The Hill Country Devil: Nicotine and China White

The Hill Country Devil (Real name Hayden Karchmer) is a poetical singer/songwriter that breaches the heart with not only brash, forth right lyrics, but a guitar style that will leave the melody pounding in your ears. His poetic words are sung with a power-house voice that transitions from a raspy growl to a subtle coo in an instant, accompanied solo with a folksy, bright ringing guitar. Every song Karchmer performs has raw emotion weeping from it, as his voice and lyrics create a sense of desperate yet time-stalled urgency. Karchmer’s recently released album, Nicotine and China White, has a multitude of soul aching songs, perhaps the most notable of which is “Kerr County Dopesick Blues”. Written about his real-life struggles, Karchmer delivers a heartfelt, miserably honest depiction of the hardened human experience. The giftedly crafted lyrics often go beyond the base meaning, as Karchmer personally sketches for the listener a detailed envisioning of the world through his eyes. Karchmer’s time-stained words and silk-flowing voice give his songs a haunting twist; his performance is truly that of a demonic angle.

This review was written by MuzicNotez writer Samuel Weber

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Hellow Yellow New Indie Rock Single ‘I Don’t Care’

Twitter: @helloyello
Instagram: @rockygmusic

Oakland Indie group Hello Yello consist of brothers Dylan (age 22, vocals & guitar) Jaden (age 20, bass) and their friend Martin (age 20, drums). I actually listened to their debut EP “Love Wins” while writing this review. The sound of this group is Kid Cudi meets Nirvana. They conjure sounds that at one moment remind you of early 90’s Grunge, but it may switch over to a sound of soothing guitar and RNB smoothness on the very next track. This group will keep your attention with their blend of different genres that combine ad create something new and refreshing. This group has something for everyone no matter what you like. Even with all the blend of different genres you can still make out the west coast laid back sound that resonates through tots of their work. The EP Love Wins is only five songs long, but every song gives a different feel. If you have never listened to Hello Yello I recommend starting with the song Sins. The song Sins will give you good measure of what you can expect from this group. Another great song of the EP I recommend is I Don’t Care. This song definitely gives off Nirvana energy. The song gives off a rebellious teenage feeling that resembles that of Smells Like Teen Spirit. The ceiling for this group is very high and they’re definitely going to be on my radar for up coming projects.

This review was written by MuzicNotez writer Solomon Belle

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Listener – Talk Music Single ‘Falling In Love With Glaciers’

Twitter: @Listener

This one is for those that love to feel and connect with lyrics. Out of Kansas City, this band redefines poeticism. Each of their songs has a creative and moody musical backdrop that provides the perfect platform to highlight their extremely passionate and emotional lyrics. The words are mostly spoken instead of sung, but that’s no to say there’s no melody to them. Every song has direction and reaches a pinnacle.

As the brainchild of vocalist and musician Dan Smith, Listener started as more of hip hop project. But with the addition of guitarist Jon Terrey, and drummer Kris Rochelle, the band developed into more of a rock group. They cover a wide range of themes in their music; from love to abuse to money to loneliness, anybody can relate to Listener’s messages.

“Falling in Love with Glaciers” is one of their more popular singles and deservedly so: a tasteful combination of intensity and melodic flow. The starts soft and sensitive and slowly builds to power with the trumpet’s propulsion. About a girl who is brought down by love after a magnificent resurrection this song has extreme emotion, heightened by Smith’s desperate breathing and yelling towards the end of the song. That kind of passion, wearing your heart on your sleeve, is what’s missing from a lot of modern day pop music.

This review was written by MuzicNotez writer Jessie Blitz

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Pretti Emage New Hip Hop & R&B Album ‘The Playlist’

Sisters with Bars, sisters with voices

In 2016, they decided to become a force together. They saw an image, that could become a reality; and that transformed into Pretti Emage.

The name by itself should catch your attention and make you want to see exactly what is Pretti Emage. If you look hard enough you will see, the Riley sisters. Jaleesah “Mizz Attitude” and Zayah “Baby Girl” together form Pretti Emage, with a pretty image.

