It seems like every time we turn on the news, we’re getting closer and closer to the world ending. Fires, genocides, police brutality, war, famine, and of course the global pandemic we all know as COVID19. We’ve been cooped up in our homes, baking bread and watching TikToks to keep a sliver of sanity. If you’re like me, you’ve been leaning on music to get through these trying times. I spoke with a bunch of artists including Tayla Parx, Action … Read the rest
Dream Wife – “So When You Gonna…”
Dream Wife’s unapologetic lyrics and punk rock riffs make for perfect jumping-around-in-your-living-room music. The playfully explosive hook “So when you gonna kiss me” rings in almost immediately at the start of the song, setting the tone for their upcoming album release in July, making it their second album since the band’s inception. The band’s playful and pop-rock vibe is also reflected in “So When You Gonna…”’s music video, where we follow them around … Read the rest
Bikini Trill – “Lost Boy”
Bikini Trill has described their sound as somewhere between No Doubt and Riot Grrrl, with some Sublime in the mix as well–but all the while maintaining a very West Coast “surf pop” vibe. If that sounds like a mess of influences, it might be. But something about songs like “Lost Boy” just work. So relive your Peter Pan nostalgia and bask in the California dreamin’ while summer’s still here!
Elliot James – “Smooth”
Sonically, there … Read the rest
NOIA – “Ciudad Del Humo”
Barcelona native Gisela Fulla-Silvestre becomes everyone else in the new music video for “Ciudad Del Humo,” the new NOIA track which brilliantly showcases Gisela’s ability to decorate an experimental electronic landscape with pop sensibilities. Hear the new Crisàlida EP in its entirety on Bandcamp and other streaming media.
argonaut&wasp – “Composure”
If there’s one thing you can expect from argonaut&wasp, it’s fun and danceable tracks. “Composure” is no exception; its synth grooves are icy cool … Read the rest
Crush Club – “Trust”
New York’s Crush Club show what’s possible with a pristinely simple funk guitar lick and confident throwback harmonies. How do you get through the end of winter? Maybe “it’s about trust”–in this case, trusting that when you’re done dancing it will be warm outside. Be sure to check out their whole EP, Alive, which was released in November.
Jack Drag – “Little Lies”
John Dragonetti is best known as a founding member of The Submarines, … Read the rest
Cantrell – “Keep Yappin”
Albany, GA → Los Angeles, CA
You can tell from the ominous bells in the first moments of “Keep Yappin” that Cantrell is not here to play. But when he starts to rap it’s clear that the Georgia native and LA transplant has much more than bravado. He’s a storyteller, a technical poet, and a hard worker. His lyrics immerse the listener in calm, understated confidence (“got a long way to go but I feel I … Read the rest
Prinze George – “Airborne”
With a huge beat and confident, flying vocals, Prinze George’s “Airborne” feels like a long-anticipated burst of celebration, a perfect pat on the back for any time you have managed to transcend the haters, or a perfect vessel to get there if you need a lift. Also check out the new music video to “Mind Over,” which came out last month.
Gabriel Royal – “Notice”
Gabriel Royal’s new album, Miss Once In A Blue Moon, was … Read the rest
Up to the Sky (prod. by Quelle Chris)
New York rap trio PENPALS released their full-length album To Whom It May Concern in June. On “Up To The Sky,” the group’s MCs Cynic The Apache and Rapswell hop through time with ease on a stream-of-consciousness excursion with references as historically diverse as Rasputin, Betamax, and ancient Egypt. Meanwhile, Quelle Chris’s production is on-theme with a clearly old-school sensibility.
Cuesta Loeb – “Out Of”
The fuzzy guitar work of NYC native Christina Cuesta Loeb evokes … Read the rest