Single: wojtek the bear – a long wait for bad news

Glasgow alternative quintet wojtek the bear captured both the music and the mood of the moment with its new single, “a long wait for bad news,” released July 19 on all music platforms via Scottish Fiction. While upbeat, poppy and effortlessly catchy, “a long wait for bad news” also conveys the anxieties about technology and social media … More Single: wojtek the bear – a long wait for bad news

Album Review: KinZie – Dead Eyes

Birmingham, Alabama, rockers KinZie may defy categorization with their debut album, Dead Eyes, but its typical punk catharsis is undeniable. Out July 19, Dead Eyes veers between genre labels with the same frenetic energy as its music, bouncing from garage rock to post-punk and back again as lead singer Philip Ori sings about loss and desolation. There is no … More Album Review: KinZie – Dead Eyes

Album Review: Imperial Teen – Now We Are Timeless

San Francisco pop quartet Imperial Teen returned to the music scene with Now We Are Timeless, their first new record since 2012, on Friday, July 12. Their latest record keeps with their trademark of dynamic pop hooks, though it delves into themes of crisis and catharsis rather than the beachier optimism of the band’s first record, 1996’s Seasick. … More Album Review: Imperial Teen – Now We Are Timeless

Q&A: Singer-songwriter Lydia Evangeline details musical history and newest EP

Singer-songwriter Lydia Evangeline, a musician with years of experience creating and performing with other creatives, returned to the music world with the release of her latest EP, Twenty Four, on Friday, July 12 via Bespoke Records. The EP is a beautiful collection of five tracks that range from intimate to summery to anthemic, and in the … More Q&A: Singer-songwriter Lydia Evangeline details musical history and newest EP

EP Review: no stars – Ripping off the Tags

Despite its gentle indie music, Athens musician no stars‘ debut EP, Ripping off the Tags, is strong, both sonically and lyrically. Out July 5, the six tracks range in tempo from subdued to bouncy, but several musical constants – gorgeous harmonies, lo-fi guitar strumming and consistent drum beats – maintain a sense of beauty throughout. Ripping … More EP Review: no stars – Ripping off the Tags

Q&A: Fellow Robot explains new sci-fi concept album series

California indie-rock band Fellow Robot is no stranger to political music; the band’s latest record, The Robot’s Guide To Music: Volume 2, is the group’s second release and the second in a trio of sci-fi concept records, and it is no exception. The Robot’s Guide To Music series follows the tale of Fellow Robot, the band’s namesake … More Q&A: Fellow Robot explains new sci-fi concept album series

EP Review: Hannah Who – Living Color

Blending modern and vintage sounds, “edge pop” trio Hannah Who‘s latest double-single release (“Living Color” and “Vanity Fair,” out July 8) is meant to sonically emulate the imagery of a romantic ’80s movie, according to the Texas band. The two poppy tracks are effortlessly catchy and idyllic, using cool guitar and bass melodies, smooth vocals … More EP Review: Hannah Who – Living Color

Single: Bandaid Brigade – Travel Light

Genre-defying duo Bandaid Brigade, which comprises veteran musicians Zach Quinn and Brian Wahlstrom, released its debut single, “Travel Light,” on June 27, and the two artists’ combined experience is evident in the track’s impressive cohesion, production and groove. “Travel Light” is a rocking, genreless track, though its groovy melodies and crisp drum beats are heavily … More Single: Bandaid Brigade – Travel Light