First Listen: Palehound, ‘Dry Food’

Palehound's new album, Dry Food, is out Aug. 14. (Courtesy of the artist)
Palehound’s new album, Dry Food, is out Aug. 14.
(Courtesy of the artist)

I’ve been lucky enough to catch Ellen Kempner perform many times now — solo and with her band, Palehound — and every time I’m blown away by her killer guitar playing and wry songwriting sensibility. Needless to say, I was excited to be able to write about the fantastic new Palehound album, Dry Food, for NPR Music’s First Listen series.

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Gold, ‘Wake Of The World’

Gold's self-titled album is out now. (Carrie Jordan/Courtesy of the artist)
Gold’s self-titled album is out now. (Carrie Jordan/Courtesy of the artist)

Wrote a quick hit for NPR Music’s Songs We Love series about the buoyant Brooklyn punk band, Gold and its song “Wake Of The World” from the band’s self-titled album.

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Krill, ‘Torturer’

Krill's album, A Distant Fist Unclenching, is out now. (Courtesy of the artist)
Krill’s album, A Distant Fist Unclenching, is out now. (Courtesy of the artist)

Wrote a thing for NPR Music and All Songs Considered about Krill and its eerie and surreal music video for “Torturer” — a fantastic song from the band’s killer 2015 album, A Distant Fist Unclenching.

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Youth Lagoon, ‘The Knower’

Youth Lagoon's Savage Hills Ballroom is out Sept. 25. (Ken Kaban/Courtesy of the artist)
Youth Lagoon’s Savage Hills Ballroom is out Sept. 25.(Ken Kaban/Courtesy of the artist)

I’ve been a fan of Youth Lagoon since his first record, and have written about him several times now. So I was pretty pumped to be able to write about Youth Lagoon’s brand new song “The Knower” from the upcoming album, Savage Hills Ballroom for All Songs Considered‘s blog and NPR Music’s Songs We Love series.

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First Listen: Son Lux, ‘Bones’

Son Lux's Bones is out June 23. (Courtesy of the artist)
Son Lux’s Bones is out June 23. (Courtesy of the artist)

Had the chance to write about one of my favorite artists, musicians — and now bands — Son Lux, a.k.a. Ryan Lott. Now a full band with Ian Chang and Rafiq Bhatia, Son Lux has just put out another fantastic record, Bones, which I got to hear a preview of last week at the Bowery Ballroom in New York. Spent a lot of time delving into the intricacies and themes of this album, for NPR Music’s First Listen series. Check that out here and go buy this record and see the band live!

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All Boy/All Girl: Timeless And Charming Orchestral Pop

All Boy/All Girl's latest EP, Trophy, is out now. (Courtesy of the artist)
All Boy/All Girl’s latest EP, Trophy, is out now. (Courtesy of the artist)

Here’s a short thing I originally wrote for WNYC’s Soundcheck about the Brooklyn band all boy/all girl’s song “OK Poncho.”

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NPR Heavy Rotation: Elvis Depressedly, ‘New Alhambra’

Elvis Depressedly's latest album, New Alhambra, is out now. (Courtesy of the artist)
Elvis Depressedly’s latest album, New Alhambra, is out now. (Courtesy of the artist)

From time to time, I get to contribute to NPR Music’s series Heavy Rotation, which asks public radio stations across the country to talk about some of their favorite songs of the moment. Here’s another one I got to write, on Elvis Depressedly‘s song “New Alhambra” from his latest album of the same name. Check it out and other songs here.

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Sea Cycles: A Dreamy Score For Becoming Lost In Thought

Sea Cycles' new album, Ground & Air, is out June 9. (Courtesy of the artist)
Sea Cycles’ new album, Ground & Air, is out June 9. (Courtesy of the artist)

Here’s a short thing I wrote to accompany a premiere for Sea Cycle’s song “Diving Bell,” over at WNYC’s Soundcheck. You can read the full thing there if you like.

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First Listen: Joanna Gruesome, ‘Peanut Butter’

Joanna Gruesome's new album, Peanut Butter, is out May 19. (Pat Graham/Courtesy of the artist)
Joanna Gruesome’s new album, Peanut Butter, is out May 19. (Pat Graham/Courtesy of the artist)

Got another opportunity to write about one of my favorite new bands, Joanna Gruesome, for NPR Music’s First Listen series. The new record, Peanut Butter, is sweet and abrasive and loud. It’s great.