Though they’ve been called a supergroup, Minor Victories are more a dream band. Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell sings spectral inflections over beautiful soundscapes created by members of Mogwai and Editors. But from grafting these branches of musical family trees, an entirely new species is born. Elements of Krautrock braid with post-rock and shoegaze guitars to innovate gorgeous, sonic sophistication.
by Eric Shea
A refreshing step away…
…from the balada format that dominates contemporary banda, La Trakalosa pays tribute to classic polkas and rancheras norteñas, with tracks made famous by El Palomo y El Gorrión (featured on “Toda La Chapa”), Los Cadetes de Linares and Ramón Ayala. Edwin Luna’s vocals are standout, and the cuts with accordion and bajo quinto are next level.
Miami’s throwback boogie crew make you dance in the sunshine.
Cosmic Chronic crew Psychic Mirrors bring you back to a time of neon roller-skates and terrycloth headbands. Funking up the place with an ‘80s sounding synthed-out groove and classic falsetto harmonies, they nail the sound of pop-locking on the pier. Plug in the DX-7 and jam with these disco freaks.
by J Boogie
A new voice puts the futon down for her fans.
NYC comic Sharpe recorded her debut release in her native Atlanta, and her low, gravelly delivery and spiky observations on gender and race recall comedy luminaries Janeane Garofalo and Wanda Sykes. Listen for Sharpe’s descriptions of NYC winters (magical, then cold) and guide to Northern racism (you’ll need a password).
A Breath of Fresh Air
On HERO, Morris’ frank lyrics, incomparable vocals and genre-defying production combine for a debut album that surpasses high expectations set by the beloved windows-down, road-trip-karaoke inspired “My Church.” Traditional country fans may lean towards “I Could Use a Love Song” while those willing to walk closer to the edge will love songs like pop-inspired “Rich.”
Feed your head!
San Diego masters of sonic delirium, Earthless and Harsh Toke team up for a match made in a smoky heaven. A split “single” with two jams clocking in at over 30 minutes of blazing guitars, hella efx and vibez for daze. Drugs have never been so musical. Or is it music that’s never been so druggy?
More than “just a bunch of nerds.”
Like Alessia Cara’s “Here,” Hailey Knox’s debut single nails the new adolescent manifesto of the coolness in being uncool. With lyrics like, “You’ll get what you deserve/ When all the geeks inherit the earth,” this newcomer has the breezy confidence to win over teenage outsiders everywhere.
Their First Release In Three Years
This new EP’s title makes more sense in context. “Drag Queen” (future) is a faithful but forward-looking approximation of a New Order song, “Oblivious” (present) sounds like the band’s recent work with a guitar hook that’s more classic rock than LES cool. “Threat Of Joy” (past) plays like an outtake from their seminal debut.
by Mat Bates
Pop Punk At Its Finest
Pop punk has always held a special place in the hearts of most Warped Tour attendees. Festival darlings Real Friends embodies everything loved about the genre with the perfect balance of upbeat riffs, raw energy and “sad boy” lyrics. This album places them amongst the greats. Standout tracks “Mess” and “Colder Quicker” are pure gold.
by Crystal Lowe
Portland Twang-Punk Supergroup
With an arsenal of big guns from the legendary Northwest bands Wipers, Pierced Arrows, The Rats and Thee Headliners, Jenny Don’t wields a noticeably tougher sound than most of her twangy contemporaries. Standouts include the aptly titled “Hot As A Desert” and a sultry duet of Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood’s “Ladybird” with Poison Idea‘s Jerry A.
by Eric Shea