[Concert Review] Big Thief Gets Intimate at Mission Ballroom

Big Thief’s new album, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You, which dropped in February of this year is the band’s longest project to date. With 20 songs, the record bounces between heavy country with folk undertones to more modern, indie rock sounds. Compared to their prior projects, this new album seems to be a slight departure, sonically, from their previous tendencies. At the … Continue reading [Concert Review] Big Thief Gets Intimate at Mission Ballroom

[Festival Review] Afro Nation: Broken Hearts, Heavy Showers, And Plenty Of Love

Afro Nation, the world’s biggest afrobeats festival, which spanned from March 24th  – 26th, took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico this year. The three-day experience was filled with beautiful people, pouring rain, all the right vices, and of course amazing music and talent. Every night was like a gigantic family reunion where a sea of melanin rejoiced over lyrics and ear delicious instrumentals.  Although … Continue reading [Festival Review] Afro Nation: Broken Hearts, Heavy Showers, And Plenty Of Love

[Concert Review] Parcels Brings Denver to the Australian Beach

Touring Day/Night, their November album release, Parcels is once again expanding their global reach and fanbase.  An Australian band with sold-out shows in America and across Europe, Parcels does well to satisfy fans of poppy, light anthems and entrancing deep cuts that send audiences into a synth-induced trance. Folding in layers of funk, surf rock, and electronica, Parcels’ wide stylistic appeal and goofy charisma made … Continue reading [Concert Review] Parcels Brings Denver to the Australian Beach

[Concert Review] Charlotte Day Wilson Displays Instrumental Diversity and Quiet Charisma

I arrived about an hour ahead of Charlotte’s March 8 set to a line of excited fans streaming perpendicular to the East River in Williamsburg, Brooklyn past a communal fridge used for feeding food-insecure community members. I left uplifted about the city I live in, the music I listen to, the people around me, and the state of the world.  Performing at the Music Hall … Continue reading [Concert Review] Charlotte Day Wilson Displays Instrumental Diversity and Quiet Charisma

[Concert Review] Godspeed You! Black Emperor Sends Denver into a Trance

Godspeed You! Black Emperor (GYBE) had the Gothic Theater in a trance this February 25 in Denver. Bringing the ~1,000-person room to increasing levels of dissonance before cathartic release throughout the night, the band put on a display of musical maximalism in a time of minimalism. There are as many reasons to go to a show as there are people packed in a venue; to … Continue reading [Concert Review] Godspeed You! Black Emperor Sends Denver into a Trance

Let Me Put You On: Singles from Masego & Devin Morrison, Katlyn Nichol & More

Masego and Devin Morrison: Yamz This collaboration between two gifted R&B souls is a recipe for an earful of bliss. Released on November 19th, the single was well-timed for Thanksgiving given its focus on one of the holiday’s staple dishes. Its energy blesses you with an ‘80s sensation that takes you right to your grandma’s dinner table. Devin Morrison handles the first verse with swag … Continue reading Let Me Put You On: Singles from Masego & Devin Morrison, Katlyn Nichol & More

Thundercat’s Frenetic, Evocative Space Ride at Mission Ballroom [Concert Review]

Anyone walking into Mission Ballroom on Dec. 7 expecting a groovy night to the tempo of Thundercat’s studio-recorded songs received a hefty slap in the face after only a few minutes.  The show was impressively disorienting. Channel Tres’ opening performance was head-nodding, evoking the feeling of an intimate, late-night club session. Jumping around with his pet cheetah backpack and black overalls, Channel Tres made smooth … Continue reading Thundercat’s Frenetic, Evocative Space Ride at Mission Ballroom [Concert Review]

Discovering Optimism in the Melancholic: A Spotlight on Hovvdy 

Austin, Texas musicians Charlie Martin and Will Taylor first came on my radar with their single Problem, off their 2016 release Taster. The band’s first full-length release is a washed-out and slow crawl of nostalgia’s introspective lens that anyone can poke their head into and relate.  I’ll walk you home / You say you’re tired of talking to people you don’t know / Feet on … Continue reading Discovering Optimism in the Melancholic: A Spotlight on Hovvdy 

Durand Jones’s funky, intimate “Private Space” [Album Review]

Bringing a tried and true funk/disco formula to Private Space, Durand Jones & The Indications prove that groovy basslines and romantic lyrics will never go out of style. Tapping in falsetto Aaron Jones on all but two tracks, Durand Jones & The Indications struck gold with Private Space, a pleasing and playful selection of songs that are highly replayable and palatable for many audiences. The … Continue reading Durand Jones’s funky, intimate “Private Space” [Album Review]

Multi-instrumentalist John Lisi Welcomes You Home with “I Hope This Feels Good” [Album Review]

As if directly inspired by Steve Lacy’s Ted Talk on the creative possibilities brought about by advanced technology, John Lisi created I Hope This Feels Good, a gentle, soft-around-the-edges album. Employing jazz and alternative stylings with his saxophone, guitars, keyboard, and computer, the project keeps its allure over many replays. I Hope This Feels Good’s cover art tells you much of what you need to … Continue reading Multi-instrumentalist John Lisi Welcomes You Home with “I Hope This Feels Good” [Album Review]