Written by: Owen Murray; Photo by: Jeff Rosenstock
Jeff Rosenstock released POST- on New Year’s Day after an utterly exhausting 2017. The American public was bombarded by wild and dangerous tweets from the president himself, Nazis rioted in Charlottesville, and the threat of nuclear war loomed constantly over our heads. Protest songs flooded the airways and the internet to a point of saturation. These are turbulent times.
Billie Ellish establishes herself as the youngest face of heartbreak
Written by: Dasha German & Photographed by: Erin Christe
Fifteen year-old Billie Eilish appeared on my radar several months ago for her single “Ocean Eyes,” whose dreamy pop number warranted many listens. Though she would appear on playlists, and in movies occasionally, Eilish fell off my map until the release of her ghostly indiepop album don’t smile at me, this past August. The highly intellectual lyrics and beautiful melodies are prevalent through the entirety of this album and have continued to impress with each new listen. From the sarcastic “COPYCAT” to the somber “hostage,” Eilish paints a vivid story of teen life and romance in modern times.
Mac Demarco "on the level" with Radio City legends
Written and photographed by: Mica Kendall
From peeing on stage, shoving a cactus into his eye, smashing beer bottles with little care, allowing a dinosaur to crowd surf, and lastly inviting a fan on stage, Mac Demarco’s debut show at Radio City Music hall was a night that everyone in attendance would remember. Not only did Demarco put on a crazy concert at one of the most iconic music venues, but he stayed true to his charismatic character just as if he was playing at an intimate bar venue.
Written and Photographed by Adele Sakey
As soon as you walked into Terminal 5 on Monday evening, it was difficult to move. Every inch of the New York City venue was filled to the brim with enthusiastic concert-goers waiting for Bleachers to take the stage on the second to last night of what Jack Antonoff called “the best tour of his life”. If you were at the show, or any other Bleachers show for that matter, you may have noticed posters adorning the venue providing information on Transgender and LGBTQ rights, or volunteers encourage you to donate to organizations helping to protect transgender people against discrimination. This is part of Jack Antonoff’s work with The Ally Coalition, an organization he helped to found with his former band, Fun., and sister and designer Rachel Antonoff. The organization serves to inspire people take action for LGBTQ equality. To learn more about The Ally Coalition and how you can support their cause, visit, http://theallycoalition.org/.
The songs exude a sense of refined structure that cut through any processed and confined studio sounds
Written by Molly Alexander
Almost a year ago, two teen brothers from Long Island released their debut album, Do Hollywood: a seamless collection of songs reminiscent of an earlier decade. Despite being eighteen and twenty, they effortlessly fuse together their youthful vivacity with a wide range of musical elements from the 60’s and 70’s. Rather than taking on a modern sound, they romp through a musical garden of the past, picking different elements to form a truly unique bouquet of sounds.
Girli’s Hot Mess EP is an uber-femme Arcade Game
Written by Molly Alexander
Few know of 19 year old Milly Toomey, but now with her recent EP listener’s will recognize her as the UK’s princess of pop, Girli. Despite her uber-feminine bubblegum hair and energetic ensembles, her music style radiates an uber-femme glow. With her recent album, Hot Mess EP, listeners get a refined collection of both relevant lyrics and dance inducing beats. Within four brief tracks, Girli motivates the listener to both get up and dance and maybe attend a women’s march. For those unfamiliar with Girli, think the powerful lyrics and vocal tones of MIA trapped inside a Space Invaders game.
"Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile are the most calm multi-taskers: aware of the world, but not always of all the commotion it brings"
Written by Madison Major
As the opening track, “Over Everything”, off of Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile’s collaborative LP, Lotta Sea Lice, begins to play, it is probable that the lingering folk-rock sound that is created between the two will invite listeners into a world that Courtney and Kurt have created in hushed whispers for some time. And, to some, that world might just feel a lot like home.
A Night With PVRIS
On September 29th, 2017, I had the opportunity of seeing one of my favorite bands, PVRIS, live at The Bomb Factory in Dallas. The band had recently released their second studio album, All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell, on August 25th. Fans' reactions to the album were overwhelmingly positive. I had been looking forward to seeing PVRIS play live for months.
Alvvays’s Antisocialites is a Melancholy Summer Dreamscape
Written by Molly Alexander
In 2014 we were graced by an album that would become a quintessential record for indie daydreamers and pop fueled hipsters alike. It was the self titled debut of Alvvays, a Canadian quintet of sandy guitar riffs kissed by the melodic vocals of Molly Rankin. They redefined the indie music scene with quirky yet thought provoking lyrics of searching for modern love in a world of millennial struggles. The album birthed such hits as “Archie, Marry me” and “Adult Diversion”. It wove personal narrative, ethereal vocals, and nostalgic instrumentals together, leaving listeners eager for more.
An Album with Epic Conventions
Written by: Alanna Nickles
After a four year silence, Sam Beam, also known as Iron & Wine, gifts us with another warm euphony of harmonies and soul piercing narratives that seemingly mirror our very own experiences. However, knowing Beam’s artistic genius, he has taken his mesmerizing formula and spun it on its head. In “Beast Epic”, we do not hear the feelings and thoughts of a younger Beam, searching for past lovers or finding himself reflecting on his role in the world. Rather, he expresses his thoughts and feelings of an established man, singing about soul mates, his marriage and growing up after reaching the age of maturity.