If you’re as done with this week as we are, the moody, experimental sounds of Jihae are a perfect fit right about now. Not only is the South Korean singer crafting a weird-wave, synth-meets-rock-then-says-hey-to-soul genre of her own, but as a multimedia artist she incorporates her artistic vision into all aspects of her music. Take, for example, her latest work, the video for “Illusion of You,” the single off her fourth album of the same name. ... Read More
Ever since I became a full-fledged fangirl for Tweens, I’ve been dying to hear anything and everything from the trashy punk-rock Cincinnati trio. Their doo-wop-inspired songs and teenage angst-y lyrics will make you want to dance your heart out and then crash your ex-boyfriend’s house party. Now they’ve released a video for “Forever,” a garage-pop track about feeling just a little anxious about commitment. Though the video is far from ... Read More
Upset has the makings for being one of the best bands out there right now and surprise, surprise: they totally are. Former drummer for Best Coast and Vivian Girls, Ali Koehler, takes on guitar and lead vocals, ex-La Sera member Jennifer Prince sings and plays lead guitar, and last we have drummer Patty Schemel of Hole and Death Valley Girls fame. The trio’s collective punk roots shine through on their latest project, Upset, the band you wish existed when you ... Read More
Vancouver three-piece The Courtneys make ‘90s-inspired slacker pop that’ll hang out in your head for weeks. Their songs are literally made of sugar, spice, and everything nice. Well, maybe not everything, but still. Sugar = infectious hooks, silly lyrics about Keanu Reeves, and fun track titles like “Nü Sundae.” Spice = Dinosaur Jr.-like riffs, classic punk bass lines, and general badassery. Everything nice = Jen, Courtney, and Sydney, ... Read More
Speedy Ortiz is probably sick of being compared to Pavement, but it's hard to ignore the similarities.  Especially when you take into account the section of powerhouse frontwoman, Sadie Dupuis’ résumé that reveals her as a former member of Babement, a Pavement cover band from way back when. The band’s ‘90s nostalgia is ever-present (and they’ve got the LiveJournal account to prove it), but somehow they form a genre ... Read More
Noise-pop fivesome Joanna Gruesome have been making a name for themselves with ease over the past few years and if you listen to their latest LP Weird Sister, you’ll know why. Based in Cardiff, Wales, the band takes you on a rollercoaster ride that’s like a Stefon Meyers club: it has everything. Solid pop hooks, melodic yet distortion-drenched guitars, frantic solo freak-outs, and defiantly versatile vocals from the dynamic Alanna McArdle. McArdle has ... Read More
Brazen vocalist for Syracuse-based punk band Perfect Pussy, Meredith Graves is a jane of all trades. She’s a seamstress, a foodie, a scholar, a singer, a lyricist, a thrift store enthusiast, and all-around awesome lady. She’s been performing since she was a kid and formed Perfect Pussy after a stint in her noisy trio, Shoppers. It hasn’t even been a year since their debut EP I have lost all desire for feeling was released, but Perfect Pussy has ... Read More
I fell in love with Tweens when I first pressed “play” on their Bandcamp page for the track “Be Mean.” It’s snarky, it’s catchy, it’s rambunctious, and just plain fun. The Cincinnati natives take hints from garage-punk bands like the Mummies and classic girl groups to make noisy, trashy punk-pop music. Bridget Battle is the bold, energetic frontwoman of Tweens whose super sassy vocal stylings might remind you of Bay Area ... Read More
We can’t get enough of Best Coast’s newest EP Fade Away, and it’s doing a decent job of holding us over until the next full-length...for now. Bethany’s uncanny ability to soothe our sorrows with her own brand of mellowed out surf-rock combined with brutally honest lyrics will never get old. Fade Away features more polished vocals, more womp-tastic songs about love and loss, and more hi-fi production value. We just couldn’t wait for ... Read More
You couldn’t put Mariel Maher into a metaphorical box if you tried. Maher, AKA Seasick Mama, isn’t going to settle for just one type of sound, instrument, musical influence, collaborator, or hair color for that matter. Maher is all about experimentation and trying new things, and it’s working out pretty well so far. With no vocal training, Seasick Mama made her debut onto the scene with her electro-poppy Dead Like Money EP back in February. In ... Read More
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