In a city with endless music venues, there is no place where your name shines brighter than the billboard at Antones Nightclub. “Meg Myers – Sold Out” blared out over 5th street on Sunday night and the crowd begin to mass at the doorway. Since the original scheduled date had been rescheduled from weeks ago due to Meg’s vocal surgery, fans were anticipatory and fervent.
FACS released a new EP called “Acteurs Inversion” last week. The two tracks on the EP are both ten minute plus collages of tracks and sounds that have been recorded for the trio’s forthcoming LP, which is due in 2019.
FACS is the experimental rock sounds of Alianna Kalaba (Bass), Noah Leger (Drums), and Brian Case (Guitar/Vocals).
Korgan Robb and Stella Rothenberg are the acoustic duo known as Red The Color. The duo met at The Chicago Academy for the Arts, and today, October 31st, they released their debut EP, “Throne”. This is a concept EP in that all of the songs are set in 1944. With that setting in mind, you can see why this EP’s subject matter is a little dark, but musically this duo in sync in both harmonies and songwriting.
Having released her debut EP H.U.R.T. in 2017, soul fusion singer-songwriter Melanie Dewey — known as MELD — has launched a Kickstarter to kick off recording sessions with her band for her upcoming debut LP. Dewey has performed around Nashville for a few years now, and has taken her act across ten different states and over twenty-five cities. Her hope with her music and her debut album is to help inspire more women into the forefront of soul music and to show that eclectic musical elements can jam well together when put together the right way. With her Kickstarter, Dewey hopes not only to cover all the costs for her band, the studio time, and the other production expenses, but also to build a record that will allow her to share her voice beyond anywhere she’s ever shared it before. You can view the campaign page here, and you can watch Dewey and the rest of MELD perform live at Rockwood Music Hall in New York below. – Will Sisskind
Last week, Darkwing put out their new EP, Super Silver, which came out on the heels of their loosie “Ignorant Ghost.” Today, they’re premiering the visuals for “Vicious” off of the split track “Vicious/Who U R.”
Despite being based out of Brooklyn-via-New Jersey, Darkwing has a sound that’s got a lot of west coast blood in it; you can hear a blend of surf punk, scuzzy garage, and fuzzy Southern California rock elements on their latest. “Quid Facere” and “Alley Cat Blues” both dip into the band’s melancholic side, while “Necropants" and “Vicious / Who U R” showcase rowdier, hooky song structures while still flirting with cynicism.
The video for “Vicious” is a dizzying mash-up of fish-lens images–from lip-syncing to quick cuts of party scenes and raucous shows. The song finds a balance between their amped up, oddball energy and east-coast neuroticism. The video only clocks in at one minute but manages to feel much longer. Check out both the video and the EP below.
Singer-songwriter Jonny Clousson recently shared a new EP, which he has titled Trouble Comes. There’s an earnest exuberance at play. The songs have an exposed, get-up-and-go vulnerability. The capacity to express issues and insecurities with an universal, upbeat energy makes the album surprisingly endearing, with a positive, pop-punk feel.
It’s hard to imagine “Dunk On Me” without the video, or the video without the song. The pairing, directed by Idle House and Blood Cultures, is outstanding. Drawn in by film grain and a wash of hazy synths and distant vocals, “Dunk On Me” abruptly rushes into a suffocating rush of clanging electronics and gothic imagery as school-age lovesickness develops into horror movie plotline in just over three-and-a-half minutes. The disjointed, experimental approach Blood Cultures takes on the track should reel you in, but with the video it’s an act that’s difficult to turn away from. Watch below. – Cameron Carr
The duo of Rachel Wild & Nathan Avila, a.k.a. Beach Bod, have returned with a new single. “Little Norma” navigates the melancholy waters of a breakup/separation. The pair share vocal duties, creating a mellow mirroring perspective. Gradually floating apart, aided by the tranquil, surf-pop sound, it’s like watching a narrative in split screen, as a connection that was once strong is severed. (Photo by Ashley Gellman)
Below is the incredible video for album’s lead single “Paralyzed”.
You can catch them on November 2nd at Avondale Music Hall.
Sometimes it’s hard to admit that that job that pays the bills can be such a chore. Younger Hunger understand that plight with some humorous whimsy on "Dead Inside." The stuttering, yet sinuous electro-pop track by the Long Beach trio intertwines a curious amalgamation of glitched-out samples over a funk-lite rhythm. Sounds complicated, but at its core, the spooky, yet buoyant track is a breezy listen that could well make that long shift a little bit less of a drag.
"Dead Inside is the second single off of the trio’s forthcoming debut EP, which is out on December 7. Juan Rodríguez
The music video for Havania Whaal’s “Supermoon” was released this past week. It follows the protagonist as they fall asleep underneath a glowing full moon stuck to the wall. As happens in any good dream, everything in the video is out of place yet exactly where it’s supposed to be. It has the snarky attitude of indie-darlings like Ghost World and Juno, encased in the style of silent films. Havania Whaal’s distorted, buzzing music follows the protagonist as they attempt to navigate the romantically campy dreamscape. The characters in the video may be out of sync with their bodies, but they’re perfectly in tune with the music. It’s a playful house of horrors, one you’ll enjoy getting lost in.
-By Avril Carrillo