Category: Music Reviews

Posted on: May 17, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

DEF MACHINE feat. Frank Nitt, Diggidy & VOIS “Slam Dance” 

Slam Dance is a refreshing of the rap-rock style of the early 2000s. There are nods to Limp Bizkit, Crazy Town, and P.O.D. inserted within the track. The dynamic established between the guitars and the ropy bass lines on DEF MACHINE’s newest track ensures that this track goes hard. There are so many things that are going down within the soundscape of Slam Dance that one will have to play…

Posted on: May 17, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Greg Hoy & The Boys – Holy Mother of God 

Holy Mother of God is a straight-forward rock track that shines because of Greg Hoy’s charismatic vocals and the strong relationships that are fostered between the aforementioned vocals, drums, guitars, and bass. Part of the allure here has to be how uniquely Hoy’s the track is. It works well with The Hives, The Kinks, and The Strokes but in no way sounds like any of them. We love the intense…

Posted on: May 17, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

DEF MACHINE feat. MOD Diggidy and DEF SQUAD “Break Thru”

On Break Thru, DEF MACHINE is able to speak directly to listeners with his message of hope and faith. There’s a rapid-fire flow that begins things before a more ethereal, gospel-infusedset of vocals takeover. It is this ability to quickly shift through styles that will keep listeners’ attentions throughout the entirety of the track’s run time. The production of Break Thru creates emotive calls to action all while making Break…

Posted on: May 17, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Kelly Morgan “I Remember PT2”

On her new single I Remember PT2, Kelly Morgan is able to make a bouncy dance-meets-pop track that showcases how one can overcome challenges in one’s life – personal, professional, or spiritual – and become even stronger for it. Kelly’s vocals sit softly upon the booming bass lines and guitar strums. The single’s infectious beat will have fans get on out to the dance floor, while there’s enough in the…

Posted on: May 17, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Lauren Hulbert “Honeydew”

Honeydew is the newest single from Lauren Hulbert. On this track, a very close-knit composition with guitar and vocals open things up before percussive elements enter into the mix. It is this trio of contributions that are able to gel together and create something much greater than their constituent parts. The single reminds me of early-1990s alternative fare like Jill Sobule and Rusted Root. The brightness of Honeydew will put…

Posted on: May 17, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Levi DaRosa “They Don’t (Make’m Like You)”

They Don’t (Make’m Like You) is a powerful R&B track from Levi DaRosa.The track draws upon the output of Brandi and Monica, while bringing in hints of soul and gospel. The twinkling backing beat provide ample highlighting for DaRosa’s vocals. There’s a delicate nature to this single that stands boldly out from other modern efforts. In an era where loudness is commonplace, it is this honesty and earnest approach that…

Posted on: May 17, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

The Dead Daisies “Light ‘Em Up”

Light ‘Em Up starts off with a fast tempo and assertive vox. The Dead Daisies are contuing to build out their unique take on 1980s hard rock and hair metal. With sizzling guitar work matched with splashy drums, it’s no surprise that the resulting track will be burying itself deep into the minds and hearts of listeners. The production is skillful here, both keeping the rough-hewn sound of the period…

Posted on: May 17, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Elise Harper “Bartender Therapy”

Elise Harper’s “Bartender Therapy” is a touching pop-country track that expresses a sentiment a great proportion of her listeners will understand. The desire to reach out and have human interactions is part of life. Elise’s vocals are great here, both establishing a narrative and bolstering in the backing instrumentation. The presence of lap steel and deliberate drums in this track tie Bartender Therapy into the larger country and western tradition.…

Posted on: May 15, 2024 Posted by: Kim Muncie Comments: 0

Strange Company’s “Lois Lane”

Strange Company’s “Lois Lane” has timeless pop-rock qualities that make it an instant winner with me. The Memphis/Nashville outfit’s debut album, Eyes Wide Open, promises to be one of 2024’s best efforts in this vein based on the promise of this number alone. Vocalist Chris Burris and lead guitarist Aaron “Crash” Robinette lead the way for this outstanding young band, but it isn’t a glorified vehicle for their talents alone. Make no mistake – Strange Company plays as a cohesive and full-fledged band,…

Posted on: May 13, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Ginny Luke feat. Orianthi “Devil at My Heels”

Devil At My Heels has some fantastic guitar licks issuing forth during its run time. Add to that the country-meets-pop approach of Ginny Luke and what results is something that is an amped-up version of a Kelly Clarkson or Maren Morris. The song could easily be brought on modern music playlists, but there’s a lot more meat to the track’s bones. Specifically, the dynamic that is established between the guitars…