Single: Jonny Polonsky – The Weeping Souls

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jonny Polonsky marked another step in his storied career with the release of his latest moody single, “The Weeping Souls,” out Friday, January 17. The song is a shifting and mystical track, and though it is certainly dark, its mellow, mid-tempo drum beat lifts the track and keeps it from feeling draining. … More Single: Jonny Polonsky – The Weeping Souls

Album Review: Stella Ruze – The Greater Dog

Philadelphia folk-rock band Stella Ruze will debut a warm, energizing full-length record with the release of The Greater Dog on Friday, January 17. The band itself is large, featuring seven members, and the ten tracks on The Greater Dog often exhibit unique combinations of tones and textures. Still, the band maintains a commitment to a classic folk-rock sound. … More Album Review: Stella Ruze – The Greater Dog

Single: Bedroom – Gulf

Singer-songwriter Noah Kittinger began to make and release music under the moniker Bedroom in 2012, but after a hiatus began in 2015, Bedroom was silent for four years. Kittinger released his first single in four years in May 2019, and now, in January 2020, he has released another dreamy bedroom-pop track, titled “Gulf” and accompanied … More Single: Bedroom – Gulf

Album Review: hidden places – the circle is not round

Columbus post-punk band hidden places’ latest album, the circle is not round, is heavier and punkier than the trio’s previous work. Released on December 6, the album features eight percussive tracks and is just over 25 minutes long, showcasing dry vocals, driving percussion and low bass lines. hidden places’ the circle is not round features all of the … More Album Review: hidden places – the circle is not round

EP Review: Trying – I Just Can’t Feel the Rhythm

Columbus indie band Trying released a surprisingly intense, wonderfully catchy set of tracks with its second EP of 2019, titled I Just Can’t Feel the Rhythm, on Friday, December 6. Though the release clocks in at just over 10 minutes, it is remarkable, featuring haunting verses, beautiful clarinet melodies and much more noise than usual. … More EP Review: Trying – I Just Can’t Feel the Rhythm

Single: DYLLAN – devotion

Los Angeles singer-songwriter DYLLAN (Dylan Nichols) released an ode to self-love and a middle-finger to objectification on Friday, December 6 with her latest track, “devotion.” It’s a percussive, synth-filled indie-pop track that is brimming with empowerment as Nichols croons. “devotion” features warm, blurry synthesizer melodies at first, creating a pleasant contrast with Nichols’ smoky vocals. … More Single: DYLLAN – devotion

EP Review: Nature TV – Emotion Sickness EP

Brighton indie dream-pop quartet Nature TV‘s latest EP, released on November 29 on Heist or Hit, is simultaneously vulnerable and upbeat. Emotion Sickness covers themes from love to heartbreak as the EP moves between languidly mellow tracks and bubbly, bright ones. Yet the entire record is cohesive, tied together with frontman Guy Bangham’s smooth, rich … More EP Review: Nature TV – Emotion Sickness EP

Album Review: Maija Sofia – Bath Time

Irish art-folk musician Maija Sofia wrote her debut full-length album in the time leading up to Ireland’s decision to repeal the 8th Amendment on abortion. Stemming from deep contemplation about the subjugation of women, Bath Time, out Friday, November 22 on Trapped Animal Records and Cargo Records, examines women who have been silenced and misrepresented throughout time … More Album Review: Maija Sofia – Bath Time

EP Review: Organised Scum – One Less Bastard

Though One Less Bastard, the new EP out November 8 from London alternative pop-rock band Organised Scum, features sophisticated, political lyrical content, its lyrics are (both “intentionally and unintentionally,” according to the band) largely unintelligible behind a mask of distorted vocals, grungy guitars and heady drum rhythms. One Less Bastard tackles the social and political … More EP Review: Organised Scum – One Less Bastard

Album Review: Zach Frost – Bucket List

Multi-instrumentalist and Columbus musician Zach Frost released his sophomore EP, titled Bucket List, on Friday, November 1. Packed with five moving indie-rock tracks, the EP moves swiftly from heavy, thrilling guitar chords to introspective piano melodies, all while maintaining the same sense of thoughtfulness. Frost’s musical history is evident on the EP – he has plenty … More Album Review: Zach Frost – Bucket List