Posts tagged ‘Indie Rock’

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.

May 8, 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.

Today we clean out the inbox and find treasures from Annie from the Canyon, Nasty People, Savage The Poet, Niia, Sonny and the Sunsets, Rather Vapid, The Jupiter Effect, Julie Title and Paul Cortese & Oscar Martin.

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May 7, 2021

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 have new music from and very few words about Glass Taxi, The Spins, Lord Huron, Dark Tropics and Shotgun Six.

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May 7, 2021

Play Listy For Me – Indie Rock Vol. 6

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.

Doing a new thing with our playlists, and that thing is more bonus songs! Yep, more songs we dig but didn’t have room for on the blog proper are given life anew on the playlists. Get the fresh fresh yo! Is that a saying? Probably not!

May 6, 2021

The B-Side: E22

“Fearless” by E22 pulls together two great flavors for one tasty treat. Blondie style hooks meet a roughed up around the edges post punk sound and man oh man does it work. Gives us a glimpse at what might’ve been had young punkers Debbie and Co. had taken a left into darker Ian Curtis / Peter Murphy territory instead of heading off toward new wave pop. It’s catchy and dirty at the same time and we dig it.

May 5, 2021

Video Debut – Tower Defense

We realize that it’s a tad odd that we, a blog that has gone on record several times about our ambivalence about music videos, would host a music video premier, but this song is so good we’re happy to oblige the request. A driving rocker with equal parts grunge muscle and indie smarts, “Under the Sea” by Tower Defense moves and grooves in a way that Sebastian the crab only wishes he could. And the video? Well even curmudgeons of the medium such as we have to admit it’s pretty cool. Check it out and then get more Tower Defense in your life here.

May 4, 2021

The B-Side: Hallam London

The more things changeling, the more they stay the sameling. Terrible pun on our part, but “Hey Changeling” is a great song from Hallam London. The verses give us dance punk drums, stop/start bass riffs and Andy Summers-esque guitar work while the choruses open up into a ready for radio hook not unlike what The Killers would come up with. Over it all a lightly filtered and effected vocal that gives us just a hint of gothy darkwave goodness.

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