With 232 pages and an expanded 12″ by 12″ format, our biggest print issue yet celebrates the people, places, music, and art of our hometown, including cover features on David Lynch, Nipsey Hussle, Syd, and Phoebe Bridgers’ Saddest Factory Records, plus Brian Wilson, Cuco, Ty Segall, Lord Huron, Remi Wolf, The Doors, the art of RISK, Taz, Estevan Oriol, Kii Arens, and Edward Colver, and so much more.
Medicine Singers, Medicine Singers
The chimerical record’s experimental powwow, psychic jazz, and gritty no-wave punk ranges from meditative to terrifying.
The trio’s self-titled third album offers a type of pleasure that’s hard to find much of these days: complex but uncomplicated, emotionally intelligent, and aimed at transcendence.
Damien Jurado, Reggae Film Star
The songwriter’s 18th LP is a haunted concept album that brings to life the tired hearts, souls, and minds of characters based in a distant, perhaps parallel, past.
Their fifth LP is a starkly mediocre effort that falls firmly within an already-crowded class of half-hearted folk-pop records that have flooded the market over the last half decade.
On his eponymous seventh album, the modest guitar hero stays true to form in almost every imaginable way.
Despite breathing new life into 35-year-old hits, Olsen’s covers EP often doesn’t always provide compelling alternative interpretations.
The ex-WU LYF songwriter blends breezy, summery rock arrangements with casual, friendly lyrics.
With Ethier’s new record “Further Up Island” out today, the pair of musicians/painters talk songwriting, portraiture, and being a self-critical artist.
The seven-track debut’s unique blend of jazz, R&B, and sensual lyricism is wonderfully enticing.
Valdez’s debut blends airy vocals with atmospheric reverb to create an indie pop experience that’s decidedly Californian.
Paas’ debut is made intriguing by complex, lush contours and eclectic lyricism.
Like the band itself, the selected arrangements are rich, bold, and magically transportive.
The East Coast four-piece explore powerful, accessible soundscapes in an adequately sized package.
The unofficial sister record to “Live at Massey Hall 1971” is a brilliant summation of the era’s folk movement.
The dreamy indie rockers’ third LP is hazy, sparkly, and full of atmospheric character.
Though not entirely innovative, “Somewhere” is filled with arrangements that have a lot of room to breathe.
The Seoul-based bedroom pop artist shares another earnest ballad following her viral 2020 hit “I’ll Just Dance.”
Ices’ Northern California surroundings and recent transition to motherhood contribute to a holistic voice that serves her arrangements wonderfully.
Charles’ latest collection of songs is a musical mosaic weaving in the influence of artists like Fleetwood Mac and ABBA.