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

Love is God: an Exploration of soil by serpentwithfeet

sngalbums: Photo credit: Ash Kingston Love should run so deep that it digs into the ground beneath our feet as we walk. Like God, we should both fear and worship the feeling. It consumes Josiah Wise with totality and his latest album as serpentwithfeet, called soil, is a deeply nuanced manifesto on the subject. Gospel and queerness don’t often mesh. This project from Wise capitalizes … Continue reading Love is God: an Exploration of soil by serpentwithfeet

Radio Skies Discover Their Contradictions Through Double Life

sngalbums: Contemporary psych rock has the ability to reach other-worldly canopies. Rock music has been warped for generations, and decades ago, the aforementioned subgenre appeared with a vengeance. Since then, every musical experiment on the genre has been conducted, and with constant technological improvements, the experiments continue. The Ojai-based group Radio Skies has done some exploration of their own culminating in their new album Double … Continue reading Radio Skies Discover Their Contradictions Through Double Life

Embrace Community and Growth with Empress Of’s Sophomore LP, Us

sngalbums: Photo by Fabian Guerrero My favorite line from Us, the sophomore full-length record from Empress Of, appears in “Love for Me,” as an explanation for living life to the fullest: “The whole world spins on a thin string / Touché let’s get up off our seat.” Of course, you will be hard pressed to find a spare moment to sit as you listen to … Continue reading Embrace Community and Growth with Empress Of’s Sophomore LP, Us

Rosalía Tangles Innovation and Tradition on El Mal Querer

sngalbums: There are few albums as surprising as El Mal Querer. The shock of it hopefully wears off for future generations, though; flamenco deserves a spot in the mainstream and, according to the success of this title, it has staying power. Rosalía is from Barcelona, and has studied flamenco for some time. Her first record was filled with various interpretations on the genre: traditional movements … Continue reading Rosalía Tangles Innovation and Tradition on El Mal Querer

Loma Gripped Audiences at the Bootleg, Supported by Jess Williamson

sngshows: Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Words by me, photos by Laura Pasek.  Loma came out with another five-piece touring band for their set, this time led by Emily Cross of Cross Record. (Her partner in that project, Dan Duszynski, is also in Loma.) She had on an all-white ensemble, intending to catch the light of the tubes laying across the floor of the stage. … Continue reading Loma Gripped Audiences at the Bootleg, Supported by Jess Williamson

Che’s Shuco EP is a quilted electronica tapestry

sngalbums: As far as labels go, Astro Nautico destroys the game every year. Their output is wonderfully eclectic and a release always tends to stick with me come December, like L’Rain or Photay in years past. Che’s Shuco EP took the cake this year, having nestled into my ears and created a home among my memories. The short release starts with a hesitant and thoroughly … Continue reading Che’s Shuco EP is a quilted electronica tapestry

Laughing Along with Caroline Rose at her Sold-Out LA Show

sngshows: Photo credit: CJ Harvey Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  Caroline Rose is a comedian. If you’ve heard her new record, LONER, you know she takes pleasure in poking fun at other people and society in general. She is a goofy satirist with surprisingly deep sentiment, and her live performance only contributed to her appeal. Her sold out show at the Moroccan Lounge supported by … Continue reading Laughing Along with Caroline Rose at her Sold-Out LA Show

Best Albums of 2018, part 4

#11-30, listed alphabetically Conner Simmons – Guymon, Oklahoma buy album | Twitter | Soundcloud | Bandcamp SOPHIE – Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides buy album | website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Soundcloud Leon Vynehall – Nothing is Still buy album | website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Soundcloud | Bandcamp Winter – Ethereality SnG coverage | buy album | … Continue reading Best Albums of 2018, part 4

Best Albums of 2018, part 3

#11-30, listed alphabetically Mazut  – Atlas SnG features | buy album | Facebook | Bandcamp Atlas by Mazut Middle Kids – Lost Friends SnG features | buy album | website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Soundcloud | Bandcamp Lost Friends by Middle Kids noname – Room 25 buy album | website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Soundcloud | Bandcamp Phantastic Ferniture – … Continue reading Best Albums of 2018, part 3