"You know that I have so much to give," Ann Yu sings on 'Desire,' a standout track from dream-weaving San Francisco synth-popsters Silver Swans' recently released sophomore effort, 'TOUCH,' and she speaks the truth.
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In New England, folks are fond of saying that if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes -- it'll change. You might say something similar about Mals Totem, a Boston-born band of Berklee School of Music alum with crazy musical versatility and the songs to prove it.
Unlike the final game of the World Series, our September 2013 Crucial Cut of the Month contest came down to the wire. Just like the fall classic, though, Boston has triumphed, and congrats go out to Mals Totem for narrowly defeating the Tragic Thrills to capture this most prestigious of rock 'n' roll honors.
San Francisco’s excellent psych-rock outfit Wooden Shjips is returning with a new album following 2011’s ‘West.’ ‘Back to Land’ is the Ripley Johnson-led band’s fourth LP, and we’re offering its title track for free download below.
Ellen Kemper has a lot on her proverbial plate. The 19-year-old is juggling life as a college freshman studying music and as the frontwoman for the up-and-coming lo-fi indie outfit Palehound. The trio was a favorite amongst CMJ-goers earlier this month, and her brand-new ‘Bent Nail EP’ is bound to keep the momentum going.
NYC trio Wise Girl — singer Abby Weitz, guitarist Chris Fasulo and drummer Harry Keithline — brings back the ‘90s post-grunge power-pop of Letters to Cleo on their debut LP, ‘You’ll Just Have to Wait,’ which landed in September.
Following her self-titled debut, San Francisco singer-songwriter Debbie Neigher will release her sophomore effort, ‘Unravel,’ on Nov. 12.
Following three EPs, the guys of Vinny Vegas take their brand of sprawling emo-meets-prog rock a step further on their full-length debut, ‘The Big White Whale.’
Hungarian electro-pop duo Venice Valley sum up their sound in one word: “summer.” But before you start conjuring images of beaches and hearing fuzzy surf rock in your head, think again. Sugár Andor and Hencz Peti are more ‘80s synth-pop than rattling guitars and washed-out reverb.