Posts tagged ‘Indie Rock’

January 14, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Today we keep it brief while sharing new tunes from Youth Sector, Conor Garrison, Maddy Brown, Unconscious Prophet and Kareem Rahma.

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January 12, 2022

The Midweekly – curry

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

Bold colors and broad lines blend with the thin and subtle accents. Perhaps a clash for fun. All creating a pleasing pattern. And like the fabric, it can be expressed through music, too, as we hear on the debut album, Plaid, by the artist curry. The Indiana based songwriter, aka Ben Frazier, has woven together a collection of tunes with a little something for everyone. The twists from genre to genre allow these songs to both stand out on their own, and complement each other. Just as you’re floating away on an electro-laden wave of dream pop, the twang of an acoustic country ballad pulls you back to earth. But just as you’ve settled into that head space, here’s some guitar rock, and do I hear a saxophone in there? With the exception of a few moments, every instrument is played by curry. The music isn’t the only thing shifting tones. In the lyrics there are dark, humorist takes on worldly topics, serious personal frustration, and a love for the beautiful. It might seem sporadic as the mismatched lines crisscross, but curry is going for that eclectic, patchwork style, and his tailoring skills don’t disappoint.

January 4, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: ttypes

Songs, for us at least, have different senses of movement to them and “Rock Bottom in Shanghai” from ttypes is a low gravity, sunshine strut. Catch us bopping along to this track on the first day of summer with a 12′ stride, more float than flaunt but still a touch of that too. ttypes is the solo project of Grand Rapids, MI (say hello to Pyramid Scheme for us) songwriter Tim Krauss, whose bio says he’s a big fan of sci-fi pioneer Ursula K. Le Guin (us too) and so we’ll close this review by simply proclaiming this: This song? This song is the left hand of popness y’all.

June 16, 2021

The B-Side: James Lockhart Jr.

“Long Life” by James Lockart Jr. ebbs and flows like the flow of time itself, which given the subject matter is fitting. Sometimes a steady march, sometimes a long contemplative pause, and through it all a kind of knowing nod, beautiful and perhaps a bit wistful. Lockhart’s vocals carry the same gorgeous melancholy as Loren Beri, that sophisticated blend of Chris Martin’s heart on sleeve approach and Rufus Wainwright’s urbane detachment. This song feels like contentment after a long journey; one with challenges and disappointments but also grace and humor.

June 15, 2021

The B-Side: The Paper Airport

With “Turning” The Paper Airport give us a perfect mid-tempo indie rock number that marries the vulnerability of a ballad with the riffs and beat of a gentle, fist pumping anthem. This is the song you dance to alone in your room to celebrate the small victory: the smile from a crush, the good day you didn’t have to use your AK, etc… Put it on your positivity playlist and feel the good vibes.

June 2, 2021

Play Listy For Me – Indie Rock Vol. 7

Play Listy For Me is our column where we share with you all the music we recently talked about in a genre blocked playlist, plus extra bonus songs.

Had enough of the cicada drone? Mix it up with these fresh hot tracks.

May 15, 2021

We Never Asked For This

We Never Asked For This is our short reviews of the best releases that showed up in our inbox unsolicited this week.

Headed off to a little vacay to get some sun and give the ears a little break, but before we do here’s the best of what came through the inbox recently. New music from Mouth Washington, Nathaniel Paul, Drelli, New Wales, Scores, Matthew Leger, Said Sara, Wes Hoffman and Colourmusic.

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May 12, 2021

The Midweekly – Kali Masi

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

Subtitles? Stage direction? What’s with the brackets? Doesn’t matter. Is there humor? Sure. Along with passion, frustration, vulnerability, and a lot of supercharged rock on this album. [laughs] is the second, and latest full length from the Chicago quartet, Kali Masi. Here we get ten tracks of songwriting that take the best parts of pop rock, punk, emo and serve them up with excitement. Clever dynamics and tasteful production take the listener from an epic slow-burner to open the record, to a sheer head-banger to close it out. The stops along the way treat us to themes of inspiration, nostalgia, and longing, with classic riffs, offbeat hooks, and vocals that croon as well as scream well-crafted lyrics. The subtitles under any fan of real, smart punk rock will definitely read [enjoys] while spinning this one.

May 12, 2021

The B-Side: New Candys

With “Zyko” the New Candys show that you can keep it simple and still be engaging and rocking. Most of the song is built on a repetitive 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1 down beat that you would usually hear as an intro or build up to an explosive chorus, but here it’s the groundwork for the whole song. Sure they add and remove layers and guitars move in and out, but most of the band most of the time is playing that simple, driving rhythm. The overall effect is one of the same effortless cool of the 80’s shoegaze movement, just don’t try to dance along.

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.

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