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Fuzzy Chamber Pop
Tiny Hertz is the sophomore release from Flannel Buttons, a soul punk trio out of Bellingham skipping the trendy summer festival circuit, claiming to be the band least likely to play Coachella despite their loyal and substantial following. See Sigourney and Lichen (and the forest, their ever-present third member) instead on their National Park Tour.
The eponymous album from Denver-based quintet Avocet follows through on the punch of their 2016 thrash country EP with their double-drummer-sans-bass-player rhythm section and frontwoman Isabel Blansett's smoky, languid vocals.
After two years of private party performances, Fall Tall out of Silverlake has released their first LP, "in the vernacular" in conjunction with a series of auditorium shows. Fall Tall fully leverages the unconventional and their shows stretch the audience's understanding of music artistry and live performance, leaning hard into the realm of performance art. Fans have mixed, vehement opinions about whether lying on the hard floor through casual, abstract songs is a parody of the modern music industry or a complete reinvention.
Fans will love the third album from Toronto indie duo Lassiter. Sisters Michelle and Shelly describe their style as raw, feminine exuberance filtered through modern grit. The resulting sound is industrial electronica with softer, more lush background.
Hawn's ethereal ambient album reveals a new dimension of Mariska Hawn's voice. "Sipping Charade Tea" reflects a deeper sophistication than usually found in the ambient genre, displaying poetic precision and a solid understanding for movement and rhythm.
Folk punk band Hot Waffle refocuses their raging intensity on their latest release, "Home Planet." Their shows are full of projected 'down home' energy and uninitiated audiences are easily fooled by their rustic, homemade instruments from reused objects. This group howls anger and frustration, venting the angst of a modern generation often dismissed as soft and undisciplined. Lead singer Brandon says the group is taking the trash they've been given and reflecting our foolishness back to us where it belongs.
Sont's fresh album Tonnes is a solid baroque pop release. These Winnipeg natives are touring with Arcade Fire and it is rumored that the tour is a cover for an extended collaboration between the two groups.
Spoken word over Americana music, Amanda Shifflet's voice alternates between full power and breathy, rhythmic phrasing, making you forget about the sharp-edged criticism she delivers on consumerism and our comfort-driven lifestyles. Expect socially conscious art and activism flyers instead of merch at a Late Century Breakdown show.
With a career spanning 3 decades, 11 studio albums, and steady relevance in the shifting music landscape, Bride has made the album fans have fantasized about for years. On "Besties Live," Bride releases their favorite live version of their most popular tracks. This project was a serious undertaking and the Toulouse-by-way-of-Liverpool rockers spent two years reviewing shows and evaluating their often improvised arrangements.