Monday, February 18, 2019

Threatmantics - First Things - 2019



Threatmantics attempt to crowbar as much into rock and roll as possible. Veering wildly from heartbroken folk, to balls-out rock, to spine-crushing metal, to good-time pop; barely held together by very fine thread and pretty ribbons, they play music that sounds as much like the band they wish they were as possible. Whether they will survive the pits and troughs remains to be seen, but it’s a special thing to be able to soundtrack your own adventure.

Insomniac Bears - Passing Trains - 2019


Featuring members of Team Me, the band’s ambitious arrangements combine ferocious guitars and gleaming melodies that pierce through psychedelic backdrops.

As the band explains, the new single is “about learning how to find your place and carve out a space of security in a world that offers only perpetual instability. The lyrics map out the negative flipside of achieving independence.”

The resulting track is uplifting indie pop that’s the soundtrack to having a little cry, drying your eyes and picking yourself up again. Clash Magazine have said “the track retains a certain mystery, with its dappled melodies moving between opaque pop and lush psychedelia. Lyrically the song muses on loneliness, but does so in a wonderfully beautiful way.”

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Auld - Need Her Still - 2019

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"A gorgeous record. It is pop music at its finest... you may be reminded of the glory days of Simple Minds and U2... framing these stories through the lens of indie pop, alternative rock occasionally, and often on the wings of electronic pop" – The Noise Journal

"Embracing artists that tout a unique sound without gravitating away from captivating melodies and aesthetics rings true in his own project... Very fine songwriting and production from the promising Auld" – Obscure Sound

“Auld brings a fresh sense combining modern pop-rock and electronica with sweeping elements of 80s romantics like Spandau Ballet and Ultravox, and more modern parallels such as Arcade Fire” – The Record Stache

"A fusion of rich power pop and indie rock, packed with a potent dose of synth-based melodicism... Alilless is restlessly kinetic track that sparkles with various electronic bits and clattering percussion and lopes along with a bouncy bass line" – The Big Takeover

PORCUPINE "Lifetime" - 2019



"Veteran Minneapolis indie rock band Porcupine now includes mustachioed chef and onetime Hüsker Dü bass-player Greg Norton." -Brooklyn Vegan

"an EP filled with dreamy melodies riding over pounding drums and fuzzed-out guitar... While his work with Porcupine is distinct from Norton’s previous power trio, they pay homage to Norton’s Hüsker Dü past." -BreakThruRadio

"Minneapolis band Porcupine features Greg Norton of legendary punk band Hüsker Dü. What You’ve Heard Isn’t Real even includes a cover of a Grant Hart written Husker song, “Standing By The Sea.” -New Noise Magazine

 "the Minneapolis-based trio effectively channels a variety of ’80s alt-rock genres, primarily post-punk and new wave, with a few ’70s-inspired riffs interspersed here and there to increase the record’s catchiness." -MXDWN




GA-20 - Naggin' On My Mind with Charlie Musselwhite & Luther Dickinson - 2019



GA-20 was formed by friends Pat Faherty and Matthew Stubbs in Boston, MA in 2018. The project was born out of their mutual love of heavy traditional Blues, R&B, and Rock & Roll of the late '50s and early '60s. Faherty and Stubbs bonded over legendary artists like Lazy Lester, J.B. Lenoir, Earl Hooker, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and Junior Wells. Feeling a void in current music, the duo have set out to write, record and perform a modern version of this beloved art form. Live, GA-20 is a trio of 2 guitars, vocals and drums. Raw, passionate and honest performance, both on stage and in the studio, is the only goal. 

Ceschi and Factor Chandelier - The Gospel - 2019



New Haven, Connecticut rapper and singer Ceschi has spent his career etching out an eminent solo musical personality that combines hip-hop, punk, folk, and indie rock (he's also been part of bands that range from lo-fi synth pop to Latin progressive and psychedelic/jazz rap). 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Anna Ecco - Reminiscent - 2019


Jamie Sutherland - Be Careful Don't Break My Heart - 2019


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“Sutherland's voice, swooping from pitch-perfect falsetto to sonorous baritone without missing a note.” The Guardian

“Skilfull songwriting, immaculately executed, consistently excellent.” The Line Of Best Fit

“Elegant and, quite frankly, utterly beautiful.” NME



Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Field Medic - "henna tattoo" - 2019




The Line of Best Fit called "henna tatto" "disarmingly honest" while Paste Magazine said, "...his anxious infatuation is presented as a passing, unadorned outpouring, conflicting thoughts and emotions rushed to paper, then tape, using only the implements Patrick had at hand."

Johanna Chase - Gone - 2019


New Single by Johanna Chase released today with video!

"GONE"
 Written and Performed by Johanna Chase
Bass by Mark Walloch (AWOLNation, Dead Sara)
Drums by Brendan McCusker (Jenny Lewis, Ryan Adams)
Mixed by Dan Molad (Lucius, Wild Reeds)
Mastered by TWWalsh (Death Cab for Cutie, Pedro the Lion)