Review Rundown 140 Or Less: Patrick Stump, Like Moths to Flames, Motionless in White, Dear Christine, Highlight the Night
File Under: Deathcore
Like Moths to Flames – Sweet Talker (Rise): "Real Talk" & "Death Cup" is about as good as it gets, and honestly, that probably isn’t saying all that much. The melodic stuff is alright. (www.myspace.com/likemothstoflame)
Go Download: "Death Cup"
File Under: Hard Rock
King Hell – Rhythm and Bruise: Badassery & raunch fuel the garage rock feel, but the duel vocal blitz does all the talking, while killer guitars and drums do the walking. (http://www.kinghellmetal.com/)
Go Download: "Hungry Like the Wolf" (Duran Duran cover)
File Under: Indie/Alt-Country
Friends of Emmet – Coming Apart (Masterplan Media): The cover of Bowie’s "Young Americans" is well worth the price of admission, but the rest of Coming Apart is more than worth your time. (www.myspace.com/friendsofemmet)
Go Download: "13th Floor"
File Under: Jazz Fusion
Moksha – Mammal or Machine (Moksha Music Limited): Vocals or not, the graceful funk/jazz fusion of Moksha’s Mammal or Machine is a sound we can all groove on. It’s about as smooth as it gets. (http://www.mokshatime.com/)
Go Download: "Interface"
File Under: Prettied Up Metalcore W/ Typical Bells and Whistles
Motionless in White – Creatures (Fearless): Creatures is nothing new, which is sad because, alas, MIW were once a promising act. There’s some stuff worth listening to, but not much. (www.myspace.com/motionlessinwhite)
Go Download: "We Only Come Out at Night"
File Under: Singer/Songwriter
Jeff Kossack and the OtherHand – Halflife (Groove House): Endearing and highly personal, Halflife is an uplifting emotional rollercoaster, not just for Kossack, but for listeners as well. (http://www.jeffkossack.com/)
Go Download: "Always Like the First Time"
File Under: Powerpop Sunny-Side Up
Dear Christine – First Things First EP: Cheery powerpop in the vein of Go Radio and We the Kings, First Things First is a polished recording, full of 5 infectiously catchy tunes. (www.myspace.com/dearchristine)
Go Download: “Our Story”
File Under: Pop-Punk
Kid Icarus – Kid Icarus EP: Quick hitting, talented Set Your Goals-type happy hardcore (“It’s On Me”) that’s unafraid to dabble in some pop-punk epic-ness (“Firework”). (www.myspace.com/kidicarus)
Go Download: “Firework”
File Under: Powerpop W/A Future
Highlight the Night – Summer Fever: Smooth-edged, genteel powerpop not unlike Every Avenue or Cartel. Their cover of Keshas “We R Who We R” is, as they say, electric dynamite. (www.myspace.com/highlightthenightmusic)
Go Download: “Summer Fever”
File Under: Scene-infused R&B
Patrick Stump – Truant Wave (Nervous Breakdown Media): These songs seem to be trying too hard to be something they’re not. “Spotlight (Oh Nostalgia)” is a standout, but the rest is only so-so. (http://www.patrickstump.com/)
Go Download: “Spotlight (Oh Nostalgia)"