Author: Kim Muncie

Posted on: August 13, 2020 Posted by: Kim Muncie Comments: 0

“Insane” (EP) by Tom Tikka and the Missing Hubcaps

Blistering electric guitars meet warm lead vocals, honest harmonies and more than a couple of slick beats in songs like “Summer Means New Love,” “Good Ol’ Stupid Me” and “Sweet Sugar,” but even in the slow song “Dismal Day” and its easy-going counterpart in “Driving Me Insane,” there’s scarcely a moment in which Tom Tikka & The Missing Hubcaps don’t sound on-point in their new EP Insane. Mixing together elements of…

Posted on: August 10, 2020 Posted by: Kim Muncie Comments: 0

Live from Lockdown, the Streaking in Tongues’ 2020

Live records present us with a different dimension of an artist, and in some cases, a level of appreciation for their craft that wouldn’t have been possible in a more typical setting. In Live from Lockdown, the Streaking in Tongues’ 2020 installment in their growing discography or pure indie gems, the father-son pairing give us access to some of their most revered compositions through a dynamic real-time performance that binds all…

Posted on: August 8, 2020 Posted by: Kim Muncie Comments: 0

Singer/Songwriter Daniel Tortoledo’s Through out These Years LP

An essential agent of evocation in most any pop/rock effort, there’s no understating what a quality guitar part can contribute to an album as homespun as Daniel Tortoledo’s Through out These Years, and in songs like “Give Me Soul” or “Eloise,” it’s as important as any lyric ever could be. There aren’t a lot of cosmetic frills in Through out These Years, nor are there any attempts on the part of singer/songwriter…

Posted on: August 6, 2020 Posted by: Kim Muncie Comments: 0

Glorybots’ release new LP Invisible

Though guitars are frequently a centerpiece in any given rock album, they take on a special role in the songs found on Glorybots’ new LP Invisible that shapes not only the tone of the music, but the very lens through which we interpret it. In songs like the record-opening “Blepharospasm” and swinging “Radiate,” the riffs serve as a direct extension of the lead vocal in expressing the complete depth of emotion behind…

Posted on: August 5, 2020 Posted by: Kim Muncie Comments: 0

308 Ghost Train’s “Bleed Over Me”

“I’ve been tangled in this love affair somewhere in my mind / And when I see you, I’m at a loss – words I cannot find” we’re told by a soft, bittersweet vocal in the first couple of lines in 308 Ghost Train’s “Bleed Over Me.” As poetically endearing as these verses are, they’re just a limited preview of what’s about to come roaring out of the stereo in the…

Posted on: July 30, 2020 Posted by: Kim Muncie Comments: 0

Russ Still and the Moonshiners’ “Cancun”

Coming at us with a hot and heavy rhythm that could make just about anyone feel like dancing, there’s no debate as to whether or not the swing in Russ Still and the Moonshiners’ “Cancun” is the fieriest feature this hybrid single has to offer. Right out of the gate, there’s nothing in the mix to stop Still and his backing band from dishing out one magnetizing groove after another,…

Posted on: July 29, 2020 Posted by: Kim Muncie Comments: 0

Rich Lindo’s new single “Jungle”

A vocal, good or bad, is inevitably what defines a rap track more than anything else does, and this is especially true of a fierce number like Rich Lindo’s new single “Jungle.” Lindo doesn’t hide behind any sonic smokescreens in “Jungle;” he comes out swinging hard with a melodic intro that bleeds into the instrumentation rather seamlessly. His epic rapping doesn’t hit us until we get deeper into the track,…

Posted on: July 25, 2020 Posted by: Kim Muncie Comments: 0

Cinemartyr deliver a violent yin to their rookie album’s yang

In their scathing follow-up to 2016’s stunningly eclectic Uncaused, Cinemartyr deliver a violent yin to their rookie album’s yang that immediately left me spellbound and intrigued by their growth in the last four years. Titled Death of the First Person, Cinemartyr’s sophomore affair is hardly the typical sequel; from where I sit, it’s about as different from its predecessor as it gets without abandoning the core values of experimentalism that gave the…

Posted on: July 24, 2020 Posted by: Kim Muncie Comments: 0

Jim Lord’s latest single “Little Star”

Jim Lord’s latest single is a lullaby for the ages. Playing on the words from “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and arrangement, Lord’s song “Little Star” has the artist gazing afar of the love of his life and what that person means to him. Humming his way to your heart, Lord’s simplistic approach of his voice and an acoustic guitar orbits above Earth. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/JimLordSingerSongwriter/ Born in New Jersey, but based…

Posted on: July 24, 2020 Posted by: Kim Muncie Comments: 0

Brendan Staunton’s Last of the Light

Brendan Staunton began his musical journey in the early 1990’s singing with the Celtic influenced rock band Dubh Chapter. The band produced an album produced by Steve Hillage entitled Silence, Cunning & Exile but broke up soon after. Staunton briefly sang with the ambient dance band Ultramarine appearing on their track “Weird Gear” before deciding to leave the music industry behind. A quarter century passed before Staunton re-established contact with his past…