Three years after their self-titled debut, with Time magazine naming their track "Eye to Eye" one of the best songs of 2016, Chicago indie-pop quintet Varsity is back with another full-length album filled with bright and catchy melodies. Singer and keyboardist Stephanie Smith continues to charm us with her beautiful vocals, and is still joined … Continue reading Album Feature: Parallel Person by VARSITY
I haven't had a good dose of world music since Philippines' Pinikpikan regrouped into Kalayo and saw them perform live around 10 years ago (yes, time flies). So I was pleasantly surprised when this lovely city of Chicago introduced me to the music of flautist Nicole Mitchell. Hailed by Chicago Reader as “one of the … Continue reading Album Feature: Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds by Nicole Mitchell
Ahhhh, what a treat. It is always a pleasant surprise when one of your favorite dream pop duo brings out a collection of unreleased material. Beach House amassed unreleased songs spanning from their 11-year career since their self-titled debut in 2006, and we can finally have a hold of these tracks with their compilation B-Side … Continue reading Album Feature: B-Sides and Rarities by Beach House
Anilore is a New York-based shoegaze trio composed of Andy Cheng, Andrew Malenda, and Michael Worsa who met at SUNY New Paltz in 1992. The band was created after finding out that they share similar musical influences like New Order, the Pixies, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Cocteau Twins, … Continue reading Album Feature: Lull EP by Anilore
Planetary Prince is Cameron Graves' debut as a band leader, and this is only my second time to review an instrumental album, AND my first time to review a jazz album – or is it?