On His Solo Debut, Terence Jack is Free

sngalbums: Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  If there was one word I could use to describe Never Get Back, it would be tender. Rumbling out the gates with a Black Keys-esque single, the release twists to reveal unspoken desires, then nears catharsis by the end. His vocals are deep like Justin Vernon’s, where some moments even sound like outtakes from For Emma. A steel guitar … Continue reading On His Solo Debut, Terence Jack is Free

On His Solo Debut, Terence Jack is Free

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  If there was one word I could use to describe Never Get Back, it would be tender. Rumbling out the gates with a Black Keys-esque single, the release twists to reveal unspoken desires, then nears catharsis by the end. His vocals are deep like Justin Vernon’s, where some moments even sound like outtakes from For Emma. A steel guitar slides … Continue reading On His Solo Debut, Terence Jack is Free

Best Songs of 2016 1. Andy Shauf – Worst in You “I stepped out the front doorwent out into the nighttook out a cigarettethen I felt for my lightin my front pockets it was nowhere to be found I went back in the doorkicked off both of my shoeslooked around for your coatand then went looking for youthought that I heard your laughter stepping down … Continue reading

Kishi Bashi Returned to LA for a Joyful and Emotional Show at the Belasco

sngshows: Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Words by me, photos by Steven Ward. What set this concert apart for me was Kishi Bashi’s ability to keep us grounded. This wasn’t just a blissful romp; he also got political and emotional (but thankfully not at the same time). I felt Beach Goth was surprisingly absent of political rhetoric, but Kishi Bashi made up for it by … Continue reading Kishi Bashi Returned to LA for a Joyful and Emotional Show at the Belasco

Kishi Bashi Returned to LA for a Joyful and Emotional Show at the Belasco

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Words by me, photos by Steven Ward. What set this concert apart for me was Kishi Bashi’s ability to keep us grounded. This wasn’t just a blissful romp; he also got political and emotional (but thankfully not at the same time). I felt Beach Goth was surprisingly absent of political rhetoric, but Kishi Bashi made up for it by emphasizing … Continue reading Kishi Bashi Returned to LA for a Joyful and Emotional Show at the Belasco

Julien Baker Bewitched Audiences at the El Rey Ahead of FYF Performance

sngshows: Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Words by me, photos by Danielle Gornbein.  From the very first moment, everyone in the room was fully invested in Julien Baker’s performance. The beginning of her set had us all in a stupefied silence, breaking only to applaud at the end of each song. Baker plucked her guitar strings with such control that it cut through me, like a … Continue reading Julien Baker Bewitched Audiences at the El Rey Ahead of FYF Performance

Intimacy Ebbs and Flows in Paul Bergmann’s New LP, Stars and Streams

sngalbums: Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  As I ponder this record, the final image is one that I can’t seem to shake. Paul Bergmann arranged his new album, Stars and Streams, so a track called “Goodbye” feels like everything is coming to a close, yet is only the penultimate track on the record. The song that follows, “100 Years,” releases not only the body, but … Continue reading Intimacy Ebbs and Flows in Paul Bergmann’s New LP, Stars and Streams