Lantern – Lantern

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There’s a warmth, there’s a relaxing vibe. The vocals and backing vocals are well constructed, creating a welcoming ambience. Stylistic cues come from the best of Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver, but the sound feels more at home in a … Continued

Ashlee Alpha Shrimp – Aqua

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“Life is about expanding and contracting. Every experience has a lesson, and every breath is a gift.” Ashlee Alpha Shrimp mediates in a whimsical and philosophical way. Is this daydreaming, is this a therapy session, or is this an improv … Continued

Rosie Tucker – Sucker Supreme

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Sometimes I find it difficult to write about music I really like. This is one such case. The songs here shine lyrically, speaking to a myriad of experiences relating to coming of age and everything that entails. Style-wise there is … Continued

Able Baker – Spiral Bound Songs

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This is a dang good downer. The newish release from Able Baker features 5 pleasantly sad songs that mix together aspects of slow-core, emo, and aughts indie rock. Characteristics of Superchunk show up, as well as a similarity to VoirVoir … Continued

sweetmelk – Living Room

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“Were you just trying to figure me out then, a social science? Won’t you share your findings with the subject of your experiment?” This short play is beautiful. Haunting and full vocals, a singer-songwriter vibe, but not in a dated … Continued

La Cosa – 7″

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Prime punk/psych/noise rock from Chicago’s own La Cosa. Songs have a driving beat, reverb for days, and some pretty gnarly distortion on everything from the sax to the vocals. One can even hear traces of the Stooges or Sonic Youth … Continued

The Sprawl – Cancelled Future

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“I am America, can you tell? I’m more unfair than a concrete cell” I want more music like this to exist. I’ve often dreamt of an alternate punk reality where bands like Devo, Minutemen, Suburban Lanes, and Dead Milkmen were … Continued