Diane Coffee Gets The Band Together In ‘Everyday’ Video

Diane Coffee's Everybody's A Good Dog is out Sept. 4. (Courtesy of the artist)
Diane Coffee’s Everybody’s A Good Dog is out Sept. 4. (Courtesy of the artist)

Wrote a little thing on Shaun Fleming’s new music video under his moniker Diane Coffee: “Everyday” from the upcoming Everybody’s A Good Dog. It’s a record that sounds a lot like the Technicolor record collection-pillaging rock of Foxygen, the band Fleming is best known for — and this fun video sorta nods at that with the glam rock moves.

Read that piece over at NPR Music’s All Songs Considered.

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First Listen: Son Lux, ‘Bones’

Son Lux's Bones is out June 23. (Courtesy of the artist)
Son Lux’s Bones is out June 23. (Courtesy of the artist)

Had the chance to write about one of my favorite artists, musicians — and now bands — Son Lux, a.k.a. Ryan Lott. Now a full band with Ian Chang and Rafiq Bhatia, Son Lux has just put out another fantastic record, Bones, which I got to hear a preview of last week at the Bowery Ballroom in New York. Spent a lot of time delving into the intricacies and themes of this album, for NPR Music’s First Listen series. Check that out here and go buy this record and see the band live!

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All Boy/All Girl: Timeless And Charming Orchestral Pop

All Boy/All Girl's latest EP, Trophy, is out now. (Courtesy of the artist)
All Boy/All Girl’s latest EP, Trophy, is out now. (Courtesy of the artist)

Here’s a short thing I originally wrote for WNYC’s Soundcheck about the Brooklyn band all boy/all girl’s song “OK Poncho.”

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NPR Heavy Rotation: Elvis Depressedly, ‘New Alhambra’

Elvis Depressedly's latest album, New Alhambra, is out now. (Courtesy of the artist)
Elvis Depressedly’s latest album, New Alhambra, is out now. (Courtesy of the artist)

From time to time, I get to contribute to NPR Music’s series Heavy Rotation, which asks public radio stations across the country to talk about some of their favorite songs of the moment. Here’s another one I got to write, on Elvis Depressedly‘s song “New Alhambra” from his latest album of the same name. Check it out and other songs here.

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Sea Cycles: A Dreamy Score For Becoming Lost In Thought

Sea Cycles' new album, Ground & Air, is out June 9. (Courtesy of the artist)
Sea Cycles’ new album, Ground & Air, is out June 9. (Courtesy of the artist)

Here’s a short thing I wrote to accompany a premiere for Sea Cycle’s song “Diving Bell,” over at WNYC’s Soundcheck. You can read the full thing there if you like.

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First Listen: Joanna Gruesome, ‘Peanut Butter’

Joanna Gruesome's new album, Peanut Butter, is out May 19. (Pat Graham/Courtesy of the artist)
Joanna Gruesome’s new album, Peanut Butter, is out May 19. (Pat Graham/Courtesy of the artist)

Got another opportunity to write about one of my favorite new bands, Joanna Gruesome, for NPR Music’s First Listen series. The new record, Peanut Butter, is sweet and abrasive and loud. It’s great.

Vomitface: Two Minutes Of Bracing, Bruising Punk

Vomitface's EP, Another Bad Year, is out May 12. (Courtesy of the artist)
Vomitface’s EP, Another Bad Year, is out May 12. (Courtesy of the artist)

This short piece on the song “Bruise” by a band called Vomitface was originally written for WNYC’s Soundcheck.

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Downtown Boys: Empowering A ‘Wave Of History’

Downtown Boys' debut album, 'Full Communism,' is out May 4. (Jen Cray/Courtesy of the artist)
Downtown Boys’ debut album, ‘Full Communism,’ is out May 4. (Jen Cray/Courtesy of the artist)

Punk has always had the capacity to speak uncomfortable truths. It’s loud, aggressive music that can provide a platform for expressing frustrations and anger: Some bands focus on the micro level, channelling and working through personal pain; others work in the macro by addressing larger social issues, corrupt institutions, or political disenfranchisement. Downtown Boys specializes in the latter, writing combustible and challenging songs that forcefully face difficult subjects head-on.

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