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The Spoken and the Sassy

artist: Sheila Sondergard | genre: alternative, indie-pop | label: unsigned

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Spoke Too Loud
Same Ol Bend

Take a listen to “Spoke Too Loud,” the title track to Sheila Sondergard’s most recent CD, and if you don’t think it’s one of the grooviest songs you’ve ever heard…then you need groovy lessons.  The verses offer a jazzy/Krieger-esque guitar sound before jumping into a stellar indie-pop chorus.  Throw in some syncopated latin style riddims,  a buttery bass line to hold it all together and top it off with  sassy vocals from Miss Sheila and you’ve got it…grooviness times ten.  On the flip side, “Same Ol Bend” is awash with indie attitude.  Sparkly guitars give way to an unbridled edginess and siren like vocals.

– Drago


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Ecentric, Electric…Tieweb

Tieweb_playinggenre: alternative | rock
label: unsigned

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Baby Don’t Cry
Fade
Up and Down

One of the many cool things about the indie music “world” is that it provides a safe haven where artists from different musical backgrounds can find commonality.  It is a place that lies beyond the reach of the long arm of corporate radio.  A place where lads and lasses can truly express themselves and create some incredible music.  Where else but the indie world would a band consisting of a drummer with jam band roots, a guitarist with an affinity for British rock and jazz, a bass player that likes to get his groove on, and a vocalist with more influences than Tiger has mistresses be able to pool their collective talents?  While the aforementioned may sound like the cast from the Land of Misfit Toys, they most certainly are not.  The band of which I opine is Arlington, VA’s Tieweb and their latest studio offering, Indier Than Thou, is a true indie gem.  Justin Fazzari (vox/guitar), Eric Bayles (lead guitar), Steve Quesenberry (drums), and Chris Aylward (bass) successfully channel their collective talents enroute to crafting a unique indie rock experience that hearkens back to the glory days of REM, Grapes of Wrath, and the like, coupled with an air of contemporary relevance.  Dig it.

-Drago