You’d think that since it’s summertime, I’d be cruising around with the top down, sipping on lemonade, wearing super cool neon shades and blasting high-energy tracks about lipgloss or whatever. Instead, I’m finding myself drawn to mopey women with guitars, plodding dance beats and navel-gazing, introspective lyrics.
Is it pop because there are so many catchy hooks? Is it rock because it has that new wave-y grungy garage sound? Is it electronic music because it has synthetic drums and cymbals, deep bass drums, and clap tracks that have the authenticity of a sitcom laugh track?
Punchy, hooky tunes with a punchy, hooky drink to wash it all down.
Put some music in your ears and some mezcal in your mouth.
The 90s are still back, the 00s are almost back, and the world keeps turning, churning out more cute chicks with nontraditional haircuts singing about broken hearts and new beginnings.
Yuna (full name Yunalis Mat Zara’ai) uses a lot of synth instruments in her music to layer with a voice that is so sweet and delicate, but not overly saccharine. You really just can’t help but smile and it doesn’t hurt that she’s super super adorable.
All Swedish people are gifted with the ability to write gloriously catchy, frighteningly on-point songs about having your heart broken, which is slightly disconcerting.
“The Brink” is the second full-length album from Australian band The Jezabels and you’re going to love it.
New music from Angel Haze, Brody Dalle, Cibo Matto, Warpaint, CHVRCHES and Kelis.
Kacey Musgraves’ music is like a ‘You Do You’ you can two-step to.
Today, the internet gifted us with “Everything is Awesome,” a demented video game synthesizer explosion performed by Canadian wonder-twins Tegan and Sara and their partner in lesbian haircuts, Andy Samberg of the Lonely Island.
Generally speaking, I only compile new music for you every month or so, but this week I unexpectedly became aware of an unusually large amount of excellent new songs that washed ashore with messages and/or tiny ships cleverly jammed inside.
Sex just happened in my ears and I was really not mad about it because holy Tegan and Sara this was so good.
Everyone Is Gay debuts a compilation album of everyone you love: Mal Blum, Ingrid Michaelson, Allison Weiss, Jenny Owen Youngs, and Gregory and the Hawk, for starters. Did we mention it’s for a great cause?
This album matters for reasons beyond the music itself. Haze remains deliberate about sharing an honest, hopeful message.
Dirty Gold release date, cover art, song and lyric video. Are you a puddle on the floor yet?
Will you remember where you were when this happened?
In which I tell tall tales of the various indie rock, electronic and pop siren songs I heard echoed across the ocean by a chorus of whales as I navigated the briny deep with a parrot on my shoulder and a dream in my heart.
Allison Weiss is at it again with a brand new album, a new city, and a new Autostraddle Interview. We talked about Say What You Mean (Sideways Sessions), her dad and her cat, and how she can still write breakup songs even though she’s not sad anymore.
Over the years, frontwoman Khaela Maricich’s lyrics have been equal parts heartbreaking and tender, caustic and clever, and the new self-titled album is no exception.