• Top Albums of 2021

    Honestly, I’m pretty over lists at this point. They’re arbitrary and don’t really reflect anything but someone’s tastes, except here where they reflect the tastes of three individuals…because that’s how

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  • Show Pics: Idles @ Stubb’s

    After over 2 years of being a home body and living with anxiety, mixed with a dash of unease, it was an overwhelmingly cathartic experience to get out of the

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  • Fest Pics: ACL 2021 In Review

    We are a little bit clear of ACL 2021’s two weekends. We dealt with the mental gymnastics required to attend both weekends during a pandemic. Proof of a negative test

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  • Rock n’ Recipes: Quivers

    Earlier this year, Quivers released the most excellent Golden Doubt, receiving rave reviews all over the globe…not to mention ATH adoration. So, having followed the band, we reached out to

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Boy With Apple Share Strawberry Boy

Not sure about all the male dominated fruit in that title bar, but super sure that this new track from Sweden’s Boy with Apple is worth your time. They’ve been relatively quiet since their debut EP, and they’re bringing three new singles to the world this Spring before going back to recored their debut LP…one of which is below. It immediately submerges itself in the cavernous depths of post-punk, creating this shadowy atmosphere where you can hear faint jangling guitar notes skittering about in the distance. Zara Henriksson’s voice pulls off this playful stutter in the chorus that really caught my ear, mimicking some of those guitar notes in the distance. Fingers crossed they get that debut finished before too long.

Scrunchies Sign to Dirtnap, Announce New LP

Just really feeling some rock energy this Friday, so news that Minneapolis outfit Scrunchies have signed up with Dirtnap with this accompanying single fits perfectly into my vibe. Plus, the track’s video has links to my lesson today with my students in our continued discussion on Science Fiction and its depictions of humanity. The band have this tenacity that hits you in the face from the get-go, with Danielle’s drum work pounding in your brain even after the track ends. Laura Larson leads the vocal assault, belting out line after line with this fierceness that’s sure to startle those with “no home planet.” Powerful and punchy, and just enough hooks for this old geezer to grin. Feral Coast hits on April 1st!

Fast Blood Release Pulling Teeth Video

There’s no reason to shy away from my affection for big old pop rock of the post-emo sort, particularly if its coming from the UK, like Fast Blood. The band just dropped this new video today, and it’s just this enormous burst of heavy riffs and giant melodic hooks in the chorus. There’s a ton of moments that feel like you get that exuberant rock euphoria, especially when the song peaks in the chorus, recalling the best moments of Martha (to me anyways). Feel like you could all get a kick this Friday, so why not turn it up nice and loud and see if you can see along.

Rules Share The Ghost Single

Finnish outfit Rules have been delivering hyper-literary influenced pop tunes since 2000 (aside from that blissed out Weezer cover, of course!). They return today with a Henry James influenced ditty, and a new member, Oskari Haltsi, adding his production and vocals to the mix. We start off in familiar territory, with a quick euphoric burst and the distinctive vocals. But, the track, playing upon the concept of duality between a ghost and human, offers these little elegant peaks and valleys, mixing in the abstract dreaminess and the pulsing hook that captures the listener. No word on a new album just yet, but always great to hear this bunch bring new tunes to the table (courtesy of Soliti).

Ducks Ltd. Share Sheets Single

If you talked to anyone that picked up Modern Fiction last year they’ll likely tell you there’s not a bad tune on the Ducks Ltd. LP; it’s non-stop jangling goodness. So if you go back to their debut EP, the band are currently operating at a high level, incapable of writing a bad song. Thus, they jump right back in with a brand new single to take on the road for their Spring tour with Nation of Language. Jumping off with a pounding rhythm and those swirly-whirly guitar jangles, they suck you right into the pop storm. My ear keeps getting drawn to this underlying guitar line that’s super bright, reminding me in a way of some Field Mice vibes.

Apollo Ghosts Share Pink Tiger Video

Ever come across a song that seems to be the score for the every-person? The brand of pop songwriting that feels like as soon as it comes on; everyone’s pulled in, lightly bobbing heads and tapping toes; this is the tune you’re going to hear below from Apollo Ghosts. In a way, it seems like its got an omnipresent sound, something complex tied to folk stylings of the late 60s, though its definitely modernized with its arrangements and wordplay. I don’t know…maybe it sounds like a less Norwegian Kings of Convenience, but you’re going to find solace here. I mean, listen in at 1:41; I live for moments like that. The band will release Pink Tiger on March 11th via You’ve Changed Records.

Bnny Share I’m Just Fine

If you haven’t had a chance to listen to Bnny‘s Everything LP from last year, then perhaps this tune might serve as a reminder of the band’s enchanting draw. On this number, I’m really drawn to the way the guitar lines seem to kind of have this trickling manner, like a quiet brook, steadily building a soft current of melody. Combine that with Jess Viscius’s voice, and you get this intoxicating escapism; it’s ethereal yet omnipresent, sort of keeping your listening brain in an in-between world of musical euphoria. Enjoy the new single, and please, go check out their LP, which, like this single, come courtesy of hard work and Fire Talk Records.

Tess Parks Announces And Those Who Were Seen Dancing

Tess Parks has long been a performer, as we can see from the childhood video footage used to announce her new record, And Those Who Were Seen Dancing. Opening up with a heavy bit of keys and Parks’ voice, you get this smoky troubadour feel; the power of the voice alone is intoxicating, drawing you into Tess’ world. Just as you pull your ear towards the speakers, the 1:30 mark hits, dropping in a really soft beat that adds a textural layer to the tune; it provides the song with a slight bit of energy, but not enough to detract from the song’s core, which clearly has Tess as the gravitational center. This is what your kids will listen to in space, so be sure to grab the new LP when it hits on May 20th via Fuzz Club/Hand Drawn Records.

Howless Share Rain and Ice Video

It’s really great to see that labels and folks around the world are reaching into the Mexican music scene, with Mexico City’s Howless being one of the more recent acts I’ve been enjoying. They’re offering up a pretty traditional post-punk meets dream pop sound, touching on those gaze guitar sounds. They’re softening the edges perfectly, however, which gives the melodic nature the dominating feature of the track, all before it brings in this heavy instrumental breakdown that leads into this soaring haunt of a vocal to close the tune out. The band will release their new album, To Repel Ghosts, on February 18th via Static Blooms Records.

No Museums Announce Pale Blue Eyes LP

I’ve been covering Edmonton’s No Museums for almost as long as we’ve been running this site. Aside from great songs, I admire that the project just goes about its business, reshaping the sound with every release. On the new single form the forthcoming Pale Blue Eyes, the song feels like it should rush through your door; it has this heavy ringing feel to it that just builds brooding guitar pop. But, where the pace could be pushed, the band hold back, instead adding in extra textures, keeping the rhythm steady and layering with some keys and strings, all of it giving the song this sort of resolute stature. Pale Blue Eyes is out on February 25th.

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