Archive for ‘Tuesday Tip-Off’

April 13, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Death Hags

With “We Are Radio Signals” Death Hags reminds us that shoegaze doesn’t have to be a dark and dreamy expression of detachment via too many pedals, it can be poppy and dare we say, fun. DH wraps a Juliana Hatfield style indie rock bopper in just the right amount of fuzz, reverb and haze while still letting the hooks and melodies (of which there are plenty of both in this song) shine through.

April 6, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Robert Finley

Like most people, we found out about Robert Finley when he appeared on America’s Got Talent in 2019 – not because we watch that abomination against music, but because people we knew who watched it to keep their spouses happy were like “holy shit, there’s an actual artist on AGT!” And the supportive spouses were right. Finley’s raspy soulful voice and undeniable spirit won the day then and it does now on his new single “Country Boy.” The song is as tasty and tasteful as it comes, laying down a country soul groove for Finley to do his thing on, and what a beautiful thing it is.

March 30, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Nuns of the Tundra

Stoner metal riffs with the accelerator jammed to the floor are at the heart of “Low” by Nuns of the Tundra, but it’s the 90’s era alternative rock vocals and overall approach that makes the band stand out from the hazed and dazed rank and file desert rockers out there. If someone told us that combining Kyuss with Hum would work, and work this well, we’d be skeptical but here it is in full rocking glory.

March 23, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Lauran Hibberd

Holy hell do we love this. “How Am I Still Alive?” by Lauran Hibberd harkens back to such great 90’s female fronted grunge / alt rock bands as The Muffs, Letters to Cleo and that dog – and until this moment we didn’t realize how much we’ve missed that sound. The classic quiet verse / loud chorus structure, a big sing along-able hooky chorus, the girl power lyrics declaring happiness in independence, this one hits every mark dead on. If this is the sign of on oncoming revival of this part of the alt rock landscape then by all means sign us up.

March 16, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Rodeola

Rodeola dropping a new album is always a cause for celebration, so go ahead and put on a funny hat, because it’s that time my friends. Those who know, know, but in case you don’t, Rodeola (formerly known as The Hollows) is where Kate Long unleashes her poetic atmospheric songs. Sometimes solo, sometimes with a full band, the constant is Long’s unparalleled voice – a richly textured and expressive instrument that is, well, just right. The latest release Arlene is Rodeola’s fourth, and finds the sound often pushed into hazier, dirtier and reverbed out tones for an album that feels like a step away from Long’s Americana roots and into an exciting singular space.

March 9, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Christina Apostolopoulos

“Shiny and New” by Christina Apostolopoulos is a slow dance for one, a declaration of self-improvement with a subtle dark humor to it and a melancholic streak a mile wide. Will all these changes win her the love she’s hoping for? Is that sort of love real love? It’s all about the subtext casting the long shadows on this one, and anyone who’s followed the blog for a while knows, that is our jam, and we’re betting this will be yours as well.

March 2, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: The Psychedelic Furs

We cover quite a bit of new music on the blog inspired by The Psychedelic Furs, so it seems only right that we share the new single from the Furs themselves. “Wrong Train” follows the continuation that has been the 40 year evolution of the band’s sound. To everyone’s benefit that evolution hasn’t been a radical change from the group’s original heydey sound, but more of a refining of all of its subtleties and strengths. This is the finest of fine wines and we’re eager for more.

February 23, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Lord Huron

Lord Huron have a new single, “Not Dead Yet” (see above), and a new four part livestream series called Alive From Whispering Pines – which seems to be a Twin Peaks meets WandaVision as a late night variety show sort of thing. We could try and explain further, but episodes are $18 a pop which is more than the blog’s annual budget. Still, if you’re a big Port Huron fan and want to support this admittedly creative endeavor you can check it out at If you’re a cheapskate like us, you can enjoy them performing tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

February 16, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Samantha Crain

It’s no secret that we here at PE love Samantha Crain, so it shouldn’t be hard to imagine our delight when she announced on ye olde social medias that she has a new EP on the way. The criminally underrated singer-songwriter’s I Guess We Live Here Now will be out April 9th (available for pre-order now) and you can, nay – you WILL, check out the first single “Bloomsday” in pure audio form above, or in that crazy newfangled music video format below.

February 9, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Pop Zeus

It’s been six years since we lost Mikey Hodges in a motorcycle accident, and for those who knew him that’s been six years without receiving one of his world famous bear hugs. Some people fill every room they enter with their light and energy, and Mikey was one. Since his passing his friends have been able to keep his memory alive via stories of epic Mikey-ness (Editor’s personal favorite is the night of the homemade indoor apartment hallway slip n’ slide) and by sharing the music from his lo-fi bedroom pop project Pop Zeus. Lucky for us, twosyllable records in conjunction with Mikey’s sister Whitney Hodges have curated a collection of unreleased material called This Doesn’t Feel Like Home (Unreleased Demos 2011-2014), out March 5, 2021, days before what would have been Mikey’s 36th birthday. 

The album is available for pre-order now and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Michael T Hodges Instrument Endowment Fund which supplies instruments to students in Lebanon, IN. You can hear the first single “Foolish” below, a perfect example of Pop Zeus’ combination of Big Star style power pop as filtered through Guided By Voices sensibilities.

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