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A bit of nostalgia, and a lot of new-new [single reviews]

[photo credit: Eliot Lee Hazel] Death Cab for Cutie - "Gold Rush": Finally, new Death Cab! This is the first single off of Thank You For Today, an album title that makes me think of a Phil Keaggy song of the same name. I have to imagine the theme of the record is going to be one of gratitude, that is thankfulness for the ...

Hoosier Highlights: May Edition

Last month’s picks feature a few names you may already recognize, a couple of names you will almost certainly recognize if you’ve been following us for the past six months, and a couple of hip-hop artists from the Circle City. Make sure you follow each and every one of these artists to stay up to date with their ...

Backstreet’s back to rock you along with these tunes [single reviews]

Backstreet Boys – "Don’t Go Breaking My Heart": True story—when I was in middle school I may or may not have owned three Backstreet Boys albums. I’m also going to out my dad on the internet for shamelessly jamming the Millenium album in its heyday. So does a new Backstreet Boys single hold up? I believe it does! It's ...

Mamby on the Beach 2018 Preview: grandson

grandson is an artist who has been on my radar for a couple of years now, first popping up on my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist with his debut single, “Bills,” in the fall of 2016. Since then I have loosely kept tabs on the Toronto-based solo act. And it seems like Jordan Benjamin releases a new single every time its ...

I don’t have a witty title today, just check these songs out [single reviews]

Fleurie - "Constellate": Want something that reminds you of Kye Kye and Junk-era M83? Look no further. This sparkly tune finds Fleurie in a higher range than I'm used to (my mind is stuck in the Wildwood EP era), but I really can't imagine these vocals in any other arrangement given the context. Fleurie takes that classic ...

dark and euphoric [single reviews]

Dens - "Deadrise": Last year we featured Dens in a preview of Audiofeed Festival, and I am thrilled to learn of the ambient post hardcore group's signing to Facedown Records. I already tweeted about this so, sorry if I spoiled the review, but this song gives me a feeling very similar to what I get when listening to Thrice's ...

Colorful tunes for a spring day [single reviews]

Matthew De Ver - "The Climb": Did the poems of Shel Silverstein shape your childhood? They certainly helped shape mine. And they did Matthew De Ver as well—he's Shel's son! "The Climb" is influenced by travels to South America as well as the years following the death of Shel. The meat of the song is relatively carefree, but ...