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The Indy Review

Started by three college friends, The Indy Review seeks to highlight the best new artists and songs across all genres through reviews, recommendations, interviews, and all other music-related content.

There’s a world of great music out there, and we’re here to help you find it.

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Bo Liebman

Writer/Content Director

Bo has a questionable music history. If asked what his favorite songs were growing up, “Kokomo”, “We Built This City” and “We Didn’t Start the Fire” would likely all be included. In the 90’s, he sustained himself on the radio rock KROQ and 98.7 provided. With the advent of the internet, he finally found new avenues to expand his audio palette. He is now a lover of rock, classic rock, punk, ska, folk, Americana, reggae, soul, power pop, Afropop, world music, and is on cordial terms with rap and country. He thrives on discovering new bands before they break, and sharing all the musical goodness he finds with the world. Outside of music, Bo is a writer, painter and award-winning filmmaker.

Desert Island Album: Probably Bob Dylan‘s Greatest Hits – might as well take a whole lot of greatness with me.

Three Favorite songs: The Replacements – “Can’t Hardly Wait”, The Kinks – “This Time Tomorrow”, and Against Me!’s – “Joy”

You can follow Bo’s daily music listening at https://www.last.fm/user/brknghstgames and check out his artistic work at boriginality.com


Jerrod Heiser


Jerrod is always wondering how anyone can have the audacity to publicly draw a conclusion on a particular song or album when the perspective is so wholly subjective and colored by all the reviewer’s experiences sonic and otherwise. But, then he stops the reverie and realizes people might just want to know a bit about something they don’t.  So, he takes the time to dive into the endless lists of new music both big releases and small to find something that is new or novel in some way or another.  He wants music to challenge him and tends to prefer some cacophony or dissonant music, lyrics, or lyricism.  Beyond these digital pages, Jerrod is a adjunct lecturer of academic and professional writing.

Entrenched favorite genres are punk of the hardcore and pop variety, folk, americana and rock that has something going on.

Desert Island Album: Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning – Desert island, alone, forever so– “The sound of loneliness makes me happier” for all those days “The sun [comes] up with no conclusions.”  This album released simultaneously with Digital Ash, Digital Urn are Bright Eyes‘s best.

Three favorite songs: Cursive – “From the Hips”, Bad Religion “I Want to Conquer the World”, Sufjan Stevens – “Should Have Known Better”


César Lozano

Writer/Front End Developer

At an early age, César was introduced to a wide range of music thanks to his father’s extensive vinyl collection; mostly made of up Mexican banda and baladas but also so much German polka, traditional Japanese, Western Classical pieces, and a lot of 1960s classic rock.  Of this final group, The Beatles quickly reigned supreme and have soundtracked most of his life.  From the more contemporary artists, César grew up listening to whatever popular music played on the Los Angeles “alternative rock” station.  As is usually the case, it was thanks to a girl in high school and a boy in college who expended his musical world to the indie and punk lands and since then he’s been making up for lost time in the futile, yet rewarding endeavor to listen to all the music.

Desert Island Album: The Beatles – The Beatles (The White Album) A record stuffed with so many amazing songs, a spectacular array of WTF, and just the greatest musicians ever doing what they wanted because they could and still turn out glorious.

Three Favorite songs:The Beatles – “Strawberry Field Forever”, Café Tacvba – “Las Flores (MTV Unplugged)”, and The Strokes – “Last Nite”

You can follow César on Twitter & Instagram.


Melanie Bolen

Music has been part of Melanie’s life for as long as she can remember. She grew up in a house that always had a functioning Seeburg Disco jukebox in the basement that was spinning the latest 45s. On family road trips she was serenaded with all of her father’s “best of” cassette compilations for every year, which he personally curated from his vinyl collection. She spent her high school and college years heavily involved in marching band, orchestra and musical theatre, ultimately earning her BFA in musical theatre. In the early 2000s you could find her hanging backstage (eating green room snacks and being the “dorky little sister”) as much as possible whenever her sister’s band, The Von Bondies, was playing. Had it not been for the musical influence from her father and sister, she may have been stuck in the land of musical theatre and movie soundtracks forever. Thank goodness they saved her from herself!

Outside of music, Melanie is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, and finds joy in getting to play DJ and choreographer for her classes.

Desert Island Album: Mumford and Sons, BabelThe 2013 Grammy for Album of the Year can’t be wrong!

Three Favorite songs: Mother Mother – “So Down”, Mumford & Sons with Baaba Maal – “There Will Be Time”, and Frightened Rabbit – “Still Want To Be Here

You can follow Melanie on Instagram and Twitter – @geekyfit


Mike Kuciak

Michael Kuciak served as the Senior Vice President of Development for a management- production company, after which he left to focus on his own work. Mike is the writer-director- editor of Death Metal, a feature film currently in post-production. He also served as a producer on a horror-comedy called Killer Party, and executive producer on All for Nikki, a thriller. Mike has directed a variety of short films and music videos. His award-winning horror short, Stairs, is making the festival rounds. Mike is also an author; Dead City Chicago, the first in a series of zombie horror-thriller novels, was released in 2020. Mike is a partner of Alt-House Productions (which has Mickey Rourke and Lindsey Lohan attached to star in the forthcoming supernatural thriller, Cursed), and is the founder/CEO of a physical production company, Blast Furnace Media. Mike is originally from Chicago, where he played bass in punk and metal bands. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

Desert Island AlbumIron MaidenLive After Death. Not just a greatest hits compilation from one of metal’s greatest bands, but it offers a full palette of everything great about Maiden, from killer, soaring bangers like “Aces High,” to their heady, long-form epics, best exemplified by “Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” I’ve spun this album one hundred billion times, and it never gets old. Up the irons, and scream for me, Long Beach!

Three Favorite songs: Slayer – “Raining Blood,” Flogging Molly – “Within a Mile of Home,” AC/DC – “High Voltage.”

You can follow Mike @mikekuciak on Twitter and @blastfurnacemedia on Instagram.