It’s not very often that music videos are interesting. I’ve never truly participated in them for that exact reason and I haven’t rewatched more than a handful of them since I had a VHS of clips of nü-metal videos interrupted by Carson Daly.  The video for Nuha Ruby Ra’s new single “Run Run” changes that. …

I’ve been quiet on this thing lately, and reviewing The Notwist’s new record Vertigo Days was as close to a perfect step back into the game as I could have asked for. It’s the band’s first album in 6 busy years…and when they say busy they mean really busy- from scoring films to running a …

Alexandra Hamilton-Ayres has released “Dance”, the first single from her debut album 2 Years Stranger. The Bristol-based film composer spent two years in her family home while her father lay in a medically-induced coma, making recordings with her childhood piano.  Hamilton-Ayres’ experience in capturing atmosphere is on full display with “Dance”: the rough and raw …

One thing about all this quarantining and distancing is that we’re being forced to find creative ways to do the things we’ve always done, and this is something that music needed… I mean it was desperately needed. Suuns upcoming release Fiction is a great example of how bands can move forward.  The roots of this …

You know you’re a powerhouse when you can change your band’s name 75 times and not lose your footing. Team Dwyer has announced a new name, “Osees”, and a new single for a new record, which we’re pleased to share with you here. “If I had My Way” showcases the band’s return to the simple: …

Idles have released “Model Village”, the latest single from their 3rd LP Ultra Mondo, a commentary on life in a small town. The video, made of cardboard cutouts like something from South Park, features pig-like humans doing what we humans do, bashing each other, drinking, running around headless living the lives we’re supposed to live. …

Massive Attack have teamed up with Algiers, Young Fathers, and Saul Williams to release an incredibly interesting audio-visual EP that feels like more of an art installation than three tracks that happened to be released together. The EP, entitled Eutopia, is essentially a series of three mini-lectures with enough audio and visual stimulation to keep …

It’s not a rarity to hear traces of the cultural past in a band’s music. In fact, the exception makes the rule here. Sometimes, however, it’s quite apparently reached for (which is never a good thing) and other times it flows naturally through the blood of the musicians. I’ve found that the latter is the …

Last week, Quickies by The Magnetic Fields hit my inbox, ironically accompanied by the longest press release I’ve seen in a while. In it I found a description of Stephin Merritt’s writing process: a series of spatial and temporal limitations inspired by the “flash-fiction” of author Lydia Davis that forced Merritt to make use of …

“Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?” This is a question posed by St. Paul in Romans 6:1 that begins an investigation into how we are to continue to exist in a world of sin, and it’s a question that Drew Daniel posed to himself during the creation of The Soft Pink …