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ALBUM REVIEW: Yumi Zouma “Willowbank”

Yumi Zouma photo by Aaron Lee It's only been a year since New Zealand’s Yumi Zouma debuted with Yoncalla, a polished batch of ten disco-infused indie pop tracks. But the Kiwi quartet have already returned with follow-up Willowbank, a subdued collection of dreamy songs that explore the fundamentally modern confusion between perception and reality. [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:05:32+00:00 October 10th, 2017|FEATURES, Reviews|

ALBUM REVIEW: Common Holly “Playing House”

photo by Sean Mundy Playing house is one of the earliest and most innate forms of childhood emulation. It is how we pantomime maturity, and begin to learn self-preservation, domestic upkeep, and the treatment of others. From pretending to prepare a meal, to sweeping the tree house, this form of child’s play is [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:05:38+00:00 September 26th, 2017|FEATURES, Reviews|

ALBUM REVIEW: Shilpa Ray Triumphs Over NYC With ‘Door Girl’

New York, the city that never sleeps, takes an especially hard toll on those who make its endless nights possible: the waiters, the bartenders, the ticket takers who silently put up with endless shit from drunken idiots. The service industry is favored by artists who need to pay their bills, but at what cost? Shilpa [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:05:40+00:00 September 24th, 2017|FEATURES, Reviews, Show Reviews|

LIVE REVIEW: Basilica Soundscape 2017

Blanck Mass at Basilica Soundscape 2017. Photo by Samantha Marble/The Creative Independent Day 1: I knew this would happen. My one-person tent is sagging like ruined soufflé. Its support beams are in all the wrong holes, and the whole thing is yet to be staked in the ground. The bus for Basilica Soundscape [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:05:43+00:00 September 19th, 2017|FEATURES, Reviews, Show Reviews|

ALBUM REVIEW: Alvvays, Antisocialites

If Alvvays’ eponymous first record articulated a quintessentially modern fear of commitment, then newly released follow-up Antisocialites captures the next logical step, which is an ambivalence about it. The Toronto band gained momentum in 2014 with their self-titled debut, a nine-song batch of whimsical but sharp tracks that bemoaned romance as a twenty-something in the [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:05:48+00:00 September 11th, 2017|FEATURES, Reviews|

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Highlights from Echo Park Rising

Fartbarf at Echo Park Rising (taken from Echo Park Rising's Facebook page) Don't believe what your bitter NYC friends tell you - Los Angeles is magical city. It sprawls magnificently in all directions, hiding its best gems in clear sight. Echo Park Rising is a free festival that offers the best parts of [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:06:02+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|FEATURES, OUT & ABOUT, Reviews, Show Reviews|

PLAYING BLOOMINGTON: On Dasher’s Powerful Debut Sodium

   Kylee Kimbrough knocked over her drum set and walked off the stage as the crowd took pictures and cheered at the Dasher release party this weekend. Along with bandmates Gary Magilla (bass) and Derek McCain (guitar), she had just delivered a stormy live performance in celebration of Sodium, Dasher’s debut full length album. The [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:06:18+00:00 July 25th, 2017|COLUMNS, Playing Bloomington, Reviews|

VIDEO REVIEW: Psymon Spine “Eric’s Basement & Secret Tunnels”

photo by Jennifer Medina The last video from eclectic Brooklyn band Psymon Spine was full of dancing bodies and dizzying effects, enough to warrant a seizure warning (check out “Yoana” here, if you dare). The star of Psymon Spine’s latest video, however, is not a person, but a blank canvas. As “Eric’s Basement & [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:06:52+00:00 May 25th, 2017|FEATURES, Reviews|

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Jesse “De-pression”

Jesse Jerome Jenkins V will release his solo debut as Jesse on June 23. As the lead singer of Pure X, Jesse Jerome Jenkins V made hazy psych-pop as blissed out as his band's moniker would imply. But it's been three years since the release of Angel, leaving fans to wonder what became [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:06:56+00:00 May 12th, 2017|FEATURES, Reviews, Track of the Week|

ARTIST INTERVIEW: Monograms Discuss New ‘Silencer’ EP

Originally a solo project created by Brooklyn musician Ian Jacobs, Monograms is now a fully fledged band. Their latest release, Silencer, explores a grittier side of hook-filled pop music by distilling it with elements of lo-fi garage rock. There’s a sense of dreaminess that hangs over the entire EP, akin to looking through the haze of [...]

By | 2018-08-09T17:06:58+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Editorial, FEATURES, Interviews, Reviews|