The Many Lives of Son House, the Father of Delta Blues

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods. Vintage Gold is an occasional segment that honors the greats of yesterday; in February, we honored Black musicians for Black History Month.  Among the many iconic music moments on the documentary It Might Get Loud, Jack White’s favorite song stands out. He wordlessly pulls a twelve inch record out of a dusty sleeve and places the needle onto the wax. … Continue reading The Many Lives of Son House, the Father of Delta Blues

Sleep Can’t Stop Jubilo Drive on Their New Album Late Night, Early Morning

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods.  The sunny quintet that Angelenos may know as Jubilo Drive almost called themselves Thursday Night Taxi Service. It has a neon sheen to it, though band names should not have that many words or letters. The phrase was used by the band’s previous drummer, Eric Cruz, as the title to his college radio show. One of his proudest moments was … Continue reading Sleep Can’t Stop Jubilo Drive on Their New Album Late Night, Early Morning

Tel Aviv’s post-rock group Bones Garage debuts Oi Ma Yeah

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  As the band suggests, the themes of Oi Ma Yeah are broad and difficult to parse. The musicality of it makes this a fun album to decipher over the course of many listens. The journey is haphazard—synthpop accents and shoegaze noise and provocative prose all make brief appearances across the eleven tracks. The album’s namesake (Hebrew … Continue reading Tel Aviv’s post-rock group Bones Garage debuts Oi Ma Yeah

Freedom Candlemaker welcomes the light into his new record

Photo by Filep Motwary. Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Lefteris Moumtzis is emotionally sovereign. The Cypriot musician uses the direct English translation of his name as his moniker, which becomes the first evidence of his liberty: Freedom Candlemaker. His new record, though far from his first foray into music, is the debut under this name; called Beaming Light, it represents a dawning … Continue reading Freedom Candlemaker welcomes the light into his new record

Zhao spreads good vibes in new single “Feeling Today”

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Imagine the charm of someone able to ask you how you’re doing and wish you a good day all in the same breath. You have just conjured Zhao, a producer and songwriter from the suburbs of Atlanta. He has been releasing singles methodically, having put out a track called “Car” in the fall and “Meltaway” last … Continue reading Zhao spreads good vibes in new single “Feeling Today”

Unwind in the fuzz of Cathedral Bells’ new EP

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Like sailors to a siren, Cathedral Bells draw in their own prey. The duo of Matt Messore and David Carey share their self-titled EP with the world today, out on Good Eye Records. What began as Messore’s bedroom pop project has flourished into well-crafted shoegaze for daydreams and late-night mischief.  Read more.  Cathedral Bells | stream … Continue reading Unwind in the fuzz of Cathedral Bells’ new EP

slenderbodies honour the women in their lives with their new soraya EP

Originally appeared on the 405, view archived article here.  Benjamin Cormack and Aram Vehuni—Benji and Max familiarly—make up the dreamy California duo slenderbodies, who have just released a sweet, strawberry-tinted EP, soraya. They use each of the five tracks to confront something in their lives, touching topics like lust and wavering self-confidence. Their pastel aesthetic is on full display throughout, accentuated by the whisper-falsetto that … Continue reading slenderbodies honour the women in their lives with their new soraya EP

A Fragile Tomorrow Wonder How to Dance in Crisis

Originally appeared as ‘The 405 meets A Fragile Tomorrow’ on the 405.  For the Kelly brothers, the title of their band’s new record, Generation Loss, works twofold: as a commentary on how contemporary politics are eroding our nation’s youth and also as a reference to the loss of their mother. Sean, Dom, and Brendan Kelly are joined by Shaun Rhoades and Josh Kean to form A … Continue reading A Fragile Tomorrow Wonder How to Dance in Crisis

Cub Sport, d’aprés Cub Sport

Originally appeared as ‘The 405 meets Cub Sport’ on the 405; view archived article here.  The road to Cub Sport’s self-titled record has been anything but smooth. The band went through a moniker change, split from their label, and weathered personal revelations as they penned and released two EPs and two full-lengths too. Now LP3 is upon us, and represents a fuller, more introspective group of … Continue reading Cub Sport, d’aprés Cub Sport