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
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