Georgia Maq releases new album “Pleaser”

By Micah Organ, Staff Writer [Photo courtesy of Run For Cover Records] Georgia Maq of indie rock band Camp Cope released her debut solo album, Pleaser, on December 5 via Run For Cover Records. The album is due out on vinyl on February 2, but it is available now on streaming services. Read more: Hi, How…

Hi, How Are You Project announces Daniel Johnston tribute event

By Lauren Patterson, Staff Writer [Photo courtesy of Rich Thane/Creative Commons] The Hi, How Are You Project, a non-profit organization aimed at improving the stigma around mental health, announced a tribute event in honor of singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston called “Hi, How Are You Day,” on Wednesday, December 4, according to Pitchfork. Johnston died earlier this year, on September…

Loving to release debut album in early 2020

By Jonah Krueger, Staff Writer [Photo courtesy of Ft Langley] Rising indie-folk group Loving announced on Wednesday, December 4 that their debut album, If I Am Only My Thoughts, is set to release on January 31, 2020, via Last Gang Records. In addition to the announcement, the band shared a cut from the upcoming record,…

Hinds share first new song of 2019

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer [Photo courtesy of Andrea Savall] Madrid indie rock group Hinds released “Riding Solo,” their first new song of 2019, on December 3 via Mom+Pop. The new single was released with a music video directed by Keane Pearce Shaw. Read more: Jetty Bones sign to Rise Records and release new music…

The National release 1970s-style mini-documentary

By Max Semenczuk, Contributor [Photo courtesy of The National/Graham MacIndoe] The National released Juicy Sonic Magic, a 10-minute mini-documentary, on Thursday, November 21, to accompany their Black Friday release of a three-cassette box set titled The National: Juicy Sonic Magic, Live in Berkeley, September 24-25, 2018. Read more: Frances Quinlan releases new single and adds…

Jetty Bones sign to Rise Records and release new music video

By Jackson Stein, Contributor [Photo courtesy of Jetty Bones] Portland label Rise Records announced a new addition to their team, indie-rock project Jetty Bones, on Wednesday, November 20. To celebrate the signing, the band shared a music video for their track “the part:,” which appears on their third EP, – (pronounced “hyphen”). Read more: Album…

Frances Quinlan releases new single and adds new dates to 2020 tour

By Jack Knudson, Contributor [Photo courtesy of Julia Khorosilov] Frances Quinlan, lead singer of indie rock band Hop Along, unveiled a new song titled “Now That I’m Back” on Tuesday, November 19. The newly shared single is the second song, following “Rare Thing,” to be revealed as a part of her upcoming solo album Likewise, which…

Sharon Van Etten announces spring 2020 tour

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer [Photo courtesy of Ryan Pfluger/Pitch Perfect PR] According to an article in Pitchfork, Sharon Van Etten has announced the dates for her 2020 tour in support of her album Remind Me Tomorrow. The tour will begin on April 17, 2020, in Baltimore and will see its conclusion on April 28…

Meet the DJ: MC Mo

By Taylor Linzinmeir, Contributor [Photo by Alexis Karolin] Morgan Spehar dreams of working for a publication like National Geographic and writing about climate change when she graduates.  “If we’re going to be able to fix anything, the public needs to know what [scientists] are doing, why they’re doing it and why the science works,” Morgan…

Artist Profile: Jessi Blue

By Anna Birk, Contributor [Photo via Spotify] Raw emotion is true to Jessi Blue’s brand as a musician. Accompanied by record-pops and a calm, jazzy demeanor, lyrics such as “My sanity is bound by a single thread / You left me a letter and I cried when I read,” convey the deep, dark wounds of…

Album Review: Kanye West – Jesus Is King

By Jackson Stein, Contributor [Def Jam / GOOD; 2019] Rating: 4/10 Key Tracks: “Selah”, “God Is”, “Use This Gospel” 2018 was perhaps the most turbulent year in Kanye West’s career. Although never afraid to challenge his audience’s loyalty, his recent outlandish tweets, unhinged interviews and an inexplicable embrace of Donald Trump have made the past…

Album Review: Cigarettes After Sex – Cry

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Partisan; 2019] Rating: 6/10 Key tracks: “Don’t Let Me Go”, “You’re the Only Good Thing in My Life”, “Kiss It Off Me” When Cigarettes After Sex emerged with their sultry haze of noir ambient pop in 2017, their music naturally became a perfect accompaniment for candlelit evenings and starry-eyed pillow…