/wipes away single tear, soldiers on.
Chicago folk rock staple Liam Hayes (formerly known as Plush) recently made a(nother) splash with his fifth full-length album Slurrup. The album stands as a necessary reminder of Hayes’ essentialness in the folk rock genre. All Music Guide said it best, noting that, with his latest effort, Hayes delivers “a smile-inducing reminder that it's too easy to pigeonhole him as just a master craftsman — and that Hayes' pop is arguably even more potent when it's not quite as elaborate.” In other words, Bottom of the Hill will host living folk royalty.
Someday we’ll all be sitting around telling our grandchildren about how we saw the Dodos play hometown San Francisco shows. YES, they’re THAT good — a band with no holes, no bad songs, six brilliant albums, guiltless pleasure in every note. PopMatters agrees, noting, “Although the Dodos haven’t had an objectively bad album to date, this might be the first great album they’ve had in a while. Where this will take the duo has yet to be seen, but there’s something energetically hopeful in the last seconds.” The indie rock mainstays have a new album out, Individ, building on an already-impressive discography. Do it.
San Francisco, wake up. Brogan Bentley is yours, ours, our next underground electronica export, following the trail blazed by fellow SF dreamscape manufacturer Tycho. Bentley has big aspirations and inspirations, in accordance with SF spirit and law. His debut album was a result of spending time on the front lines of the Occupy movement, as he told SF Weekly in a revealing interview: “All that energy was pervasive and played into not just the music, but everything. Such issues in America and worldwide were, and still are, impossible to ignore.” Just the kind of thinking we like to see from our artistic leaders.
George Evelyn might seem unfair. The man behind the Nightmares on Wax moniker lives on Ibiza, flips all the right switches and entertains the world’s most important, beautiful, ostentatious parties and cities. But the genius behind the product is the willingness to accept and absorb inspiration. That’s the brilliance of his 2014 album N.O.W. Is the Time. PopMatters commented on "the sheer variety of genres in this remix collection is just one indication of the breadth of influence that N.O.W. has exerted over the past two decades.” If ya don’t know, now ya know.
Good Lord, have you heard Nicole Miglis’ voice?! IT’S POSSESSED BY ANIMALS. She whispers to the otherworldly creatures trapped in possession of ethereal soundscapes. She’s the seductress in the wardrobe, inviting you into something provocative and perhaps inescapable. Listen closely, listen carefully... and be brave. You may never come out of a Hundred Waters coma.
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