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    What I Do by The Three Gentlemen


    Smart

    Self-consciously stylish, The Three Gentlemen put on the ritz and, simultaneously, their best foot forward to take their electroswing song “What I Do” off in the direction of the nearest uptown supper club. There is, after all, always time for one more musical cocktail before sunrise.

    Review date: April 30, 2016
    Website: www.thethreegentlemen.com

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    Stars by Djustin


    Synth poppers

    There’s still life on the dancefloor and Swedish/American synth popper duo Djustin have the sequenced beats to get your heart started and your feet moving even if Rose Suau’s voice evokes an isolation at odds with the DJ friendliness of "Stars".

    Review date: April 29, 2016
    Website: www.facebook.com/djustinband

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    Work It Out by Erin Tobey


    Thoughtful

    Through more indie pop than synth pop in intent, there a purpose to Erin Tobey’s song “Work It Out” and that makes you think wider than sub three minute pop song should. That’s the sign of a literate mind.

    Review date: April 29, 2016
    Website: erintobey.tumblr.com

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    Easy On Me by Me and My Drummer


    Germanic

    There’s a cold Germanic precision to “Easy On Me” that makes the song seem more impersonal than it is yet the mix of electronic chimes, rhythmic brutality and Charlotte Brandi’s laconic tone nonetheless proves to be intoxicating.

    Review date: April 29, 2016
    Website: www.meandmydrummer.com

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    Catalyst by No Liars


    Loud

    Canadian punk seems to be more Green Day than The Clash if the music evidence provided by No Liars is to be believed. That said, there is a power and conviction to this band’s approach that takes their song “Catalyst” out of the ordinary. The song still sounds best played loud though

    Review date: April 29, 2016
    Website: www.facebook.com/noliarsbc

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    Tonight by Acapulco Lips


    Retro cool

    Guitars on reverb, girlish lead vocals and that retro sound might well be the trademark of many an indie pop band with intentions of making a pilgrimage to the beach but Seattle’s Acapulco Lips have more spirit and charm than most with their song “Tonight” easily making the world seem a better place.

    Review date: April 24, 2016
    Website: bit.ly/1XQe37B

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    Blonde American Girl by Alex Bent & The Emptiness


    Bleak

    “Blonde American Girl” lasts a lot longer than you would expect of a song with such a title. It is also relentlessly downbeat with Alex Bent & The Emptiness spending his six minutes of fame milking the electronic melancholy for all it is worth.

    Review date: April 24, 2016
    Website: www.facebook.com/iamtheemptiness

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    All In Line by Firewoodisland


    Laidback

    As a song, “All In Line” is about as far from any kind of controversy as you can get these days and, duly, Firewoodisland show that their reputation as the festival friendly Ovalteenies of choice for rucksackers and urban warriors is well deserved.

    Review date: April 24, 2016
    Website: www.firewoodisland.com

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