band is a thoroughly enjoyable listen that will put a smile on your dial.

The Charlie Kulis Band from New York have their game plan ready on ‘Hotel Room‘ as open the doors to living life that will be back again, before we know it.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Cass & Crossland – Adeline: Absorbingly Sweet Indie Folk Rock

Phoenix Arizona’s Indie Folk Rock duo Cass & Crossland made their 2020 debut with the absorbingly idyllic single ‘Adeline’. Their timeless approach to songwriting will remind you of the iconic greats while affirming that they’re the contemporaries that the airwaves have been calling out for.

The stunning harmonies find perfect balance with the transfixingly accordant semi-orchestral instrumental arrangement which simultaneously feels minimalistic and resounding. It’s the kind of track you hit play on, and you can’t quite tell if you’re consuming the track or if it is consuming you. The immersive ethereal air to the soundscape perfectly complements the romantically vivid imagery which the lyricism conjures.

With their ability to not only draw affectionate emotion from you as you listen to the track but also leave you endeared by the soul which the track contains, they’re undoubtedly ones to watch. Get them on your radar.

You can check out Adeline for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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John Fishell sends Trump on his way with his rhythmically furious Rock Hit “Namaste”

On the same night as the world sat in anticipation of the US election results, I had the pleasure of hitting play on US Rock artist John Fishell’s viscerally fiery, rhythmically furious single “Namaste (On Your Way) which was written as a Rock n Roll send off for Donald Trump.

With clips on Trump’s most odious and ridiculous statements serving as the intro, Namaste is all too efficacious when it comes to making you feel the same contempt which John Fishell holds towards the negligent, pompous, president.

Everyone from fans of The Rolling Stones to fans of Rage Against Machine will enjoy this deeply cathartic feat of scuzzy anthemic America.

You can check out the official music video which dropped on October 27th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Get lost in the dreamy Americana Rock tones in Colm O’Mahony & The Hot Touches’ single “Preacher’s Daughter”

Sail away with the nostalgically lush tones in the standout release, “Preacher’s Daughter”, from Killarney, Ireland-based artist Colm O’Mahony & The Hot Touches.

Preacher’s Daughter is just one of the singles which features on the band’s debut album which borrows some stylistic elements from across the pond while keeping the folkish tones of Ireland still ringing in the euphoric aural pipe dream. The dreamy hazy melodicism combined with the soul-awakening vocal vibrato proves to be a powerful combination which will be a hit with any fans of Springsteen and the Heart Breakers.

You can check out Preacher’s Daughter for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dylan Koski – I’ve Got Mine: Scorching Guitar-Driven Modern Rock

https://dylankoski.com/track/2454257/i-ve-got-mine

From the four-tracker “Sour Milk and Cigarettes”, Dylan Koski’s “I’ve Got Mine” is a modern, searing, scorching guitar-driven rock track which easily showcases Koski’s virtuoso guitar skills alongside his bourbon-burned vocals. With a guitar tone to die for, reminiscent of Santana and Rory Gallagher, rich in old-school ‘woman tone’, the guitar perfectly compliments Koski’s unique lyrical take on the ‘old school love song’.

Featuring Brandon Pettiford on drums and Tony Harpon on bass, and recorded at Sonic Lounge Studios, “I’ve Got Mine” is the absolute real deal of a track – Driving and powerful, modern yet familiar, slick and stylish, riff-driven yet with real songwriting style, “I’ve Got Mine” is an absolute stormer of a song.

Check out the “Sour Milk and Cigarettes” EP on Spotify, and the “I’ve Got Mine” video on YouTube.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Working Class Hussys bring us trucker tough rock with ‘DNA’

Working Class Hussys bring us trucker tough rock with the new single ‘DNA‘.

Central New Jersey’s Working Class Hussys are an Americana-rock band that fuses roots music into their style. Led by multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Ian Patrick Gentles, the band puts Southern Trucker tough Heartland, and Alt-Rock influences that are all intertwined into the sound.

Hook-heavy and with a extra kick in the soul, this is a song that is a joyful listen with layers of lovely music. This is an indie journey through the galaxy. This is a real sound, this is a rocket-ship that simmers through the speakers, the vocals are strong and clear.

