rock

* Johnny Payne * Rees Finley * Lily Williams *

Johnny Payne “All Messed Up”

Woah…Johnny Payne took us by surprise with his catchy gem, “All Messed Up.” This is vintage-inspired pop with a masterful approach to melody, production, and arrangement. Payne’s performance isn’t too shabby either — Abba pop meets Badfinger rock and roll. We are thrilled to hear the sounds of the wildly talented Johnny Payne. Hope more is on the way!

 
 

Rees Finley “So Happy”

Rees Finley tickles your power pop itch with “So Happy.” This is a the kind of alternative indie that makes your speakers come alive. Fans of Ben Kweller and Superdrag will dig this. The guitars are loud and the vocals are front and center. We always enjoy sing-along rock and roll, and Rees Finley does it well. He is heading out on the road, so check him out on tour.

 
 

Lily Williams “I’ve Been Thinking”

Lily Williams is a serious talent, with a promising music career ahead of her. A singer/songwriter from the UK, Williams just graduated from Berklee College of Music. She repeatedly releases clever songs with depth and clarity. ““I’ve Been Thinking” is another masterpiece. Check out 2:42! Lily Williams is the real deal and worth major attention.

 
 

* Japanese Television * Eli Sundae * Richy Mitch & The Coal Miners *

Japanese Television “Crocodile Dentist”

Holy Ventures, Batman…Japanese Television delivers awesome surf rock with “Crocodile Dentist.” Their production and sonic signature is a retro rocket with an indie touch. If you dig instrumental rock and roll, then Japanese Television will find a home on your next playlist. “Crocodile Dentist” is wild and gritty — yet familiar and fun. We dig Japanese Television.

Eli Sundae “Careless”

Eli Sundae has us flashing back to the days of parental judgement with “Careless.” The tune is a pop ditty that you can enjoy while walking down a summer street. It is cool and breezy, and the music arrangement does a nice job of conveying the “careless” lyric vibe. Eli Sundae is a five piece indie group from Brooklyn. NY. Check them out and get down to “Careless.”

Richy Mitch & The Coal Miners

Sway along to the moody “BC Victoria” by Richy Mitch & The Coal Miners. The song has a reverb heavy production in the style of My Morning Jacket and Band of Horses. It rises and falls through a clever arrangement with fun guitar riffs and a groove that keeps you bopping. The vocals cast a spell, and we think you will be drawn to Richy Mitch & The Coal Miners.

 
 

* Kathryn Legendre * Baby FuzZ * Johnny & The Man Kids *

Kathryn Legendre “Making It Up”

Kathryn Legendre is the real deal. “Making It Up” is a tune with a classic songwriter touch. The arrangement is clever and moody, with a slide guitar and fiddle weaving in and out. The production is thumpy and all the musicians are on point. When all these elements combine, a great song is made. Kathryn Legendre can craft great tunes, so keep an ear on her music!

 
 

Baby FuzZ “Mr. Blu”

Baby FuzZ is mega talent. We have repeatedly gushed about his artistic ability and now he stuns us with a music video for “Mr. Blu.” Never will you ever hear a more dynamic rock and roll performer these days. From a hush to a howl, Baby FuzZ socks it to you. “Mr. Blu” sports a retro arrangement with a modern growl — timeless yet contemporary. Enjoy Baby FuzZ.

 
 

Johnny & The Man Kids “That’s Different”

Johnny & The Man Kids come out swinging with “That’s Different.” This song smacks the listener from the start, and keeps chugging all the way through. With a wall of distortion and saturated melody, Johnny & The Man Kids deliver a powerful rock and roll performance. Hailing from Buffalo, New York, this group makes music worth cranking on the car stereo.

 
 

* The Statistics * Aaron Taos * W. C. Beck * Sherwood Forest *

The Statistics “Sparks In The Night”

The Statistics pull no punches with their latest tune, “Sparks In The Night.” This is revved up indie rock for folks who are into catchy alternative pop. It covers all the bases: fun, powerful, and full of sing-along melody. Fans of Superdrag, The Get Up Kids, and Ryan Adams will find themselves cranking “Sparks In The Night.” The Statistics are making solid music. Listen up!

 
 

Aaron Taos “Bloom”

Aaron Taos is the man. His music is catchy and consistent. Everything he releases is worth checking out. “Bloom” is the latest laid back thump-along tune from Taos. There is a sweet swagger going on in this song and the production is syrupy and saturated…awesome. Aaron Taos is on his way up and this track is the perfect way to dive into the hazy hot summer.

 
 

W.C. Beck “(Holding On) To A Coast”

W.C. Beck has a timeless touch and his tune “(Holding On) To A Coast” will get you swaying. There is a classic Americana vibe weaving in and out of Beck’s music. It is a smooth and easy listen with hints of The Band and Jackson Browne sprinkled throughout. When his voice dips with phrases like “On My Mind,” fans of classic rock, soul, and folk will dig W.C. Beck.

 
 

Sherwood Forest “Glow”

Sherwood Forest is a rad indie rock and roll band from central Illinois. Their tune “Glow” has us bobbing along and we dig it. The guitars, bass and drums drive forward with a catchy laid-back vocal. Fans of David Bazan will happily add “Glow” to their playlists. Sherwood Forest makes the kind of music we miss. Keep an ear out for their EP “Still, My Soul” this summer!