Razorhouse-Codex Tres Lingua

Codex Tres Lingua, the third EP from Chicago’s Razorhouse, begins precariously planted in the industrial roots and pop dreams of the band’s mastermind Mark Panick. After 30 years in the game, Panick still finds ways to add wrinkles to the formula, and “Go” has the kind of singer/songwriter sensibility that we’ve learned over time is possible from hard rockers and post-punk screamers alike. As with … Continue reading Razorhouse-Codex Tres Lingua

CIFIKA-MOMOM

We’re in the midst of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, so what better time than now to highlight South Korea’s own CIFIKA. A rising star in her native country, the electronic artist is about to head out on the longest North American run ever by a Korean artist. The video for “MOMOM,” directed by Oui Kim, is pretty wild. It reminds me a lot of the … Continue reading CIFIKA-MOMOM

Lilly Winwood-Silver Stage

Back in 2017 Lilly Winwood released her debut EP, Silver Stage. The whole thing only lasts 18 minutes, but you get enough of a taste to know you want to hear more. If the name sounds familiar it’s likely because you’re familiar with her father Steve’s work; he of Traffic and Blind Faith fame, as well as a long solo career filled with hit songs. … Continue reading Lilly Winwood-Silver Stage

Lauren Ruth Ward-“Sideways”

Following up on a strong EP in 2016 and a couple singles last year, Lauren Ruth Ward is preparing her first full-length album for release February 9th. The song feels like driving down the California coast, so it’s no wonder the singer left her hometown of  Baltimore for the sunny streets of Los Angeles. Some aspects of the song remind me of Courtney Barnett, but … Continue reading Lauren Ruth Ward-“Sideways”

H.C. McEntire-“Quartz In The Valley”

Monday mornings are always rough, but winter Monday’s are especially painful. It’s days like these I’m thankful for the good folks at Merge who always seem to have something new in my inbox to get my week going. This new single from H.C. McEntire is hitting all the right notes for me, so maybe today won’t be so bad. Almost left behind until Kathleen Hanna … Continue reading H.C. McEntire-“Quartz In The Valley”

Titus Andronicus-“Number One (In New York)”

Last night Patrick Stickles announced the release date for a new Titus Andronicus album, and posted the first single to YouTube. It’s been a couple years since The Most Lamentable Tragedy, so a new record is a great way to start 2018. And “Number One (In New York)” finds Stickles at the height of anger and resentment. The video, directed by Ray Concepcion, also shows … Continue reading Titus Andronicus-“Number One (In New York)”

Hood Smoke-“Depending On The Fool”

Hood Smoke, the Chicago-based pop quintet, released a new single a couple weeks ago and I’m just now catching up to it. It’s a bit hypnotic in it’s structure, giving me the same kind of feeling I got the first time I heard Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You,” which I played endlessly on a cassette I dubbed off the radio back in the day. It’s … Continue reading Hood Smoke-“Depending On The Fool”