Indie Rock

Desert Weather's "Still in My Head" is a joyous garage-rock jam

A shrieking cry opens Desert Weather's swaggering new single, "Still in My Head." The garage rock quartet captures the euphoric excitement of meeting a special someone whose spirit is infectious. Led by singer Eric Smedberg's vocal nonchalance, the band tears through a raw, yet exuberant guitar work that's backed up by a chugging backbeat. "I'm screaming your name/from the top of my lungs," he openly declares, fully surrendering to a rush of emotions that are impossible to contain. And as it unfolds, we can't help but feel the excitement, too. 

"Still in My Head" is the first single off the band's forthcoming EP, due out later this year. Juan Rodríguez

   

Broke For Free (BFF) releases video that’s weird in a good way

Broke for Free (BFF) just released a fun and weird video for their new track “Jibberish (Feat Awon)" and it is a weird and fun trip we won't even try to explain. Mouths all over the place and we're loving it. The man behind the noise, Tom Cascino, says his influences range from Outkast to Tycho, Modest Mouse to Tyler the Creator. He’s an all over the place hip hop eletro pop creator and “Jibberish” is a perfect introduction to his work. -Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

 

   

Jen Starsinic plays The Cobra on 05.20 with touring artists

Local indie rock artist Jen Starsinic will perform at The Cobra on May 20th, as part of a bill with visiting artists. Starsinic has played around the city over the last few years, evolving her sound from a sparse indie folk to a more full-band oriented alternative rock. Catch her performing alongside Texas troubadour Hill Country Devil, Detroit-based roots rocker Libby DeCamp, and local butcher and musician The Singing Butcher. Starsinic will perform eletric arrangements of her tracks; take a listen to "It's A Foreign Thing", from her 2014 LP The Flood And The Fire, below. - Will Sisskind

   

New Track: "Breathe Out" - Curtis Cooper

Philly's own Curtis Cooper has a new album coming out on June 3, titled Graceful, and you can now listen to its lead single, "Breathe Out," below. The song lyrically depicts how tension and anxiety tend to build and weigh us down. That compounding effect is countered by the bright, jangly guitar and percussive patterns. Then, the warm, vocal harmony relieves in an airy, uplifting manner as the recording opens up. That ability to create complex, vivid imagery and sound, while retaining a personal connection easily grabs one's attention and makes Cooper's next release something to look forward to.

   

The Weird Years offer a new brand of folk music with their self-titled EP

The few tracks that have been released by the newly formed Brooklyn quartet The Weird Years showcase a unique hybrid of folk music. Employing slowly strummed guitars and vocal harmonies, the group initially shroud their sound with simplicity, dwelling on themes revolving around the march of time and the paradoxical feelings that come with being alone. It's only after prolonged listening that their DNA unravels, revealing a double helix that equally relishes in a slow-burning ambiance. It's an arresting combination which makes their EP deserving to be unpacked patiently. -Tucker Pennington