DIY/Lo-Fi

Krust Toons: "Starting a Band Again" by Tedd Hazard

Krust Toons: "Starting a Band Again" by Tedd Hazard - please feel free to drop him a line at teddandthehazards@gmail.com if you dig or have any funny ideas. You can also check out more of his illustrations and animation shorts HERE.

   

New Track: "Give & Take" - Long Hots

Third Man Records recently released local garage-psych rockers Long Hots's new single, “Nickle & Dime,” but its B-side, “Give & Take,” is definitely also worth a listen. A menacing, guitar fire and steadfast percussion radiate a primal, uncontrollable aura. Caught in that cavernous, volcanic push & pull dynamic, the heat has been turned up on this side. You can catch Long Hots, alongside Astute Palate, on Monday, June 24 at Ortlieb’s, as part of Richie Records's free concert series.

   

A Deli Premiere: Red Steppes’ “Madera” & June 7th Show

Noise Pop nailed another solid show next month at Cafe du Nord. A power trio of a line up: Red Steppes, Sis, and Range of Light Wilderness. Red Steppes presents a surreal folk with vocal stylings like a less high-pitched Joni Mitchell infused with just the right touch of gentle keys and synths (god bless you, Native Cat, another gem). To be quite frank, it’s beautiful. We’re proud to premier the video for “Madera” here. Stay tuned for much more on Sis and Range of Light Wilderness. - Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

   

Krust Toons: "Band Moms" by Tedd Hazard

Krust Toons: "Band Moms" by Tedd Hazard - please feel free to drop him a line at teddandthehazards@gmail.com if you dig or have any funny ideas. You can also check out more of his illustrations and animation shorts HERE.

   

Snakeskin find balance on "Hangnail," play Mercury Lounge 5.13

At the core of Hangnail, the debut EP by New York multi instrumentalist Shanna Polley (known professionally as Snakeskin) is a feeling of modulation; the way Polley shifts between major and minor keys, how the vocals change from soft-spoken mumble to an explosive falsetto, and how the effort’s instrumentation goes from clean to discordant, all contribute to a feeling of unease throughout the release's six tracks. In doing so, Snakeskin plays to its strengths in a dynamic quality, balancing tender lyrical attributes against crunchy, lofi production, creating a release that’s both hard and soft, tender and heavy. It’s a defiantly iconic effort that demonstrates Polley’s ability to find balance in the storm. Stream it below, and catch them live at Mercury Lounge on May 13th, performing alongside Hypoluxo and Nanami Ozone. -Connor Beckett McInerney