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Ashley Prillaman

PREMIERE: Anna Tivel “Fenceline”

Border crossings are headline news nowadays, with stark images of children and adults being processed as they cross imaginary lines in the sand. Portland-based singer-songwriter Anna Tivel’s song “Fenceline” paints a picture of what that crossing looks like and...

PREMIERE: Aaron Rice “Neverfade/For Dusk”

Statues half hidden by rising tides, buildings sunk beneath desert sands, a post-apocalyptic fever dream… Aaron Rice‘s latest LP Neverfade/For Dusk has a ’90s R&B familiarity, mixed with an otherworldly darkness all his own. The opening notes of “In...

PREMIERE: JEMS “Like Myself”

Everyone needs a good song to wake up to. At one point while I was living in Brooklyn, my roommate woke up every morning to “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes (believe it or not, it did not get...

PREMIERE: In The Valley Below “The Pink Chateau”

Back in 2016, In the Valley Below had an unexpected hit on their hands, when their single “Peaches” hit number 18 on Billboard Alternative Songs chart two years after its release. Living in Echo Park at the time, the...

PREMIERE: Grizzly Coast “Half-Light Boy”

“Music as background to me becomes like a mosquito, an insect. In the studio we have big speakers, and to me that’s the way music should be listened to. When I listen to music, I want to just listen...

PREMIERE: Brass Box “The Cathedral” LP

LA-based band Brass Box will have you screaming “Heathcliff!” while you run across the moors in a long black gown. Their new LP, The Cathedral, out today via Dune Altar, paints a Wuthering Heights-worthy picture. At the opening, Brass...

PREMIERE: Oginalii “Light As A Feather”

The impulse to drive on a darkened highway in the middle of nowhere is probably a Midwestern thing. Nashville-based Oginalii’s latest offering “Light As A Feather” features the foreboding vocals and tense vibe needed to brave the winding night....

PREMIERE: Vicky-T “Hollow”

Going solo is an act of bravery. Vicky-T (real name Victoria Asher) has taken flight from home base, exiting as keyboardist for the dance-pop band Cobra Starship. In her first solo effort, Vicky-T takes center stage, showcasing her delicate,...

PREMIERE: Home Body Subvert Heteronormativity in “DNA” Video

The every day tedium of adulthood is wrought with expectations. Health, wealth, career, marriage, home ownership, children: these are the mile markers of the crumbling American Dream. It’s up to the newest generations to question, break down, and reorganize...

PREMIERE: Taleen Kali Covers “Baby Love”

Valentine’s Day is more than just the seminal masterpiece starring Bradley Cooper, Jessica Alba, and Ashton Kutcher (I kid, I kid). It’s a day of flowers, candy, and hiding away in your apartment listening to sad songs on repeat. If...

PREMIERE: Rachel Goodrich “Gucci”

Summer is already on the horizon for those of us living on the west coast. Cold, cloudy weekdays easily morph into downright warm weekends. Rachel Goodrich’s new single “Gucci” is the right kind of chill for a poolside afternoon....

TRACK REVIEW: Spencer Ludwig “Best Life”

It’s a new year, folks. As festival season gears up with Coachella and Bonnaroo lineup announcements, it’s time to dance through the rest of winter with eyes focused on the spring! “Best Life” is a light-hearted romp made for...

AUDIOMAMA: A Very Indie Christmas

The second Monday of every month, we explore the trappings of the millennial mama with parenting tips and tricks that are more Tycho than Tangled. If you’re like my family, the holidays are spent watching the same movies (Muppet Christmas Carol on repeat),...

PREMIERE: Prinze George “Thunder In My Head”

A well-timed bath may have a greater impact on one’s mood than exercise (or so says science). Prinze George tap into the same relaxing effect of pulling your head under warm water on their latest single, “Thunder In My Head,” off...

PREMIERE: Moda Spira “Regret”

Divorce is a word often whispered between family members; a subject broached in cryptic Facebook posts and confirmed in private text messages. When an artist is faced with the word, however, it can serve as a well of bitter...

PREMIERE: Anna Connolly “Stars”

Where do you see yourself in ten years? Are you doing the same job? Or do you see yourself picking up a secret passion and taking it out on the road? Musician Anna Connolly spent her teen years romping...

PREMIERE: Pleasure Prince, “Entry” EP

In the not-so-distant future, when the earth is covered in red sand dunes and everyone is finally wearing floor length metal space dresses, humans will need some sick jams to make love to. Brooklyn’s own Pleasure Prince is eager...

PREMIERE: Anna Wang “Hindsight”

Photograph by Elizabeth Wadium During a breakup, no matter where you go it feels like the world is breaking up too. The line at the grocery store is suddenly filled with sad strangers holding pints of Cherry Garcia and...

PREMIERE: For Esmé “Modern Love”

Everyone has that friend so obsessed with getting a boyfriend that she completely misses the interesting, multi-layered, kick-ass person who’s right in front of her (herself). Ok, we’ve all been that friend. Canadian band For Esmé addresses self-love in...

PREMIERE: HALEY “Credit Forever Part 2”

Since 2003, Haley McCallum has put dozens of releases out into the world as Haley Bonar – most of them with a folk rock bent and a focus on her clever lyricism and yearning vocals. That focus shifts with...

PREMIERE: Lexi Todd “Complacent”

Have you noticed a sudden trend of “blacked out” Facebook profile pictures? You may have received a few messages about this one, encouraging you to show followers a “world without women.” October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and...

PREMIERE: The Hottman Sisters “Louder” EP

Starting over, beginning anew, casting off the old… it’s a process easier said than done. Omaha, Nebraska natives The Hottman Sisters are determined to move forward creatively, letting the past fall back into the rear view. Comprised of actual...

AUDIOMAMA: How Lloyd H. Miller Turns History Lessons into Music

The second Monday of every month, we explore the trappings of the millennial mama with parenting tips and tricks that are more Tycho than Tangled. Seven years ago, I spent my weekdays (and some weekends) trekking through the NYC subway...

PREMIERE: Moon Honey “Life Has No Meaning”

The plight of the monarch butterfly may not seem like a fitting subject for a song, yet LA’s Moon Honey tackles butterflies, climate change, and death itself in their new single “Life Has No Meaning.” Don’t let it get...