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It’s not that we’re bad at keeping the website updated. Some may have noticed we’ve kept well current on New Tracks Weekend, but haven’t posted any public-facing documentation of our efforts. It’s not them, it’s not you, it’s us. Besides chasing My Bloody Valentine and Airiel up and down the state, we’ve been doing some […]

We’re not the only ones who’ve been waiting for new music from LA’s XO. Their impressive Heart LP landed in early 2014, and the crew have been quiet since then, save for the teaser single, “TV You” last October. We’ve seen Twitter evidence of creative stirring for months, most recently at The Cave Studios in […]

How to describe Pastel Dream? Guitars like languid waves. Cascades of icy synth punctuate. Lyrics like a well-worn, coffee-stained notebook. Vocals with warm, sparkling clarity and resonance. Feels like endless summer, and eternal youth. When even the injection of a saxophone fill (yes, saxophone) seems brilliantly suited, perfectly fitting, this is a crew that knows […]

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June 26, 2018

A music nerd is just a nerd with earbuds. Having been fans and boosters of Toronto’s Iris since their first single “Fix Me” landed hard in our consciousness, we’ve been Iris nerds. Sure, there’s been a bump or two along the road for the Iris squad, but they were always about the songs. And you could […]

Ambition, combined with great pop hooks We’d last buzzed about Linda Guilala when we were graced with the world premiere of their video for the sparkling single “Primavera Negra” in January. That single went on to make a dent in not only our charts, but powerhouse alternative stations worldwide, including KEXP. No small feat, when […]

We’re loaded with new music. From this morning’s announcement of the first new music in sixteen years from The Emerald Down (assisted ably by members of Orange Crate Art, The Telescopes, and 93MillionMilesFromTheSun), to the sneak preview from Singapore’s Sobs (pictured above), whose debut album “Telltale Signs” drops later this month, to the new album […]

LA’s Sleep Still have got these studios abuzz in the last three weeks. The torrid debut single is instantly catchy, with layers of luscious guitar, overlaid by rich and sweet vocal harmonies from guitarist Scott Whelan (previously known for his work with metal core band Haste the Day) and keyboardist Mariam McCarthy (known to our […]

From Pia Fraus to Imandra Lake, from Picnic to She Bit Her Lip, Estonia’s Seksound label has spent years with a carefully-curated roster of new releases and classic reissues in the shoegaze and dream pop vein. In the mid-nineties, the standard bearers of Slowdive sonic sweep in Estonia were inarguably Bizarre. Seksound reissued Bizarre’s debut […]

The whole point of digital music is the risk-free grazing” Cory Doctorow, Canadian journalist and co-editor and of the off-beat blog Boing Boing, is an activist in favor of liberalizing copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon […]

Price, 57, has played music nearly her whole life, starting with piano when she was five years old. But in the fall of 2009, the guitar was still something of mystery to her. She had been playing for only a couple of months and was struggling a bit with the new challenges. Yet, instead of […]