Ulrika Spacek | Everything: All The Time

Admittedly, Ulrika Spacek’s “Everything: All The Time” reminds me a lot of Radiohead, with the pulsating rhythm, erratic breaks, the warped/echoed sounds and even the vocals of the lead singer. But that’s not a bad thing — and it’s only for one song. In fact, I love this track. It’s not mimicry. There’s a roughness to…

Hannah Epperson | Story (Amelia) (Video)

Artist and violinist Hannah Epperson posted a new video for “Story (Amelia)”, a song off her upcoming Sept. 16 release UPSWEEP. Some of you may be familiar with her periodic solo work, heard one of her European concerts or listened to her pairings with friend and fellow musician Emily Brown. The song begins with pretty Bjork-like…

Churchill’s Secret | Keep Buggering On

Quick thoughts on PBS’s Churchill’s Secret: It’s June 23, 1953 and 78-year-old British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was entertaining Italian guests at Downing Street at an event for Italy’s Prime Minister Alcide De Gasperi when he had a stroke. After passing out, Churchill’s son-in-law, Christopher Soames, the MP for Bedford finds that the left side of the…

Cass McCombs | Medusa’s Outhouse

As has become usual with singer-songwriter Cass McCombs, he’s streaming another slow-smoked gorgeous track. This one is called “Medusa’s Outhouse”, which will be featured on his August 26th Anti- Records release Mangy Love. This latest song is kind of hazy reverie, with falsetto vocals and soulful backing guitar that feels like Neil Young, especially when he…

ILoveMakonnen | Side to Side

ILoveMakonnen (aka Makonnen Sheran) is streaming his best single since 2014’s “Wishing You Well”. It’s called “Side 2 Side.” The rapper has been releasing a number of lesser tracks during the year and he continued his mix-tape series “Drink More Water 6” before taking a break from the pace of pushing out all that music. This time around, ILoveMakonnen…

Warpaint | New Song

I like the new direction a number of indie artists are going in, highlighting their love for pop and catchy tunes over their more esoteric stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I prefer the more experimental, but it’s good to take a break and have some fun. That appears to be what happened with Dum Dum…

Massive Attack | Come Near Me (Video)

Massive Attack released an eerie but cool video for one of their latest tracks “Come Near Me” featuring Ghostpoet. This tense video, written and directed by Ed Morris, shows a man walking one step forward and a woman walking one back, staying equidistant throughout different locales. The song and video are a follow up to a four-track EP released back…

Charlotte Cardin | Big Boy

I’m a bit late to this track, but I love it. This Charlotte Cardin song, “Big Boy”, feels like where Esthero was coming from with her 1988 luxury “Breath from Another”. Cardin’s recent release is all about a used love and is sexy as hell with its lyrics about kissed necks and R&B-infused indie slinking.…

Wilco | Locator

How great is this new Wilco track? This song has been on heavy rotation in my apartment. Wilco busted out a kind of late-60s Beatles sound (think Revolver) with their first new single, “Locator”, since last year’s release Star Wars. The song features heavy, scuzzy guitar with feedback and lyrics about a big brother culture told through lines…

Sean Hayes | Love That Woman

We should just declare San Francisco artist Sean Hayes a national treasure — an underappreciated one, that’s for sure. The guy’s been making fantastic music for awhile now, tweaking his sound here and there, blending his folky-soul with everything he’s picked up around the Bay Area, and singing his heart out amid a West Coast…

Cousin Stizz | 500 Horses

Boston’s Cousin Stizz is following up his stellar 2015 mixtape Suffolk County with a new single, “500 Horses”, from off his upcoming July release MONDA. Their Bated Breath put Suffolk County on the 2015 TBB’s Best Albums of the Year list. His new track keeps the pace, firing out a catchy hook: “My life is moving like 500 horses / Think…

Angel Olsen | Video

Angel Olsen just posted a new song (with video), her first since her 2014 LP Burn Your Fire For No Witness, that looks like a teaser to a new record. The new song (listed as “Intern” on Shazam from the album My Woman) sounds both contemporary and oddly vintage, tracing back to those slow-burn synth ballad’s from…

Cymbals Eat Guitars | Wish

Cymbals Eat Guitars seem to be looking backward in their move forward. There’s something very David Bowie’s Thin White Duke or Rolling Stones Some Girls and Lou Reed about this new streaming track from Cymbals Eat Guitars “Wish”. Whether it’s the spastic digitized saxophone experimentation or the gorgeous 80s synth melodies mixed with heavy thumping…

No Joy | A Thorn in Garland’s Side

No Joy are streaming a new track “A Thorn In Garland’s Side”, which finds lead singer Jasamine White-Gluz and Laura Lloyd hammering out a blend of noise rock via hard-driven guitar with pretty backing guitar melody. This band has always been severely underrated, especially in how adept the group is in finding their own unique…

Lance Skiiiwalker | Speed

Everything is coming up gold in the Chicago rap world. TDE’s Lance Skiiiwalker is streaming a new debut track, “Speed”, produced by Rocket. It starts out with rattling bass, drum kit and static reverberations as he sings some innocuous lyrics about partying. But halfway through the song it shift gears, instrumentally and lyrically. The track…

James Blake | The Colour In Anything

Amid all the praise there’s also a slight sense of a backlash when it comes to the music of James Blake, who just released his third album, The Colour in Anything (2016), via Republic Records. The sad-sack UK singer-songwriter began his career softly with the odd EP here and there from 2010 through 2011, with idiosyncratic…

Childish Major | Window Seat

It’s good to hear more and more rap taking race head on, like parts of Childish Major’s latest single, “Window Seat”. His vocals sound a little bit like A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip, as he namechecks the latter’s song “Bonita Applebum” in a verse about being impatient: “A need a check that’s thicker than Bonita…

Night School | Last Disaster (Video)

Graveface Records artist Night School will be releasing a debut 10-song record called Blush on June 17th (my birthday — if anyone wants to buy me a copy), which follows behind a 2014 debut EP “Heart Beat” and a split EP Carousel with label mates Dott. Currently, the trio of ladies (Alexandra Morte, drummer Baylie Arin and…

Radiohead | Burn the Witch

Paranoid Radiohead is the Radiohead I love best. Especially when the band interprets societal convergence as mob rule, like they do in their latest song, “Burn the Witch”. Mob rule in the face of complacency. You get these wonderfully dark fairy-tale-turned nightmare sequences of witch-burning and people losing all sense: “Stay in the shadows /…

Saba | World In My Hands (Ft. Smino and LEGIT)

Chicago’s Saba is streaming a new track, “World In My Hands”, on soundcloud — and he and Smino deliver on it. It doesn’t get much smoother. The track name drops Kanye’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” and recently-deceased A Tribe Called Quest member Malik Izaak Taylor (aka Phife Dawg). One particularly slick rhyme and tongue-twister…

Sales | Ivy

Sales is streaming a new song, “Ivy”, from off the Florida natives’ upcoming April 20th LP release. Lauren Morgan and Jordan Shih couldn’t have written a more lovely track. It opens with a kind of distorted drumbeat and a repeated guitar riff, but really takes off with the introduction of Morgan’s gentle opening lyrics: “Ivy, baby — sweetheart — you’re so insecure.”…