• Top Albums of 2021

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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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The Secret Beach Shares Miss You

Micah Erenberg, aka The Secret Beach, is gearing up for the release of his new Songs from the Secret Beach LP, which will be out in August, though you can hang onto this new jam of a single. The guitar works its way through the song with this pseudo folk wiggle, circling back to jiggle in your speakers again and again. There’s a slight structural twist that’s been really charming, when Erenberg hits the chorus of “I miss you,” giving the guitar a chance to be more expansive as the arrangements swell around the voice. Definitely a jam I keep revisiting as the day goes on.

Oneida Return With Latest Single

It seems like my posts this week are sticking with the more upbeat, rock n roll vibes. No song truly epitomizes my current tastes better than this new one called “Beat Me to the Punch” from NYC based outfit Oneida. It has a true indie rock theme to start, but then builds into this gnarly and gritty guitar solo which matches the “Punchy” name of the track. I’ve had it on repeat this morning and I’m thinking you may do the same.

This track appears on Oneida’s new album Success due out August 19th on Joyful Noise.

The Berries Announce LP on Run For Cover

This is not a Barrie offshoot; this the Berries, the project of Matt Berry, formerly of Happy Diving/Big Bite. Today there’s news of a fresh LP in the pipeline of Run for Cover, and with Rob Schnapf mixing, you know the songs are already pretty solid. This first single feels like a classic nod to 90s alternative/college rock, when we were still allowed to be hopeful and dreamy of the beauty life held…rather than be brow beaten by a plague, demagogues, inflation, etc. Maybe that’s the point Matt’s getting to in his storytelling, reminding us that we don’t have to reinvent the wheel to find the reason we’re all here. If you’re digging it, High Flying Man is out on August 19th.

Slack Times Share I’m Trying Single

Next week, we’ll finally get to hear the entirety of Carried Away, the brand new LP from Slack Times, and I think the band have chosen one great last single to entice you to dive into their record. For me, it’s a combination of the thumping rhythm section, matched by the swirls of crystalline guitar licks; it creates this energetic horizon, radiating with promise of better tomorrows. Then, of course, you just need a few moments to spend with the refrain of “I’m Trying” and you’re going to trip over yourself rushing to order this LP at your doorstep. Carried Away is out June 24th via Meritorio Records.

Cool Sounds Announce Like That for Chapter Music

We’ve got two of our favorite Aussie things teaming up today: Chapter Music and Cool Sounds…one is a great label, and the other a great band. Today, Cool Sounds announce Like That, their first LP for Chapter Music, and they do so with this tasty musical morsel. Unlike previous albums, Dainis Lacey seems to have trimmed down the band, choosing to play the majority of the instruments this go around, which perhaps plays into the sound of the record. Lacey suggests that a mixing of Ian Dury and the indie dance scene of the late 2000s informs the whole LP…so you can see why we’re excited over here! Those are some of our favorite “cool sounds” too! The band will release Like That on October 7th.

Marlon Williams Announces My Boy

I very vividly remember running with my iPod around 2018; I was listening to a bunch of stuff on random that I had downloaded from various PR folks. Marlon Williams “Beautiful Dress” came on, and I immediately stopped to see what on Earth was making that voice. I’ve been a fan ever since, so I’m looking forward to Marlon’s new LP, My Boy. The release promises a more playful Williams this go round, which you can hear in the style of this track, so it’ll be nice to hear him attached to something a bit different, though equally as moving…as you can see. Just check out the 2:25 mark to see where my brain is at! My Boy is out on September 9th via Dead Oceans.

Let’s Whisper Announce The In-Between Times

You get backing vocals and recording by Gary Olson, throw in Emma Kupa, and, well, you don’t really need too much more to convince me that the new Let’s Whisper LP is going to be a stellar listen! The group’s first single from The In-Between Times churns and jangles, like a song that dips its toes in the pools of paisley vibes while pressing play on the warmth of classic pop records from Athens. It’s a short gallop with huge backing harmonies that are the best things you can offer your ears this week. Should come as no surprise that the band have found a home for their new LP on Fika Recordings, who will release the album on August 26th.

Dry Cleaning Announce Stumpwork

After playing a sold-out show in Austin, and I’m assuming everywhere else they toured recently, Dry Cleaning are ready to announce the news we’ve been looking to hear; the band have a new record on the way called Stumpwork. It’s a short little number, with those angular guitar lines wiggling and squirming behind Florence’s matter of fact delivery; it feels like it packs a huge punch, albeit one that comes in under 2 minutes. I love where Shaw throws in a nice melody at the 30 second mark, adding in another layer to the group’s potent sound. Stumpwork will be out on October 21st via 4AD.

Lean Year Share The Trouble with Being Warm

Feel like we delved into some heavier notes this morning, so reckon I should toss in something a little gentler, a little mid-morning cleanser of sorts. This new Lean Year tune is striking, and there’s really not another cliche way to spin that. For starters, the setting of the song is this stark atmosphere, a sort of warbling synth builds the backbone, with a bare piano twinkling as strings work into the fold. Emilie Rex’s vocal performance is brilliant, especially as it hits the 4 minute mark; she has these notes that seem to cut right through you, though they still maintain this element of fragility and nakedness. Combined, you have this moving piece that feels like it touches on the grief that surrounds their new album, Sides; it’s out on September 2nd via Western Vinyl.

 

Electric Pets Drop Don’t Leave Me

When someone drops Mazzy Star meets Dick Dale notes in your inbox, you know you’re interest is going to be piqued, right? Well, I checked out the new single from UK outfit Electric Pets, and now I’m hooked on their sound. My ears hear a bit of that smokey Sandoval-esque vocal, though channeled in a sort of dark psychedelic nature fit for a smoke-filled backroom lounge; it fits really well with the loose surf meets garage feel of the guitar work, with cymbal work adding in an added layer of hipness. The video’s a collection of other clips, past and present, furthering this modern nostalgic vibe that they’ve captured so well, walking that line between then and now. Look for the band to drop their Rhinoceros EP later this summer via Reckless Yes.

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