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Indie Rock

Carli & the Dark's dream folk details night visions on "Mimi"

“Mimi,” the debut single by dream folk project Carli & the Dark, firmly establishes artist Carli Naff’s aptitude for magically realistic songwriting over the course of an atmospheric four-minute sonic novella, rendering hazy recollections of an evening in a manner that seems like an oracle’s visions. Gradually shifting from the minimalism of guitar arpeggios to a a full band, as sparse percussion and slide guitar enter the fold, Naff’s vocal performance retains its distant-yet-powerful quality before coming to an abrupt, forlorn stop, echoing into the recesses of the night as quickly as they manifested. With an equal emphasis on electric folk and dream-pop production, this track is recommended listening for fans of Andy Shauf and Songs: Ohia alike — give it a listen below.


Tenci signs with Keeled Scales

Tenci (aka Jess Shoman) has signed with Keeled Scales, and is preparing to release her debut album later this year. The label has released her debut single "Earthquake" b/w "Serpent", and the beautifully filmed video for "Serpent".

When asked about the song "Serpent" Shoman had this to say; “It’s not until you finally speak your truth and become vulnerable that you can have resolution, even if that means the death of something.”

Backed by the trio of Curt Oren (saxophone, flute, and guitar), Isabel Reidy (of Izzy True) (bass) and Joseph Farago (of Joey Nebulous) (drums), Shoman is touring the country over the next month.


Stingray Central "Green"

Stingray Central recently released their latest EP, "Green". What began as a solo project of Current John Stenger, guitarist of The Darling Suns and drummer of Sloth Hands, blossomed into a very collaborative project on "Green". For this EP John is joined by Dan Bretz, Illinois Fletcher, Devon White, Alex Gilmore, Lindsey Ward, and Nick Alonso-Emanuel.


Zelienople "Hold You Up"

Zelienople recently released the lead single and title track from their forthcoming album, Hold You Up, which is set to be released on March 13th via Miamah Records.

This is the trio of Matt Christensen, Brian Harding, and Mike Weis, and this marks their first album together in five years.

You can catch Zelienople at The Hideout on April 22nd.


PREMIERE: Pictoria Vark's indie expands on "Good For," plays Pete's Candy Store 4.19

The hallmark of Pictoria Vark’s 2018 EP self titled was the abiding minimalism that permeated most of its tracks, which created a space in which listeners could ruminate on her lyrics against a muted backdrop of sauntering bass lines and restrained, bright power chords. One year and a good deal touring later, her latest single “Good For” finds the young artist filling in the gaps, laying down intricate, interwoven guitar work in a way that feels, instrumentally, far more active and alive, yet never to the detriment of her songwriting chops; still present is the soft power inherent to her engaging voice and words. Part of what makes “Good For” the expressive offering it is comes from the song’s percussive vamps, which build energy over its three and half minute run time — paired with sliding electric guitar accents and underlying acoustic strumming, it evokes a mild, folk rock energy that’s expressive and lush. Stream our premiere of the track below, and catch Pictoria Vark at Pete’s Candy Store on April 19th.


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