Archive for December, 2014


By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Nothing to say: Tink says it all.

(This song is in response to all that Ferguson bullshit.)


By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Duos are a delightful epidemic. Every time I turn around there’s another pair of besties or siblings or college pals creating awesome originality, no full band set required.

LOVESUCKER is the project of Crystal Crosby (vocals, percussion) and Zoltan Von Bury (guitar, bass, drums, etc). Zoltan melds his 1970’s rock influence with an “indie sensibility”, while Crystal dubs her rivetting style “Gypsy Soul”, crediting Etta James, Grace Slick and Tori Amos for vocal inspiration.

Zoltan speaks of their sound: “The descriptions “Indie Funk and Gypsy Soul” actually have a true meaning or power source, if you will. This is who we are and what we do. …There are no examples for those terms because there is no one out there doing this sound; this is OUR sound.”

Their debut landed in the fall, and I just dipped my ear in. Sayonara Messiahnyde boasts some immense soul. Mississippi has been described as “intensely funky”, and I must agree. (Very rarely do you find such funk in a song denouncing slavery.)

Altogether it’s a scattered, dark, deep release, and yes, undeniably unique.


By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I always complain that there aren’t near enough bands who are socially aware, and seek to EDUCATE as much as they entertain.

Times are a-changing (again). Exhibit A: RxGF, a hard-hitting industrial band with a serious agenda.

One of the greatest joys of music (especially in alternative circles) is it grants us the opportunity to say that which is unsaid, especially that which deviates from accepted norms.

The song that’s most captured my attention: How to Make It, a meta-critique dissing the music industry’s prevalent corruptions.

Their heavy gothic crunch isn’t quite my thing, but it’s the message behind the music that gets me going.

“If you do what we tell you, we’ll make you a star.”
“We’ll reprogram your mind ‘til you don’t know who you are.”


By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Aubergine Machine. Low-tempo, tranced, sweet. I listened to Sundown this morning, 7:32 AM with not a streak of light outside, anticipating cold and feeling considerably useless.

Aubergine Machine changed everything. Suddenly I was less alone.

I don’t think I could dance to them but I sure the fuck could sway. They are music for meditation. Waking up and living.

Shanti’s voice is a rippling peak, devastating and free. She cites influences such as Santigold (awesome!), Vampire Weekend, and No Doubt. This combined with producer Ian Carey’s undeniable experience, and the results are delicious.


By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Brooklyn-raised hip-hop afficionado Julian Rhine is “sick of the bullshit– the suppression of humanity, the constriction of freedom, and the government’s active attempts to treat us like dancing puppets”. From this cerebral, social rage comes a blazing commentary: his latest single, An Excuse to Riot.

Julian’s begun to blast off with previous releases (No God Flow, another track, was hailed recently by several media outlets), but I think Riot is the song that will seal him as an artist of merit and grit. When you’re brave enough to tell your government to back off (or stand up), that’s when you decide who you want to be, and what you want to fight for.

We need more musicians who use their songs to spread a real message.

This is a great start.