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    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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    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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Field School Announces When Summer Comes

Well, it seems only fitting that I fill these pages with bands I adore, even if they happen to be 1 degree from a previous post on the same day. You guessed it folks, Field School is the new project of former Math and Physics Club member Charles Bert. But, unlike the pristine pop substance of his friends, Charles brings in the steady ringing guitar work that gets mixed in with those angular jangles. Interestingly, though their various approaches may differ, they both seem to view the world with this spiritual optimism, and maybe that’s just the nature of the joy their song’s create. Still, there’s something about this tune (and the Model Shop track) that just makes you feel like there’s bright moments left to be uncovered in this world. When Summer Comes will be out on Bobo Integral on November 18th.

Peel Dream Magazine Share Hiding Out Video

The release of Pad is just a few weeks away here, and as another single hits from Peel Dream Magazine, we can hear the sound being pushed beyond where we first encountered the project. This tune has a sort of tropicalia meets lounge vibe, coming across like the most relaxed piece of pop music you’ll encounter today; just imagine yourself loving a Kings of Convenience record that got remixed by a late night DJ, offering you a little respite as you prepare to settle for the day. Pad seems to have a little bit for every pop fan, with a little for you, a little for me, and a little for your friend; it drops on October 7th via Slumberland Records.

Bloods Release Radical Ahead of Friday Album Release

Syndey based post-punk outfit Bloods have a new album entitled Together, Baby! coming out this Friday via Share it Music. To get you even more hyped and to entice a pre-order, the band has shared this new driving single called “Radical”. It features the day in the life of Romina Pistolas (friend of the band) as she tries to adjust to a new life, in a new country, having immigrated from Chile. With lead singer MarihuzkaCornelius also having left Chile due to political exile, one can really feel the power and raw emotion behind this track.

Pre-orders for Together, Baby! are live now.

Model Shop Announce Debut LP, Love Interest

It didn’t take much convincing for me to jump on this new track from Model Shop, as the band features members from Math and Physics Club, plus they’re releasing their debut on Meritorio Records. This new single illustrates the promise that awaits; there’s this striking positivity that resonates from the various textures, always hitting the pop notes. As I listened on repeat, I found the tune landing somewhere between Nada Surf and early Jimmy Eat World, leaving me with a tune I could let live in my head all day long. Love Interest will be out on November 21st, and it’s going to spin on my end non-stop.

Have Another Hit From Disq

My Wisconsin based pals in Disq are really looking like they’ll be releasing one of my top albums of the year in the next few weeks. We’ve already released one banger of a single from the upcoming album, with now another one entitled “The Hardest Part” dropping today. I love this band’s ability to show a clear alt-rock, sort of Midwest inspiration with these delicate hints of shoegaze and emotion for a remarkable sound, truly their own. You’ll definitely want to go ahead and pre-order the new album, Desperately Imagining Someplace Quiet, coming out on October 7th via Saddle Creek. It’s stunning.

The Fours Share Lately Single

The Fours weren’t quite on my radar until I heard this new track from their forthcoming LP, and man, now I’m over here with great anticipation, awaiting the release date. I love the way the guitars here are extra-crisp, galloping through your speakers on the back of rolling drum work. It sets you up for this brand of rock n’ roll that’s fueled by musicianship and a nod to the past, though the vocals have this sturdiness that works a bit of juxtaposition into the tune. I love the way the backing vocals are so faint that they almost feel like a little feathered bit just lightly blanketing the song’s core. Shaking and Moving is shaping up to be something sublime, so we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

Cozy Slippers Share Haunting Her Single

Think you need a pick-me-up, then I’ve got the right track to set you straight. This new Cozy Slippers single is just the perfect pop dream, and honestly, I didn’t expect such a magical tune to fall right into my lap. The crisp jangles of course fit perfect into my listening rotation, but I love the ending little solo with its classic rock flare. That said, if you’re not swooning from the vocal performance then you might want to get your speakers checked; the perfect notes getting hit remind of Neko on those early New Pornographers LPs, albeit one spun with a bit of indiepop in mind. The band release their self-titled LP via Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten/Subjangle on October 14th.

Veps Announce Debut LP with Mooney Tunes

There’s a definite need of good vibes and energy this morning on my end, so I’m just pumping up this new track from Norway’s Veps. There’s this clever hipness you get from Helena’s vocal style; she sounds like she’s a soul singer trading in her voice to at the crossroads to join a rock n’ roll band. The bass line gives the song its central groove, and the rest of the band follows suit behind the vocals, driving you quickly down a hook-laden twist and turn, ending with a blast of joy you can’t escape. It seems like the quartet is having a whole lot of fun, and in the end, that’s infectious; the band release their debut Oslo Park via Kanine Records on November 18th.

Iceblynk Share Debut Single, Tragic

The opening moment of the debut Iceblynk single grabbed me immediately; it teased me as if I was going to fall head over heels into the land of dense post-punk with wee little jangles. But, the song sort of evolves into something more spiritual, just on the cusp of dreaminess. When Andrea Lynn’s vocals hit, it sort of sets the song spinning differently; she’s got these sharp tones that seem to contrast with the vibe, but their ethereal nature ends up punctuating the bits and pieces that bring the song together. The song’s fade out really ups the ante too, so be sure to dive into the drama. The band will release their self-titled debut EP on October 21st!

The Radio Field Share Clover Single

I’m all about really steady guitar pop work right now, and it sounds like the Radio Field have my tastes pinned down perfectly. Their latest single thats the fuzz of an earlier demo version and really works in crisp ringing guitar notes; it helps the song create a natural melodiousness that encourages faint toe-tapping. You can hear where the band takes notes from acts like the Lucksmiths or the like, careful not to let the power of the rock outdo the pop hooks. The band will be releasing their Simple EP later this year via Less Records and Subjangle.

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