Category: Music

Paperhaus – “So Slow”

Paperhaus – “So Slow”

DC psych rock band Paperhaus is sharing a single, “So Slow” off of their upcoming debut LP. This is a great track, and despite it being the shortest track on the upcoming LP, there is a whole lot going on.  A large mix of influences, with a bass line that is rooted in reggae and ska, a guitar solo that […]

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49 Above: Viet Cong, “Viet Cong”

49 Above: Viet Cong, “Viet Cong”

From the first sound of the rhythmic drum beat that eventually cascades into the shimmering sounds of a synth on opener “Newspaper Spoons”, it became immediately evident that Viet Cong‘s self-titled, debut album was something different yet something very special and personal. The concise first track is an introduction to the world of Viet Cong, one that is filled with […]

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49 Above: Dan Mangan & Blacksmith, “Club Meds”

49 Above: Dan Mangan & Blacksmith, “Club Meds”

Vancouver based singer songwriter Dan Mangan’s music has been evolving sense his debut acoustic based self titled EP and first full-length LP, Postcards and Daydreaming.  Gone is the straight acoustic singer songwriter replaced with a more nuanced approach with true collaboration with his excellent backing band, Blacksmith. Dan has said that Club Meds is a team album with the band and that is exactly […]

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Grand Lake Islands, “Song From Far”

Grand Lake Islands, “Song From Far”

Not too long ago, Erik Emanuelson bid adieu to his students, his stable job, and packed his bags for Portland to pursue musical dreams. The former English teacher had a lot on the line – some might say his adventure was crazy- but with a full band behind him, Emanuelson can say he’s made it with Grand Lake Islands‘ second […]

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Buzzing Self-Titled EP by Stalls

Buzzing Self-Titled EP by Stalls

There’s something remarkable about the self-titled debut EP by Stalls, the indie-rock trio from Oakland. Maybe it’s the modern spin of 70s-era post-punk and glam rock, but in a way that’s accessible, catchy, yet without all the unnecessary bells and whistles. Maybe it’s the respect the band pays to that decade’s music, as it seems every detail – from each […]

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First Impressions: Belle and Sebastian, “Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance”

First Impressions: Belle and Sebastian, “Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance”

Next week is a huge week. New albums by Sleater-Kinney, their first in nearly 10 years; Portland storytellers The Decemberists; and the fun and eclectic Belle and Sebastian. It was difficult to pick which album to focus on as our first First Impressions of 2015, but we opted to go with the Scottish troupe of Stuart Murdoch, Stevie Jackson, Sarah […]

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Weekend Showcase: New Singles for the January 16th Weekend

Weekend Showcase: New Singles for the January 16th Weekend

Here are nine really cool tracks for your weekend. Unfortunately, we didn’t get around to writing about them, but they’re worth the time to listen and just a few more bands for you to discover. “Stress and Low”, the first single from Israeli indie band Ballet, has a dreamy, lo-fi sound, and their debut album will be out in March. “My […]

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Video: Nedelle Torrisi – Don’t Play Dumb

Video: Nedelle Torrisi – Don’t Play Dumb

We wrote about singer-songwriter Nedelle Torrisi a while back. If you missed our original post, she’s a fantastic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from California. She’s sharing the music video for the dreamy “Don’t Play Dumb”, which will be on the re-released edition of her-self titled 2013 record, but under the new name Advice from Paradise, out February 17. In the video, Torrisi […]

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Video: Ferrill Gibbs – The Happy Ones

Video: Ferrill Gibbs – The Happy Ones

Last year, we featured “The Happy Ones” by Ferrill Gibbs off of his record, Significant Trees. Today, he is sharing a video for that song.  The video is a collection of happy moments, quite fitting for the track.  It’s a lovely track that builds to something beautiful. Check out the video below, check out Gibbs on social media, and be sure […]

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49 Above: The Fantastic “The New Sun AHHHH Hotel” by Spoon River

49 Above: The Fantastic “The New Sun AHHHH Hotel” by Spoon River

There aren’t too many albums that when I first put on and I say, “F#@* yeah!”, but the sophomore album by Vancouver’s Spoon River made me utter those words. Why The New Sun AHHHHH Hotel did not receive more buzz outside of Vancouver is a mystery, but it’s an album that is fun, energetic, and a just a real treat. The album, which […]

