While prowling around on musicians’ Bandcamp pages, I’ve often wondered why some of my favorite bands choose to release their music on cassette. Is it a rustic hipster status symbol? Or a nostalgia novelty item?
Summer is a great time for nostalgia music: mixtapes for hours spent on a roadtrip, or at the beach, or reading in a hammock. The influx of new releases is a little slower in the dog days of August, as autumn so it's a perfect time to stretch out in your back catalogue and revisit old favorites.
This weekend is Pickathon, a magical roots and indie music fest near Portland, Oregon. We picked our favorites from this year's Pickathon lineup for the is mix, from Valerie June to Courtney Barnett. Enjoy!
Sometimes it might feel impossible to find women playing psychedelic, synthed-out tunes. Here are some stand-out tracks that deserve more play. Get your dream pop, shoegaze, and your slow-burn noise tracks here. Warning: the last track is 15 minutes that you will not regret.
Australian duo Luluc at home onstage in Sydney earlier this year.
On one of the hottest days of the summer, I plugged in my headphones and turned on Luluc’s new album Passerby. It was 90 degrees in my office and the air was stagnant, but as the first song kiceds in, I felt like I was drinking rosé on a porch swing, a cool breeze wafting through the foliage over my head.
Priests playing in a Raleigh, NC, bookstore in June. All photos by Natalie Jarema.
Promotional material describes D.C. punk band Priests as “the sort of band that is unafraid to look you right in the eye and beg answers to big questions.” So I take lead singer Katie Alice Greer up on that offer.