- 1 week ago
Funny how a band name sticks in your mind months and years after a fleeting encounter. I discovered The Lower 48 a couple years back - probably over at Indie Rock Cafe - and got the urge to revisit them today. Thanks to the magic of YouTube search history, I was led right back to “Traveling Tune,” a lovely song right out of Sufjan Stevens’s playbook.
I’m fortunate to live in a place where I get both WERS and WMWM on my radio dial. The latter is the station at Salem State University, just a few miles away. I discovered it about a year ago and quickly realized it’s a fine source of undiscovered talent. One recent find is “The Rule,” a prowling, piano-driven bad boy from local act Faces on Film. The brainchild of Boston singer-songwrtier Mike Fiore, FoF self-released their third album Elite Lines in March. Do check it out.
- 3 weeks ago
For a guy as into the alternative scene as myself, I’ve listened to shockingly little My Chemical Romance. But I have fallen hard for “I Lied,” debut single from former MCR bassist Mikey Way’s new outfit Electric Century. It’s a years-in-the-making project with David Debiak of Sleep Station and New London Fire, and early results are promising. With wistful lyrics, infectious grooves and a super-sunny chorus, it’s one of the more memorable tracks I’ve discovered recently.
- 1 month ago
While we all wait for fun.'s follow-up to Some Nights, why not check out Jack Antanoff’s other project Bleachers? It has much of the former’s upbeat energy and glossy production but with a heavier emphasis on grooves and electronica (Roxy Music and New Order come to mind). Their debut Strange Desire drops next week on RCA Records.