This Friday, Oakland singer-songwriter and 2017 Best New Bands honoree Madeline Kenney will release her sophomore album, Perfect Shapes. She’s already impressed us with the disjointed, pop-forward lead single, “Cut Me Off,” the trance-like “Overheard,” and the woozy introspection, “More »
Oakland singer-songwriter Madeline Kenney is slowing things down and glooming it up. The renaissance woman (she’s a neuroscientist, baker, dancer, piano teacher, and nanny in addition to making music) and Stereogum Best New Bands alum has released a woozy third single off of her forthcoming sophomore album, Perfect Shapes, following up her recent … More »
Madeline Kenney made our Best New Bands list last year after releasing her impressive Toro Y Moi-produced debut Night Night At The First Landing. Today, she announces her sophomore album Perfect Shapes and shares its first single and music video. More »
We often perceive indie rock of the early 21st century through two defining lenses: the era of New York’s early ’00s retro-revival and the rise of Brooklyn and mainstream indie that supplanted it by the end of that decade. There were, of course, all sorts of other scenes in other places — in orbit or … More »
Last night, Sylvan Esso ushered in their new single “PARAD(w/m)E” with a performance of it on Jimmy Kimmel Live. They brought along some friends and notables to sing backup vocals on the track, Amber Coffman and Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner, and they performed it with sing-a-long captions pinging in the background. Watch below. [videoembed … More »
Deerhoof’s quirky brand of indie art-pop has always toed several lines. Their tunes are optimistic while retaining an edge; they manage accessibility without becoming formulaic; they draw from pop as much as from punk, utilizing guitars and synths alike. At the center of their songs are wriggling electronic tones and Satomi Matsuzaki’s high-pitched coos, offsetting gritty guitars and bombastic drums.
On “I Will Spite Survive,” Jenn Wasner, who has sung with The National and The Decemberists, joins Matsuzaki for a duet. Driven by a Cars-inspired guitar riff, the gals sing acerbic lines like “You’re on TV, you’re expendable” and “Sleep at night, if you can stay alive”. However, the chorus spits us out on a triumphant high note, climbing to sugary levels with a run of spacey blips, suggesting this whole ballad may all be in jest. Throughout it all, the track gives us something new to listen to, not content with staying within the same arrangement. Frenetic and fun, Deerhoof’s sense of play makes it sound easy.
It’s been a pretty slow news week, all things considered. The 4th Of July is upon us, and everyone’s gunning to get out of town. If you’re looking for something to read while you’re lounging poolside (lucky!) or just holed up in your apartment with the A/C blasting, we’ve got you covered. Check out Chris’ … More »
If you love Wye Oak — and you should really love Wye Oak — the primary reason why is Jenn Wasner, whose voice manages to be both titanic and inviting at the same time, and who has a way of lending grandeur to indie rock songs that would not sound even remotely comparable coming from … More »