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Premiere: Blossom Hall – “Peace To Everything That I Have Hurt And That Has Hurt Me”

Cincinnati-based dynamic pop duo Blossom Hall are set to release their debut LP, Pyre, soon. But this news is bittersweet as it precedes the band's forthcoming hiatus. Naturally, it's a challenging time for artists of all sorts and life changes quickly. Priorities shuffle. Such is life. Nonetheless, we're excited to ...

Reviewing Hotel of the Laughing Tree’s New World Sundown 6 Years Later Because My College Newspaper Wouldn’t Let Me

The best thing about writing for an independent music site? I can write whatever I want (within reason). And that includes the absurdity of covering an album that is over six years old, for no reasons other than 1) it is sorely underrated and 2) my college newspaper said it wasn't "relevant enough." But they were fine with ...

Wisconsin Bands to Watch

Caught between Minneapolis, Chicago, and Detroit, Wisconsin is a musical Bermuda Triangle that most touring bands refuse to touch. It's home to buttrock cover bands aplenty, as well as the annual Cory Chisel Fest in Appleton. But all snarkiness aside, there are some decent local acts worth keeping an eye on from this ...

Douglas – Ashes

LA is a house of mirrors. The art that is born within is a reflection of the place, but also a new force that  subtly reshapes the mythology of the city before being absorbed back into its glow, continuously, forever. My first thought after hearing the opening track from Ashes, the confident debut from Douglas (Amy ...

The Reds, Pinks & Purples Drop Dreamy Label Debut ‘Uncommon Weather’

The Reds, Pinks & Purples cares more about crafting dreamy, post-punk flavored indie more than the oxford comma. The latest offering of Glenn Donaldson is hazy and nostalgic, though not for any particular time or place. Uncommon Weather's features pastel-colored homes in what seems to be an undisclosed major city ...

‘Friends In The Corner’ from Foxes brings reality into focus and also leaves it behind.

I don’t know if it was the lazy Texas sunset keeping me company, starting to feel the beautiful monotonous rhythm of feeling settled in a new city, or the overall, universal weighted feeling of being on the precipice of slowly crawling out of this pandemic, but I felt instantly emotional as soon as I turned on Friends In ...

Citizen Channel Alt-Rock Greats on ‘Life In Your Glass World’

The opening riff of "Death Dance Approximately", with overdriven guitar and punchy bass, immediately calls to mind The Faint's 2004 hit "I Disappear". For a band known predominantly for being a capstone in the modern emo scene, this sonic twist is a bit surprising. Indeed, this track feels straight out of the British alt ...