Lower Automation – Maps

It's all about the timing with the Chicago math-rock trio. Can anyone still use the term 'math-rock'? I don't come across it so often these days but that isn't preventing Lower Automation from making the sort of music that you can tell contains a cleverly-formed equation at its centre, or quite near to there. Their first release, Maps is a five … [Read more...]

New Single and Video from pop singer-songwriter Kat Vinter

Singer/songwriter Kat Vinter recently released the second single off of her forthcoming debut EP, Islands, which is due out on April 26th via Culvert Music. Kat also recently released a new video for “"Sooner or Later"," the first single off of Islands The EP showcases Kat’s lush vocals combined with brooding, beat driven pop music … [Read more...]

Cobi Mike of Gentlemen Hall goes solo with new EP

Cobi Mike's recent decision to leave Gentlemen Hall (Island Records) to release his first solo project arose from his desire to rediscover his voice and share his personal message. In 2008, the singer-songwriter helped form the unique Boston musical collective. Gentlemen Hall quickly catapulted to success, being awarded a MTV Video Music Award in … [Read more...]

Interview with 1984

Salut Etienne!  It’s a joy to be chatting with and to find out the latest about your band 1984.  You recently released an engaging EP titled Night Phases.  How does it differ in theme and tone from your last album Influenza, which was feverish and infectious (both in a good way!)? Hi Jen!  Our EP differs quite a lot from Influenza. You're right; … [Read more...]

Interview with I, Us & We

Hello Jordan, Evan, and Aaron.  What are the vibes like now just after the release of your alluring synth-pop/dream-pop EP Mono? The vibe for us at all times is creativity and forward motion.  As much as we love and are proud of what we have accomplished already with Mono, we are already working on our next piece to present. I’ve read your … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 2 EPs and 1 Album

Little Boots – Business Pleasure EP Little Boots, AKA Victoria Hesketh, strips it back on her latest EP, peddling 4 mid-tempo electro-pop songs that sound like they’re in the demo stage of production.  Maybe too many producers spoil the sonic broth (Com Truise, Jas Shaw of Simian Mobile Disco, and Chris Carmouche), except this time around it’s … [Read more...]

Alt-folk/indie rock band Waterfall Wash releases debut EP in January

Waterfall Wash is a quirky, catchy mesh of folk, gospel and indie rock. The five-piece lets steel guitar and autoharp coexist alongside colorful layers of synthesizer, glockenspiel, and three-part vocal harmonies. Waterfall Wash lands in the spectrum of Big Star, Local Natives, and Talking Heads. "Visions"With a nod to Chicago's indie jazz … [Read more...]

Arc Waves – Arc Waves (EP)

Arc Waves is a puzzler. I'm enthusiastic about it, but this project band misfires. My ear is drawn toward the classically styled vocals of Elaine Lachica. And how this EP works is the vanilla-canvas rhythm section and heavy, heavy reverb on the guitar create space in which the vocal paints light and shadow, clouds and ash. Arc Waves is … [Read more...]

Interview with Hopscotch

Hi Angela!  It’s so good to touch base with you about your super-fine and super-chill recently released Archer EP and Remixes.  What label is it on and what has the reception to it been like? This project went out 100% for free from no label at all. This one was all about the fans, and for a chance to collaborate with a broad range of other … [Read more...]

Forthcoming Releases

Album Alela Diane ‘About Farewell’ – 29th July The Drowning Men ‘All Of The Unknown’ – 19th August The Creature Comfort – due in September Miraculous Mule – due in October   EPS/Singles The Creature Comfort ‘Sally Sucks’ – 22nd July Raglans  ‘Digging Holes’ – 5th August   … [Read more...]