Song of the Week: Julien Baker – “Appointments”

Julien Baker’s first album, Sprained Ankle, was one of the most powerful, devastating and still hopeful debuts of recent years. With just a sparse guitar, piano and her vocals, she weaved stories of struggle, addiction, identity crisis and heartbreak. Her new song, “Appointments,” is just as minimal but achieves even greater heights. Continue reading “Song of the Week: Julien Baker – “Appointments””

Song of the Week: Alex Cameron – “Stranger’s Kiss”

On his debut, Alex Cameron elegantly fused sardonic lyrics and a warbly New Wave sound with moments of sincerity. On “Stranger’s Kiss” though, he leans into a Bruce Springsteen vibe. Continue reading “Song of the Week: Alex Cameron – “Stranger’s Kiss””

Song of the Week: Alex Lahey – “Every Day’s The Weekend”

Few new artists can combine a sly wit with a catchy tune and kinetic energy. Unless you’re Alex Lahey! Continue reading “Song of the Week: Alex Lahey – “Every Day’s The Weekend””

Song of the Week: Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton – “Planets”

For the last decade, Emily Haines’ main focus was on her work with Metric, as that band’s fortunes grew over their last three albums. But this year, she’s returning to her earlier solo project, Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton, for the first time in 10 years.

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Song of the Week: Nine Inch Nails – “LESS THAN”

At this point, whatever Trent Reznor writes for Nine Inch Nails, the only constant will be a sinister vibe. Otherwise, all bets are off. Take “LESS THAN,” from the band’s upcoming EP, Add Violence.

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