‘Huntress’ by Swells Is Funky, Uncategorizable Global Music

‘Huntress’ by Swells is funky, global music with tons going on. It’s hard to put your finger on exactly what this is. On top of traditional rock instrumentation, the group employs a whole suite of different instruments to achieve a big band feel. In some regards, there’s kind of a ska vibe, but at the same time these guys seem more jazz-inclined. On here, it’s … Continue reading ‘Huntress’ by Swells Is Funky, Uncategorizable Global Music

Collider’s ‘Glockster’ Is Beautifully Progressive Danish Shoegaze

Collider’s live performance of ‘Glockster’ is a beautifully progressive take on shoegaze. “Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Collider is one of the newest Escho signings,” they say. “They debuted with a song ‘Bruno’ in 2016 and have been delivering chaotic, energetic all over the place sounds ever since that proved to be just the kind of thing international crowds at showcases are looking for.” Live performances are a … Continue reading Collider’s ‘Glockster’ Is Beautifully Progressive Danish Shoegaze

‘All Out’ by The Boston Shakers Is Eclectic, Janky and Groovy Rock

‘All Out’ by The Boston Shakers is janky, groovy classic rock with a party-oriented, rap-influenced vocal approach. The band describes itself as, “a modern mash-up of Beastie Boys’ ‘(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)’, ANDREW W.K.’s ‘We Want Fun’, and Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing In the Name.’” There’s some quality guitar work here which is enhanced by a progressive, untethered production style. … Continue reading ‘All Out’ by The Boston Shakers Is Eclectic, Janky and Groovy Rock

Goosebump’s ‘She Don’t Say Goodbye’ Is Artsy Torontonian Indie Rock

Goosebump’s ‘She Don’t Say Goodbye’ is some artsy, spacey indie rock. Neil Rankin, one of the core songwriters, said this tune is, “a meditation on saying goodbye to someone despite them being right in front of you and them not really saying anything. A light bit of disco for you to groove to.” These guys “have been involved in the Toronto avant pop scene for years,” … Continue reading Goosebump’s ‘She Don’t Say Goodbye’ Is Artsy Torontonian Indie Rock

Medium Talk’s ‘Killing My King’ Is Unglamorous Retro Post-Punk

Medium Talk’s ‘Killing My King’ is well-done, candid post-punk. This New York-based trio has a good grip on the Joy Division sound. In spite of that, they’re a refreshing development in this now middle-aged genre. The rhythm section on here is strong. The drums are timely and pounding. The bassist knows when he needs to stay in the pocket, but he’s also not afraid step … Continue reading Medium Talk’s ‘Killing My King’ Is Unglamorous Retro Post-Punk

‘El Rawn Blubbard and the Hollywood Death’ by Jr. Sun Is Theatrical, Angelino Alt-Rock

Jr. Sun’s ‘El Rawn Blubbard and the Hollywood Death’ is some quirky, distinctly Angelino alternative rock. According to the band, “the song is written for and lovingly dedicated to Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige, who many believe has disappeared under mysterious circumstances.” With themes ranging “from cult murder conspiracies [and] hazy memories of childhood hauntings” to “presidential castration,” this band always … Continue reading ‘El Rawn Blubbard and the Hollywood Death’ by Jr. Sun Is Theatrical, Angelino Alt-Rock

Meet MARKIWI – the Young Oregonian Using Art to Improve Mental Health

Markiwi  is a young artist from Oregon who creates with their hands while defying society. Markiwi’s art is extraordinarily captivating and moving to look at. Markiwi sent in 4 canvas pieces with descriptions! We hope you’ll enjoy these as much as we did! This is a piece I did because I was inspired by my partner. She is a model and is not afraid to … Continue reading Meet MARKIWI – the Young Oregonian Using Art to Improve Mental Health