Author: Elle Huckins


If ‘grind house blues’ was not a musical genre before Mattiel, it is now. Citing Peter, Paul, and Mary and White Stripes as respective influences, Atlanta-based singer Mattiel, bassist Randy Michael, guitarist Jonah Swilley, and drummer Jordan Manley have fused vibrant 60’s Rock ‘N’ Roll with new-age funk to create something that makes the listener nostalgic for the new. In Mattiel’s most recognizable song, ‘Whites of Their Eyes’ (a song that deserves to play over one truly fantastic Tarantino fight scene in the near future) is a desperado jam full of drum beats and vocal tweaks, inspired by one...

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DWNTWN – Racing Time

Energetic and melodious by turns, California-born indie pop group DWNTWN is the genre as it is meant to be. Following the success of three previous EP releases – 2012’s The Red Room and Cowboys, and 2014’s self-titled DWNTWN – Racing Time is the band’s first feature-length album, set to be released later this month. Hailing from Los Angeles, DWNTWN was formed by singer Jamie Leffler and guitarist Robert Cepeda before later being joined by Daniel Vancieri on drums. Following the success of the song ‘Til Tomorrow’ from the DWNTWN EP, the band was likened to such artists as Ellie...

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Bullet Height – No Atonement

Independent musicians Sammi Doll (formerly of IAMX) and Jon Courtney (formerly of Pure Reason Revolution) both went to Berlin looking to find a new sound and a sense of adventure in their music that they each thought had been previously lacking. And, as is the beginning of most great stories, what they found was each other. Singer, song writer, guitarist and keyboard player Jon Courtney, originally of Reading, Berkshire, England parted from Pure Reason Revolution and moved to Berlin to write music that he describes as ‘darker and heavier’ than anything he’d written before. The music he made would...

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