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by A Noah Harrision

22 Aug 2017


Photo: Joe Clark

There’s a foul air around wrinkling our bodies and rotting our teeth
The government is releasing chemicals from jet planes to control the weather?
They say if you’re doing nothing wrong you’ve got nothing to worry about
But I still put tape over my laptop’s camera because, I mean, you never know

That’s how seriously goofy Minneapolis act Miami Dolphins kick off their new single, “Fluoride”. The herky-jerky quirk of their upcoming album conjures a sea of comparisons—Deerhoof for starters, but with the alt ’90s haircut of Speedy Ortiz and math pop attention span of Buke and Gase. Equally, they draw from the whacked-out, turn-of-the-70s America, like Georgia’s B-52s or Ohio’s Devo. Call it zolo if you like. Angular guitars, funk bass and schnozzy talk singing for the iPhone generation.

by Sarah Zupko

18 Aug 2017


Photo: Anna Zanes

Acclaimed family music artist Dan Zanes has long harbored a love for the incomparable music of the legendary Lead Belly. Zanes discovered Lead Belly’s music at the age of seven after acquiring his first library card and checking out a record of his. Now Zanes has turned that life-long affection for the artist into an exciting new project Lead Belly, Baby! which features new versions of Lead Belly’s classic country blues/folk tunes performed by Zanes with a raft of guests, including Chuck D., Billy Bragg, Aloe Blacc, and Valerie June.

by Jedd Beaudoin

18 Aug 2017


Photo: End Christian

Energy & Strength is the brand new release by Philadelphia’s End Christian and is out today via Translation Loss. Although heavy, the music draws from a diverse range of sounds, including the darker reaches of shoegaze and dream pop with dark doses of electronic sounds that float above and beneath ethereal vocals, creating soundscapes that run the gamut from meditative to jarring.

by Jedd Beaudoin

17 Aug 2017


“Snow” is the new single from Akron, Ohio trio Ledges. Informed as much by the indie/alternative pop heard on the group’s 2014 EP The Indian Summer as it is ‘80s pop the song takes listeners on a broad, cinematic journey that’s continued across the outfit’s upcoming LP Homecoming, due out September 1. The album follows one character across stages of loss, love, redemption, and doubt.

by Jonathan Frahm

17 Aug 2017


Photo: Matthew Blum

Billed as sludge pop and desert rock, Nashville’s Oginalii follows in the footsteps of other hallmark female indie trailblazers like Mitski and Sadie Dupuis by confronting rock ‘n’ roll patriarchy and toppling it.

Fronted by Emma Hoeflinger (vocals) and Karalyne Winegamer (drums), the duo brings the goods with a slow-burning, brooding track in the form of “Substance Abuse”. Simultaneously ethereal and soaring while also embracing a hazy and mired grunge, the psych-rock soundscape that Oginalii manages to develop here is impressive by any measure. It’s all stapled together by the strong vocal show Hoeflinger puts on over its searing chorus.

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