Review Rundown 140 Or Less: Patrick Stump, Like Moths to Flames, Motionless in White, Dear Christine, Highlight the Night

The ninth edition of the Review Rundown: 140 or Less offers takes on new releases from Like Moths to Flame, King Hell, Friends of Emmet, Moksha, Motionless in White, Jeff Kossack and the Otherhand, Dear Christine, Kid Icarus, Highlight the Night and Patrick Stump.

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)
Grade: C
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/)
Grade: B-
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)
Grade: B
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/)
Grade: B
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)
Grade: C
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/)  
Grade: B+
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)
Grade: B
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)
Grade: B+
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)
Grade: B
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/)
Grade: C
Go Download: “Spotlight (Oh Nostalgia)"

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