Interviews and Reviews
Despite acting as the resident Vampire Weekend reviewer at Cherry Funk Magazine these past few months, nothing could have prepared me for the May 3rd release of Father Of the Bride: the band’s fourth studio album and first release in six years.
But for the time being, enjoy being human. Cry hard. Laugh harder. Whenever something angers you, fill yourself up to the brim with that rage and let the world hear your deafening roar. Enjoy thinking. Enjoy feeling. It all might be gone tomorrow.
Every track offers something different and brings something new to the table and each of these pieces is purposeful and integral to the album as a whole. To listen straight through, the album doesn’t sound like a clean cut, monotonous collection, it sounds like a collage of sounds, energies, and personalities colliding and creating something magnificently diverse.
Midnight strikes and the countdown screen goes black. The video opens with a pastel colored snake slithering across the screen and eventually striking at the camera. When the snake strikes, however, it evaporates into several butterflies, undoubtedly signifying the end of the reputation era and a metamorphosis into a more lush and colorful world.
It’s a testament to the talent of the contributors to “This Life / Unbearably White” that with each listen the track gets better. Each time I’ve let the words wash over me, each time I’ve been carried off by a guitar melody, I’ve found this release growing on me, leading me to get even more excited for May’s Father of the Bride.
Bad Bad Hats is an indie rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The band released their second album, Lightning Round, last August and just recently released a follow up EP, Wide Right. We got to sit down with frontwoman, Kerry Alexander, to talk about their new EP, some advice for aspiring musicians and what they have planned for the rest of 2019.
Joined by the supporting artist Samia, Hippo Campus took the stage after her departure with the bouncy opening notes of “Bambi” booming out over the speakers, nearly drowning the audiences ecastic cheers of joy. After silently setting themselves up, there was a flurry of light and movement, and then the show was on.
Hozier lets a single ray of light into a dark room and all of a sudden this album is a beacon of hope in a modern apocalyptic world. It is important to note that although this album highlights the doom and gloom, there is still warmth in humanity; sometimes it’s just difficult to see.
Luxtides, has produced some of the most powerful songs that resonate so deeply with me. Bouchard, who is an incredible force of a woman, has never shied away from speaking out about her own experiences with her mental health struggles and is consistently outspoken about the struggles of being a woman in a male dominated industry (and world, for that matter).
Ella Vos is an American pop singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. Ella is embarking on her North American tour this spring, stopping in Austin, TX on April 3 at Emo’s. Her EP, Watch and Wait, is out now and available on all streaming platforms and she just debuted her video for the song “Empty Hands.”