Jay Som : Anak Ko

Melina Duterte makes beautifully restrained pop music as Jay Som. There’s the intimacy of Sufjan Stevens and Youth Lagoon, but with the adventurous experimentalism of late 80s Adrian Belew, Lindsey Buckingham, and Cocteau Twins. Her first collection of demos and home recordings Turn Into showed great promise, establishing Duterte as an artists to watch.¬† Her […]

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Big Jaw : Apophenia

Big Jaw have been a consistent source of guitar-based rock and roll mayhem for a few years now. Big riffs, soaring melodies, and propulsive rhythms build around songs that anyone that’s ever struggled in life or maybe had doubts about themselves can completely connect with. Lead singer, guitarist, and main songwriter Clint Roth has a […]

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Primus : The Desaturating Seven

When Primus put out their musical tribute to the Gene Wilder classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the aptly-titled Primus & The Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Orchestra¬†back in 2014, everything about the Bay area prog/funk/freak trio seemed to make perfect sense. Les Claypool, the elastic bass genius and singer for the band has […]

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Cymbals Eat Guitars : Pretty Years

I can remember hearing “…And The Hazy Sea” for the first time back in 2009 and being completely floored. Cymbals Eat Guitars had created this musical world that encapsulated all those wonderful elements that made the early 90s indie rock movement so magical. Bombastic guitars, quiet moments, tinkling keyboards, wobbly vocals that go from fragile […]

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Nothing : Tired Of Tomorrow

Nothing seem to float in this very unique musical cloud of both inescapable beauty and sharp ugliness. The sounds are both pastoral and urban. Domenic Palermo’s sometimes gritty upbringing in the streets of North Philly comes through in the sounds that come through the speakers. A youth soundtracked by both hardcore and shoegaze comes through […]

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