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A bleak Netflix series inspires a listen to Bekah Fly’s “The Earth Experiment”

As one does, I found myself scrolling through Netflix one evening. Though much of my time these days is spent on music discovery and promotion, I have a tendency to pull up something hearkening at my nostalgia. I grew up on TV docuseries like Trauma: Life in the ER, and I have two uncles that are doctors, so medicine has ...

fending off a second lockdown [single reviews]

Future Islands - "For Sure": The crowd-pleasing dreampop act has returned with an aggressive, anthemic track that is the kind of lead single we need right now. Samuel T. Herring's vocals are as on point as ever. He is pointed in his delivery. I just know that live probably half of this is going to come out as growls. Future ...

The Beths – Jump Rope Gazers

Turning on this album for the second time made me realize how much energy I had from this week. Earlier this week I had myself all but convinced I was coming down with a case of COVID, and I was doing the "is this allergies? is this all in my head?" game in my mind. Why the second time? The first time I listened to this ...

Crown The Empire Release 10-Year Anniversary Acoustic Album “07102010”

The post-hardcore band Crown The Empire recently released a new acoustic album titled 07102010 via Rise Records. This album commemorates their 10-year anniversary combining songs from their entire catalogue into one beautiful, un-plugged masterpiece, including a mastered version of the 2018 demo released called "Everything ...

Derek Webb – Targets

It's arduous work to be a professional autobiographer: to look at the world and describe it when your life is far from over, and all aspects of it are subject to change. The words, thoughts, and beliefs of yesterday might not resonate with your current frame of reference, and in the public eye it's hard to position yourself ...

Redfield – Pictures

Today, I'm feeling inspired to sharpen my critical thinking on electronic music as I sit here sipping my blood orange tea in Roosevelt Coffeehouse. My beats of choice this afternoon come from Redfield, a UK producer on Diplo's imprint Higher Ground. Redfield is everything you know and love about house music in one three ...

Vaporwave, a past due review, and more [single reviews]

Sløtface - "Telepathic": The music video for this song is essentially a piece of surrealism that doesn't take itself too seriously, which actually describes the song too. If you want depth, it's there. But if you want to enjoy its absurdity at face value, there's that too. This synth-influenced pop punk is definitely a ...