New Music

Maddie Jay – “Shakes”

LA-based multi-instrumentalist Maddie Jay nails it on “Shakes,” a neurotic-but-captivating indie rock jam. Throughout the song, Maddie Jay repeats, “If I could calm myself down I could handle it all,” perfectly encapsulating the anxiousness of millennial angst. This one is full of urgent guitar-pop energy, but is especially breathtaking around the 1:35 mark where everything drops out…

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Opinion

How Music Has Changed With the Emergence of New Technology

Technology has changed many aspects of life in a multitude of ways. The music industry has not gone untouched by the influence. Music is one way we use to express ourselves, and it has been changing for thousands of years. In recent decades, there have been numerous technological advances and innovations, which have led to…

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Stables – “Marathon”

We really enjoyed this uniquely dreamy indie folk jam from UK duo Stables. Reminiscent of Vampire Weekend, Foals, or Grizzly Bear, “Marathon” is a slowly simmering ditty that builds gently over the gentle pattering of a snare roll. This one exists in the aether between folk rock and contemporary indie rock, but is a blissful and…

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Bonsaii – “Seasons”

There’s something unique about “Seasons” by Australian act Bonsaii… This one feels like the perfect juxtaposition between a DIY bedroom mix and polished, synthy indie rock. Bedroom-esque vocals and guitars are layered warmly on top of otherwise glistening drum and synth layers – be sure to stick around for the fun chorusy “oohs.” We think fans…

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Not Fit – “Fun House”

Loving this fun one from Brooklyn indie rockers Not Fit. “Fun House” is reminiscent of the tight but janky vibes and borderline-baritone vocals of Parquet Courts with a bit of the raucous energy of the Arctic Monkeys. This one is about the trials and tribulations of a mutually destructive relationship – a fantastic story told by…

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Ultimate Overshare – “Backscatter”

Virginia quartet Ultimate Overshare are the kind of band that would thrive in a basement show or DIY venue setting (RIP shows, for now)… Their passionate and poignant blend of emo and dream-pop is reminiscent of late 90s introspective kings like Mineral, American Football, or Appleseed Cast. “Backscatter” is a surprisingly catchy jam layered thick with big…

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demotapes – “Treading Water”

demotapes is the new project from San Fransisco’s Parker Livingston… “Treading Water” is our pick for where you should start. Watery pianos and light, subtle vibes run throughout this one – until the chorus blooms into something bassy and groovy. Refrains of “we’re all just treading water” feel oddly topical, but also apply vaguely and…

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jjoey – “I Don’t Know That Song”

Loving the ultra-sincere vibes here on “I Don’t Know That Song” by Brooklyn artist, jjoey. Fans of Joan of Arc, Sufjan Stevens, or Owen are going to enjoy this – jjoey pairs his acoustic guitar ditties with electronic flourishes. Splashes of keyboards, electronic percussion, and drums add a bit of off-kilter flair to this one, giving…

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List

6 Simple Ways to Become a Better Guitarist

To become a great guitar player, you must be diligent about practicing regularly. However, every musician knows that practicing can get stale if you don’t change up the routine. You can’t always sit down to play the same chords, riffs, and songs over and over and expect to be challenged. So, to shake things up…

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The Feather – “Stay Up”

“Stay Up” is a haunting synth-pop jam from Belgian act The Feather. This one feels ghostly, yet dance-able, pairing funky nu-disco rhythmic elements with spooky synth pads and muffled smatterings of guitar. We especially loved how this one felt dreamy but still got our heads bobbing along. If you like it as much as we did, make…

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