The aftermath of a strummed guitar fades in before the strumming is heard at all. The guitar is accompanied soon – a droning tremolo and a solid bass, backed by a light, easy drum beat. A glittering repeating two-note guitar figure enters, with as much reverb and echo as the rest of this introduction has had. … Continue reading “Album Review: “Slowdive” by Slowdive”
WQHS sat down with John Moreland before his Union Chapel show in London to chat about his latest album, Big Bad Luv, his writing style, Oklahoma, and the saga of the “Big Bad Luv” neon sign.
Two and a half years after his first performance at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, Lewis Watson played to a crowd of eager fans, some coming from hundreds of miles away to see the singer-songwriter’s show. I have been to the Troubadour many times, as it is my favorite venue, and I have never seen … Continue reading “Lewis Watson @ The Troubadour 5/6”
Fyfe performed a sold-out show at Omeara in London last night. The show followed a November cancellation which reassigned all tickets to last night’s gig. Fyfe brings together a range of styles, with the main unifying trait of his latest album Control (2015) being satisfyingly synchronized percussive backdrops. His supporting vocalist covered the solo in “Belong” (originally … Continue reading “Live Review: Fyfe at Omeara”
Japanese Breakfast (the solo project of Philadelphia-based artist Michelle Zauner) has announced her sophomore album, titled, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, or S.S.F.A.P for short, and released the first single, called “Machinist,” with a video to accompany it. When I saw Japanese Breakfast perform at First Unitarian Church, Zauner explained that the song is about the … Continue reading “Single Review: “Machinist” by Japanese Breakfast”
Virtual band Gorillaz has been teasing everyone for a while now, steadily dropping singles, remixes, a VR music video for “Saturnz Barz“, and an interactive app with exclusive Gorillaz content. Now, they have finally released their sensational album Humanz. It’s a tragic, dystopian concept album that wants you to dance until the world comes crashing down.
After confusing tweets and a cryptic trailer, Fall Out Boy have released a new single, along with the announcement of a new album titled M A N I A and a tour across North America this Fall. The single, titled “Young and Menace,” is a departure from what one might expect from Fall Out Boy, … Continue reading “Single Review: “Young and Menace” by Fall Out Boy”
There’s a new novel out by George Saunders called Lincoln in the Bardo. In the bardo, scores of dead men and women talk about their lives, talk about their last memories with their families, and talk about when exactly they expect they’ll be back to living those lives. The bardo (in the novel, at least) is a place … Continue reading “Album Review: “Whiteout Conditions” by The New Pornographers”
Waxahatchee has announced a new album, “Out in the Storm,” and released a new single titled “Silver” along with a music video. Waxahatchee, the project of Katie Crutchfield, is taking a new direction with this song, which they are known for with each album. The brilliant album, “Ivy Tripp,” released in 2015 felt very singular and … Continue reading “Single Review: “Silver” by Waxahatchee”
Motel Mozaique, a music and art festival in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, celebrated its 17th year this year. Featuring musical acts from the US, UK, and across Europe, Motel Mozaique hosted concerts across venues around the city over April 7th and 8th. Standout performers included retro-rockers the Lemon Twigs, who treated audiences to an acoustic … Continue reading “Motel Mozaique 2017 in Photos”