Chadwick Easton

The best children’s music tends to be what adults would call good music in general; simple, straightforward, but cerebral enough to inspire artistic wonder, much as the source did for the players creating it. The Roughhousers specialize in this genre, and their new singles “Monkey Butt” and “Toenail Soup,” despite their comical titles, are sterling
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The mix of traditional and original material underpinning T-Bone’s eleven song debut Good ‘n Greasy isn’t uncommon. Many other songwriters and/or musicians have sensed the possibilities of working within a tradition and utilizing its tropes, sound, and aims as an ideal vehicle for self-expression. What sets T-Bone apart from others, however, is the seemingly effortless balance they
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There’s a lot of pessimism in pop right now – some would argue a little more than our society really needs, but that could be part of the reason why Clay Joule’s new single “O’Dream” feels as refreshing as it does this June. Rather than sticking to a conventional rock ballad format, Joule explores lingering
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Austria’s B.B. Cole spins together an Americana, pop and country palette in the new album, Outgrowing Ourselves. Perhaps a nod to challenging her own feelings and putting them to song, the title congers up ideas of pushing ourselves beyond our own limitations. Cole delights with her motivating lyrics and rowdy guitars. Songs like “Emotional Baggage” and
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JR and the RetroRyders serve up classic British-influenced rock ran through an American garage band aesthetic and topped off with a dollop of singer/songwriter sensibilities. It makes for an invigorating blend of the personal and familiar, the latter quality dominating, and will effortlessly translate over to the band’s stage work. That is the place where
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There’s no doubt ViennaCC’s music has tremendous European flavor. The experienced songwriter, musician, and performer’s music smashes through arbitrary borders, however, and creates a truly “world” musical work with his new single “Cook for Me”. One is hard-pressed to identify any culture on earth where questions about men and women’s respective roles in romantic relationships
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If diversity of discography is one of the great points of judgment in all of indie music, AV Super Sunshine is far ahead of his peers. He’s recorded a bevy of different genres and compositional concepts through the years, and in his new single “Sink or Swim,” he’s giving us some of the most straightforward
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Cinemartyr has set quite a high standard for themselves coming into the making of their new album Opt Out, and while it’s easy to get caught up in your own ambitions when you’re working with the kind of collective skillset these New Yorkers are, they’ve got the artistic maturity to stay in their lane while giving
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Austin, Texas quintet Hog Branch is the kind of act that reminds the despairing that, yes, there are still musicians out there forging their own path. Rick Watson and his collaborators stand out in a crowded and competitive environment, Austin still retains a significant cachet for a certain kind of songwriter and musician. Many have
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Francesca Beghe is a long, long way removed from her late 1980’s-early 1990’s commercial height. The hit songwriter and vocalist didn’t reach Mariah Carey or comparable icon status during that era, but she wasn’t in this for the Fame Game. She placed a hit song on the gazillion selling soundtrack for the Kevin Costner/Whitney Houston
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Patricia Lazzara started off with Steve Markoff in a much different place than where they are today. It’s safe to say that neither musician saw them, five plus years later, promoting their third instrumental release together when Markoff contacted Lazzara over five years ago looking for flute lessons. Something creative sparked between them and they
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Determinedly softer than the string play it adorns, Karen Turner’s lead vocal in “If the World Is Ending” crushes us with its melancholic yearning, its very presence highlighting a contrast between her delivery and the tone of the instrumentation. There’s something quite fetching about her hesitation in some of these verses, but the eagerness with
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