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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
Charismatic, uplifting, and full of soul, Natalia Clavier’s songs are the kind that make you feel feelings, and a lot of them. The Argentinian singer-songwriter expertly incorporates elements of all different styles of music on her new album Lumen. You’ll find hip-hop beats, jazz instrumentation, soulful lyrics, South American rhythms, and gorgeous piano harmonies alongside Clavier’s brilliantly bold vocals. On this release, she shows off her ... Read More
  My grandmother was an artist, and throughout her career, she’d make abstract sculptures and embroidery that I’d stare at for hours as a child: “oh, that looks like a face, and that there? That’s an animal.” Our play was art-making, and I was always amazed at how different her aesthetic would become when she was with me. Her paper dolls weren’t abstract at all; I’d make an abstract shape, and she’d magically ... Read More
This morning I read another feminist manifesto to add to the apparent trend of music industry tell-alls. This time, it was delivered by none other than Charlotte Church at the BBC 6 Music John Peel lecture. It began, "I’m Charlotte Church. And This Is How Women Are Routinely Demoralized by the Music Industry." I used to own a Charlotte Church CD. On the cover, she was wearing a long formal gown that covered her shoulders. Once I hit puberty I rejected ... Read More
Although Electric Order is only four songs long, it feels like it could be a full album. That’s because Atomic Bride takes you on a rollercoaster of super high energy garage rock with fun pop hooks mixed in for good measure. On this EP, the Seattleites create a weird blend of wild psychedelia fully charged with fuzzy electricity. During leading track “Electric Order” you’ll undergo alien abduction and like it, as dual vocalists Astra ... Read More
Pop star Janelle Monáe is at once retro and futuristic, disarmingly down-to-earth and freakishly abstract. Here, she reveals the strategy behind her trendsetting look, the origins of her “divinely inspired” alter ego, and what it’s like to hang out with the president Janelle Monáe mayhave been born to sing, dance, and write some of the most creative pop albums ever to hit an iPod, but the world wouldn’t have known ... Read More
Shannon Shaw is the lead singer of amazing punk-pop-garage group Shannon and the Clams. This band has created a sound so original and I’ve been in love ever since I first laid ears on “Troublemaker.” Shannon’s wailing voice is remniscent of ‘60s girl groups The Shangri-Las and The Ronettes but with her own rougher spin on that sound. Guitarist Cody Blanchard is the other singer/songwriter of The Clams, and together the two produce ... Read More
Indie-folk powerhouse Laura Stevenson may have been taunting you with the promise of upcoming album Wheel, but now she's given a little taste-tester to hold you over. Former Bomb the Music Industry! keyboardist Laura Stevenson has put together Runner, a three-song 7” that gives us the best of both worlds: upbeat, pop jams and quieter, piano-heavy ballads. The first single off Wheel, “Runner,” builds an infectious energy and contains the ... Read More
MS MR have just released their first official music video! The video is for their latest track, “Fantasy”, off their upcoming album Second Hand Rapture, which will be available on May 14th. The video was shot is Jamaica, Queens, and features a slew of fractured fantasies being played out—dismembered hands, cheerleaders puking glitter, drum flash mobs, the works.  The duo behind MS MR is Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow, who played ... Read More
Here’s a pop of psychedelic joy to brighten up your gloomy Tuesday!    Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Sami Akbari, who performs as sami.the.great, has just released a video for her throwback single “Hear Me Now”. Sami’s twee-yet-powerful voice and charmingly introspective songwriting usually bring Ingrid Michaelson to mind, but she puts on her Nancy Sinatra hat (or, more appropriately, flip wig) for this upbeat track. The video ... Read More
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