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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We receive hundreds of submissions a week, and while we do our best to review all of them, we cannot guarantee a response to all emails. A few notes when submitting:

  • Please make links to stream the submitted track easy to find and keep towards the top of the email. Soundcloud, YouTube and Spotify are the preferred streaming types, and are preferred to mp3s/downloads. 
  • If submitting an album, please note we do not have the bandwidth to listen to all full albums sent to us by new artists we are unfamiliar with. Including 2-3 focus tracks in the email will help.
  • To be considered for our New Music Friday Playlist, a track must have been publicly released on streaming services during the week leading up to that Friday (meaning Saturday – Friday). Submissions need to be sent prior to Friday for consideration, as we do not have time on Friday mornings to review new submissions before posting.


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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 and his t-shirt brand www.DinoPunkWear.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


Jared Eichmann

It is truly challenging for Jared to write about the importance of music in his life without it sounding like a dramatic cliché from some young adult fiction book. It all started with his dad’s favorites: John Prine, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, and Bob Dylan to name a few. From there it grew into rebellious rock/punk/emo (Circa Survive, Brand New, The Spill Canvas, etc etc). From talking about it, to trying to write/play it, to crying about it…music is honestly Jared’s entire personality. He appreciates anybody willing to listen to or read about his many thoughts on the matter. Like, we get it dude, you like music… Also fun fact: Britney Spears was his first concert and he acknowledges that this is more punk than anything you’ve ever come across.

Desert Island Album: The Gaslight AnthemThe ’59 Sound – what better way to go then to sit on a beach for eternity and ruminate on nostalgia?

Three Favorite Songs: John Prine – “That’s the Way That the World Goes ‘Round,” Circa Survive – “Stop the F*cking Car,” and Counting Crows – “Round Here.”

On Instagram, Jared posts a lot of show content @jt_eichmann and writes a lot of poetry @jaredeichmannpoetry.


Kenny Cotich

Kenny believes all music deserves evaluation through an objective lens. Does that make music boring? When there’s a microcosm of rhythms, pitches, and sounds to explore, the constant inspiration from the musical collective assures him that no, music will NEVER be boring. His passion for music started early on when he equally became obsessed with Ludwig van Beethoven AND punk music from bands such as Green Day and Sum 41. Since his preteen years he has dually enjoyed calm, soothing classical music and radical, noisy rock/pop artists (his early influences included Claude Debussy, George Gershwin, Bright Eyes, Man Man, and Murder By Death to name a few). From playing in jazz bands to playing in everything from folk punk to metal to experimental bands… his life has constantly involved music. He is a deep listener who appreciates ambient music on tiny earbuds, playing vinyl records while cooking, and swaying with thousands of other humans during ginormous music festival performances. Fun fact: his first concert was Weird Al Yankovich and twenty years later, that accordion playing goofball still brings him massive joy. 

Desert Island Album: Father John Misty – Pure Comedy – wish I could bring every FJM record with me, but if I have to choose one I’ll go with an album that most reflects my own personality and ethos.

Three Favorite Songs: Bright Eyes – “Four Winds”, Future Islands – “Close to None”, Lou Reed – “Perfect Day

You can follow Kenny on Instagram @kennycotich and enjoy lovely pics of his wife and dog! 


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.


Chris Baugh

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Christina Eng