Working Class Hussys rock in with their single ‘DNA‘ and the Central New Jersey band are an act to give an extra listen. The USA outfit have a solid sound and bring through their new single to positive acclaim. This is a band that are creative and have a sound that is missed due to venues closing or not having gigs. This is what they love doing, playing live and rocking the crowd. Luckily we have a single release to wet our appetites.

Click here for the Spotify link.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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It’s Never Too Late for Jakob Kupferberg

Folky strummed guitar, strident violin, and a pushing, driving bassline offset Jakob Kupferberg’s new single ‘Never Too Late For Love’, an assured, mature folk-rock song that showcases Kupferberg’s vocal styling and guitar skills.

Vulnerable and emotional and yet strong and powerful, Danish-born Kupferberg references artists as diverse as Zach De La Rocha and Jeff Buckley, and this comes across in his music, the track switching easily from comfortable, familiar chord progressions to mildly startling, divergent codas and back again, intriguing and challenging but never, ever discordant.

Kupferberg’s debut EP, ‘Sweet Surrender’, is out on October 9th; ‘It’s Never Too Late For Love’ is on Spotify now.

Review by Alex Holmes

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‘Do It’ is the rebuilding theme of 2020 from DG & The Freetown Sound

Do It‘ is the rebuilding theme of 2020 from DG & The Freetown Sound that shines through, like the sun bursting through the clouds, to make us happy again.

With lots of fantastic vintage jazzy-soul and blues, this is quite the inspirational song during these wild times. The band have folk-influences with a simmering of drum grooves, thumping bass, this is a 5-piece who keep things original all the way. Their music is something quite incredible, the variety of sounds keep all humans happy. This is a Lafayette, LA band we need to pay more attention to.

Dustin Dale Gaspard, the co-creator here and comes from Cow Island in Louisiana. This is a landscape of mysterious rich marshland, ancient shrouding oak trees, and dream inducing nights and days with lots of beauty. His simple upbringing granted a proper mindset to stay humble and be grateful in all life’s endeavors. Often feeling misunderstood, he began exploring music when he was 17 and the rest as they say, is history. This is a poet right before our eyes, a man who truly lives for the music.

The Americana twist on ‘Do It‘ is so great to hear and there are so many genres here for us to fully enjoy. DG & The Freetown Sound are the type of band all ages will enjoy and this is a perfect track to start the day with. A genuine sound and a band that is so funky fresh you might need to go for a shower.

Click here for the Spotify link.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Berlin band Rodeo FM send us indie-folk Americana with meaning on ‘Summer Rain’

Rodeo FM send us a lovely song to get in a reflective mood with the Americana-infused single ‘Summer Rain‘.

Rodeo FM were founded in 2004 and have quickly become the Darlings of the Berlin Americana scene. They have played relentlessly ever since, being compared to Tom Petty, Whiskeytown and the Stones and incorporating a heritage from Gram Parsons to Howe Gelb. They have played art and country fairs, demonstrations and symposiums, jazz and beer festivals, weddings and funerals, punk cellars and line-dance clubs. Blending their own Americana by moving effortlessly between country, folk, blues, jazz and garage rock.

Summer Rain‘ is the second single of the bands upcoming album ‘The Upgrade Of Truth‘, which is to be released in late 2020. The band have been taking their time to get their music together and this is such a polished release.

Berlin’s Rodeo FM bless our ears with ‘Summer Rain‘ which is such a mellow Americana journey for the ages. I love how honest this new song is. A fine effort.

Stream here via YouTube.

Click here for the Facebook link.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Cultural Vultures offer Alt Rock fans smooth bluesy redemption with a view of their ingenuity in action

Any true audiophile of the Alternative inclination will be as enraptured as we were by the invitation to watch Cultural Vultures live in the studio.

The voyeuristic view into their ingenuity starts with striking classical strings before the smooth bluesy, funk-deep Louisiana swamp sound takes hold of the seriously nuanced soundscape in the first track. If you thought Jim Jones was charismatic, just wait until you get to hear the redemption which the ‘live from the studio’ video has to offer.

Offering discernible talent is one thing, but Cultural Vultures offer so much more than a showcase of talent. Their magnetically captivating sound is an absolute pleasure to get lost in. I think I nearly forgot the real world existed.

You can watch the aural alchemy being weaved for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast