Dayglow is en route to run the world past the realm of bedroom pop
Written by: Mica Kendall
Whether through his 15 million Spotify streams hit, “Can I Call You Tonight?” or the holy Youtube Algorithm recommending you one of his various fun and aesthetically pleasing music videos, there’s a high probability you have or will eventually run into the music of Sloan Struble known as Dayglow. Though Dayglow was birthed through the multi-talented (producer, guitarist, keyboardist, etc.) endeavors of a 19 year-old from Aledo, Texas, Struble’s move to Austin for college earned him 4 additional band members that have only solidified Dayglow with more crazy talent to amp up his live shows. Not only has Dayglow been on a skyrocketing climb in exposure since earning the opener slot for Misterwives, COIN, and more, but Dayglow is paving their way into the talented community of up and coming artists in the diy indie alternative music community. Having only his debut album, Fuzzybrain, out for a year now, Dayglow is not only a breath of fresh air for the world of music, but a gold mine of potential, incredible, talent.
The cinématic vérité of, Heaven Surrounds You, Surf Curse’s emotionally raw third album
Written and Photographed by: Mica Kendall
Known since 2015 for their “surf indie rock” sound, Nick Rattigan and Jacob Rubeck of Surf Curse have been influential towards the long running spew of California DIY music by paving the way for other DIY Los Angeles bands. From their staple EP Sad Boys and album Buds to their maturely refined 2017 album Nothing Yet, Surf Curse has proven that time has only made their music stronger, and their latest album release, Heaven Surrounds You, crystallizes the fact that Rattigan and Rubeck are one of the most influential musicians within our generation.
Pitchfork Music Festival, namesake of the infamous online magazine, took place in union park from friday, july 19th to sunday, july 21st.
By Emily Muller
Amidst record high temperatures, Pitchfork Music Festival worked to maintain the safety (and sanity) of its guests with copious amounts of free water and cooling vans - a ploy that, for the first time ever, had me thrilled to be sitting on a CTA cooling bus for hours on end. There was something poetic about sweltering heat coinciding with an event designed to bring together the Windy City's eclectic music scene, as if it gave Pitchfork an outlet to make all of the Chicago nuances I have grown up with seem infinitely more charming. For a weekend, I practically survived off of Intelligentsia cold-brew and copious amounts of Connie's Pizza, all to a soundtrack of Mavis Staples and Whitney tunes.
Looking back, here are six acts that made the Pitchfork 2019 experience spectacular:
The 5 year community of Danger Collective Records
By: Mica Kendall; Photographed by: Kayla Fernandez & MicaKendall
Photo by: Kayla Fernandez
For five years, independent record label Danger Collective Records, has curated a plethora of artists that represent some of the most talented songwriters and musicians in the DIY LA punk scene. Promoting bands such as Surf Curse and Slow Hollows, Danger Collective Records, has from the ground up built a platform for promoting up and coming acts within the California scene but also more importantly created a music community represented at their 5 Year Anniversary Show at the Bootleg Theatre on June 28th.
For as long as U2 has been in existence, the band has been intrinsically linked to raising awareness of social issues. Their first number-one album was War (1983), a harsh plea for nonviolence. Smash-hit tracks off of War include the protest-anthems “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “New Year’s Day” – both subtle odes to resistance movements.
A Day Trip With Hall Johnson
By Violet Krause
The collective sound of Hall Johnson in their most recent EP lets you know they feel no rush to get where they’re going and are rarely glancing back to see if you’re following along.
Mitski’s Love Affair with Loneliness
Written and Photographed by: Erin Christe
The “indie” subset of the music world is majorly dominated by white cishet males, complaining about the fact that they can’t get a girl to sleep with them and about the “world not understanding them.” Aside from the fact that it’s headache-inducing to witness how many of these artists are copy-and-pasted cut-outs of one another, this reality is quite disheartening in the sense that it often pushes so many women, and especially women of color, out of their deserved time in the spotlight.
Beach Fossils Take Over Texas
Written and Photographed by: Mica Kendall
Since their last album, Clash The Truth, Brooklyn based band, Beach Fossils, has not stepped foot in Texas since their last tour in 2015. Within the 2 year time gap after touring, Beach Fossils released their fourth album Somersault. Somersault not only represents a sense of progressive growth from the band’s fundamental sound in Clash The Truth but also hosts some of Payseur’s most evocative, emotionally driven lyrics yet. Thus, the highly acclaimed success of Somersault has not only earned the band millions of streams per song on the album but also an influx of fans yearning to hear Somersault live. This wish was granted last month for Texan fans when Beach Fossils announced their 5 day Texas tour kicking off in Austin at the Mohawk.