Common Holly – “If After All” Video

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Common HollyMontreal-based Common Holly, real name Brigitte Naggar, was among our Best New Bands Of 2017. We praised her excellent debut album Playing House, and today we see the music video for its opening track. More »

Common Holly – “Nothing” Video

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Best New Bands Of 2017 honoree Common Holly, aka Montréal-based singer-songwriter Brigitte Naggar, aka the indie-rock hedgehog of your dreams, recently released the very good new album Playing House. And now she’s released a new music video for early track “Nothing,” slightly goofily pairing the song’s quietly stunning heartbreak with bright colors … More »

Watch A Costumed Common Holly Cover Ozzy Osbourne In A Halloween Stereogum Session

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Recent Best New Bands list honoree Common Holly — aka Montréal-based musician Brigitte Naggar — just released a new album, Playing House, and she stopped by our NYC offices today to perform a few songs for us. Because it’s Halloween and because we love all things spooky, Naggar got in the spirit … More »

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2017

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For a music fan, few experiences rival listening to a new artist and recognizing their potential for greatness — or, in some special cases, witnessing someone capture that magic completely the first time around. We at Stereogum aim to be ahead of the curve — it’s our job! — and every fall we highlight the … More »

Common Holly – “Lullaby”

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Next week, Montreal musician Brigitte Naggar is putting out a new album, Playing House, as Common Holly. (It was pushed back from its original release date last month.) We’ve already heard a few songs from it — “Nothing,” “If After All,” and the title track — and she recently shared a … More »

74 Artists On Their Favorite Tom Petty Song

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I once got busted trying to steal a magazine from my hometown library. The 8/8/91 issue of Rolling Stone apparently had one of those sensors on the last page and it beeped from my backpack on the way out. I was gonna bring it back. I just wanted to take it home to read the … More »

Common Holly – “Playing House”

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Common Holly is the project of the Montreal songwriter Brigitte Naggar, and next week she’s releasing a new album called Playing House. We’ve heard a few tracks from it already, including “Nothing” and “If After All,” and today she’s shared the title track. The whole album looks at the dissolution of a … More »

Common Holly Strikes Delicate Simplicity with ‘Nothing’ [Streaming]

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Montreal’s Common Holly (a.k.a. Brigitte Naggar) comes to terms with letting go on her latest single “Nothing.” Cycling through gentle crescendos and reflective choruses echoing in three-part harmony, the song is a refreshingly honest take on the post-relationship struggle of wanting the best for the other person.

“Nothing” gently delivers Naggar’s parting thoughts in a warm blanket of soft sounds that fold together to reinforce her well wishes. The ballad’s decorated simplicity creates an overall tone somewhere between sorrowful and hopeful, resonating comfortably until the very end. Common Holly’s new album, Playing House, is out on September 4th on Solitaire Recordings.

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

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Guys, you know the deal by now: “Look What You Made Me Do” was NOT ELIGIBLE for this week’s 5 Best Songs. It dropped too late! The polls had already closed! It’ll be eligible next week. Would that song have made this week’s list if Tay-Tay had delivered six hours earlier? Impossible to say. More »