EP Review: Girl Wilde – Probably Crying

Los Angeles indie-pop musician Girl Wilde debuted a chaotic, bubbly Probably Crying EP on Friday, October 11. Probably Crying comprises three previously released singles, two new tracks and a whole lot of grungy pop music; the end result is mesmerizing. Perhaps the most impressive thing about Probably Crying is its contrast between bubblegum and grunge, between catchy pop … More EP Review: Girl Wilde – Probably Crying

Album Review: Stolen Jars – A Reminder

Brooklyn four-piece Stolen Jars has evolved from a New Jersey high-school bedroom project to an important piece of the Brooklyn DIY music scene; that growth is apparent in the band’s third full-length record, A Reminder, out Friday, October 11. Each track is carefully constructed so as to provide a detailed narrative of love and loss, and … More Album Review: Stolen Jars – A Reminder

Album Review: Storm the Palace – Delicious Monster

Edinburgh five-piece Storm the Palace defies genre labels on its second and newest full-length record, Delicious Monster, out October 4. It is an album that moves between intensity and ambient music with ease, capturing a year of emotion into a record that is simultaneously cathartic and enjoyable. Perhaps the most impressive quality about Delicious Monster is this … More Album Review: Storm the Palace – Delicious Monster

Album Review: Jamie Drake – Everything’s Fine

California indie-folk singer-songwriter Jamie Drake stepped into the music scene with an incredible, shimmering debut album, Everything’s Fine, out Friday, September 20 on AntiFragile Music. The record comprises nine gorgeously glamorous and modern folk tracks made richer by the addition of thick strings and layered harmonies. It is no surprise that Everything’s Fine sounds mature and modern; … More Album Review: Jamie Drake – Everything’s Fine

EP Review: Commonweather – Sugar Sun EP

Coming almost a year after Chicago alt-rock band Commonweather‘s last release, the Sugar Sun EP is a bit of a poppy departure from the band’s previous music. Out Friday, September 13, the three tracks that comprise Sugar Sun are brighter, lighter and almost sunny compared to the heavier, grungier music that came before. Despite its lighter vibe, … More EP Review: Commonweather – Sugar Sun EP

Single: Sour Widows – Pilot Light

Bay Area bedroom-rockers Sour Widows formed in 2018, but the band has already enjoyed plenty of praise from an EP, several demos and, more recently, two singles. “Pilot Light,” the most recent of those singles, was released Friday, September 13, and features classic indie-rock guitar tones, tingling vocal harmonies and a driving drum beat. “Pilot … More Single: Sour Widows – Pilot Light

Single: Holly Rees – Getting By

UK singer-songwriter Holly Rees expanded her musical soundscape from 2018’s Slow Down EP with the release of “Getting By” (out Friday, September 6), her latest indie-folk masterpiece that deals with depression through a variety of coping skills – namely, poetic choruses, driving percussion and rocking guitar riffs. “Getting By” is surprisingly upbeat; it opens with simple … More Single: Holly Rees – Getting By

Single: Freda James – Her Hymn

In a stunning follow-up bonus single to her debut EP, A Woman Alone, which came out July 19, singer-songwriter Freda James released “Her Hymn” on Friday, August 23. “Her Hymn,” a gorgeously simple track, is somehow both ethereal and straightforward at the same time, using light instrumentals and smooth vocals to create a mesmerizing experience. To put … More Single: Freda James – Her Hymn

Single: Eighty Ninety – Got Your Message

Brooklyn brothers Eighty Ninety released yet another stunning track, this one titled “Got Your Message,” on Friday, August 16. “Got Your Message” is the second single from the indie-pop duo’s forthcoming sophomore EP, which comes shortly after the two signed a deal with Hard 8 Working Group. It’s a beautiful track marked by heartache and … More Single: Eighty Ninety – Got Your Message