Rachel Lynn, a powerhouse vocalist out of New York City, bolsters her take on pop with her classical training as a singer, something quite uncommon in the modern pop landscape. Such vocal gusto is more than obvious from a single spin of her tune “The Claim”, which finds her in striking form.
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With a little Dylan inflection in his voice and a troubadour’s penchant for storytelling, Nashville’s own Woody Pines sounds just like the kind of musician you’d stumble across while walking down Music City’s Lower Broadway street. Pines represents both the vintage sounds of Nashville past and the vivacious energy of its music scene at the present. Having cut his teeth in traveling widely across the country, including with artists such as Old Crow Medicine Show‘s Gill Landry, Pines has taken a solid base of raw talent and refined it over the years, resulting in works like his upcoming Woody Pines LP.
Below you can stream the album cut “Little Stella Blue”, which has a particularly powerful story behind it.
Don’t let the title of Russian-born, New York City-based composer Svoy‘s latest outing, Symphony No. 1: What Happened When I Was Asleep, fool you. Although symphonic elements are predominant throughout the recording, this isn’t anything one would file alongside Beethoven or Mozart in a CD shelf. Melding together experimental electronic, breakbeat, ambient, and neoclassical into a brainy whole, Svoy’s Symphony is a brooding and knotty piece of music, one whose serpentine flow evades easy comprehension.
Below you can stream “Waiting for You”, the sixth “movement” of this uncommon symphony.
When you know that A Yawn Worth Yelling has shared stages with Saint Motel and Relient K, you’ll likely be able to guess their brand of music: upbeat, youthful, and sun-drenched pop. Pair that guesstimation with A Yawn Worth Yelling’s home base of San Jose, California (in the state’s much-coveted Bay Area), and you’re even more on the money. As tunes like their latest single “Start Somewhere” make clear, these guys know how to capture the summertime vibe with aplomb. Twee uke strums are met by a Spoon-esque guitar riff that’s perfect for long drives along the coast—or, really, anywhere where summer is in the air.
“Start Somewhere” comes from A Yawn Worth Yelling’s forthcoming EP Play Pretend.
If “visual whiplash” is an actual medical condition, prepare yourself: you’re likely to end up with it after watching the ear- and retina-rattling video for the Brooklyn-based Surrender the Spirit’s new video, “Hard Enough”. The video is the well-executed marriage of thick, layered shoegaze and eye-popping visuals. The band, comprised of Johnny Rauberts and Kristen Sonntag, are a refreshing break from the easy shoegaze trend of aping My Bloody Valentine ad nauseam; as “Hard Enough” makes clear, this duo knows how to bring some real aggression to their textural take on rock.
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