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Hidden Gem: L.A. Garage-Punk-Pop Trio, Susan

Hidden Gem: L.A. Garage-Punk-Pop Trio, Susan

One of our favourite Hidden Gems of 2015 was Sumeau, whose psych-pop was overshadowed by the plethora of mainstream and indie music coming out of Los Angeles. To kick off 2015, we head back to the City of Angels for our first Hidden Gem of the year (at least in terms of an actual band) – Susan. Unlike Sumeau, Susan […]

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To Kill A King – Love is Not Control

To Kill A King – Love is Not Control

I have been following UK’s To Kill A King (TKAK) for quite a while. I can actually thank them for getting me turned onto Sofar Sounds Austin as they were promoting playing with Sofar during SXSW last year. Although I did not get to see them play at a Sofar gig,  I did get to see them open for Bastille […]

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Album Revue: Sleater-Kinney – ‘No Cities To Love’

Album Revue: Sleater-Kinney – ‘No Cities To Love’

I can’t quite believe I’m writing a review of a new Sleater-Kinney record in 2015.  When they called it quits and went their separate ways, It didn’t seem like it was permanent, but the reality of the end set in after a while.  I remember hearing “Jumpers” on the radio followed up by the DJ saying something like “I’m going […]

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Waxahatchee – Air

Waxahatchee – Air

Yesterday, Katie Crutchfield, the creative force behind Waxahatchee officially announced details about her upcoming record, Ivy Tripp. Ivy Tripp will be released on April 7th of this year. Crutchfield also shared “Air” the first single off Ivy Tripp. Judging only by that one song, it seems like Ivy Tripp may sound quite a bit different than 2013’s Cerulean Salt. There’s […]

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Robin Bacior, Water Dreams

Robin Bacior, Water Dreams

There was a time when almost any song that was piano-based was considered to be “classical”, “lounge”, or performed by Elton John. It was music that only appealed to a select audience. Over the past decade, though, we’ve seen a wide-range of musicians embrace the piano as the focal instrument, maintaining its dramatic quality but using it in ways that […]

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49 Above: Elza, “Glories”

49 Above: Elza, “Glories”

Born in Russia, her talent fostered in Tel Aviv, and now residing in Vancouver, Elza is an emerging singer-songwriter in the mold of Natalie Merchant, My Brightest Diamond, and Tori Amos. Her five-track, debut EP, Glories, is a haunting yet stunning album. It’s highlighted by “Pace“, which starts off subtly before builds and builds to its climax just as the protagonist […]

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Weekend Showcase: Nine New Tracks from the Past Week

Weekend Showcase: Nine New Tracks from the Past Week

Our weekend showcase includes nine new tracks from the past week, including tracks from bands and musicians in Norway, Sweden, Greece, the UK, and the USA: “Not to Offend”, an indie-rock tune from New York City’s WOOF. “Primrose Green”, the first single from Ryley Walker‘s forthcoming album by the same name. It’s out March 31 on Dead Oceans. “Picking Words”, […]

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Darlings – ‘Feel Better’

Darlings – ‘Feel Better’

Darlings can be very loosely described indie-pop band from Brooklyn. However, categorizing them in any genre does them a huge disservice, as they channel many different influences and achieve many different sounds. Their upcoming record Feel Better, due out January 20th is a great example of that.  Feel Better was self-recorded and features four very talented and creative musicians. The […]

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The New Southern Electrikk – “Brown Eyes”

The New Southern Electrikk – “Brown Eyes”

“Brown Eyes” is the debut single from The New Southern Electrikk, and is is a fitting track to feature on a Throwback Thursday.  “Brown Eyes” was written by Rikki Turner, formerly of Paris Angels about fourteen years ago. It’s a beautiful, soulful, heartbreaking track, reminiscent of 60’s female led rock and roll, thanks to the incredible voice of Monica Ward. The New […]

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Little Donkey, “Real Woman”

Little Donkey, “Real Woman”

Originating from Chelmsford in Essex of the UK is indie outfit Little Donkey. Late in 2014, they released their third EP, Real Woman, a compilation of foot-stomping, roots-rock tracks. The quartet’s sound resembles the great roots-rock coming out of Australia from such acts like Ash Grunwald, Jeff Lang, and Xavier Rudd (sans the didgeridoo). While each of the EP’s five […]

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