Pick Six: Overlooked Tracks of 2017
May26

Pick Six: Overlooked Tracks of 2017

Music did its best to try and apply soothing antiseptic to an otherwise frightening 2016. At least we had some sort of positive, yeah? The incredibly strong year for music has seen no issue carrying over, seamlessly, into the first three-plus months of the new year.

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Premiere: ‘Contrast’ by Dream Joints
May18

Premiere: ‘Contrast’ by Dream Joints

With spectral reverb, bleeding dyes, and a baritone inflection, Mike Turi’s project as Dream Joints is an effervescent mystery of lights and rolling smoke.

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Nick Lowe: Jesus of Cool
May15

Nick Lowe: Jesus of Cool

Yep Roc’s expanded 30th anniversary edition is a worthy thing to own. It’s not as hard to find as the old records, but there are plenty of extras, and the release captures Lowe’s lo-fi “bash out the tracks and meet up round the pub” philosophy.

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The Total Bettys: Peach
May11

The Total Bettys: Peach

With their latest release, Peach, The Total Bettys — Grabmeier, Bri Barrett, Chris Nolasco, Sami Perez — reinforce their contagious and unaffected fury with a collection of songs emblematic of the band’s saltwater and Pop Rocks sound.

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Interview w/ Megan Hattie
Apr24

Interview w/ Megan Hattie

With the hauntingly layered and chaotically cool release of 9 Bed, No Bath, Megan Hattie has launched the most entrancing and inimitable compilation of the year.

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Strange Relations Releases ‘Maria Sweet’
Apr15

Strange Relations Releases ‘Maria Sweet’

With last year’s Going Out EP, St. Paul, Minnesota’s Strange Relations created the perfect narrative of faded neon signs and corkscrewed cigarette smoke. Casey Sowa’s lyrics poured over compositions that played like eerie reveries.

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Forgetting for an Hour: Colors, Waves, Broad Strokes
Apr14

Forgetting for an Hour: Colors, Waves, Broad Strokes

The symphonic infrastructure of art across all mediums does indeed still exist in 2017, but it requires some digging beneath the surface to unearth, especially in music and cinema.

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Of Ennui: All Things Bad & Mean
Apr11

Of Ennui: All Things Bad & Mean

Of Ennui’s melodic discord channels My Bloody Valentine’s speaker eviscerating distortion, all while adding layers of viscous dread. There’s a defiant sense of peril, aggression, and intangible comfort throughout the record’s hypnotic running time.

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Interview w/ Amanda Starling of Angry Grrrl Music
Apr01

Interview w/ Amanda Starling of Angry Grrrl Music

Started in 2016, Angry Grrrl Music highlights “women, femmes, LGBTQ+, and minority movements in the punk rock & indie rock scenes,” and guests span from the musicians themselves to “supporting” members of the music industry like Jamie Coletta of SideOne Dummy Records and Sheridan Allen of mental health advocacy group Punk Talks.

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Bacchanal to Basics: Low Ceilings & Loud Music in ’80s San Diego
Mar30

Bacchanal to Basics: Low Ceilings & Loud Music in ’80s San Diego

Back before the earth cooled and life crawled from the primordial ooze, nightclubs dotted San Diego’s map. The Spirit (off of Morena Boulevard) always had great bands running through and if they knew my I.D. was fake, they never made a big deal out of it.

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