Courtney Swain is best known as the powerhouse voicebox of Providence’s Bent Knee. On her solo EP, Growing Pains, she shows a side that’s soft and jazzy. “Snow Globe” covers a great deal of emotional ground while staying sonically endearing. Dig in if you dig Joni Mitchel, Regina Spektor, or if you, like Courtney, don’t … Continued
“Endless Road” is tucked into the back half of the new Anne Malin album, Fog Area. This ghostly good song deserves a real listen in a quiet setting. The guitar playing is simultaneously restrained, careless, and rhythmically certain. Attentive ears will be sucked into the ambience, the sense of a creaking room. It’s a song of … Continued
Okay full disclosure. Three out of four Tulips are in my wedding band, so you’d better hit play before I ruin your objectivity with my pro-Tulip bias. “Love You Bae” is a crazed, stomping power pop spectacle in the tradition of Weezer and The Cars. The guitar sounds horny, the vocals preoccupied with the grotie … Continued
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Eazy-breezy Boston surf psychedelia. On their plaintive ballad, “Gracie,” Today Junior’s sweet vocal harmonies will tickle your ear drums and filet your neurons. The song was shared on Spark & Fizz’s 2016 comp Revere Rock City. Since then Today Junior have released an EP & an LP, both available on their bandcamp. Today Junior, 2015.