Sometimes self-effacing, occasionally peppered with bruised confidence, and always awash in memories — musician Nathan Kowalski’s debut album, Nowhere with You, doesn’t shy away from confessional knob-turners.
In advance of Sera’s show at the Capitol Theater in Olympia, Washington, we interviewed the musician about her creative process, the greatness of Frank Ocean, and the possibility of a future Jenn Champion/Sera Cahoone album.
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.
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.
The incredibly funny, insightful, and steampunk-loathing tandem of Jamie Loftus and Caitlin Durante formed The Bechdel Cast in November of 2016. The show’s premise is to explore the disparity of roles played by women in cinema.
The instrument jarring, floor stomping, guttural vehemence of Brooklyn’s Ex-Girlfriends — Tarra Thiessen, Heather Cousins, Christine Hill, Monika Knapp — create a landscape of circus mirrors and guitar eviscerating mayhem.
Caila Thompson-Hannant’s kaleidoscopic iridescence is both saltwater taffy and tall shadows. Operating as Mozart’s Sister, the Montréal-based artist draws wavy chalk lines that are hopelessly full of life.
Dealing in the currency of friendship, love, and mourning, the Canadian filmmaker’s second full-length feature is a beautiful depiction of what it means to be human.
Identity, spatial appreciation, and the exploration of color are all present in Olswing’s work. There’s effusive melody, designed restraint, and a compass for geography.
The Swedish duo of Malin Dahlström and Gustaf Karlöf created an album that spoke to the smoke and mirrors of memories, the deep, unyielding pain of love, and the sociopolitical unease of 2016.