Music From a Birdcage’s ‘The Haircut Song’ Is Janky Lo-Fi Prog

Music From a Birdcage’s ‘The Haircut Song’ is janky progressive rock with a lo-fi vibe. “Music from a Birdcage is the solo project of veteran Bay Area musician Matt Deems,” this artist says, “who has contributed to a number of musical endeavors over the years,” including “as a guitarist and songwriter for the respected San Francisco post-rock group Form and Fate.” This track, “written and recorded … Continue reading Music From a Birdcage’s ‘The Haircut Song’ Is Janky Lo-Fi Prog

‘All I Am’ by Fern Dells Is Spacious, Anxious Indie Rock

‘All I Am’ by Fern Dells is spacious, atmospheric indie rock with an anxious, tense take. The band describes this as, “a song about getting lost at the end of a relationship and the reflection needed to get through it.” These guys really know how to take a feeling and stretch it out into a comprehensive narrative. Although the song is basically one long run-up to … Continue reading ‘All I Am’ by Fern Dells Is Spacious, Anxious Indie Rock

Joie Blaney / Dead Blonde Girlfriend is Out with “The Last Rockstar Volume III”

Joie Blaney, also known as Dead Blonde Girlfriend, has spent 2018 recording and releasing an immense amount of punk rock music. With a natural talent in writing a good punk song with a catchy hook and meaningful lyrics, Joie has released 11 more of these incredible songs on “The Last Rockstar Volume III.” The record starts off fast-paced with “Now You’re Gone.” While the lyrics … Continue reading Joie Blaney / Dead Blonde Girlfriend is Out with “The Last Rockstar Volume III”

Tiny Tree’s ‘Lion and the Meteor’ Is Ambitious, Expansive Post Rock

Tiny Tree’s ‘Lion and the Meteor’ is an expansive, refined take on post rock. “Rooted in heavy metal and the post punk/hardcore aesthetic,” these guys say they rely “just as heavily on ambiance, atmosphere and tone as,” they do on “complexity and aggression.” The duo describes itself as, “not so much a band, per se, but as a sonic collective.  The two members make up … Continue reading Tiny Tree’s ‘Lion and the Meteor’ Is Ambitious, Expansive Post Rock

‘Casual Encounters’ by The This Is Well-Produced British Columbian Post-Punk

‘Casual Encounters’ by The This is spunky, twinkly post-punk with an ethereal, poppy flair. The group began, “as a solo recording project by guitarist/vocalist Evan Matthiesen between producing local bands in the Victoria, British Columbia area,” but has recently been “realized as a real life band featuring Jimbo Rai and Seth Eggler on bass guitar and drums respectively.” The band says, “this self-produced track… explores … Continue reading ‘Casual Encounters’ by The This Is Well-Produced British Columbian Post-Punk

Book of Shame’s ‘Compatability’ Is Expansive, Ethereal Experimental Rock

Book of Shame’s ‘Compatability’ is spacey, untethered rock music with a defiant, ethereal aesthetic. These guys say a chance run-in at a violin repair shop, “led to a collaboration that has resulted in an album, a band, a lifestyle and poverty for two men who should know better.” There’s certainly a lot of ground covered on this track. From the tappy mechanical guitar lead that … Continue reading Book of Shame’s ‘Compatability’ Is Expansive, Ethereal Experimental Rock

Spirit of the Wildfire’s ‘No Allegiance’ Is Well-Balanced, Quick Punk Rock

Spirit of the Wildfire’s ‘No Allegiance’ is some heavily-charged, fast-paced punk out of Canada. These guys say their approach provides “listeners with a high energy, dynamic experience from an arsenal of unique styles and sounds. Combining a diverse array of influences from ska to hip-hop, with a hard hitting punk aggression, the group dubs their sound ‘funk punk.’” From the more pensive, ska-oriented bars of … Continue reading Spirit of the Wildfire’s ‘No Allegiance’ Is Well-Balanced, Quick Punk Rock

‘Evelyn’ by The Trust Fund Kids Is Competent, Pensive Indie Rock

‘Evelyn’ by The Trust Fund Kids is dark, pensive indie rock with a refined, understated approach. Musician Kevin Connor describes The Trust Fund Kids as his personal “self-produced musical project.” There’s an ideological unity and sonic togetherness on here that could only come from a one-man project. From the low, chunky guitar riffs peppered with warm electronic elements to the hopeless, monotone approach to the … Continue reading ‘Evelyn’ by The Trust Fund Kids Is Competent, Pensive Indie Rock

‘Kiss Me on the Mouth’ by Michelle Blades Is Clean International Indie Rock

‘Kiss Me on the Mouth’ by Michelle Blades is slick bluesy indie rock with a distinctly retro sense of homeliness. On here, the “Mexican-Panamanian artist presents a bittersweet track… [featuring] a character trying to persuade themselves of an innocence long lost while analyzing the vices of those around them,” her people say. This bandleader says her varied discography functions, “as an extension of her nomadic life spent … Continue reading ‘Kiss Me on the Mouth’ by Michelle Blades Is Clean International Indie Rock

‘Say So!’ by The Entrepreneurs Is Tight Danish Experimental Rock

‘Say So!’ by The Entrepreneurs is clean, reasonably experimental rock out of Copenhagen. The band describes their work as, “aesthetically rich and experimental variations on some of rock’s most significant subgenres like punk, grunge, post-rock… performed with an underlying experimental and explosive feel.” They claim to be committed to, “an approach of always being curious and open to inspiration. Everything goes as the band keeps … Continue reading ‘Say So!’ by The Entrepreneurs Is Tight Danish Experimental Rock