Thursday, October 28

Tag: Indie Pop

(Concert Therapy Reviews):  “Drugs In California” Tour featuring TRANSVIOLET Live at Studio B at Skyway Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota (10/4/2021)
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(Concert Therapy Reviews): “Drugs In California” Tour featuring TRANSVIOLET Live at Studio B at Skyway Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota (10/4/2021)

It was a beautiful Sunday night in Minneapolis packed with just incredible music and a lovely atmosphere in my second hometown.  Transviolet headlined the "Drugs In California" tour with Lorelei Marcell and an exclusive opening set performance by local Minneapolis garage punk band Vial.  Personally, I love it when a local band gets an opportunity to shine.  This tour stopped at Studio B at Skyway Theater which is one of my favorite venues to see a show. It was one of those nights I won't soon forget.  Los Angeles by way of Boston recording artist Lorelei Marcell took the stage. Lorelei Marcell toured based off of her self-titled EP and did a couple of covers originally done by H.E.R. and Hozier(no, it wasn't the "Take Me To Church" song).  It was one of those performance where she c...
(Mental Health Breakthroughs):  MARTINA ARMOUR + “What It Feels Like” EP Review
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(Mental Health Breakthroughs): MARTINA ARMOUR + “What It Feels Like” EP Review

Editor's Note:  When legendary drummer Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac gives you his seal of approval on your rendition of their song "Storms", you're a special artist.  This is exactly Martina Armour. This Los Angeles folk/pop singer-songwriter with Swedish roots reached out to us for a premiere.  Sadly, the editor wasn't able to deliver as he was going through some mental health struggles, but thankfully he's back in the saddle, and ready to deliver some content once again!  While our slogan is #YouFreakingMatter, I need to take that to heart as well.  Sometimes, we feel sad and inadequate, and not worthy of anything.  I regrouped, feel completely refreshed and here I have an exclusive interview with this incredible artist named Martina Armour and "What It Feels Like" EP Review for you f...
(Mental Health Conversations) Madness To Creation Podcast Ep. 2 Season 4:  CASSANDRA (Unsigned Sunday Edition)
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(Mental Health Conversations) Madness To Creation Podcast Ep. 2 Season 4: CASSANDRA (Unsigned Sunday Edition)

Editor's Note: Welcome to the Madness To Creation Podcast: where self care and music merge. On this special "Unsigned Sunday" edition of the podcast, we talk to indie pop/singer-songwriter CASSANDRA about mental health, releasing one single per month and also how she manages her social media channels. She has almost 5,000 followers on Instagram and over 11,000 followers on TikTok, and she's slowly reaching "influencer" status on TikTok. Her videos are funny, insightful and allows the viewer a closer look at her lighter/creative side. Her most recent single "21 Ragin'" has over 5,000 streams on Spotify and her song "Drinking Games" was featured on the viral TikTok channel @shotaholicsofficial Fans can find Cassandra on Facebook, TikTok and Instagram @youknowcassandra Please like, fol...
(Mental Health Conversations):  EDDY LEE RYDER
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(Mental Health Conversations): EDDY LEE RYDER

Editor's Note:  In this mental health conversation with Madness To Creation, Brooklyn indie-pop singer/songwriter Eddy Lee Ryder discusses her new EP "Expected To Fly", along with mental health awareness and coping with the Covid-19 pandemic.  Her songs cut deep and absolutely drive the point home while drawing influences from the likes of Tom Petty to Peter Gabriel to Fleetwood Mac.  Her music videos for "Silver Chain" and "Small Apartment" have amassed a combined over 250,000 hits on YouTube.  "Expected To Fly" is out now and fans can find it on all available digital streaming platforms.  Fans can find Eddy Lee Ryder at the following locations: www.eddyleeryder.com www.twitter.com/EddyLeeRyder www.facebook.com/EddyLeeRyder www.instagram.com/eddyleeryder Madness To Creation...
(EP Review) “Spectra” by COURAGE MY LOVE
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(EP Review) “Spectra” by COURAGE MY LOVE

