Eastern-Washington's Lanterns of Hope creates an evolving indie rock and Americana sound with Celtic influences. Lanterns of Hopes performances emphasize songwriting, structure, and creating an upbeat atmosphere.
After performing with indie bands in ten states on Winter in July Records, Joshua released solo neo-classical project Lessons in the Wind. Later on he started in the Northwest and gathered some of his friends to form three piece Americana band Lanterns of Hope. Currently, Joshua performs solo around the Northwest as Lanterns of Hope and promotes his new EP Harbors.
Jonathan Lear released his first short experimental/acoustic/ambient album “Outside Worlds” in December of 2011. Following the reception of some really high and unexpected praise, he began work on a full length album which took approximately two years and two inter-continental trips to write and record. After carrying out a successful crowdfunding campaign via Kickstarter to press the record on vinyl, he released “Memory Well” in March of 2014.
Since Memory Well Jonathan has put out two more one-man-band, instrumental math rock-esque records: “Reflection” (August 2016) and “Nina” (August 2018). While Reflection was very much a sequel to Memory Well, Nina is much more of a tribute to his ex-landlord’s dog Nina. Both albums are available in both digital and physical formats.
"Nina" is an instrumental math rock journey. Although the few lyrics on the album give away very little, conceptually speaking, the record is in fact Jonathan's attempt to keep up with his landlord's dog: an utterly gigantic, supremely energetic, deaf pit bull / Dalmatian mix named Nina, who he is tasked with walking, feeding, and occasionally babysitting. Long story short, Jonathan peers into Nina's soul and realizes that there is a fully-formed human being inside, and this record is his attempt to capture that humanity in musical form. In doing so, Jonathan realizes that is actually dogs that make us human.
A brilliant video by Mighty Brother, a New Orleans-based indie rock band captained by songwriters Jake Ryan and Nick Huster and crewed by a dynamic saxophonist and airtight rhythm section. Since 2014, the group has charmed audiences with their infectious brand of songwriting, soaring harmonies, meticulous arrangements, and full sail quest for collaboration.
This past week (on August 25th) they released "Menagerie" that premiered locally on Offbeat Magazine, who hailed it as “demanding critical thought” and challenging “listeners to think critically about the narratives around us.”
"Leave,” marks my first release on a new label since 2013’s Somewhere Else LP (4AD). It is a love song about being trapped in a circle of love, fighting for the good in a life. It is a desire of being close while entertaining the possibility of drifting into the unknown. It is a love song full of despair.
It has been four years since I last released music as Indians when I contributed to the soundtrack for John Green’s cult novel-turned-motion-picture The Fault in Our Stars with my song “Oblivion.” After much consideration, I have decided to return to the moniker. The world has changed drastically since 2014, so I feel that it is important for me to elaborate upon this choice.
Indians has never had anything to do with politics or any group of people. For me, the word represents a human being who merely chooses to celebrate nature and spirituality – someone whose connection with the universe transcends what meets the eye. I felt inspired after reading The Wind Is My Mother, a book that provided me with guidance and understanding. Years later, I recreated that same solace in my own music. I want to celebrate the bigger and more important things in life – the things we don’t see but can feel through music."
"Ghost of the Past" is a blast of neon-tinged nostalgia, courtesy of Blood Tigers.
The track comes via Blood Tigers’ just-released, second EP 'Outer Space Dream', a trip into spacey, hook-y pop with both guitar and synth-laden elements. Blood Tigers is the project of Brooklyn-based visual artist and musician Christian Haberkern.
“Ghost of the Past” is quick to stand out, touting a buzzing synth arpeggio and glistening guitars to start. The track is a perfect mixture of catchy synth-pop and ’80s-tinged rock.
A combination of retro aesthetics, enduring lyrics and alt-rock grit.
The best music happens when artists refuse to remain stuck in their own comfort zones and creative boxes. Whenever this happens, they are free to give full range to their vision, and they can really come up with something that’s groundbreaking and personable. This is certainly the case here with Tommy Red and his brand new EP release, “I Wanna Be Exploited.”
Marva Von Theo is an Electropop / Synthwave duo formed in 2016 by the Athens-based singer-songwriter Marva Voulgari and the Vienna-based composer-producer Theo Foinidis.
Their Debut Album “Dream within a Dream” was released early in 2018. The 12 songs on their Album, lean towards an electronic sound that incorporates a variety of influences ranging from the music of the 80’s until today. Darkwave sounds, Jazz harmonies, Rock and Dance drum beats resonate together and mature into something darkly romantic.