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 As if you didn’t need another reason to throw your money at the ACLU, Dylan Hundley and Diane Gentile (of Lulu Lewis and Diane and the Gentle Men respectively) got together to give you one. This Thursday (August 15th), Bowery Electric and a plethora of awesome performers are teaming up to help support the ACLU’s fight for abortion rights (aka women’s rights!!) and debut Diane's newest release. Appropriately titled Season of the Witch, the night will feature Alexis Krauss (Sleigh Bells), Cristina Martinez (Boss Hog/Pussy Galore),...
  MATTIELSatis Factory(ATO Records) Somewhere between Nancy Sinatra and April March is Mattiel’s Satis Factory, an album that ranges from 1960s Americana to French yé-yé pop. High snare, slightly distorted guitar, and vintage production provide a familiar, rock ‘n’ roll sound, while Mattiel’s vibrato-filled voice offers something new. The second track, “Rescue You,” is the perfect mixture of twist-worthy rhythm and feminist sentiment (“I know you got a thing for people who feel guilty/But don’t you forget it wasn’t God who built me”). The strong rockin’ beat lessens...
  JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN Joanthology (Play It Again Sam)   Joan Wasser, aka Joan As Police Woman, has just released Joanthology, a career retrospective album containing over 30 previously available studio tracks selected from 7 albums, 12 tracks from live BBC broadcasts, plus 2 new songs. One of these new tracks is an original, “What A World,” and the other is a fantastic interpretation of the Prince classic “Kiss.” Not only is Wasser an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, she’s also an incredibly talented songwriter and vocalist. For new listeners, this compilation...
THE REGRETTES How Do You Love?(Warner Bros) Second LP How Do You Love? finds the Regrettes swapping out some of their earlier 1950s girl-group/doo-wop tendencies for a bigger, pop-rock sound that highlights frontwoman Lydia Night’s rock-solid vocal abilities. Standouts include “I Dare You,” which nods heavily to the Strokes; the guitar-ringing, hip-shaking “Dress Up”; and the glossed-out, cinematic “Pumpkin” (“I used to think that Romeo was full of shit/But when I look at you I think this must be it).” Some of the 15 tracks could use...
Confession - I am obsessed with Kate Bush and, like most people, it started the first time I heard “Wuthering Heights.” It sounded unlike anything I had heard before, a haunting, ethereal ballad based on a book I merely skimmed through for AP English. It certainly wasn’t off-putting, but it was at odds with what I thought a popular song could be. I mean, few people would think to start a song with such lyrics as: “Out on the wiley, windy moors/We'd roll and fall in...
  For the past month, entry lines at a club in Queens have been wrapping around the block. Drawing the crowds are DJs from the collective known as Working Women. DJ Nicely, Nina, and Voices have been hosting a residency at Nowadays in Queens all July. And their presence is magnetic. Since Tanya Lyon, Kristin Malossi, Nina BC, Ashlyn Behrndt founded the collective in 2016, Working Women has been pushing for women, queer, and nonbinary DJs to get paid fairly and booked often. The project “embraces improvisation, emotional...
  DUDE YORK Falling (Hardly Art)  The Seattle-based Dude York continues to lean into its signature power-pop sound on its newest release. Falling is the band’s most polished and produced work to date, harkening back to the pop-punk of the early aughts—energetic and fun, if a little melodramatic or oversimplified at times. Bassist Claire England takes on more vocal duties than on previous albums, and her songs with guitarist Peter Richards create a dynamic soundscape. Selections like the title track and “Unexpected” hit just the right amount of charm...
  JUAN WAUTERSIntroducing Juan Pablo(Captured Tracks)    Former Beets member Juan Wauters returns with a follow-up to his solo album La Onda de Juan Pablo, released earlier this year. As an immigrant from Uruguay, Wauters is heavily influenced by the music of his country, and the album features both Spanish and English lyrics. On “Rubia” Wauters sings with endearingly childlike vocals about a faraway love interest, wondering if he will ever see her again. The upbeat “Letter” offers a sweetly optimistic view of enduring romantic mishaps. Listening...
  PALEHOUNDBlack Friday(Polyvinyl)    On her third release, Black Friday, Palehound’s Ellen Kempner loosens and unspools herself slowly and delicately, the threads of her songs acting as lifelines to lost friends, the abused, and the lonely. Spidery, soft guitars capture saturated sentiment gingerly even in the ugliest moments—“I wanna be the one who kills the man who hurt you, darling,” Kempner sighs heavily on “Killer,” envisioning vindication for a friend’s abuser. Kempner, in turn, looks for connection in the tender song “Aaron,” written to her partner in...
SOFIA BOLTWaves(Loantaka Records) Last year, French musician Amélie Rousseaux abandoned the streets of Paris for the beaches of Los Angeles and recorded her debut album under the moniker Sofia Bolt. The influence of the change of scenery is apparent with dreamy, lo-fi tracks that feature beachy and sea-influenced sounds. The string arrangement on the title selection even mimics the sounds of seagulls and ocean winds. The album’s standout cut is the ’90s–garage-rock influenced “Get Out Of My Head,” on which Rousseaux’s moody vocals and jaded lyrics...