Blessed with the ability of spitting; “spitting” is another word for “rapping”. Being beautiful and talented isn’t a bad pretty image to have. The decision to swim after their dreams in clear waters; out of Clearwater, Florida, is worth it.

Twitter: @PrettiEmage
Instagram: @Pretti_Emage

Performing throughout the U.S. and with a wave they created with their hit songs “Bad Mamacita” and “Turn Up”. Getting some major love on social media. These young queens are out here building an empire, and doing it independently. That’s major to have the ability to take your career into the direction you want it to go; or walk your path and follow your own lead.

It’s not just two young queens rapping, they are singing too. Sisters with bars (SWBs), and sisters with voices (SWVs); and they are coco girls. They are in their own lane; they aren’t too grown. With their age appropriate bars, and song writing.

With their latest project titled Playlist. Playlist, gives you a blend of rapping and singing. The bar arrangements, flows and singing on Playlist, are dope. You will sit there and start bobbing your head. You have to admire females that can go in on a track. It makes you want to listen to what these young queens are really saying. With songs like “It’s A Wrap” and “Gucci”. The line “I’m young blessed and I’m gifted” off the song, “Gucci” hits loud. The message on “Battlefield” is true. It has so much going on outside, but let’s not forget me; and how I feel inside. To end it with “Our Time”. It’s definitely their time. Pretti Emage is here. If you are a lyrical person, then you would appreciate Pretti Emage and what they have to offer to the music world. Share their words, beats, and thoughts. Make Playlist a part of your playlist. It will be a part of mine as well.

I end with this. Pound fists up for these two queens doing their thing. I salute these young sisters with bars, and sisters with voices.

This review was written by MuzicNotez writer J. Anthony Grigger

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LOKELLA: Crushing Boundaries in Grand Rapids’ Alt-Music Scene

Grand Rapids, MI Alternative-Rock band, LOKELLA, formed in 2016 with members Jennifer Bartlett, Evan Bartlett, Chris Bursley and (former member) Nathan Jean. They released four songs on a visual EP named “The Worst Of,” following up with their first EP with five songs in 2017 titled, “Shedding Skin.

Instagram: @TheBandLokella
Twitter: @TheBandLokella

LOKELLA has grown in the Grand Rapids, Alternative- scene as a group who pushes boundaries of the norm of Alternative; often known for extending beyond the confines of the rock genre by teasing listeners with blues tropes, a dash of Latin and an overload of drama.

After gaining traction from their two EP’s and multiple shows in the Midwest, LOKELLA has gone full-steam ahead with a constant push for visual elements that coincide with their songwriting and vision for the future of their band.

The metamorphosis of the band has continued through the addition of drummer, Josh Poel. Their recent release, “Censory Overload,” is a 5 song EP that is crafted thoughtfully and styled toward the growth of their listeners and evolution of LOKELLA.

This 5-song EP’s first track, “Make Us Holy,” gave me an early Flyleaf-feel with it’s guitar riffs and vocals, this song will literally make your ears smile.
LOKELLA’s second track is titled, “Wicked” and is an 180 from their first track in the EP, “Make Us Holy,” showing their diverse range of style. “Wicked,” teases their listeners with their bluesy style in their songwriting all the while keeping their signature alternative sound. – LOKELLA also recorded a music video for their track, “Wicked.
In EP, “Censory Overload,” Their deep rock sound transitions back into Jennifer Bartlett’s feisty-vocals in third track, “Good Girls, Like You.
Chasing Ghosts” begins with a heart felt composition on piano before Bartlett’s dramatic vocals adds it’s own ghostly tone to Chasing Ghosts lyrics.
LOKELLA’s final track on “Censory Overload” titled, “Messiah Complex” brings a sense of ghostly disturbance in their music video – watch it for yourself on YouTube!

LOKELLA’s “Censory Overload” was reviewed by New Noise Magazine. NNM described the band’s newest EP, “The magnitude of sounds involved in the listening cycle are carefully detailed, ever-expanding, and emotionally full.

You can find LOKELLA touring the Midwest and if you’re a Rocktastic fan of theirs, you can snatch up their newest merch on their site! LOKELLA


This review was written by Sarah Kenney. Follow Sarah on her website, Instagram and Facebook.

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