DIY/Lo-Fi

Debut Highnoon Album Available for Streaming & Download

Produced by Justin Roth (Soft Idiot), Semi Sweet is the full-length debut from Highnoon, a.k.a. Kennedy Freeman, and is out now via Cicada Choir. Freeman (who also performs in live incarnation of Beach Bod) observes and evaluates through personal narratives. Anchored in melody, free-floating yet focused lyrics create a gentle atmosphere. Highnoon is slated to perform at The Barbary on Sunday, September 8, along with Bad Heaven Ltd., Very Bad Vibes, and Proper. (Photo by Morganne Boulden)

   

New Whaler Jr. LP Available for Streaming

RFA bassist Brendan McHale, a.k.a. Whaler Jr., has a new album out now via Castle Crank Records, titled Wasting Time. Bright, at ease, acoustic guitar and keys radiate an inherent warmth, which draws one toward the shoreline. An inviting, unpretentious nature is soaked in vocal harmonies, soothing the tension and offering reprieve. Tonight, Whaler Jr.'s record release will be held at PhilaMOCA, with support from NYC's The Misters and Tokyo's The Molice.

   

Krust Toons: "Huh?" by Tedd Hazard

Krust Toons: "Huh?" by Tedd Hazard - please feel free to drop him a line at teddandthehazards@gmail.com if you dig or have any funny ideas. You can also check out more of his illustrations and animation shorts HERE.

   

New Sam Silbert EP Available for Streaming & Download

Singer-songwriter Sam Silbert (of Gorpho) recently shared a solo effort, simply titled Songs. The three-song EP captivates with painstakingly, brutal honesty. Creating beautiful tales of loss and heartbreak, it's a bit of bedroom-folk at its finest. Feels aplenty are captured on this brief yet poignant snapshot in time.

   

Clairo's star rises quickly with debut record, show set for XL Center 08.04

If you have not heard of Boston’s Clairo, you soon will: the young artist is seeping into the pages of major publications like The Guardian with her debut record Immunity. Clairo is set to seriously shake up the pop hierarchy with her lively brand of synth-pop music. Don’t just imagine synth-driven tunes, picture energetic indie-rock guitar riffs, groovy drumbeats and the reverb-tinged vocals of a young woman ready to let her emotions spill across the mainstream. Clairo’s record is a sonic chameleon taking on the best colors of today’s music landscape: Immunity has the trap beats that currently surge in Chicago, the electro-rock bubbling in New York City and the ever-vibrant pop glaze of Los Angeles. You will want to catch this artist before she is out of reach, and the XL Center in Hartford is the place to do that on August 4th. We are streaming the red hot track “Bags” from the new record below. - Rene Cobar