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Jessica Hernandez stares back at you from the cover of her debut album, not unlike the Mona Lisa with her inscrutable smile. In the primed-for-Instagram pic (the Walden filter could surely add that halo of blue) Hernandez sports a Sister Wives bun and a prairie shirt of which Laura Ingalls Wilder would certainly approve. Her attire screams sugar and spice and everything nice, but that smirk, well, that smirk is more in line with the album’s title, Secret ... Read More
On September 16th, the Brooklyn-based rock blues group She Keeps Bees, featuring Jessica Larrabee on vocals and guitar and Andy LaPlant on drums, will release their third album, Eight Houses on the label Future Gods. Listening to Eight Houses is a therapeutic experience. When Jessica Larrabee croons the soothing words of "Is What It Is", "Do not surrender/ It is what it is, it's that kind of life/You are worthy/I am worthy," she responds to the angst and ... Read More
Aaron Freeman, best known for his role as one of Ween's founding members, expands on his approach to collaging together different styles of pop with his debut solo release as FREEMAN. These twelve tracks come together as a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of psychedelia, glam rock, country, and folk. "Covert Discretion," kicks off the record with a story about blacking out during a post-show hotel party sung over Freeman's delicate folk instrumentation. His gorgeous ... Read More
Much of the inspiration for Gulp's latest album came from the band's road trip through the Golden State, and you'll definitely feel the heat of the California sun coming off of these tracks.  Their style hearkens back to the time when psychedelic pop had just discovered analog synths. Season Sun's opening track, "Game Love," is a good example of Gulp's penchant for vintage electronica, as a warbling Moog backs a cascade of shimmering guitars and Lindsey ... Read More
Sylvan Esso’s song “Play It Right” speaks of two sounds and two souls coming together. This, in a sense, is how Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso came to be a band. After sharing the bill in a small club, Meath asked Sanborn to remix the song she had written and the rest is history. The pair met up in Durham, North Carolina to start work on their self-titled debut album, a swirl of electro-pop beats and Meath’s cool and soothing ... Read More
Street Eaters named their second record more than appropriately. Blood/Muscles/Bones channels the raw approach to rock 'n' roll once taken by '70s and '80s innovators such as Wipers, Gang of Four, and X. On "Reverse" a combination of driving drumbeats and evil guitar riffs get the fuse lit with a perfect two-and-a-half minute burst of fiery punk rock. "Null" follows suit, channeling the aforementioned Los Angeles punk band with trade-off male/female ... Read More
Heartsrevolution has been a known name in the club scene both here in the states and across the pond since 2008, so it may be a bit surprising to discover that their first full-length album is only now coming out. Over the past few years, the duo went far to promote an image that made their name one to be remembered. Lead singer Leyla  “Lo” Safai dons a pink stripe across her eyes, they travel across the country in a Swarovski crystal-covered ice ... Read More
Nikki Lane met Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys at her pop-up vintage clothing stall. She was wearing a hunting jacket he wanted to buy. It turned into a case of being in the right place at the right time. Auerbach ended up producing Lane’s sophomore album All Or Nothin’, a collaboration nothing short of sensational. The 13-track record starts of with “Right Time”, an outlaw anthem that showcases Lane’s bluesy soul and country attitude. ... Read More
It seems fitting that Jessica Weiss began penning songs as soundtracks to student films since the Brighton-based lead singer and songwriter’s lyrics are rife with vivid imagery, intense drama, and compelling storylines. Fellow art student Guitarist Daniel Falvey met Weiss after an exhibition of her work inspired him, and drummer Michael Miles was later brought in to handle percussion. Together shoegaze trio Fear of Men creates a bittersweet sound by blending ... Read More
Alice Boman's EP II should be listened to outdoors during a spring dusk, at around 7 in the evening.  Her voice, full of impossible longing, speaks the darkness of distance and the brightness of pyres burning in sunset colors. The album opens with "What," a track that features a rhythm section made up of the occasional kick and ambient scratches, plus gorgeous piano floating in a lake of white noise. "Over" is one of the highlights of the record, reminiscent ... Read More
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