Artist of the Month

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November 2015
Alex G
"Beach Music
Amid increasingly high/steep expectations, Alex Giannascoli, a.k.a. Alex G, released his latest full-length album Beach Music via Domino. After a jarring, noise-laden percussive “Intro,” “Bug” crawls under your skin and skillfully into your head as its crisp guitar lays the foundation for the song’s mesmerizing tone, stripping down temporarily instrumentally - “and when you go there/you stay there/bug in the crosshair/you stay there.” A momentary electric guitar swell marks the return to movement.
The scratch of acoustic guitar chord changes, and a gloomy organ develops the rained-in, haunting sound of “Thorns.” Conversely, to the weathered weary sound of its predecessor, “Kicker” immediately jumps into action as advancing percussion/guitar dictates a forward blitz of lyrically rhymed oppositions - “White bird in a black cloud… big fight for a small right.” Wrapping tightly woven imagery into a steady downhill stomper, the track sits smooth, whilst retaining a gritty after bite.
“Salt” returns to that head-in-the-clouds, daydreaming ethereal bedroom vibe. Soaked in keys and accented by electronic percussion, the scene is set. “Into my big cloud, I’m flying all the time.” As he watches, opposing deep and child-esque soft vocals stir in a chanting manner, Alex questioningly reemerges - “Did you hear what I said? I’ve got salt in my head,” resolving his issue in a calm yet despairing manner. “Today I washed my hands, I want to be alone, I want to fry.” “Brite Boy” lifts with light-as-a-feather percussion, and its innocent beach-strolling instrumentation is underscored by a playful call-and-return vocal dialogue. Ushered in by the tandem of dashing trumpet and dreary keys, the artist tears himself open, and is left emotionally exposed. “Crying I’m running in love/losing in love/scratching in love/wired in love.”
Alex G continues to evolve, creating songs that aren’t afraid to expose life’s knack for pulling one individual simultaneously in multiple directions. That’s why Beach Music thrives in its ability to paint grey clouds within a sunny landscape or a ray of light bursting through a downpour. His honest, hypnotic melodies and its murkiness pull you in. - Michael Colavita

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New Music Video: "Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas" - Beach Slang

Beach Slang premiered a new music video for "Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas," off their latest album The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us (Polyvinyl), yesterday at Pitchfork. The cinematic production was created by Konstantinos Psimaris and Tom Ammon. You can catch Beach Slang home again on Saturday, December 19 at the First Unitarian Church with Tim Kasher and Field Mouse.


New Music Video: "Passing Through Wales" - Vicky Speedboat

Shotgun beers, shoot off fireworks and commit a little arson, smash a couple of TVs, and enjoy more youthfully deviant acts with Vicky Speedboat in their debut music video for "Passing Through Wales." Modern Baseball's Sean Huber and W.C. Lindsay's William Lindsay unleash some punk exuberance with the lead single from their new project. The track is off their forthcoming self-released EP Two Years No Basement, due out November 27.


New Track: "Greyhound" - Kississippi

With their new EP We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed scheduled for release on November 20 via Soft Speak Records, Kississippi has issued another sonic glimpse in “Greyhound,” which you can stream over at Noisey. The song blankets listeners in comforting, endearingly candid lyrics, delivered in delicately tender vocals further backed by airy “oohs.” The group is set to perform as part Work Drugs 5th Annual Holiday Spectacle, which also includes Kate Faust, on Saturday, December 12 at Johnny Brenda’s.


New Track: "The Waking World" (Feat. I Break Horses) - Lushlife/CSLSX

Lushlife, a.k.a. Raj Haldar, has a new collaborative album, Ritualize, with Philly productions crew CSLSX, coming out on February 19 via Western Vinyl. He also recruited a little help for Swedish indie outfit I Break Horses for his latest single. Lushlife states, "'The Waking World' is a surreal look at the mindset of Mark David Chapman on the morning he assassinates John Lennon. The frenetic quiet-then-loud production from CSLSX, and I Break Horses' anthemic but melancholy chorus offered the perfect backdrop to zoom in and spit rhymes that explore my own relationship to depression, adolescent sensitivity, and obsession in the context of a single culture-altering moment." You can stream the track below, which was featured earlier today at The Line of Best Fit. (Photo by Ebru Yildiz)


Explore the Rambling Americana of Tin Horses at KFN Nov. 11

Everybody knows Kiel Everett can rock the big stage playing bass for local hot shots Purling Hiss, but on his own time, he leads the band Tin Horses, who will be sharing a stage with Promise Land Sound and Zachary Cale tonight at Kung Fu Necktie. In Tin Horses, Everett takes a slightly different approach to the vintage rock ‘n’ roll sound. There is still a healthy reverence for ’70s titans like Clapton and Neil Young, who gave the guitar an immortal voice, but when Everett takes up a classic six-string and principal creative authority, his music takes a distinctly twangy shape that differentiates it from Purling Hiss and other contemporary psychedelia-infused acts. The group borrows a larger portion of its sound from acts like The Eagles and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and refracts it in a similar way to more recent torchbearers like Wilco, choosing to explore rambling Americana qualities. As is to be expected of any band rooted in ’70s rock, there are frequent movements into guitar-focused interludes, but the solos tend to be more expressive and poignant than they are shreddy or virtuosic. As an added incentive to attend this evening, Tin Horses will undoubtedly be showing off its new repertoire of songs from their latest release Mental Flowers. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by Q.D. Tran) - Bryce Woodcock



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