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Sales – Vow

This is a new two-piece that’s been putting out singles somewhat randomly all year. Their songs remind me slightly of Real Estate if they had a cutesy, low-toned, female vocalist. This band, SALES, just finished a tour on the east coast – some dates with Gems and Hundred Waters. Hopefully they tour more and put out a full length soon because I can’t get enough of these singles. They’re superb for relaxing and reflecting in the summertime. Check out “Renee” and “Chinese New Year” if you want to hear more smooth songs from these chill cats.


Words by Michelle Feghali

Ben Frost – Nolan

Ben Frost is a lot of things and boring is not one of them. Recently he released a brand new album called Aurora that features a lot of experimental instrumental music. This song Nolan is perfect for so many reasons, one being the fact that this song is broken down into many different segments that makes it seem like you’re listening to multiple songs. This is perfect headphone music, once it encloses you in its grasp it grabs a hold of you and takes you to a whole different world of music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Gig7e5lwOEp

Words by Sami Leonardo

The Vibe 6/28

 

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Tonight on the Cultural Vibe, CJax and Spenny have a special treat. They will be giving away tickets to see Rittz tomorrow night! Tune in to find out the special trivia question in order to win. Spenny also talks to Raz Simone who will be opening tomorrow’s Rittz show at The Loft! Also don’t forget about their special Independence Day celebration next week which will include hours of independent artists and tickets to Common Ground Music Festival. The giveaway contest begins today. The rules to win are below. Read More…

Weekday Wrap Up

Check out what music has been going through the ear holes of some of your favorite Impact staff members this week!

Assistant Program Director Jacob Richards

Philadelphia dream pop/shoegaze band, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, just dropped an amazing new album called Sea When Absent, which has been rotation all week for me. While listening to this LP it’s hard to imagine that the band was actually never together at the same time during the recording, but at the same the the recordings feel just disconnected enough for it to be real. Early released tracks “Byebye, Big Ocean (The End)”, and “In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry in the Tradition of Passing)” had my hopes very high for the full length, but it did not disappoint. As you delve further in this thing, allowing the ethereal vocals and hazy instrumentals to overcome you, you realize that this album wasn’t made to make you sad, it was made to help you when you’re feeling down and bring you back up with it’s huge choruses and bright, gleaming synth leads. At least, that’s what it did for me. Read More…

Bleached – For The Feel

Bleached just released the A side to their new 7inch record that will be released September 16th on Dead Oceans. It’s called “For The Feel” and it’s going to be your new favorite song to cruise in your car with all the windows down. It’s upbeat, catchy and features a killer guitar solo which lands it in our spot as the Jam of the Day. If you missed it, last year we did an interview with Jennifer Clavin of Bleached that you can check out here!

Words by Stacey Karl

Photo by Natalie Neal

How To Dress Well – Face Again

How to Dress Well is taking over the airwaves with his sultry voice and intriguing beats. In “Face Again” Tom Krell’s voice perfectly syncs up with droning music as well as soulful melodies. Tom Krell isn’t afraid to press the envelope in studio as well as in music videos, this one especially since it depicts a ceremonial burial of some sort. Either way How to Dress is one of the artists to watch this year.

Words by Sami Leonardo

Swans – Just a Little Boy (For Chester Burnett)

I was lucky enough to catch the experimental rock gods Swans at Saint Andrews Hall in Detroit Saturday night and they totally floored me. It was a completely out-of-body, cathartic experience for me and 2nd only maybe to seeing the Knife earlier this year in Chicago. They played all new material, but the song that stood out the most for me was the To Be Kind highlight, “Just a Little Boy (For Chester Burnett).” Watching Michael Gira command his entire band with angry thrashing while screaming “I’M JUST A LITTLE BOYYYYYY I NEED LOOOOOOOVE” was insane and made my brain feel like spaghetti. It’s one I’ll remember for a looooong time.

Words by Jacob Richards

Weekday Wrap Up

What have you been listening to this week?! Here’s a brief update on what has been going through the headphones of some of our staff members!

Assistant Program Director Jacob Richards
WHITE LUNG. This feminist punk band just dropped a new album called Deep Fantasy, and it’s already looking to be one of my favorite punk releases of the year. Is has the same urgency and aggression as Perfect Pussy’s march release, Say Yes to Love (my #1 punk album of the year so far) but with a refreshing and impassioned sense of clarity. Also, the Needledrop just turned my on to an EP from a band called Kiddy Pool? The EP is literally titled Super Pony Perv Plus and it includes songs such as: “Moms and Their Blonde College Age Daughters”, as well as family favorite, “I Guh Guh Got A$$bergers From a Toilet Seat”. It’s electronic/surf/noise madness and it makes me really happy. *not for the faint of heart* Read More…

Weekday Wrap Up

It’s that time of week again! Check out what some Impacters have been listening to this week and you might just discover something yourself!

Assistant Office Manager and Music Reviewer Sami Leonardo 

So I’ve been all about the new Sam Smith album. His voice is beautifully soothing and incredibly soulful. On the other side of the spectrum, I’ve been listening to the clipping album. It’s weird compilations of static and other strange effects that almost make it hard to listen to, but it’s worth it.

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