Back when I interviewedCub Sport‘s Tim Nelson, I asked him what we can do to make Mallrat the biggest star in the world. He replied, “I think we just sit back and let her do her thing. I think it’s gonna happen!” With her latest single, “Charlie”, and upcoming North American tour, Mallrat is on track to fulfilling Nelson’s prophecy.
King Princess videos are consistently delirious, dreamlike, and fiercely bizarre, but in the best way possible. As someone who keeps up to date with her releases, and therefore is familiar with her wild antics, they do lose a bit of the initial shock value over time. Nonetheless, her artistic vision is still not lost on avid listeners.
Earlier this summer, King Princess released the track “Prophet,” a song much darker and serious than other recent singles like “Cheap Queen.” The chorus of the tune channels the energy of a deep obsession as she sings “’Cause I can only think about you and what it’s like to walk around you and why they like to talk about you.” While other artists might pair a song of this nature with a more overtly sinister video, King Princess takes a playful approach. Continue reading →
If a song stops you in your tracks and forces you to really listen to it, you know that it’s a great song. On her latest project, Orange Glow, New Jersey’s Oldest Sea present four really great songs. Pulling from Americana and sparse singer-songwriter tropes, Oldest Sea crafts songs that are gripping, soothing, and beautiful.
Surprise!! This morning Bon Iver shared their upcoming album, i,i, three weeks early for fans to listen to. The album was originally set to be released on August 30th, but the band surprised the world this morning by releasing a new song every hour. Eventually, the entire album had been shared.
In a sense, American Trappist is the project of a single person: New Jersey’s Joe Michelini. He’s a rock and roll singer-guitarist who led the blog-popular collective River City Extension in his 20s, and more recently refocused his song-craft and existential dread into records like last year’s great Tentanda Via, which is as cathartic as it is uplifting.
But American Trappist is also very much a band, as we see in this week’s Key Studio Session, and to whatever extent Michelini is a blossoming producer (he recorded the most recent album by The Vernes at his home base of Berlin Studios) and the visionary behind the songs (though we’re reasonably sure he’s too humble to embrace the term”visionary”), it’s the skill and chemistry of his bandmates Shane Luckenbaugh on drums, Max Kulicke on guitar, and Lewie II on bass that brings the music to life. Continue reading →
Whether or not we know what it is, we have all seen examples of “hostile architecture.” It is defined as a design trend through which public spaces are altered to inhibit inappropriate use. The most glaring examples of it are bench dividers that discourage the homeless from sleeping in public or spikes that limit where birds can nest. On their debut tape, Philly experimental duo Forgotten Bottom tackle this concept and the ways in which the city has changed throughout their lives. As a viola and bouzouki drone duo, Forgotten Bottom’s music is instrumental, intriguing, and deeply affecting. Continue reading →
The new collaboration of Sheena, Anika, and Augusta have announced that they’ll release their debut EP Simple Pleasures next month. The supergroup trio of Sheena Ozzella of Lemuria, Anika Pyle of Katie Ellen and Chumped, and Augusta Koch of Cayetana and Gladie announced the new project a few months ago, after a weekend spent recording in the Poconos resulted in the four-track EP. Their label, Asian Man Records, writes on Facebook, “This is the perfect example of music done for the right reasons, in the right conditions, and with the right people. Best friends enjoying the process of creating together.” Continue reading →
David Crosby has an undeniably youthful spirit. He has to considering his backing group, The Lighthouse Band, consists of musicians some 30 to 40 years younger than him: bassist Michael League, keyboardist Michelle Willis, and guitarist Becca Stevens. This week, Crosby and The Lighthouse Band brought a stellar set to NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concerts. Continue reading →
Cold Soulare a four piece Philly indie rock group with a smooth sound reminiscent of Clairo and Cuco. On their new single “Sad Girl Hours,” the group delivers a strong tune about heartbreak and trying to piece yourself together after hard times.
Comprised of vocalist Rachel Nakshian, bassist Owen Kirchner, drummer Dontres Davis, and lead guitarist Himanya Behl, the quartet hold down an intoxicating groove as Nakshian’s airy vocals guide the track. The music intensifies, then crescendos into a wild chorus. Nakshian’s vocals are still at the forefront, but her bandmates is brought up to the same intensity. Continue reading →
Arch of Love are back with “Say,” another silky smooth synthpop tune. This time, Chelsea Brennan and Chris Schackerman go upbeat, reflecting on poor communication. The fast-paced guitar riffs and programmed drums bop throughout the tune, never ceasing or holding up the energy. Continue reading →