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Speedy Ortiz - Lucky 88
Speedy Ortiz - Lucky 88

Speedy Ortiz - Lucky 88


Speedy Ortiz just announced their third album, Twerp Verse, and, with it, they’ve unleashed a sleek anthem by the name of “Lucky 88.” For the new track, the indie four-piece have embraced haunting melodies and an old-fashioned synthesizer to pair with their garage-rock roots. The final product feels like a lament, mourning or, perhaps, even celebrating the end of an era. “I don’t care anymore,” Dupuis sighs continually throughout.  She’s tired of “the sick pup who created [her]” and it’s time to move on. It’s a bit cryptic and, yet, surprisingly topical as more and more of the people we used to idolize reveal their true colors in the media. Her heart is broken. But it had to happen.

Brett Myers on March 1, 2018
Wye Oak - The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs

Wye Oak - The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs


For a full tense minute in Wye Oak’s newest single, something slowly approaches. Is it a raging army or the dawn of a new day? That first minute releases into something ethereal, haunting and distinctly Wye Oak. Lead singer Jenn Wasner’s vocals could gently caress you to sleep as always, but a manic beat and distorted riffs strap you into that sensation of falling in your dreams. And you wait to wake up with that shot of electricity, but “The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs” trails back off into a delicate dream. Wye Oak have always been masters of theatrics and creating an atmosphere that stops your heart and steals your breath away. As they’ve brought in more synthesizers and drum machines, their sound gets bigger, stronger and more jaw-dropping.   

Brett Myers on February 16, 2018
S. Carey - More I See

S. Carey - More I See


S. Carey’s latest single, “More I See” contains driving drums and strummed guitars that lead the listener briskly through an atmospheric landscape. It is refreshing to hear Carey’s raw vocals serve as a centerpiece for a climactic and encouraging chorus. They seem to blend in effortlessly with the acoustic instruments used on the track, offering a lush and warm follow-up to his previous "Fool's Gold" in preparation for next week's release of Hundred Acres.

Jack Sasner on February 16, 2018
Fine China - Feel Not

Fine China - Feel Not


After more than 20 years, Fine China still wants to reinvent themselves. And without a major release since 2005, it only makes sense that something will change. The Arizona trio has traded in their 1990s garage for a 1980s stadium. The vocals rush down a river of reverb, producing one of the most deceptively uplifting hooks they’ve written yet. It’s a song that owns whatever highway you’re driving down at 90 mph, but not one you sing with your friends at the top of your longs. It’s an anthem meant for taking everything around you as it passes by in all its fleeting beauty. At its core, though, sits a troubling loneliness that gives away to a small but moving glimmer of hope; “We found a place / And here we go / Outside." They’ve been crafting records such as this for two decades, but Fine China prove there’s much more left to discover in both their band and in life.

Brett Myers on February 16, 2018
Hey Anna - Garage Queen

Hey Anna - Garage Queen


The day will come when someone makes an indie-rock jukebox musical. When they do, they better give Hey Anna a call. And their newest single, “Garage Queen,” will be the “Hopelessly Devoted To You” of that musical. It’s rare to find bands that balance dreamy and charming so successfully and earnestly. You could hear it in background of any Bushwick resident’s bedroom while also gracing the dance floor of whatever dive bar operates under that resident’s apartment. The song tells a simple story of a girl with a crush who just won’t admit that they like her in return. However, such simplicity and “cuteness" never gives way to 1960s jangle pop nostalgia. It’s a story that always stands the test of time, but Hey Anna’s gentle fuzz is distinctly now. However, unlike many others of similar style, they’re a joyous project.

Brett Myers on February 15, 2018
Pink Skies - Reflections

Pink Skies - Reflections


This release from Oakland, CA band Pink Skies will definitely make you dance no matter where you are. Emitting a very Tame Impala vibe, this song will give you just the right amount of déjà vu. Between the ethereal vocals, trippy guitars and the groovy and prominent bass line, “Reflections” is an extra heaping scoop of a good thing. There’s not anything in this song that doesn’t consciously add an addictive rhythmic element, from the horns to the claps; it’s very carefully and cleverly constructed. Yet, when it all comes together, it feels incredibly organic.

