PLAYING SEATTLE: PAMPA Bridges Cultures on La Contumacia

To Moon Baillie, an immigrant from Buenos Aires and the lead singer and songwriter of Seattle-band PAMPA, to be an expat is to "look at yourself, where you come from, understand it, digest it, and express it" in order to add to your new home. For Baillie, writing songs for PAMPA has been a vehicle [...]

By |2019-10-10T23:24:38-04:00October 11th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Seattle|

ONLY NOISE: Playlist for a Schoolgirl Crush

ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Erin Lyndal Martin shares a selection of songs that bring back the rush of a schoolgirl crush. No matter how old you get, there’s something that stays dreamy about teenaged crushes. I call these my [...]

By |2019-10-10T22:14:57-04:00October 10th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

PLAYING CINCY: Elsa Kennedy Celebrates Longing with “Redwoods” Single

Cincinnati singer-songwriter Elsa Kennedy released the beautifully forlorn "Redwoods" as the first in a series of singles that will lead up to her EP, Cadmium. "'Redwoods' is an expression of acute longing," she told AudioFemme. "I find longing endlessly gorgeous. It’s so painful, but it means so much because we never long for things that [...]

By |2019-10-08T15:32:24-04:00October 8th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Cincinnati|

PLAYING ATLANTA: Cicada Rhythm Brings It Back Home with “Cecilia”

I'm a nostalgic person. I love anything that reminds me of the classic rock, country, and introspective singer-songwriters, like Joni Mitchell or Simon & Garfunkel, I listened to growing up. Having wiled away many a day to the sound of harmony-laden songs playing through a radio, the overwhelming feeling of delight and pure bliss that [...]

By |2019-10-08T10:04:42-04:00October 7th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

HIGH NOTES: 7 Songs About MDMA, Because It’s MDMAzing

Madonna in an MDNA era shoot by fashion photographers Mert Alaş and Marcus Piggott. MDMA has long been closely intertwined with music. It's many festival and nightclub-goers' drug of choice, and for good reason: it has a way of making every song sound infectious and every flashing light look vivid and brilliant. It's [...]

By |2019-10-04T14:32:55-04:00October 7th, 2019|COLUMNS, High Notes|

PLAYING CINCY: Khari Unites Cincinnati Emcees In “Da Art Of Ignorance” Remix

Earlier this year, Cincinnati rapper Khari released his debut project, Sinsinnati. Now, he’s enlisted some of the Queen City’s best talent to hop on a remix of the standout track, “Da Art of Ignorance.” Maintaining his hard-hitting chorus, Khari swaps his verses out for bars from Allen4President, Dayo Gold, Phresh Kyd, Roberto, B.A.N.K.$. and ¡Jay [...]

By |2019-10-03T20:49:15-04:00October 1st, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Cincinnati|

PLAYING ATLANTA: Lesibu Grand Discuss Debut LP The Legend of Miranda

Photo Credit: Luke Usry Playing Atlanta readers, you're in for something special this week! Atlanta indie-rock group Lesibu Grand is officially the first fresh find of the fall, and I have a feeling you'll be just as excited about them as I am. Founded by lead singer Tyler-Simone Molton and bassist John Renaud [...]

By |2019-10-01T15:54:20-04:00September 30th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

PLAYING ATLANTA: Moriah Piacente Curates the Wild & Weird with Major Mars

Picture Credit: Alex Seibert For Moriah Piacente, Athens-and-Atlanta-based artist, vintage fashion curator, and lover of all things weird, wacky, and wonderful, the lines between visual art and music are nonexistent. Blending the enigmatic charisma of Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka with the delicate, ethereal creativity of David Bowie, Piacente exists in a glittering, psychedelic, [...]

By |2019-09-24T13:38:57-04:00September 23rd, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

PLAYING SEATTLE: Lemolo Premieres “South of Sound” Single Ahead of New LP

Photo by Jacquilyn Shumate As much as the Seattle sound is about notions of counterculture and nonconformity, the ever-present majesty of the area's natural surroundings is embedded within it as well, offering a sense of cohesion among what is otherwise a city of musical eclecticism. The melancholy gray skies, majestic evergreen forests, and [...]

By |2019-09-20T13:08:12-04:00September 19th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Seattle, Premieres|

PLAYING THE BAY: Half Stack Has One Foot Out the Door in New EP Single “Goner”

“Goner,” the new single from Oakland band Half Stack, comes two years after their last release, 2018’s full-length Quitting Time. With an easy narrative and simplistic lyrics, it's the first track from their upcoming EP, Aw Hell. Half Stack have always played on the contrast of their youth with the twang of their old-school sound, [...]

By |2019-09-19T12:18:14-04:00September 18th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

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