I’m not really sure what to call Fashion Brigade…I suppose brigade would be easy, but it seems more like a conglomerate of great artists working together to round out the bits and pieces of great art. Today, there’s a couple of new pieces from the forthcoming Fvck the Heartache, both featuring established artists like Jo Schornikow of Phosphorescent (and recent LP on Keeled Scales) and Greta Kline of Frankie Cosmos. Jo’s track has this true post-punk indiepop vibe; the guitar’s almost sound like a distorted and poppier Cure song, with Jo softening things with her notes. Greta’s performance is like a Tony Molina sized juggernaut; it almost sounds like an unfinished Stephin Merritt pinned tune. Both tracks will appear on Fvck the Heartache, out this summer via Gentle Reminder Records.
In case you were wondering what you were doing with your weekend, look no further, as we’ve got a new fest that combines both great local faves and touring acts in small venues. Yes, that’s right! The inaugural KVRX Fest is upon us starting tonight, and for the low price of 45 bucks you get three stages and 40 bands, both local and national, to help kill your Friday and Saturday. Yesterday, B.Gray shared the schedule with you, and after the jump I’ve got my lineup picks as well as more information on what happens if it rains!
Listening to this new Cende track, it occurred to me that the blogosphere (god I hate name) aren’t dead. A song this good pops up on NPR/Stereogum and people listen,which shows a few people still have some good taste. From the moment it kicked off, the driving rhythm of the track had me tapping my toes and bobbing my head; it’s an infectious bit of guitar pop that just swims in your head. It doesn’t hurt that Frankie Cosmos‘ Gretta Klein offers up her voice to make listeners swoon after a few minutes; her performance almost brings in an a Camera Obscura-esque vibe that’s unavoidable. Blogs be damned, this song’s just great. Look for their album #1 Hit Single on May 26th via Double Double Whammy.
You’ve all been waiting, anxiously. Waiting for our arbitrary list of the opinion of four folks who run this site, and what we think were the best albums of 2016. It’s really really important. We’re going to make our site great again with this list. We’re going to win, bigly. But really, it’s just a list of the stuff we loved the most that we covered throughout this year on our site. The comment section is open, so feel free to tell us where we’ve gone wrong or what we’ve got right or anything else fitting. Read more
Frankie Cosmos, or the project of Greta Kline, has announced a new album called Next Thing, which is coming out April 1st via Bayonet Records. With this announcement, the New York native has also shared a single from that album, which is for your ears below. The clear focus of “Sinister” is the vocal performance of Kline, which is both profoundly soulful and wispy. Even though these vocals take center stage, there’s no ignoring the accompanying instrumentation, which comes across as a blend of bedroom rock with some sneaking synths that crawl through the mix. Take a listen and get ready forNext Thing.