Review: Nocturnal Blonde “Smart Heart” by Sam Rose

IndiePulse Music Magazine

Nocturnal Blonde

“Smart Heart”


Rachel Adams (Vocals), Ritchie Williams (Vocals and Guitar), Kevin Sims (Bass), James Owen (Percussion)


Indie Rock, Acoustic Rock, Singer-Songwriter

Despite the images of rolling California hills cast in golden-hour rays that Nocturnal Blonde evokes, the band are actually deeply embedded denizens of Athens, Georgia. A fact that surprises for more than just sonic imagery reasons. Those interested in the bygone indie rock heydays might recall that Athens primary mark onto independent music was its contribution of the 90’s most absurd and experimental bands. Listening to Nocturnal Blonde’s new EP Sweet Heartit’s difficult to reconcile those preconceptions of excess with the restrained song-craft of lead songwriters Rachel Adams and Ritchie Williams. There are no Neutral Milk Hotel or Olivia Tremor Control-style psychedelic freak outs, nor is there any irony laden Of Montreal glam, just head-on earnestness.

Instead Nocturnal Blonde pull from the cities largest…

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Spotify – the PONZI Scheme

B-Side 45 Music Blog

I wrote about the state of the music industry back in 2015 (Open Letter to the Music Industry) and when I thought about writing this article I went back to look at what I had written. I admit I was ready to cringe and get that hot sweaty feeling I always get when I think about stuff I’ve done that maybe common sense tells me not to. Like when I bought those tickets to Greece on credit knowing that balance was gonna sit on my card indefinitely. My inner financial advisor was saying, “credit card debt is the first sign of financial ruin” but my inner “The Secret” just said, “think positive a world of wishes fulfilled is just around the corner.”  Guess which self won out? Well, I’ve already told you, haven’t I? And yes, my article is still relevant today but this time I…

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Why Proper Show Etiquette Can Pay Off — Indie Music Bus


Why Be Nice, Show Etiquette I recently played a show where the opening acts were so rude! They acted this way towards the sound man, venue, promoter and to me and the other act…the co-headliners of the show. They were so rude that it was noticeable to my friends and family who had come a long…

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The reviews are rolling in and now you can Pre Save ‘Yours’ on Spotify!

Katie Ellen

Hey guys!

I just wanted to share this link so you can pre save my single ‘Yours’ on Spotify!

Following this link helps me get noticed and also makes sure you hear it first!

I’ve had some amazing responses to the song so far and more to come! said:

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To be described as “one of indies favourite artists” is a huge compliment. I’m proud to be independent and I’m navigating my way through technology and becoming more and more “DIY”.

Yours was recorded entirely in my home studio with equipment I saved and worked for. It was a massive learning curve for me so this release is a little more of a risk than the last one. I’m always so, so aware of things sounding unprofessional so I enlisted the help of Tobi, a producer I’ve connected with online, who has mastered and…

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Collaborative Buzz for Independent Music Releases

Collaborative Buzz
admin-ajaxCan those that work in the independent industry such as indie radio and music blogger folks work together to help create a larger buzz for indie artists? Many of us in the industry are supportive of the same artists and often at varying times. It would be great for the artist’s if we were all working to create that buzz for a new release at the same time and when it’s in the beginning stages, a collaborative buzz.

Read more at the official Indie Music Bus Site – Collaborative Buzz for Independent Music Releases

Creative Miking for Larger Than Life Space Creation !!!

Recording Studio & Producer Protocol South London

Here at The Coolest Recording Space in London Town – we got The Science!

You can’t always rely on the luxury of a huuuuge space to record your drums / guitars or bass in – so how do you make a drum kit sound huge – in a not so huge space?

Well ….. there are tons of ways to expand audio in post production using phase (non) alignment, compression, delays/reverbs – transient shapers etc – but all these methods can get to sounding a bit Processed! – how do we achieve a nice – natural sounding drum kit recording – by using a Big Assed ribbon mic! – & a tasty eq (either at source or in production).

So – you got a coupla spot mics on the drum skins – and a nice pair of overheads to capture the stereo spread – you’re nearly there! What makes…

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