Amy Oelsner’s homemade pop songs sparkle with these eternal truths: that story-telling is part of being alive, and excavating the past is part of growth. Oelsner, who records as Amy O, is a lifer of the indie-pop underground for whom songwriting is a way of processing the passing of time. Her latest, Shell, brims with poetic granular details of everyday life; it’s her third studio album, and tenth including her many years of home recordings.
Following 2017’s Elastic, Oelsner continues living up to that album’s namesake: Shell similarly stretches with melodies upon melodies. But here there is greater use of space and pace and patience. Perfectly minimal riffs slowly build, ebb, erupt and recoil; guitars and keys layer and swell; there are moments of steady piano-pop, intricate drums and pristine criss-crossing vocal melodies.
“It’s moody—as in low, subdued,” says David Kilgour of his new album.
The atmosphere of Bobbie’s a girl does feel a bit mysterious. Largely missing the jangly distortion of Kilgour’s other work, the album’s ten songs exude a hazy warmth, with a light psychedelia that recalls ’60s outfits like The Byrds and The Velvet Underground.
Four decades into his career, Kilgour remains as creatively restless as ever. Wherever that drive takes him next, you’ll want to follow.
Recorded over the course of 3 special evenings at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA, Live Vol. 2 spans the entire Anti-Flag catalog and catapults you from your headphones straight into the circle pit. Known for their raucous live show, Anti-Flag deliver in kind with this first volume of live tracks.
Swansea, the forthcoming record from the Pacific Northwest’s Lemolo, is an ethereal experience bolstered by crashing waves of intentional sound intertwined with hauntingly powerful vocals. Underpinning this soundscape are poignant, insightful lyrics about various moments of loss. Exploring both the sting and peace of newfound solitude, Lemolo’s Swansea is a vivid exploration of a turbulent emotional landscape that resonates as a foundational part of the human experience.
Mr. Chair looks like a jazz quartet, sounds closer to a rock band, but in actuality is contemporary classical music in the guise of a modern band. As classically-trained musicians well versed in jazz, Mr. Chair creates a new sound using both acoustic and electric instruments.
Stop the Presses began in 2010 in the Miami suburb, Hialeah, FL and released their first EP “Does it Still Look Pretty” in 2011. After years of touring all over Florida, releasing their second album “Eskandalo” in 2013, and playing at the Vans Warped Tour (California dates) in 2014, song-writers Ali Culotta and Danny Portilla relocated to Brooklyn, NY in 2016 to put together a new band and release an album with a classic retro vibe. After their debut show in 2018 at the Van’s Warped Tour in Holmdel, NJ, Stop the Presses has been busy touring multiple cities in the North East like Philadelphia, Providence, Portland, New London, and Washington D.C, anticipating the release of their latest album “Money In the Bank”.