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Best Indie Songs of 2017 – Songs 1-10

     As we noted a year ago, the “best of” music lists provide a great vehicle for discovering music that we missed. During the year, the volume of interesting songs is so great that the expression “drinking from the fire hose” is appropriate. We try to read as many …

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Best Indie Songs of 2017 – Songs 11-20

                   This is the second set of ten Indie songs of 2016. We acknowledge the fact that it is difficult to rank the tracks. If the process were repeated sometime next month, some shuffling would certainly occur. The bias is towards bands and artists who are not receiving …

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Best Indie Songs of 2017 – Songs 21-30

     This is the third set of ten Indie songs of 2016. We acknowledge the fact that it is difficult to rank the tracks. If the process were repeated sometime next month, some shuffling would certainly occur. The bias is towards bands and artists who are not receiving the …

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Best Indie Songs of 2017 – Songs 31-40

          This is the fourth set of ten Indie songs of 2016. We acknowledge the fact that it is difficult to rank the tracks. If the process were repeated sometime next month, some shuffling would certainly occur. The bias is towards bands and artists who are …

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Best Indie Songs of 2017 – Songs 41-50

          This is the final set of Indie songs of 2016. We acknowledge the fact that it is difficult to rank the tracks. If the process were repeated sometime next month, some shuffling would certainly occur. The bias is towards bands and artists who are not …

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“Skeptic” by The Racer – A Song Review

      About thirty seconds into “Skeptic,” we started paying attention. “Hey, this has potential; the piano is fetching.” Then, the vocals began, the interested grew, and the hope was that the song wouldn’t disappointingly fall apart. It didn’t; in fact, the attractiveness of the track increased when the tempo …

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“Pulse“ by Galapaghost – A Song Review

     Tragedy inspires art, typically as a means for processing emotions. “Pulse” is a reaction to the Orlando shooting at the Pulse nightclub in June 2016. The song is from Galapaghost, a solo project of Casey Chandler.     Casey Chandler is from Woodstock, New York. But he now …

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“S.A.D.” by Norma – A Song Review

     The intro of “S.A.D.” begins with undisciplined guitars, until the rhythm joins and imposes structure. The percussion and bass define the framework for the reverb guitar and the melodic-speak vocals, but there is flexibility. The rhythm is relentlessly energetic and focused on time, while the guitar is more …

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“All Went Black” by AnastasiaMAX – A Song Review

     And we thought we had troubles during our school bus years! The first half of the video “All Went Black” shows 14-year old Anastasia harassed by bus-riding masked bullies. Anastasia is one-quarter of the band and one-half of the sister/brother members who lend their names to AnastasiaMax. Bother …

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“Lost In You Now” by Written Years – A Song Review

     The track only travels a short distance before the percussion comes thundering in, insuring that “Lost In You Now” isn’t treated as white noise by an otherwise preoccupied listener. The percussion throughout the track tends to sit in the lower frequencies, in contrast to the backing vocals using …

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