Indie Rock

PREMIERE: Drug Couple "Be In 2" is cheerful end-time music, play the Broadway 11.18

Off-kilter indie connoisseurs Drug Couple lay down a homegrown bop on new single “Be In 2.” A track off the Brooklyn duo’s forthcoming debut EP Little Hits, “Be In 2” finds its pace in the disconcerting give-and-take of modulating, granular synths and an acoustic percussive backbone, occasionally finding space for shimmering guitar riffs and cheerful vocal accents, endowing the final output with a sound somewhere between Animal Collective and Yo La Tengo. This call and response dynamic radiates through the track’s lyrical components as well, with band members Miles and Becca sharing the song’s central melody. Given that Drug Couple’s mythos comes from its two members “falling in love, micro-dosing LSD [together], and considering getting a dog,” it’s clear that the chemistry between its two members isn’t just limited to their joint desire to “find someone special to share the end times with.” Jam it below, and catch them at the Broadway on November 18th for their record release show. -Connor Beckett McInerney, Photo by Ed-Rocha Goncalves

   

Gabriel Birnbaum's "Not Alone" is lush contemporary American music, plays Turk's Inn 12.4

New York-based songwriter Gabriel Birnbaum (of Wilder Maker) describes his debut solo LP Not Alone as “classic American music, suitable for everyday use,” and he’s not wrong. There’s something quotidian about his tunes in the way that he recounts daily adventures and the minutia of the minutes passing between the hours, offset by the easygoing nature of his backing band laying down classic folk rock soundscapes. This isn’t to say there’s anything boring about Not Alone; rather, Gabriel Birnbaum’s ability to craft plainspoken-yet-engaging narratives of everyday life resonates as good, honest work—his view of the world is well-used when accompanied by stuttering roots rock electric guitars and rhythmic, acoustic strumming, providing a contemporary example of the hardworking American musician archetype. Stream the first three tracks of the record below, and catch Birnbaum at Turk’s Inn on December 4th. —Connor Beckett McInerney

   

Healing Potpourri at The Knockout Nov 8

How to describe Healing Potpourri? Sweet bossa beats with a real gentle vibe. Healing, indeed. It's like what you wish elevator music was. The boys are coming to The Knockout tonight and we wanted to send out this late but proper invitation. So forth, be soothed. -Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

 

   

On "Rattlesnake," Lauren Rocket empowers you to live life in the moment

"Rattlesnake," Lauren Rocket's new single, captures the pleasure of feeling alive and adventurous. The singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist's latest solo endeavor subverts rock 'n' roll tropes, sweetening her blustery guitar passages with an empowering anthem that flirts with pop's experimental possibilities. "Wild nights/playing games in the dark," Rocket sings in a whispery croon, living through life with infectious zest. If "Rattlesnake" comes across as fully-formed, there's a good reason for this. Having led the power-pop group ROCKET, and toured with bands like The Pink Spiders and Night Terrors of 1927, she's taken from those experiences to mold a musical persona that is all her own.

Check out the video for "Rattlesnake below. - Juan Rodríguez

   

Sy Somebody “Take The Money”

Sy Somebody has released his debut single, “Take The Money”. This is the Psych Pop of Casey Meehan, the founder of Chicago Mixtape, and the first taste of an album being planned for February 2020.