by: Angela Taslakian and Michelle Ma, Co-Music Directors
Slam Dunk - Welcome To Miami – (FU:M)
House party side project turns chaotic with this energetic live band from Canada. Melodic garage with nods to punk. It’s similar to they’re 2011 album “The Shivers” but less in your face. At the same time, it’s the perfect cure to scabies. Their songs are so catchy, it’s hard not to dance with sass that will take over your whole body.
The Spyrals - S/T - (Mock Records)
From San Francisco, this band is all dense psych rock. It will have you shaking if you’re the one with lonely eyes in the rain. But if you’ve been out too long, it’s the kind of sound you’d enjoy with hot cocoa thawing in front of your fireplace.
Ed Hale and The Transcendence - The Great Mistake - (Dying Van Gogh Records)
This band will take you back in time, but not too back, so it’s still pretty relatable. It’s up-tempo pop rock that is very Brit-influenced. The album was produced by Roger Houdaille of The Transcendence. It even has some Franz Ferdinand sounding songs. Most of the lyrics are centered around girls but not necessarily around love. It’s quite enjoyable, especially when you think nobody’s listening to you.
Dirty Projectors - About To Die EP - (Domino Record Co.)
This EP is definitely something to get excited about! It’s easy-to-get-into experimental rock that will make you feel as smart as you truly are. In it, has the song “About To Die” from their last album, along with five new tracks. It’s not the Cross-Cultural Center, but it is Clever, Captivating, and Catchy.
Nous Non Plus - Le sexe et la politique - (Terrible Kids Music)
French female fronted electronica rock... need I write more? I don’t know French, but the album is supposedly about sex and politics. If you give it a listen, I guarantee you will feel sexy. Some translated lyrics read “a song about a girl obsessed with a man’s motorcycle” and “a foray into sadomasochism and role-play.”
Pretty and Nice - Us You All We - (Pax Natural Records)
It’s dream pop indie post-punk electronic self expression. Ironic usage of technology while singing about needing to forget about using it. This album contains four songs that will make you want to hibernate after greeting the sun.
Aaron Embry - Tiny Prayers - (Community Music)
Spending three years as the pianist in Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros would surely give someone some interesting stories to tell. Aaron not only has stories, but emotions that are perfectly translated in this album. It’s simple melodies with complex feelings of emo-folk and lots of harmonica. Beware, this album will make you aware of your sadness, in such a beautiful way.
Dark Dark Dark - Who Needs Who - (Supply and Demand Music)
Nona Marie Invie’s voice is breathtaking. It’s mellow and haunting, with folk and jazz influences that will leave you refreshed, sort of like breathing the air the day after it rained.