Grace Eire on February 15, 2018
Shakey Graves - Counting Sheep

Shakey Graves - Counting Sheep


Shakey Graves’ new single “Counting Sheep,” haunts our twilight hours. The Austin, TX-grown singer-songwriter released a couplet of songs, The Sleep EP, to announce yet another release. Can’t Wake Up, the forthcoming album under Dualtone Records, will be available May 4. “Counting Sheep” is a moody, atmospheric departure from the rootsy vagabond rock that gained Shakey his national acclaim. Sleeplessness always accompanies and augments watching someone out of reach become “somebody’s something.” Can’t Wake Up is sure to be in the insomnia playlist.

Kaycie Satterfield on February 15, 2018
The Britanys - When I'm With You

The Britanys - When I'm With You


New York's own The Britanys have a special treat for us this Valentine's Day with their newest single "When I'm With You." Last year the band released their EP Five A Side which garnered a great deal of buzz along with comparisons to The Strokes. This new single is a romantic gesture by the one who keeps on messing up the relationship, to the point of beginning to question "is this real love?" It is a jangly indie-rock song full of the confusions that come with love, where questions arise in the verses and certainty blooms in the soaring choruses. We all make mistakes and we can never really be sure of anything, but sometimes you just can't deny how good it feels just to be with that person. This is a song that captures that feeling so perfectly.

Nicole Rodriguez on February 14, 2018
CLARA-NOVA - Echo

CLARA-NOVA - Echo


"Echo," the newest single from French-American dream-pop artist Sydney Wayser aka CLARA-NOVA is one of those songs containing the words that you didn't know you needed to hear. "Echo" speaks to the fact that when past ghosts come back, you must resolve to stay true to yourself and fight. Having her own share of struggles and changes such as moving across the country after experiencing the damage of Hurricane Sandy while also moving away from her roots as a singer-songwriter to a more electronic pop artist, we can believe Sydney knows what she's talking about when she says, "Don't forget who you are / Don't dissolve / Don't deny it." With trippy synths and Wayser's ebbing voice dynamically increasing with each beckon of bravery, "Echo" is the modern day anthem that isn't trying to be in your face, but rather in your head and maybe even your heart.

Dara Bankole on February 14, 2018
Grounders - Perfect

Grounders - Perfect


Toronto-based psych-rock band Grounders are back with eccentric new single "Perfect" and the announcement of their sophomore LP Coffee & Jam set to be released February 23. The band seems to be moving away from the dreamy pop sound of their previous record and diving into much darker and quirkier territory here. “Perfect” is a love song at the center, but it takes place in a world that is strange and brooding. The band describes it as “a Colgate commercial mixed with Mario’s rainbow road” and I seem to understand exactly what they are talking about. After sharing stages with indie favorites Alvvays, Born Ruffians and Diet Cig, these guys are gearing up for a big year, and we cannot wait to see the rest of this strange world they've created. Be on the lookout for their new album and upcoming tour dates!

Nicole Rodriguez on February 14, 2018
Half Waif - Keep It Out

Half Waif - Keep It Out


Nandi Rose Plunkett, known for her rise in electro-pop as Half Waif, has been thinking deeply about the space within learning to love and being alone on her latest single, “Keep It Out”. The first song on her impending release, Lavender, drips with the delicate recognition of the jostling tides of a relationship. Plunkett’s vocal crescendos through a sea of synth waves, pulling in and out of a space that is pushed by the pulse of a rattling drum pad. She sings, “We seek to settle / We make a home / It’s fun for a little / But soon it’s old,” detailing the decay that occurs inside a relationship and ultimately within ourselves. However, the song grows in such a way that resonates a glimmer of promise, almost as if the whole song is aware that the darkness of disrepair will end, and give way to new light.

Deanna DiLandro on February 14, 2018

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