DIY/Lo-Fi

Earring

Earring has shared the first single, "Dark Heart", from their forthcoming album Tunn Star. The album will be released by Fire Talk Records on June 10th.

You can catch Earring at The Hideout on May 5th with Dim and The Hecks.

   

Very Fresh plays Palisades on April 21st

After rewarding singer songwriter Cindy Lou Gooden's lo-fi project Very Fresh with our Record of the Month back in 2010, we kinda lost touch with them. We are glad to see them they are still at it, with a bunch of releases under their belt. Now a quartet, the group put out a two song single in November 2015 featuring Cindy Lou's signature quirky lyrics and '90s influenced melodies. Check them out live at Palisades on April 21st and check out single 'Clean Touch' below.

   

New Track: "ACD (Abscessive Compulsive Disorder)" - Nothing

Sustained somber and a smattering of the drum skins dictate the tone of “ACD (Abscessive Compulsive Disorder)”, the new single from Philly's own Nothing. Featured on their forthcoming album Tired of Tomorrow, which is scheduled for release on May 13 via Relapse Records, the song carries a meditative yet noisy air, with the injection of an anthemic chorus that burrows in your brain. Nothing is currently scheduled to perform next in Philly on Friday, July 8 at Union Transfer, for a belated record release show, which will also includes Culture Abuse and Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler.

   

New Tangiers/Straw Hats Split EP Available for Streaming & Download

Over the weekend, local outfits Tangiers and Straw Hats issued a split EP, Is This Split. Tangiers occupy the first half of the album the chilled-out groover "Home Invasion," the blistering "Hey Mama," and the casually intense "Marijuana USA," while Straw Hats grab the reins, weaving grunge grit with a fun twist on  "Salmon," "Neighborhood Watch," and "Drones." It’s a mesh of light and heavy that meets somewhere in the middle.

   

Preview Austin Slacker Force Hovvdy's New Album with Single "Try Hard"

With Hovvdy’s newest release Taster, set to come out tomorrow April 15 through Merdurhaus and Sports Days Records, we think it’s safe to say that the current upsurge of on-point slacker rock in Austin has its figurehead act. So far we’ve only got three tracks from the album, but they are strong in the slack, as oxymoronic as that might sound.

Taster is Hovvdy building upon their recent work with last year’s Stay Warm split with Loafer (which we loved), adding to the already-present 90s slacker indie sound, a la Pavement and the like, a further depth to their work that puts us more in mind of the softer 2000s suburban indie pop of bands like Pinback. It’s good, introspective, happy-in-its-melancholy music, full of prettily muted vocals and quiet thoughts on relationships like good slack should be.

Personally, it makes me think of a time when the world you could reach out to was smaller, so you dicked around in the space available in your own town, very often listening to music with a feel just like this and thinking about how weird everything felt all the time. That there are bands making a sound that feels as much of that time as it does of now makes me happy, and thoughtful. Maybe we aren’t that far from that kind of life when the world we could interact with was smaller and so each of our relationships was more complex. Or maybe we just wish we were still there.

Whichever it is, Hovvdy is here to talk about it. Check out track “Try Hard” from Taster below, and be sure that we’ll be giving the full album a look here soon.