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New Ben Loomis EP Available for Streaming & Download

Ben Loomis is the recording project of Matt Roth. Roth’s recent collaboration with Pulgas’s Simon Martinez resulted in the EP Hoss Flat, a small but robust collection of songs released back in December. Frogs picks up from where Roth left off, inviting the listener into an array of modest pop tunes that exhibit slick grooves, crisp production, and a sophisticated sonic palette. Each track begins with a hook, immediately drawing you in and spurring a curiosity to hear out how the songs will evolve. The EP showcases Roth’s uncanny ability to explore genre conventions with a lucidity that gracefully lands each musical leap of faith; each track continually advances into new territories without feeling like the narrative is being stretched too thin. Perfect music to soundtrack a winter thaw, a refreshing burst of sunlight amidst the anticipation of spring. (Photo by Sarah Milberger)  - Josh Kelly

   

Silver Liz

File this one under band’s we missed, but feel strongly about mentioning now. Silver Liz is the Garage Rock of Carrie and Matt Wagner. They released their debut full-length album, I Can Feel The Weight, back in 2017.

Since coming across this last week, we've listened to it twice and are activity hoping there will new music from them soon.

Photo by JDUB Photography

   

TANGIENTS unveil fierce, pummeling new single "Hazel," play at The Echo on 3/19

TANGIENTS unleash their primal fury on "Hazel." The duo of Chelsea Ray and Be Hussey are not for slow-builds—their confrontational post-punk immediately shoots off with a tribal roar over an enrapturing guitar lead. Led by Ray's commanding vocal acrobatics, "Hazel" emanates a visceral energy that is shrouded in mystery and seduction. They push forth a rich, full sound that is far greater than their two-piece setup.

The duo is playing at The Echo on March 19 alongside TEEN and Methyl Ethel. Check out "Hazel" below. Juan Rodríguez

   

Songwriter Nicole Jackson releases EP "Radio Silence"

You might pass a hundred singer-songwriters in the Music City every day, whether they're lawyers, cashiers, or even your best friend who has a secret diary which you don't know about. Often times, they're university students, as is the case with Nicole Jackson. The Portland-born singer-songwriter studies the music business at Belmont University, but she's also put out a collection of four tracks called Radio Silence. The EP showcases a talent with songwriting on par with indie up-and-comers like Snail Mail and big names like Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underwood. Tracks on Radio Silence range in intensity from barnstormer "Disappear" to post-punk tinged "Ghosts" to the ballad title track. It's a promising debut from one of the many aspiring musicians who walk among us. Take a listen to Radio Silence below. - Will Sisskind

   

Looms' "Eclipse" is an ode to emotional paralysis - live at Berlin 3.28

It’s hard not bask in the languid world of “Eclipse,” the first single off dream punk act Looms’ new record The Way Up. Written after a summer tour and a break up, frontman Sharif Mekawy’s lyrics about “wishing the moon would make it dark” embody a passive paralysis, the feeling of watching the hours tick by, a stupor from the reception of unexpected and unpleasant news. Looms’ interweaving guitars bolster this vibe, its impressive sundrenched noodling a sonic representation of the frustration that lies just below the surface. And while the Brooklyn four piece may have chosen to name this track after a solar eclipse, it feels just like a lazy afternoon in how it encapsulates the boring-to-death moments in between the events that define our lives. Give it a listen below, and catch Looms at Berlin on March 28th alongside Color Tongue, Monoculture, and Huh. -Connor Beckett McInerney (@b_ck_tt), Photo by Liz Maney