Halfwait Makes it ‘Official’ With New Album

By JOHN DALY Halfwait from Sydney, Australia makes a foray into the U.S. territories with a cool new album, The Official. Halfwait from Australia was started by Jon Barca guitar-vocals and Chris Tallon on drums back in 2009. The guys were 20 years old. Barca and Tallon had been playing music together since they were 15 years old, playing original songs and covers of Silverchair … Continue reading Halfwait Makes it ‘Official’ With New Album

Nocturnal Blonde Sees Happier Days with ‘Smart Heart’

By DOTTIE PARIS Nocturnal Blonde is one of those bands that takes the popular shoegaze style and takes it to a new level with the debut album Smart Heart. But there’s a story to this beautifully haunting music. Ritchie Williams, who produces as well as plays guitar and sings, got into this because of the tragic overdose of his brother, Dave, who suffered significant neurological … Continue reading Nocturnal Blonde Sees Happier Days with ‘Smart Heart’

Husks Creates Beauty from Horror

By JOHN DALY Husks created something beautiful out of the horrible. It was a tough time for the musician who suffered a breakup of both the band and a turbulent relationship. Husks is the brainchild of Connor Small, who is fully engaged in the new style talking-electric genre that blends avant garde with mellow hip hop style. It’s not something all listeners would image works, … Continue reading Husks Creates Beauty from Horror

‘Can’t Stop Now’ Takes a Spiritual Approach to New Music

By DOTTIE PARIS Can’t Stop Now is the seventh album from Suki Rae. It’s 10 tracks of spiritual songs that are mainly gospel-style blues and folk. “Can’t Stop Now” opens with two traditional sounding gospel songs, “Peace by Piece,” and “Can’t Stop Now,” which is a little reminiscent of Laura Nyro. Suki Rae ‘Can’t Stop Now’ Has Spiritual Style It’s clear that Suki Rae could … Continue reading ‘Can’t Stop Now’ Takes a Spiritual Approach to New Music

Aya Maguire Releases The Past with New Album ‘The Sandcastle King’

By DOTTIE PARIS For Aya Maguire, her debut album, The Sandcastle King, represents growth that won’t be washed away by an errant wave. The delicate music by the Boulder, Colo.-based musician is the expression of six years of developing as a writer and as a person. The Sandcastle King will be released on July 13. The track “There’s no such thing as a Portland Thunderstorm,” … Continue reading Aya Maguire Releases The Past with New Album ‘The Sandcastle King’