Nikki Lane – Black Widow

     New West artist Nikki Lane straddles the fence between country-blues-rock and pop-rock,  mostly eschewing the twang often accompanied with (and Vodka’s nemesis) Country music. Think of this style as a nod to outlaw country, a style of country that Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and their ilk brought to us in the past.  Lane can sing a blistering threat like Black Widow (seen/heard here) with ease with a vocal touch…

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Indigo Sparke – Pressure In My Chest

     Indigo Sparke is an Australian singer and songwriter that will blow you away with her introspective light and airy music and lyrics. Decidedly folk-pop in nature, Indigo Sparke blends in lyrics that tell a story that is full of both brokenness and healing. It is a formula that she’s used before with some success (see her first LP, Echo),  but the first single Pressure In My Chest (seen/heard here), from her forth-coming (October 2022) LP Hysteria promises to double down…

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Pitou – Big Tear

     Pitou’s Big Tear (seen/heard here), and the title track for her upcoming LP, is a perfect example of Vodka’s title byline:  “Music that isn’t the same old thing…mostly.” It is an example of vocals as both rhythm and instrument. It took only two listens for me to be blown away. The first listen was a “well, this is interesting” moment, and the second was “this is amazing!”  Born and raised in Amsterdam, Pitou’s journey to her current style of music started out influenced…

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The Faves – Here Comes The Rain

     As far as Vodka is concerned, every summer needs a rock and roll anthem that signals it’s time to party. For the summer of 2022, that is going to be provided by The Faves, with the dance-party rocker Here Comes The Rain. Yes, these guys are old-at least as old as Vodka-but they can still rock, and the lead vocals from the long-time drummer of The Greg Kihn Band, Larry Lynch, are solid and tuneful. My old voice is craggy these…

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Mike Rogers – Can’t Stop

     The indie dance trio from Amsterdam, Mike Rogers, makes fun, hook-laden, indie-rock. A case in point is Can’t Stop (seen/heard here) that I can’t stop listening to. It’s made the playlist while writing this review multiple times. Take a listen and you will see why. The band’s name is a combination of the two DJ/producers names Mike and Roger who recruited Kita Menari’s Micha to provide vocals. The result is phenomenal! Lyrically, Can’t Stop looks at life from a lonely man’s perspective….

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