Zo Magazine Interviews Will Thomas Of Dive Index

Posted on Jul 20, 2020
Zo Magazine Interviews Will Thomas Of Dive Index

Zo Magazine recently had a conversation with Will Thomas, the man behind Dive Index. His new album, Waving At Airplanes, features vocal contributions from Natalie Walker and Merz. In the interview, he explains that he "didn’t necessarily write [the songs] with Natalie and Conrad [Lambert, aka Merz] in mind." Yet, "When I was working on […]

KAKE Puts The Dream Syndicate On Its Best Of 2020 List

Posted on Jul 20, 2020
KAKE Puts The Dream Syndicate On Its Best Of 2020 List

KAKE.com recently included The Dream Syndicate‘s The Universe Inside on its list of “50 Best Albums of 2020 So Far.” The site explains, “After making their names during the ‘80s Paisley Underground scene with their alternative- and psychedelia-infused styles, The Dream Syndicate came together again to make experimental sounds of electric, psychedelic jazz. The Universe […]

Lido Pimienta Curates Playlist For Crack

Posted on Jul 20, 2020
Lido Pimienta Curates Playlist For Crack

Lido Pimienta recently made a mix of music by Bandcamp artists for Crack, which calls her “one of Canada’s most celebrated champions of Latinx music. Her mix… sees her drawing for dembow rhythms, hazy electronica, psych rock, cumbia and more.” Enjoy the mix here. Pimienta’s most recent album, Miss Colombia, was just shortlisted for the 2020 […]

American Songwriter Shares Figg’s Story

Posted on Jul 16, 2020
American Songwriter Shares Figg’s Story

American Songwriter writes that the new LP from Figg “is delicately weaved in textured instrumentation and melodies from opening ‘Case Study in Plagiarism’ gliding into the mistier ‘Jack Is the Pulpit’ and more abrupt ‘Don’t Want to Have to Hate.’” The record took a long time to germinate and then be released, and American Songwriter […]

Sunny War Performs Online For the Blue Ox Virtual Fest

Posted on Jul 16, 2020
Sunny War Performs Online For the Blue Ox Virtual Fest

Sunny War has been incredibly prolific during the COVID pandemic, releasing two different EPs that are currently at radio – Can I Sit With You?, which is made of original songs, and The Lagniappe Sessions, comprised of four novel covers. She’s also been performing live for the Internet, and some of her performances have been […]

XS Noize Praises Braids’ Power

Posted on Jul 16, 2020
XS Noize Praises Braids’ Power

XS Noize says Shadow Offering, the new LP by Braids, is “by turns fearful, empowered and self-lacerating. That examination never turns to hatred; that fear, never to despair. For all their questioning, Braids sound more like themselves than ever before, that dramatic streak remaining intact as their songs are driven by a new sense of clarity […]

New Music From L.A. Witch

Posted on Jul 16, 2020
New Music From L.A. Witch

L.A. Witch’s self-titled debut unfurled like hazy memories of late-night revelries in the city center creeping back in on a hungover Sunday morning. Guitarist/vocalist Sade Sanchez purred and crooned over jangling guitar chords, painting pictures of urban exploits, old American haunts, and private escapades with a master’s austerity. Bassist Irita Pai and drummer Ellie English […]

Lido Pimienta Makes Polaris Short List

Posted on Jul 15, 2020
Lido Pimienta Makes Polaris Short List

Lido Pimenta won the Polaris Prize in 2017 for her LP La Papessa, and she’s now on the short list for this year’s Polaris Prize. According to a press release, “The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for […]

New Music From David Newton & Thee Mighty Angels

Posted on Jul 15, 2020
New Music From David Newton & Thee Mighty Angels

Wolverhampton, UK-born David Newton was the guitarist and songwriter behind C86 popsters & NME front-cover stars turned US alternative/college radio chart-toppers The Mighty Lemon Drops. After the break-up of the Drops in the early 90s, and following a brief stint with The Blue Aeroplanes, he relocated to Los Angeles in 1995 and built a garage recording studio at which he’s […]

Mxdwn Shares Alex Lilly’s “Amuse Me”

Posted on Jul 15, 2020
Mxdwn Shares Alex Lilly’s “Amuse Me”

Mxdwn has the premiere of “Amuse Me,” the first single from Alex Lilly‘s upcoming bundle Love In Three Colors. The site has a quote from Lilly, who explains, “It’s playful but really it’s about being with someone who in fact, did not amuse me. He was heavy and earnest the majority of the time and […]

