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Volume 57 Reviews

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OG Maco x TWRK “Do What It Do”

As one reviewer put it, if you’re planning on having a “twerk fest” some time soon, then OG Maco and TWRK have the perfect song for you with “Do What It Do.” TWRK, an electronic production crew based in NYC, teamed up with Maco for a club-oriented jam with bouncy drums, later joined by a blast of horns. And if you need further proof of its strip-club-worthiness, check out these Twain-esque lyrics: “Bounce that ass to the beat; Show me you a freak make it do what it do.”

Mother Feather “Mother Feather

An interesting mix of alt-rock grooves and glam rock style, Mother Feather is hard to pin down. With the charismatic dual vocals of Ann Courtney and Elizabeth Carena (who also works the keyboards), the NYC-based quintet can rock your face off but still be listenable and have that sexy edge you’ll get from women screaming through a catchy chorus.

Hellyeah “Human

From their forthcoming album Undeniable, heavy-hitting hard rockers Hellyeah showcase a big chorus and undeniable groove with the track “Human.” It’s hard to believe that this “all-star” band, featuring ex-members of Pantera, Mudvayne and Nothingface have been together for a decade, yet here they with their fifth release as the band continues to evolve thanks to new additions Kyle Sanders (brother of Mastodon‘s Troy Sanders) and guitarist Christian Brady. Speaking about the new record, guitarist Tom Maxwell stated, “There’s a lot of new stuff coming out that we’ve never tried before, and a lot of heavy s–t … It’s gonna be moody, it’s gonna be dark, it’s gonna be crushing, it’s gonna be heartbreaking, it’s gonna be everything.”

From Ashes to New “Lost and Alone

Hard rock, hip-hop-style vocals and synths collide with the Pennsylvania-based quartet From Ashes to New’s track “Lost and Alone.” Though the band often draws comparisons to Linkin Park and Hollywood Undead, it’s clear that their first proper full-length disc Day One has them aspiring to be much more. In fact, the band charges straight ahead into arena rock style, which is fitting considering their recent tour opening for Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach.

Bleeker  “Highway

After 12 years toiling away in northern Toronto and across Canada, Bleeker has gotten their big U.S. break with their album Erase You, as the track “Highway” appears on the latest installment of StripJoints. Musically, Bleeker combines a classic rock swagger with psych-tinged grooves, placing them among Royal Blood, Struts, The Black Keys, and Jet in the alt-rock spectrum.  Highway” resonates with its handclaps and garage pop vibe, and the track is uptempo from stem to stern.

Stitched Up Heart “Monster

The vocals sound pop, the music sounds post-nu-metal. This hybrid, showcased by Stitched Up Heart, makes for an interesting combination, and it’s on full display with the track “Monster.” Vocalist Alecia “Mixi” Demner is clearly the stand-out with this LA-based outfit, whose sound and style continues to change (and most recently, draws favorable comparisons to Evanescence and In This Moment). “Monster” rocks, but it’s still very accessible for the guys and gals alike.

Kongos “Take It From Me”

Kongos’ “Take It From Me” is the first single off the band’s forthcoming third album, Egomaniac, set for release on June 10. The band had become known for its recognizable sound, which derives both from Western rock music as well as rhythm-based Western African music. Jesse Kongos’ heavy drumming and Johnny Kongos’ talented accordion work lay the foundations of what has come to be a trademark sound for the foursome, and “Take It From Me” finds Kongos further exploring the depths of their sound.

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