I am late to the party.  The kind where the record stops when you walk in late to that party and everyone is looking at you.  Such is the case with me with the May 1st EP release of indie synth/punk darlings Courage My Love entitled "Spectra". To paraphrase, the definition of "Spectra" comes from the word "spectrum" where any ray of light can show from low intensity to intense brightness over a range of energies.  In this case, this album is a spectra or a mood based on the various energies that it possesses.  It opens up with some saccharine goodness with "Teenagers", the guitars and harmonies reflect the mood of this song, where it encourages the listener to be themselves instead of being like that cover model in that magazine. Then, the EP takes on an 80's kind of new wavey/Te...
(Mental Health Conversations):  shallow pools
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(Mental Health Conversations): shallow pools

Editor's Note:  Out of Boston comes a band that is on the rise.  The band is known as "shallow pools" and they are an indie-pop band that creates infectious melodies and lush arrangements.  Their latest single entitled "Turnaround" is an absolutely fantastic listen, and they also made a shirt to commemorate Pride Month for the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, which promotes rights for black trans people.  In this mental health conversation with Madness To Creation, Jess, Glynnis, Ali, and Haley of shallow pools all discuss being in the LGBTQIA+ community, how the media can help get their voice out there, the George Floyd uprising, their single "turnaround" and mental health awareness.  Fans can find shallow pools at the following locations: www.facebook.com/shallowpoolsma www.shallowpool...
(EP  Review) “Good At Feeling Bad” by BEST EX
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(EP Review) “Good At Feeling Bad” by BEST EX

On May 22nd, Best Ex released her follow-up to "Ice Cream Anti-Social" with "Good At Feeling Bad".  This EP offers a sense of empowerment and that chin up when life knocks a person down. Marie Loveland aka Best Ex has such an honest and authenticity approach to her when it comes to her craft.  She causes you to drop everything and listen when it comes to her lyrical approach. "Gap Tooth(On My Mind)" examines a broken relationship that she personally went through.  She gave and devoted her life to her love only for that love to be discarded with a brief phone call.  She took the torment and the disbelief that she went through during the holiday season and poured her soul.  When I think deeply about the lyrics, I think about how the ones that we love can be the ones that disappoint us ...
(Mental Health Moments) “Aberrations” by ROBERT BRUCE JACKSON CARUTHERS
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(Mental Health Moments) “Aberrations” by ROBERT BRUCE JACKSON CARUTHERS

Today, Albuquerque, New Mexico poet/singer-songwriter Robert Bruce Jackson Caruthers is releasing his full-length album entitled "Aberrations" via Bandcamp and Spotify.  This album is certainly a step in the right direction for a potentially budding career for Robert Bruce Jackson Caruthers. Robert Bruce Jackson Caruthers began attempting a career in songwriting at the urging of his husband, whom he met when they were both homeless in Charleston, South Carolina where Robert was attempting to stowaway on a container ship bound for Amsterdam to meet a man claimed to have been unwashed for 35 years.  Robert sometimes refers to himself in the third person.  Robert describes the following about "Aberrations" "It's partly autobiographical, I spent a few years homeless and in jails up in th...
CORRIN CAMPBELL Converses with Madness To Creation on Covid-19, Mental Health Awareness, and “The Girl With Blue Hair”
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CORRIN CAMPBELL Converses with Madness To Creation on Covid-19, Mental Health Awareness, and “The Girl With Blue Hair”

Editor's Note:  Corrin Campbell is one that we want to personally thank for her service to the United States.  As a combat veteran of the 1st Cavalry Division of the United States Army, Corrin Campbell rose to prominence as part of a unique recruiting initiative that saw her performing alongside the likes of Toby Keith and Ted Nugent, and before you knew it, CNN was featuring her and she also started to share the stage with hard rock bands A Day To Remember and Black Veil Brides.  Corrin Campbell is especially passionate about mental health awareness and she was so open to discuss this topic with Madness To Creation.  She will be releasing two singles every month with the album coming out in 2021 entitled "Greatest Hits Dual Disc".  In this double album, you will hear remix versions of son...