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New Single Review: “Coming From The Darkside” by Oktaf Kanis

Indonesian rock artist Oktaf Kanis released his new single “Coming From The Darkside” today, August 19th, 2022. The track tells the tale of a “dark” woman with some questionable behavior. Kanis warns in the chorus: “Hello, she’s coming from the darkside.” Kanis seems to enjoy this woman’s company as the narrator and protagonist of the…

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“Paradise Forever” by Erica Knox

New Single Review: “Paradise Forever” by Erica Knox

Erica Knox is back with a new summer single recorded only weeks after it was written. “Paradise Forever” perfectly captures both the excitement and the comfort of a summer love that is about as perfect as it can get, and is the perfect track for SynthPop fans and lovers of romantic tracks who are hungry…

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TWICE VS BLACKPINK: Which K-pop Group Is Better?

Featured Photo: Fair Use. Sources: South Korean K-pop groups TWICE and BLACKPINK dominate the K-pop genre with their musical prowess, choreography, and alluring looks. Together they’re mentioned by default as two of the best female K-pop groups. But out of the two K-pop groups, the question remains: which K-pop group is better? They…

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Delete After Listening EP Cover by Shi Kargo

New Release Review: Delete After Listening EP by Shi Kargo

Shi Kargo is back with a new creative musical project—an EP titled Delete After Listening. The EP is an Amapiano-influenced instrumental project that is melodic, rhythmic, soothing, and energetic all in one inspiringly musical package. The EP was released today, June 24th, 2022. Delete After Listening features such notable names as Markus Enochson and Kabeey…

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Learn About ANLIL And Her New Single, “Young Heart”

Sometimes it’s refreshing when a musician decides to visit not just the darker side of emotions in their music, but also the darker side of people. ANLIL has done just that by focusing on the feelings and perspective of the heartbreaker—rather than the typical perspective of the heartbroken—in her dark yet emotionally moving single “Young…

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Spotlight and Review: A Heaven For Heretics by Kristian Montgomery & The Winterkill band

Featured Image: Used With Permission. Some music serves to remind us how our raw emotions make us human. Kristian Montgomery & The Winterkill band’s A Heaven For Heretics is one example of an album that uses good-old-fashioned country rock with a humble and modern twist to connect each listener to their deepest and most complicated emotions. Kristian Montgomery…

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Song Review: “Turn My Swag On” by Soulja Boy Tell’em

Then 18-year old DeAndre Cortez Way (known by his stage name Soulja Boy Tell’em) would have his rise to stardom in 2007 with his flashy choreographic moves and his rapping/singing abilities. His singles like “Crank That”, “Donk”, “Soulja Girl” and “Kiss Me Thru The Phone” created a buzz throughout the entertainment world. From an exuberant…

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New Single Review: “This Song” by Shi Kargo & Wakithi

Today, I have had the pleasure of listening to “This Song,” a wonderful, melodic single from Shi Kargo and Wakithi. This dynamic duo has created a rhythmic masterpiece that evokes happiness, energy, and a variety of other feelings that you won’t want to miss. Wakithi’s vocals add a layer to Shi Kargo’s magic as the…

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Song Review: “LEFT ALONE”

I recently had the honor of hearing the song “LEFT ALONE” by Ric Flexer featuring Ju$t Allstylez and D. HOLLOW, and up-and-coming artist that I recently interviewed for this blog. “LEFT ALONE” is a very unique song. The artistry and earnestness of its collaborators shines through in each and every second. The guitar bits at…

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Silk Sonic Brings The Sauce

An Evening With Silk Sonic Short Album Review Image is in Public Domain. Certified Good-vibe Team of the century, Silk Sonic, has finally released their long-awaited album titled An Evening With Silk Sonic on November 12th, 2021. The dynamic R&B duo, composed of powerhouse vocalists Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, bring the funky fire with…

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New Single: “Natusangalale” by Shi Kargo and Roy

Today, Shi Kargo has released a new single, titled “Natusangalale.” The title means “Let Us Be Happy” in the Bemba language from Zambia. This unique song is a collaboration with Roy, a Soulful/Afro Jazz vocalist based and born in Zambia. After just one listen, I could tell this was going to be a calming hit…

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Review: Ritt Momney’s Newest Singles

Utah-native Ritt Momney has done it again. He came out with new music, and, as always, it blew me away. If you haven’t heard of Ritt Momney, what are you doing? How can you negate the cleverness, the satire, and the endearing quality of the spoonerism of Utah Senator Mitt Romney’s name? Anyway, let’s get…

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New Album Review: Jordi by Maroon 5

Doesn’t it seem like ages since Maroon 5 released an album? Maybe it’s just because I’m always excited by new music. In any case, I was very excited to learn that new Maroon 5 music was coming. As it turns out, this album was released today. Jordi is dedicated to Maroon 5’s late band manager,…

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Livestream Concert Recap

Happy November! I’m here for a special extra post. I recently watched two livestream concerts from the comfort of my home (and at very affordable prices!) and wanted to recap them with you. This is a unique opportunity during a depressingly unique time in history, and it seemed like a good idea to share my…

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New Release Review: “Bloom” (Single) by Adam Friedman

Image by Amy Alder (used with permission). No one was probably as excited as I was when my favorite singer, Adam Friedman, announced that he was going to be releasing a new song each month, with the first one coming out today. The first thing I did this morning was listen to it, and the natural…

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CMT’s Nashville and My Rediscovery of Country Music

Let me start today’s post by saying I’ve never been anti-country music. The thing is, I consider myself to be a music lover, not a some-types-of-music-that-I-like lover. So I’ve made it my goal to remain open-minded to all kinds of music, including ones that I wouldn’t traditionally listen to. With that in mind, I’ve always…

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Review of Green EP by Adam Friedman

It’s no surprise to anyone who knows me that Adam Friedman is my favorite singer. I always enjoy music by artists who have real talent and real passion, so it was a no-brainer that I would become a huge fan of Friedman, his beautiful voice, and his numerous talents. (And, you know. His looks are…

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