EP Reviews: Sarah Jaffe – This is Better, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2

American singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe tackled grief on a surprisingly sparse set of companion EPs, This is Better, Pt. 1 and This Is Better, Pt. 2, out July 19 on Kirtland Records. The pair of releases is less folky and more electronic, but their combined seven tracks are still surprisingly intimate as Jaffe delves into grief and overcoming it. The lack of … More EP Reviews: Sarah Jaffe – This is Better, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2

Album Review: Ada Lea – what we say in private

Montreal musician Ada Lea‘s debut is a diverse and intense indie rock record, and though it began as a concept album, it evolved over the course of its production into a vivid collection of pop-rock tracks. Out Friday, July 19, on Saddle Creek, what we say in private is a stunningly cathartic debut for Ada Lea, featuring resonant … More Album Review: Ada Lea – what we say in private

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

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

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