Indie Rock

Maxwell James releases indie-folk single "The Violence Close To Home"

Side note before we even begin: As I started writing this post, I smelled vape smoke. And truth be told, that's what Maxwell James's latest single "The Violence Close To Home" feels like. The lyrics have darkness to them, and James delivers them with a smoky voice that has a deceiving chill tone to it. The instrumentation feels like something to which you'd sway rather than brood. It seems strange for a song with such depth to feel so blissful, but James -- who released his debut EP last year -- has a knack for creating music that catches you off guard and makes you go "Wow." Take a listen to "The Violence Close To Home" below, and stay tuned to James's Facebook page for upcoming show dates. - Will Sisskind


Thin Swimmer "The Menacing Choir"

Thin Swimmer is melodic indie rock of Jared Olson. Back in December he released the first single, “Connection”, from his forthcoming album, The Menacing Choir. The second single from the album is “100 m.p.h. (I Speak for Myself)” and can be streamed below.

The Menacing Choir will be released tomorrow, February 8th, but can be pre-ordered here.


Andrew Bird “Sisyphus"

Andrew Bird has released a Matthew Daniel Siskin video for “Sisyphus”, the latest single from his forthcoming LP, My Finest Work, which is due out March 22nd. This is the second single from the album following up “Bloodless” which dropped back in November.

You can catch Andrew Bird at Green Mill on April 2nd and 3rd.


Slow Mass @ Thalia Hall (4/23)

Slow Mass announced a Spring tour this week which will find them opening for La Dispute and Gouge Away. The tour kicks off April 13th in Michigan and will find them back home at Thalia Hall on April 23rd.

The band also announced a second pressing of their 2018 album On Watch via Landland Colportage. This is a 12” vinyl pressing with both standard and deluxe editions. The deluxe features a hand-printed and hand-assembled sleeve over the offset jacket.

Photo by Madi Ellis Photography


Justus Proffit lays down surreal indie-rock on "Hole," plays at Zebulon on 3/7

Justus Proffit can't get a dream he had out of his head. Following an EP with rising indie darling Jay Som, the singer-songwriter proceeds to follow the solo route with his latest single "Hole," a nineties-informed indie rocker whose blend of tuneful guitars are affixed with a slight tinge of dissonance. As the song progresses, his headspace teeters between dreamlike delirium and curious internal logic. He finds some clarity within the song's robust, mid-fi range, possessing a fullness and a warmth reminiscent of Stone Temple Pilots' more tender grunge ballads.

"Hole" is taken from Proffit's forthcoming full-length album, L.A.'s Got Me Down, which is out on March 8 via Bar/None Records. You can catch him at Zebulon on March 7. Juan Rodríguez