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by Jordan Blum

12 Jun 2017


Photo: Josh Katz

San Francisco is known as a breeding ground for colorful musical collaborations, so it’s no surprise that newcomer Mare Island hails from the Bay Area. Formed by members of the Velvet Teen and Loma Prieta, the musicians have played together (in various forms) for many years, so it was a no-brainer for guitarists Derrick Chao and Sean Leary to start the band in 2015. Fast-forward two years and they’re releasing their eponymous debut EP on June 23rd, with the lead track, “Alight”, showcasing how their previous “indie pop and post-hardcore” sound helped to create their own brand of lush, maximalist indie rock”. It’s a beautifully anthemic piece that’s sure to invigorate.

by PopMatters Staff

9 Jun 2017


Adriane Pontecorvo: A free-flowing piece at the intersection of jazz, prog rock, and classical music made all the more impressive by the fact that the Hidden Orchestra is actually a single person. When the music starts to swell, it sounds like a full group of instruments, with the kind of energy that shouldn’t be possible coming out of one man. The song itself meanders, winding from place to place and sounding almost improvisational at times, and it’s a solid, ambitious track. [7/10]

by Sarah Zupko

8 Jun 2017


Photo: Mallory Cunningham

Cello-playing Americana maestro Ben Sollee has been making waves for years as a musician that seeks to transcend genre boundaries. Ten years ago, he recorded a spare, cello and vocals take on the soul classic “A Change Is Gonna Come” that was a stunningly fresh look at the powerful song from the ‘60s civil rights era recorded first by Sam Cooke and later by Otis Redding and many others. Sollee’s use of quiet spaces within the song helped heighten the dramatic importance of the song’s message.

by Jedd Beaudoin

8 Jun 2017


Melodic hard rock act Station returns with the hook-laden “All You Need Is a Heartbeat”, a song that recalls an era of refined harmonies, guitar solos you could sing along with as easily as any chorus and cannon fire drums. Though it’s become fashionable to dismiss or parody the genre, Station carries out its mission with sincerity and passion, the sense that the era that launched Honeymoon Suite and Night Ranger mattered as much as any other. It did, of course, because it kept the tradition of smart songwriting alive while keeping pace with the times.

Patrick Kearney’s impassioned vocal delivery and Chris Lane’s impeccable guitar figures are built on the same foundation partnerships such as Bon Jovi/Sambora and Schon/Perry: A singer who can reach all the appropriate emotional heights and a guitarist who can spur him on to more. If the music is built on the past, it doesn’t necessarily live there. Station’s songs speak to timeless emotions and experiences, ones that transcend hairstyles, music charts, and amp settings.

by Sarah Zupko

8 Jun 2017


LOAH (a.k.a. Sallay Matu Garnett) is a new soul singer from Ireland of Sierra Leonean origin and her music blends West African rhythms into jazzy, groovy arrangements. It’s a highly sophisticated and irresistible sound with LOAH labeling what she does as “ArtSoul”. That’s an ideal descriptor for a song like “Nothing” that highlights her superb voice full of richness and color, but also showcases LOAH‘s compositional skills as “Nothing” is a gorgeously constructed song that’s instantly memorable.

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The Moving Pixels Podcast Discusses 'Tales from the Borderlands Episode 2'

// Moving Pixels

"Our foray into the adventure-game-style version of the Borderlands continues.

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