Album Review: Kurt Vile – Bottle It In

By Abby Jeffers, Contributor [Matador; 2018] Rating: 6/10 Key Tracks: “One Trick Ponies”, “Bassackwards”, “Mutinies” Almost exactly a year after his last release, a collaborative record with Courtney Barnett, indie-rock multi-instrumentalist Kurt Vile has released his seventh studio album, Bottle It In. At times, the record leans more towards folk than rock, both in Vile’s straightforward, honest lyrics and his… Read More Album Review: Kurt Vile – Bottle It In

Album Review: Lala Lala – The Lamb

By Abby Jeffers, Contributor [Hardly Art; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “Water Over Sex”, “Dove” Chicago-based indie rock band Lala Lala made a strong return with its sophomore album, The Lamb. Following a somewhat caustic debut album, Sleepyhead, in 2016, this second record takes refuge in its vulnerability. Read More: Album Review: Soccer Mommy – Clean The Lamb resulted from a period… Read More Album Review: Lala Lala – The Lamb

15 Do’s and Don’ts of Promoting Music from Industry Professionals

When you’re an independent musician, you’re constantly learning how to climb the ranks. You have to be a jack-of-all-trades: your own manager, booking agent, social media coordinator, and publicist. Though each role has its challenges, it’s often the last one — PR efforts — that boasts a ton of meticulous tasks and details. From crafting the… Read More 15 Do’s and Don’ts of Promoting Music from Industry Professionals

Salty Caramels finding recipe for sweet success

The past year has been a blur of pretty harmonies and excitement for the Salty Caramels. The indie-Americana band released its second full-length album, “Baby Blue,” one year ago. Although categorizing the songs is difficult, they are close to retro rock. No two are alike: “Beer & Lemonade” has a country swing, but “Nighttime Song”… Read More Salty Caramels finding recipe for sweet success

Group Feature: ACRN’s 2018 Summer Bangers

Summer definitely puts us in all kinds of moods… Here’s what the summer of 2018 sounded like for ACRN! Devon Hannan, Editorial Director: Dance Gavin Dance — “Care” This post-hardcore track has all of the ingredients necessary for a certified summertime banger. From Dance Gavin Dance’s latest chaotic album Artificial Selection, “Care” is about a relationship that… Read More Group Feature: ACRN’s 2018 Summer Bangers