Popmatters Talks To Inara George

Posted on Jul 15, 2020
Popmatters Talks To Inara George

In a detailed interview with Popmatters, Inara George discusses her career with The Bird And The Bee, her collaborations with Van Dyke Parks, her relationship with the musical memory of her late father, her feelings about Van Halen, and – of course – her new bundle of three songs, The Youth Of Angst. “Though the […]

Deantoni Parks Curates Playlist For Indianapolis Contemporary

Posted on Jul 15, 2020
Deantoni Parks Curates Playlist For Indianapolis Contemporary

Last summer, Deantoni Parks contributed a brief playlist to Indianapolis Contemporary. The site also features an interview with Parks, who recently released the album SILVER CORD under the Technoself moniker with co-producer Chris Hunt. Parks is asked about the future of music, and he says that “music is about its attachment to various visual representatives. […]

Aiding & Abetting Enjoys Figg’s Debut

Posted on Jul 15, 2020
Aiding & Abetting Enjoys Figg’s Debut

A recent review in Aiding & Abetting tells the origin story of Figg, explaining that “After Carissa’s Weird called it a day, Robin Peringer and Gilden Tunador decided to keep working together. Figg is less poppy and more conceptual, but long-time fans will certainly find comfort here.” The zine continues, “While still nominally shoegaze, Figg […]

The Line Of Best Fit Gives Nine Stars To Braids

Posted on Jul 13, 2020
The Line Of Best Fit Gives Nine Stars To Braids

The Line Of Best Fit has praise for the “gloriously intricate” Shadow Offering from Montréal trio Braids. The site writes, “The nine-track production is cohesive both in terms of sonic arrangement and messaging; where the piano and string sections hold in strong constancy, the overarching message of love and its complexities is rooted in the […]

MXDWN Shares Dive Index’s “19 Fools”

Posted on Jul 13, 2020
MXDWN Shares Dive Index’s “19 Fools”

MXDWN has a new lyric video from Dive Index featuring Merz, “19 Fools.” According to the site, “The song was written with a look at the political ridiculousness of 2019. Finding ridiculousness in 2019 might be a slightly ironic venture considering the calamity that 2020 has become with the politicization of something as simple as […]

Lido Pimienta Discusses Miss Colombia With The Needle Drop

Posted on Jul 13, 2020
Lido Pimienta Discusses Miss Colombia With The Needle Drop

Anthony Fantano of The Needle Drop recently did a longform interview with Lido Pimienta. The self-appointed “Internet’s busiest music nerd” talks with Colombian-born, Toronto-based artist. Her LP Miss Colombia is currently at radio, having peaked in the Top 10 on the NACC Top 200 and topped the NACC Latin, NACC World, and Earshot charts. Check […]

New Music From Sunny War

Posted on Jul 9, 2020
New Music From Sunny War

Sunny War, who released an EP of original material called Can I Sit With You? near the beginning of the COVID pandemic, now has a collection of covers available from Aquarium Drunkard. The site describes her sound as “a clawhammer infused amalgamation of blues and folk,” and over the past few years she’s performed a Tiny Desk […]

Figg Shares Lyric Video Via The Big Takeover

Posted on Jul 9, 2020
Figg Shares Lyric Video Via The Big Takeover

The Big Takeover recently shared the new lyric video for “Jack Is The Pulpit,” from Figg‘s self-titled debut album. The site features some words from Gilden Tunador, the duo’s vocalist, who says, “I have always loved singing rounds because there’s something beautiful that transpires when one does—you need another person with whom to sing along—and […]

Clash Music Gives Glowing Review To Braids’ New LP

Posted on Jul 9, 2020
Clash Music Gives Glowing Review To Braids’ New LP

Clash Music writes that Shadow Offering, the newest release from Montréal three-piece Braids, “is refined and magnetic, with a raw and empathetic quality.” According to Clash, “the band combines Raphael Standell-Preston’s demanding, playful voice with layers of groovy and plucky electric rhythms” in a combination that reflects a “refreshing, newfound confidence” unheard on the band’s […]

Grimy Goods Shares The Snarling Lead Single From L.A. Witch’s Sophomore LP

Posted on Jul 9, 2020
Grimy Goods Shares The Snarling Lead Single From L.A. Witch’s Sophomore LP

Grimy Goods calls the upcoming album from L.A. Witch “an ode to independence, featuring encouraging messages about becoming unstuck and taking charge.” The site has lead single “I Wanna Lose,” which it calls “a defeatist anthem with an electric feminist undercurrent… Snarling and reverb-laden, the track exudes surf rock influences with sinister dark chords that morph […]

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