Khuê’s New Pop LP Is a Vessel for Hopeful Heartache

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. When last we heard from Khuê, he had just put out two new singles, both shimmering bedroom pop anthems in their own right. Those tracks belong to an album known as In This Home We’ve Built, which already stands out as a momentous achievement for the SoCal native. This is the first solo record where he has shared his voice, as well … Continue reading Khuê’s New Pop LP Is a Vessel for Hopeful Heartache

Big Freedia’s New Pop Single “Platinum” Will Make Your Ego Gleam

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. The one and only queen diva of New Orleans bounce is back with a new single sure to burnish your ego until it gleams. “Platinum” is Big Freedia’s first new single of the new year, following a holiday EP she released in late 2020. The style of her latest is strikingly more pop-centric than her usual bombastic fare, yet every beat still … Continue reading Big Freedia’s New Pop Single “Platinum” Will Make Your Ego Gleam

Scott Orr’s Worried Mind is a peaceful welcome for winter

sngalbums: Originally appeared on the 405.  The newest release on earnest Ontario label Other Songs is a fitting welcome for winter. I felt lucky to finally experience it myself when I left the desert to visit the midwest this past weekend. Snow fell for an hour in Minneapolis on my final day in the city; the neighborhood where I was staying was quiet save for … Continue reading Scott Orr’s Worried Mind is a peaceful welcome for winter

Dive Headfirst Into Loma’s Mesmerizing Sophomore LP Don’t Shy Away

Photo by Bryan C. Parker Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  “Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth,” Pablo Picasso told The Arts reporter Marius de Zayas in 1923. More recently, in the spring of 2018, Loma revealed their own untruth at the Bootleg as part of a tour for their eponymous debut album. Even more lies await on their … Continue reading Dive Headfirst Into Loma’s Mesmerizing Sophomore LP Don’t Shy Away

Pander Sera Deviates From Her Own Deviations on Errant LP [Excerpts from an Interview]

The original interview appears on Grimy Goods. The introduction is reprinted in part below. The conversation that follows is a continuation of that article.  After establishing her own rhythms, Pander Sera is ready to shake everything up again. Last spring, the Los Angeles noise artist, also known as Swan, released Bothy, a raucous explosion of percussion and wit. The sound of that record was unified … Continue reading Pander Sera Deviates From Her Own Deviations on Errant LP [Excerpts from an Interview]

Ziemba – “Harbor Me”

Ziemba Reveals Uneasy New Single and Video for “Harbor Me” Lifted From Forthcoming True Romantic LP Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  Among the revelations on Ziemba’s new record, that she is a romantic might be the most shocking of all. The artist and journalist also known as René Kladzyk has always toyed with relationships, though typically between energies rather than explicit affairs. Her 2016 record … Continue reading Ziemba – “Harbor Me”

Torii Wolf – “Summon”

Captivating New Single “Summon” Proves That Torii Wolf is Not Done Experimenting Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  For many, the name Torii Wolf might ring a bell as the first non-male artist to collaborate with DJ PREMIER on a full album. Together they created Flow Riiot, Wolf’s debut full-length (and an anagram of their name). The LP played Double Dutch with genres, buffeting from downtempo … Continue reading Torii Wolf – “Summon”

Holding Out for a Hero

Holding out for a Hero? Tunde Olaniran Comes to Save the Day Photo Credit: Bre’Ann White Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Hailing from Flint, Michigan, Tunde Olaniran is an adept singer whose range seems boundless. They have been known to quickly change from heavenly falsetto to gruff hip hop bars on a dime. Their thematically-rich 2018 record Stranger supplied plenty of varying rhythms to exercise … Continue reading Holding Out for a Hero

Bartees Strange Covers The National to Subvert the White Indie Scene on Say Goodbye to Pretty Boy EP

Photo Credit: Bao Ngo Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  The phrase ‘representation matters’ has gained popularity of late, a rallying cry that accompanies demands that Hollywood diversify casting. Though the symptoms are different, an issue of representation persists today in the music industry as well. The ratio of white executives to executives of color at the most powerful companies is troublingly high, but even setting … Continue reading Bartees Strange Covers The National to Subvert the White Indie Scene on Say Goodbye to Pretty Boy EP

Deqn Sue – “Troll”

Vibrant Pop Artist Deqn Sue Returns With Earnest New Single “Troll” Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  In the age of internet chatrooms, then comment sections, then DMs, trolls have been a persistent plague. It’s easy to brush aside for anyone who has a small digital platform, but, as Aidy Bryant’s show Shrill, for one, demonstrated, the nagging hate that comes from faceless avatars can be … Continue reading Deqn Sue – “Troll”