The Matchstick Skeletons "Told Ya So (Live)"

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The Matchstick Skeletons are serious rock and roll champs, with the talent and vibe to fill arenas. “Told Ya So” shows off their ability to raise the volume and pummel speakers. With the grit of Local H and Queens Of The Stone Age, The Matchstick Skeletons get you moving. We reviewed “Told Ya So” a bit back and the fellas do a mighty fine job of playing it live. It’s a level of live performance talent that is hard to find in this age of bedroom music production. Raise the volume to twelve and get down to the sound of The Matchstick Skeletons and “Told Ya So.”

Menage "They Never Call"

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Menage offer up a catchy pop rock tune with their latest single, “They Never Call.”

There’s something about the magic siblings bring to musical projects. Menage is no exception, as this brother and sister duo write sweeping pop and rock melodies. “They Never Call” features an anthem-like chorus that propels the song into the chart-worthy stratosphere. We love a good hook and Menage knows how to write a great one. Stick around to the three minute mark for a wildly catchy closing. We dig the sugary sheen production, and believe this group has a shot at competing on the world stage. Their sound is radio ready and fun listening.

Enjoy the modern sounds and epic chord progressions of Menage and “They Never Call.”

VOLK "Honey Bee"

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Yes, yes, yes — VOLK is unbelievably awesome and “Honey Bee” shows them in all their glory.

With loud guitar riffage and galloping drums, this duo will sock it to you. It’s like hearing real rock and roll for the first time in years. Modern day Zeppelin meets Ram Jam. The “Honey Bee” video erupts from the screen much like the song jumps from the speakers. Their live show must be the place to be every time they take the stage. Sequins, loud ten-gallon hats and glitter galore add extra flare, but the music this duo creates in worthy of praise all in itself. We hope they keep banging away.

Like fireworks going off in a sock drawer, VOLK demands your immediate attention.

Yonaka "Creature"

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Yonaka is a Brighton-based foursome on their way to conquering the musical world.

Yonaka’s production and performance is stellar, with the power to go toe-to-toe with every popular rock outfit on the road and airwaves. “Creature” is their latest release and it has us aggressively bobbing along. They are currently signed to Atlantic Records and touring Europe, so things are looking pretty good. It’s cool hearing cymbals being smashed and amplifiers put through their paces.

Enjoy the aggressive awesomeness of Yonaka and watch for their EP, being released November 9th.

Trapdoor Social "Hold Me Down"

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Trapdoor Social will have you hooked in 40 seconds or less with “Hold Me Down.”

These dudes know how to rock your socks off. Their arrangement and production sense is spot on and awesome. If The Wonders crafted a hook and My Chemical Romance recorded it, the end product might sound a bit like Trapdoor Social. Indie power pop at its finest. Big guitars, driving bass, and drums dripping with surf beat. Then they bop you with harmonies. Damn, we dig it. Definitely among our favorite new artists making music these days.

With a full length album and national tour on the way, Trapdoor Social are just getting started.

HoloMovement "Lucky One"

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HoloMovement blends doo wop and modern pop in their latest song, “Lucky One.”

This tune opens with bright synths, twinkling piano, and thumpy bass. By the time the harmonizing brass kicks in, HoloMovement has us hooked. The vocals are poppy and pleasing, with a catchy melody and background chorus. Listen carefully and you will hear clever production ingredients like ELO-style “You don’t know me” vocoder effects. There’s a lot packed into this sonic treat and each element helps tickle your ears, inviting further listening.

Enjoy grooving along to the genre-bending collective of HoloMovement and “Lucky One.”


Mobile Steam Unit "Sex With OS"


Mobile Steam Unit’s “Sex with OS” is like Freddie Mercury writing a song for the movie “Her.” Your ears and device-addiction will never be the same. We don’t know whether to feel enlightened or horrified by the subject matter, but it certainly raises an interesting point.

Everything about Mobile Steam Unit is impressive — from the technical side to the performance. They have quite the ear for arrangement and exotic sounds come from all angles. On a pair of good speakers, the listener can hear small production and arrangement tricks shooting off like attention grabbing fireworks. We are impressed to say the least.

Even if the lyrical concept is a bit spoofy for your tastes, this tune will get you thinking.


Sure Sure "Lie Lie Lie"

“Lie Lie Lie” by Sure Sure is a light and poppy song that has a bouncy swing to it. With a La - La rock and roll approach, they kind of deliver that sugary Ben Kweller vibe. What a fun little ditty.

Dig their lyrics: “If I could read your mind, I bet I would be horrified” and “It tastes so good, when it tastes like a piece of wood.” Fun time listening, and people are catching on. Sure Sure is a popular spin on Spotify and they have received notable praise within the indie rock community.

This our personal favorite Sure Sure release so far. Perhaps it will win you over, too.

Originalii "Further In/Out"


Wide-panned guitars and saturated space-echo vocals — Originalii is rad. “Further In/Out” makes good use of crash cymbals and thick, bass heavy production. In short, we enjoy it.

The 3:40 mark leaves an impression on the listener before wrapping up with a fuzzy exclamation point. We haven’t heard hard rock this creative in a long time. It’s the kind of music that sounds great on record, and possibly even better live.

Emma Hoeflinger is a songwriter with an ear for awesome guitar destruction. Writing under the name Originalii with fellow rock and roll crusaders, she is a force on the rise.

The Vice Rags "Jersey Boy"

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As New Yorkers with Jersey ties, this song gives us a chuckle. “Jersey Boy” by The Vice Rags might very well be a new Garden State anthem. The song delivers a message felt by a lot of fellas on the other side of the river. The city will now have to compete with this rock and roll fueled attack.

Based on their Asbury Park roots, one can assume The Vice Rags have Bruce Springsteen in their musical DNA. There’s also hints of Tom Petty in words like “boy” and “curls.” Put it all together and you get a wild ride with a biting message: get back to New Jersey, where you belong.

If you live in the tri-state, try to catch these guys at a show. Watch your girls though.