Stuff by: Steven Ward

Premiere: Singer-songwriter Susy Sun soars on new single “The Way The Wind Blows”

With the kind of piercing croons that as much wrap themselves in tenderness around the heart as they do make it shiver, singer/songwriter Susy Sun has made herself known with the eponymous single from her upcoming album, “The Way The Wind Blows.” Above a lilting piano ballad that eventually surges alongside Sun’s soaring vocals, the […]

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Five Reasons Just Like Heaven Fest is the mixed-CD you once burned for your crush

Seemingly out of the blue Just Like Heaven Fest has emerged to offer-up one of the biggest throwbacks of indie-rock of the year with a lineup that lays on the nostalgia rather thick. With synth-pop outfit Passion Pit celebrating the ten-year anniversary of their debut album Manners it appears that other late 00s artists have decided […]

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CLAVVS rise from the smoke with new EP, share title track “No Saviors”

Amber Renee and Graham Marsh, the best-friend duo behind alt-pop act CLAVVS have shared the title track from their upcoming debut EP No Saviors and it’s the midnight stereo-burner we deserve. In the vein of other dark synth-pop meditators like Banks and Phantogram, CLAVVS build their electronic ballad on a take-no-prisoners sentiment as Renee gives voice to vengeful empowerment. “No […]

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SOAK doubles-down on youthful rebellion on video for “Knock Me Off My Feet”

Bridie Monds-Watson, the cutting singer/songwriter behind SOAK, has shared the video for her single “Knock Me Off My Feet” off her upcoming sophomore album Grim Town. The 22-year-old  tackles all manner of small-town mania on the album, mingling a suffocating nostalgia for adolescence with the disorienting modernity of her early adulthood, and the new single is […]

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Better Oblivion Community Center get lost in a surreal fever-dream in video for “Dylan Thomas,” self-titled album out now

Better Oblivion Community Center, the mash-up project of Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst have finally released their self-titled debut album along with a music video of their “Dylan Thomas.” Bridgers just recently ended her tour with another singer/songwriter supergroup boygenius, alongside the likes of Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus, and what better way to top […]

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Florence + the Machine share new songs “Moderation” and “Haunted House”

The tour and swooning over High As Hope has yet to even begin to subside and Florence + the Machine have already released two new songs amidst the fervor with “Moderation” and “Haunted House.” A slight return to form with the cathedral-sized, baroque-meets-gothic sound of her first two albums, “Moderation” is the kind of thundering, concussively impassioned […]

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Premiere: RKCB share melancholic new single “Till We’re In The Sea”

L.A.-based dream pop duo RKCB have released the latest single off their upcoming Shores EP in the form of the melancholic “Till We’re In The Sea.” A pulsating ballad that takes one of the bigger crisis of our time in climate-change and attempts to peer into it from a fresh perspective—one that is more honed in on […]

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Album Review: Maggie Rogers finds her footing, finds her voice—shouts it from the mountaintop on Heard It In A Past Life

Performing at the Boston Calling music festival last year, Maggie Rogers stepped-out into the sun in a royal-blue-jumpsuit—trailing the cape that was attached to it behind her—and gave one of the weekend’s most invigorating performances. It was a stellar and lucid moment from an artist who at the time had only a handful of singles […]

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An Interview with Cautious Clay: Tip-toeing to semi-fame and finding his niche there

Joshua Karpeh is inside an apartment building that is both not his own nor houses anyone he actually knows. He’s there to get a meeting with a leasing agent or manager after spending his morning—in a state of ever-evaporating interest—flipping through a stack of business cards and dialing the numbers printed on them—ten—twenty—forty—sixty-times—fishing for calls […]

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Broods share shimmering new pop track “Hospitalized” off new album — LA gig at Fonda Theatre

Virulently-glazed synths and a bubbly disco thrill abound on Broods‘ new single “Hospitalized,” the latest single from their upcoming third album Don’t Feed The Pop Monster. Like previous singles “Everything Goes (Wow)” and “Peach,” sibling Georgia and Caleb Knott’s latest entry is a sun-burnt extravaganza of synthesizer-laden glitter work. There’s a lot to love on “Hospitalized,” […]

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