BY Kathryn Hensch
on Aug 13, 2015
Toronto-based shoegaze band Vallens’ new song “Dark Tunnel” is a moody track off of their upcoming Twin Peaks inspired album. The band’s lead singer, Robyn Phillips, says she is inspired by the atmosphere of the show and “buries it inside heavy guitars and synths.” On “Dark Tunnel”, that feeling is evident as she sings over a wave of sound reminiscent of the show’s tone of melancholy. It’s an essential listen for fans of David Lynch’s acclaimed series and for anyone whose fingers are always on the pulse of new music. Read More
BY Hanna Lustig
on Aug 12, 2015
Like sipping water or applying sunscreen, the hunt for the Summer Jam is a tedious, but necessary seasonal ritual. We heard several contenders compete for the coveted title – sizzling Top 40 insta-hits like Bad Blood, Cool for the Summer, Trap Queen, and Cheerleader, for example, are still dominating the radio.
Summer won’t last forever, though, and neither will your amusement with these overplayed chart-toppers. Read More
BY Liz Galvao
on Aug 11, 2015
(The Grand Tour/Last Gang Records)
There’s a big divide between the two sides of mainstream country music today: Corporate country, and the real stuff, Americana. The former seems to be littered with overblown, overproduced, and overrated stars. In the midst of all this, Canadian singer/songwriter Lindi Ortega returns with her fourth full-length album, Faded Gloryville, on which she successfully continues her quest to keep country real—and cool.
The songs assembled on this smokin’ new release run the gamut of country styles. Read More
BY Liz Galvao
on Jul 21, 2015
Hurry Up(Army of Bad Luck)
On their self-titled first album, Portland’s Hurry Up bring energy and musicianship to their refreshing take on Northwestern punk. The band includes Kathy Foster and Westin Glass from the Thermals and Maggie Vail of Bangs, all of whom have spent a decade-plus in the Pacific Northwest punk scene.
The production here is decidedly lo-fi, and that suits Hurry Up just fine—the tracks retain the energy of their live shows. Read More
BY Alexa Salvato
on Jul 16, 2015
Rapper 50 Cent’s recent declaration of bankruptcy raised quite a few eyebrows, and for obvious reason: in May, his net worth was valued by Forbes at $155 million for 2015, making him the fourth-richest hip-hop artist. In addition to his music career, 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) has also made bank with investment in Vitamin Water, and, most recently, his liquor sponsorship. Read More