ALBUM REVIEW: “BE THE COWBOY” BY MITSKI

Two years ago, I was obsessively listening to Puberty 2 on my record player, on my phone, in the car, as I ran, by myself, or in company. I was swirling in the fuzzy, emotional depths that Mitski created and had encapsulated me during a shifting time in my life. On August 17th, she released…

ALBUM REVIEW: “THE BLUEST STAR” BY FREE CAKE FOR EVERY CREATURE

On August 3rd, free cake for every creature (PA) put out a new full length soft-pop album called the bluest star. What started as a solo project for song-writer Katie Bennett, free cake has expanded to include long-term band members, Francis Lyons and Heeyoon Won, as well as a rotating cast of musicians and friends.…

ALBUM REVIEW: “GOODBYE TONY” BY TONY PEACHKA

On July 16th, Tony Peachka (Minneapolis, MN) put out a surprise album called goodbye tony two days before their final show where they said farewell to their main lyricist Melissa Jones (guitar/vocals). This five-song EP, similar to their debut album dirty knees, is a cute but fierce, delightful yet dangerous, angry but self-aware, punchy garage…

ALBUM REVIEW: “MOTH EYES” BY PLASTIC CACTUS

Plastic Cactus (Plactus) is a dark & moody four-piece from Portland, OR. Built on the desert-inspired surf rock sound that Plastic Cactus developed while writing and recording their debut EP Pricks in 2017, they have now released their second four-song EP, Moth Eyes, that was recorded earlier this year. “Nothing”, the single from the Moth…

VIDEO REVIEW: “WHO’S HE GOING TO MEET” BY BABY BRAINS

On June 22nd, Baby Brains (PA) released an offical music video for "Who's He Going To Meet" from the catchy four-song EP, Eat Your Heart Out. Directed by Bob Sweeney, he captures the inspired 60's era vibe that Amanda Steever envisioned. "Who's He Going To Meet" is a pop anthem for heartache, but the music…

ALBUM REVIEW: “MAGIC GONE” BY PETAL

In 2015, I saw Kiley Lotz (the founding and only permanent member of Petal) perform in a high school hallway on a makeshift stage during an annual male-centered pop punk festival in mid-Michigan. The way she stood on stage looked like the way I stand when i’m uncomfortable; Lotz and myself were two of a…