Indie Rock

Drea. m. Releases New Music Video - Riptide

San Francisco based artist, Drea. m has released a brand new music video entitled, Riptide!

Drea. m commands the heart to listen. With soulful grit, haunting vocals, and entrancing live performances, this indie noir songstress entices the listener into a world of lush imagery and unveiled emotion. Reminiscent of Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, and Imogen Heap, what drives her music is a dark-edged honesty about what it means to feel vulnerable, powerful, and profoundly alive.

"Inspiration for the video: I was inspired to shoot most of the video in rural New Mexico because I wanted a world that reflected the one I was singing about--one of vastness, of solitude, of mystery...a world where time moves differently among the elements. Earlier in the video, you see me in a half-crumbled stone house with a window still intact, and later in the song I am in another dilapidated house with newspapered walls--newspapers from the 1940s!--and both of these structures were on the land where we shot, just waiting for us, perfectly representing perseverance through the long passing of time. Ultimately, though, the song is about inhabiting solitude, and all of the seeking and searching that tugs at our souls when we are truly enveloped by all that space...Inspiration for my music: What inspires me is the need to explore what lies beneath a particular emotion, a dark emotion, and the desire to tease out the story that surrounds that emotion. I get very stuck in rumination sometimes, and somewhere between my over-analytical mind and my emotionally-driven, heart-on-the-skin self, a song is born." - Drea M.

   

New Single: "The Curious Cat's Eyes" - The Vernes

“The Curious Cat’s Eyes,” the latest installment from The Vernes, can be heard in 2 parts below. The first captures a more straight-ahead, downhill variation, as percussion clears a path, flanked by the steady, cruising ring of guitar and the vocal narrative unfolds in a leisurely jog, before pushing the pace. The second finds keys/synth in the forefront, taking on more of a mind-wandering, head-in-the-clouds aesthetic. Either way, we’re onboard. Catch the band alongside Sonnder, Stadium Armory, and Very Bad Vibes this Friday, January 20 at The Fire!

   

Debut Neutral Shirt EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Released on cassette via Lost Sound Tapes, 2016, the debut EP from Neutral Shirt, a.k.a. Matt Terrones, appears like many of us, primed for a fresh start. Terrones embraces vocal harmony as a catalyst to transform apathetic monotony into rejuvenating optimism. The album cycles through the simply rundown to the invigorating upbeat spectrum, acknowledging his shortcomings yet maintaining a hopeful outlook.

   

Chris Tomson's Dams of the West to release LP, play SXSW this winter

Dams of the West describes itself as “the bad boy of British tennis” and “probably fifth-wave ska but maybe neo-no soul”. But it’s best defined as the solo project of Chris Tomson of Vampire Weekend. That band's world pop tendencies are audible in the project's repertoire, with flecks of Leonard Cohen and Reel Big Fish thrown in for flavor. On February 24, the band will release the album Youngish American, a collection of songs produced by Patrick Carney of the Black Keys. It will include the songs “Death Wish” (streaming) and “Tell the Truth”, for which there are music videos directed respectively by Emily Tomson and Edward Bursch. In March, Tomson will perform as Dams of the West at SXSW in Austin. While rumors of a 2017 Vampire Weekend album are in the air, nothing’s set in stone. – Will Sisskind

   

Big Surr premieres single "Sometimes" ahead of new album.

Ahead of the March release of their new album "In Business," Nashville's favorite landlocked surf rockers unveil a beachy, fuzz filled power pop tune sure to please both the garage rocker and easy listener. Big Surr refuses to be confined by a sonic niche. They dwell in the liminal space between the lo-fi, fuzzy, trashcan garage and sweet, breezy, reverb-soaked beach. "Sometimes" is no exception. The guitar hook structures and compliments an otherwise washy collage of smooth, atmospheric guitar swells, while Helen Van's unassuming slacker vocals invite everyone in, disarming any skeptics with a charming, humble apathy. Big Surr's releases are true gifts for independent music fans in Nashville, and they've got a lot more coming our way. You can preorder their album, out on 3/10, here. - Andrew Strader