It’s the time of year when established media outlets and blog boys alike put out their “Best ____ of 2018 so far” lists. Ya know I’m no different. However, I don’t make money off of my last name dot com, so I don’t need 50 different lists to appease my advertisers. I limited myself to… Read More Gimme 5 (aka the best of everything so far in 2018)
The fact that Richard Edwards isn’t a household name hurts my heart. He is one of the most poetically talented writers producing music and has been for over a decade. His second official solo effort, Verdugo, is the perfect follow up to last year’s Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset. It’s bolder, stronger, fuller.
KC Dalager and Brad Hale aren’t back. They’ve never left. Despite six years having passed since their ambient rock album Threads won over fans across the globe, the duo never went anywhere. They’ve spent nearly all of that time second term touring, writing, getting stuck, restarting, and figuring out what was next.
The first three months of 2018 produced so many great songs. I have a working Spotify list where I throw singles when I dig them. There were a lot of ones that burned fast and fell by the wayside, but then there were those I could listen to every single day. Here are 30 I… Read More Here are 30 songs from the first 3 months of 2018
Soccer Mommy’s Clean has jumped to the forefront of those fighting for my favorite album of the year. Sophie Allison’s soft melodies of self-referential emo could have been on alt-radio anytime from when Monica Lewinsky topped headlines to rap’s takeover of the mainstream to this very moment.
Coming up with my top five favorite rock albums of my lifetime to jam out to of all time is relatively easy. In chronological order: Nevermind by Nirvana (1991) Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Moriessette (1995) Bringing Down the Horse by the Wallflowers (1996) Bleed American by Jimmy Eat World (2001) Hot Fuss by the… Read More Waxahatchee combines all the right elements for a perfect album
The Real Fits are no more. Don’t worry, the Phoenix-based band is still around and their sound is just as mesmerizing as ever. The quartet is now Panic Baby and they, like they have the past few months, plan on releasing new music as often as possible. Their latest song “Heavy” proves the band continues to… Read More Panic Baby (fka The Real Fits) discuss name change and release new song
As Gospel Claws, the then-reigning kings of Phoenix’s indie music scene, began to disperse to Washington, Idaho, and elsewhere, vocalist, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and handsome man Sloan Walters began working on solo material. Using his middle name, Sloan Dylan released “Loan Star State” today via Soundcloud. He cowrote the song with Eric Lauterbach in 2015. In… Read More Sloan Dylan (ex-Gospel Claws) releases first solo song
Now, Now spent the last half decade in relative silence. Cacie Dalager and Brad Hale became roommates and posted normal twenty-something photos on Instagram and shared their thoughts on Twitter. Hale produced songs and created artwork for a variety of indie musicians across the country, but Dalager remained an enigma.
Richard Edwards doesn’t sound tired anymore. His voice is still soft, but there is an optimistic vibrancy that hadn’t been there in recent years. He is in a quiet room in his home in Indiana talking to me on the phone. I apologize for not being able to meet in person; I couldn’t afford a… Read More Richard Edwards Reborn