Old Smile – Glued

A new Old Smile release is indeed a cause for celebration. Hailing from New Jersey, Old Smile (AKA Tom Herman Jr), forges dreamy, homemade psychedelic rock. On Glued, Herman paints with an expanded palette of sounds, textures and styles, all while retaining his expert sense of song craft. Hints of jazz creep in throughout theContinue reading “Old Smile – Glued”

April 2020 Roundup – Volume 2

While we all may be stuck at home, great music continues to pour in through our mailboxes and computers. Here are some more of the best sounds that have reached our ears this month… The Prefab Messiahs – “21st Century Failure” Always with their finger on the pulse of society’s ills, The Prefab Messiahs haveContinue reading “April 2020 Roundup – Volume 2”

Garcia Peoples – 10-10-2019 Nublu, NYC

While Garcia Peoples’ studio work has been nothing short of revelatory, it’s their reputation as a live act that may be the biggest factor behind their quickly growing fanbase. No matter the setting, they never cease to melt faces and blow minds with their boundless riffage and sharp improvisational skills. The evening of October 10th,Continue reading “Garcia Peoples – 10-10-2019 Nublu, NYC”

Brewster – Forever Better Kissers

Brewster’s long awaited debut full-length is a fine example of just how personal the craft of the modern singer-songwriter can be. Forever Better Kissers glows with a casual familiarity, largely due to its mix of detailed, confidential lyrics and intimate arrangements. Hints and name-drops of suburban-hometown New Jersey locations and references to melancholic high school memoriesContinue reading “Brewster – Forever Better Kissers”

Garcia Peoples – Natural Facts

The music of Garcia Peoples is always a deeply cathartic force. Even at its darkest, it can lift you up out of whatever state you’re in, and take you to a lighter, better place. It recharges you when you’re running spiritually on empty. In fact, listening to this new record specifically reminds me of theContinue reading “Garcia Peoples – Natural Facts”

Now Playing: Episode 5

Here’s one last episode of Now Playing before the close of 2018… Featuring: Night Swimming by Dentist 2. Last Breath for Autumn by Shockpowder 3. Lamb’s Ear by Nighttime -KH

Brewster – Bird in An Airport/Kiss Me While I’m Down

If these two newly released tracks by Brewster are anything to go by, then his upcoming full-length record is going to be truly something special. Brewster (Mark Bucci) is an introspective and vastly imaginative singer-songwriter based at his bedroom studio in Northern New Jersey. Bucci’s sound is both melancholic and playful, combining acoustic and electronicContinue reading “Brewster – Bird in An Airport/Kiss Me While I’m Down”

The Frecks, Old Smile & The Return of The Duke of Surl: August Round Up

If you follow the RCU Instagram account, you would’ve seen me gush about these three releases/artists, but they all definitely deserve some mentions here. First up, we have The Frecks, a raw, no-fucks given punk group out of Tucson. This is one of the rare times where IG recommended a video for me that was actuallyContinue reading “The Frecks, Old Smile & The Return of The Duke of Surl: August Round Up”

The Flying Dogs of Jupiter (New Jersey Psychedelic Blues Rock)

Being a vintage psychedelic rock fan living in New Jersey, I was naturally curious to see what psych groups existed in the state during the 60s/70s. This lead me to the rare, psych-blooze-country sounds of The Flying Dogs of Jupiter (from Westfield, NJ). I’m now very excited to see what else I can find onContinue reading “The Flying Dogs of Jupiter (New Jersey Psychedelic Blues Rock)”

Garcia Peoples – Cosmic Cash [Rock/Psychedelic Rock/Jam]

It’s hard to find an album that is as filled with the feeling of summer as Garcia Peoples’ Cosmic Cash. Hailing from Rutherford, New Jersey, Garcia Peoples perfectly capture here the spirit of sunny road trips with friends, late night bonfires and raucous beach parties with their unique sound. Cosmic Cash finds the band blendingContinue reading “Garcia Peoples – Cosmic Cash [Rock/Psychedelic Rock/Jam]”