Archive for ‘Tuesday Tip-Off’

June 15, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Sarah Walk

As much as we applaud adventurous and genre bending/breaking songs on this blog, it’s not always necessary to reinvent the wheel. Especially when the wheel is as exquisitely crafted as this one is. “Same Road” by Sarah Walk may be in some ways a straight forward singer-songwriter ballad, the kind we’ve heard a million times before, but it is anything but common. There is a simple perfection to this number that reminds us why this is such a well worn genre, because when its this good there’s just simply nothing quite like it for pushing certain musical and emotional buttons.

June 1, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Love Crumbs

You may recall our glowing review of Love Crumb‘s “Cavalcades” a few months ago. Well we’re happy to say the fanboy love continues for their new single “Ellipses.” Where the previous single was a Joplin-esque country soul waltz showcasing Ali McTavish’s impressive vocals, this new one is a more sophisticated number, working in a sonically layered approach not unlike 70’s soft rock superstars Fleetwood Mac. That’s an easy comparison to make given McTavish’s rasp sounds particularly NIcks-esque in this context, but it goes deeper than that. There’s also a quality to the songwriting here that reminds us of (and that rivals) the best of Buckingham/Nicks.

May 11, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Keith Forde

As a music blog we get a lot of music sent our way. Like a lot, a lot, and after wading through our 20th Billie Eilish wannabe in a row nothing makes us love music again like a pure slice of power pop goodness. Enter Keith Forde to the rescue. “Sadie” is as perfect as can be and whether you need an auditory reset like we did or just an all around pick me up, it’ll get the job done.

May 4, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Fixtures

It’s not hump day yet, but why take any chances? Power through hump day eve with this Grade A rocker from Fixtures. There’s a decidedly DC post punk angular rock meets midwest mathy emo to “Never Rest” giving it, to our ears, a certain timeless nature. This is smart, adventurous rock and as the kids used to say, we (hand clap) are (hand clap) here (hand clap) for (hand clap) it.

April 27, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Faiyaz and the Wasted Chances

Energy cannot be created nor destroyed, it can only be funneled into great rock n’ roll songs like this one from Faiyaz and the Wasted Chances. Like Ted Leo on six espressos, this one bristles and shimmies with sweaty early punk energy but never loses its musicality or sight of its power pop core. A banger for kids who think they’re too cool to use the phrase “banger.”

April 20, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Smash TV

Lo and behold, what is this sound we hear? Why it’s the fabled head on, not fucking around and not getting tripped up by the trappings of niche sub-genres, capital r Rock n’ Roll! Oh how we’ve missed you old friend. Smash TV‘s “Gutter Blues” is a pedal to the metal drag race with the drums, amps and vocals wide open and pointed straight toward the finish line. Wave the checkered flag of our heart, this one is a winner.

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.

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