Music

  They say breakdowns are really just breakthroughs in disguise, and such a notion beautifully applies to Odessa’s second single, "Live On," from her upcoming album All Things, produced by Jonathan Wilson (Father John Misty, Conor Oberst), Wilco’s Pat Sansone, and Spoon’s Jim Eno. The dreamy, waltzing track evokes sentiments of peacefully waking up to the sun peaking through your window, correlating to the song’s overall theme of celebrating the endless possibilities that come with starting over and moving forward. Odessa is familiar with making strides. After...
2018 was very good to Junglepussy, the beloved rapper and MC hailing from Brooklyn, New York. Not only did she release her third studio recorded album Jp3 to wide acclaim from critics and her loyal fans alike, but she also made her film debut in the stellar all female ensemble cast of Support the Girls, directed by the unofficial king of mumblecore Andrew Bujalski — all this fresh off her sold-out U.S. tour, might I add. She was even awarded as “Actor of the Year” in...
Don’t worry, everybody. Things are going to be okay. HAIM released a new song and a music video, directed by honorary fourth HAIM sister Paul Thomas Anderson, on October 30. The world has been good to us for another three minutes and 24 seconds. If you’re a true HAIM fan, like me, you paused your entire day to watch the premiere of the “Now I’m In It” music video at 3:30 pm EST on YouTube—and then you watched it seven more times. Not only does the...
  MARIA USBECKEnvejeciendo(Cascine) "Envejeciendo” is Spanish for “aging,” and Maria Usbeck’s album of the same name explores growing older in a youth-fixated world. From theplayful synths and tranquil vocals of the first track, “Adios A Mi Memoria,” it’s apparent Usbeck is approaching the subject matter with more of awink than a grimace. On songs like “The Machine,” bilingual lyrics float in and out of an electro-fogscape (“How does this machine work?/¿Qué es loque tengo que tocar?/Para poder abrir”); elsewhere, ruminations on gray hairs, obituaries, and happy retirement...
SHEER MAGA Distant Call(Wilsuns RC) Sheer Mag continues to play to its strengths for the band’s second album, sonically hearkening back to 1970s hard rock, but writing with amodern fire and urgency. Frontwoman Tina Halladay—who, since their debut, went through a breakup, the death of her father, and the loss of ajob—channels struggle in A Distant Call, and Sheer Mag’s sound complements this narrative. The LPstarts with a blood-curdling scream on“Steel Sharpens Steel,” and ends with the softer but determined “Keep on Runnin’.” As a whole,...

One of the best and most exciting bands out of Brooklyn right now are The Advertisers, a self proclaimed "anti-modern" rock band that puts 1000% into their mezcal-fueled live shows. Formed in 2018, they are a refreshing punch in the face to mediocre blues, delivering scuzzy jams and punk fueled fun. Lead singer, the statuesque and amazing Acacia Fusco, is a compelling force, along with lead guitarist Casey Hopkins and the rest of the stellar lineup. They are not to be missed live. Check out these...
  The brilliant comedienne and singing dynamo Ana Gasteyer is back with an intoxicating new album just in time for the holiday season. Sugar and Booze is her new collection of original PG-13 Christmas anthems that’ll get you in the naughty mood. Warning: if you were looking for some songs your little drummer boys and girls could sing along to, you might want to reserve this for the adult holiday party... One track off the album is entitled “Secret Santa.” It has an upbeat tropical swing reminiscent...
TY SEGALLFirst Taste(Drag City)      First Taste opens with “Taste,” offering choral melodies reminiscent of Yes and psychedelic fuzz from all angles. It’s urgent and raucous, repeating a line that hints at the album’s theme: “Our salivating makes it all taste worse.” Ty Segall turns inward here—amidst his familiar levity he shares reflection, rumination, and self-examination. The whole album is a trip—soundscapes expand with horns, koto, bouzouki, mandolin (shining most notably on “The Arms”), multiple drum kits (with deft solos on “The Fall”), and more. The refrain on...
    KIM GORDONNo Home Record(Matador)   Kim Gordon, Sonic Youth’s former de-facto leader, has now unveiled her debut solo album, No Home Record, and it’s got everything we’ve come to know and love about her group work. There were glimmers of solo Gordon throughout the duration of her decades-long career, and here we get a culmination of all of that. Opener “Sketch Artist” features Gordon cooing over distorted guitars and bass before switching gears into a smooth melody and then returning to chaos. She cleverly utilizes sound to...
BODEGAShiny New Model(What’s Your Rupture?)    Art-rock group Bodega shows off its intriguing instrumental prowess on this eight-song EP. On their second offering of 2019 (they released a live album, Witness Scroll, in February), these New York punks have created more tunes to boost our disillusioned spirits. While the vocals are delivered in an intentionally blasé manner, the guitar work by Ben Hozie and Madison Velding-VanDam, and Heather Elle’s bass skills, are relentless in their exciting deviations and innovative expanses. “Treasures of the Ancient World” and...