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bugsy - "talk to you" | Premiere

Ever since releasing their debut single “moody knows best” in early January, Minneapolis quartet bugsy has been making waves. Combining furious guitar riffs with beautiful harmonies, the band perfected a high-octane indie punk on their debut EP Teratoma, released in February. Their new single “talk to you” takes all that made Teratoma great and subtly expands upon it.Vocalist/guitarist Emily Schoonover remains one of the best songwriters in the Twin Cities and on "talk to you," they infuse their remarkably catchy style with a streak of darkness. bugsy has always operated in a happy-sad dynamic — the band makes ecstatic music that you can easily dance (or mosh) to, but the lyrics reveal a nuanced heartache and yearning. This time around, the band tinkers with their previous approach, letting the undercurrent of emotion bubble to the top and never letting it fully erupt. It gets awfully close (listen for the harmonies on the final chorus), but bugsy maintains ultimate control.…
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Common Sage - "Might As Well Eat the Chicken, We Won't Be Here in the Morning" | EP Review

(Cover art by Aaron Gordon)Brooklyn's Common Sage has been quiet release-wise since 2018's "Where are you? I'm in Klamath Falls, are you here?" That album combined the more experimental tinges of fourth-wave emo with lengthy song structures and spindly guitar lines. Julian Rosen spearheaded the trio behind the record, taking on songwriting, guitar, and vocal duties. On their new EP, Might As Well Eat the Chicken, We Won't Be Here in the Morning, Rosen and co. condense Common Sage's sound into only 13 minutes.The songs on Might As Well Eat the Chicken are divided in two: three full-length tracks and three instrumentals all titled "Part I" with some variance. That initially sounds like too many interludes for a six song EP - fortunately, it's works. Common Sage interweaves each song together, almost creating the illusion of a single 13-minute track. The instrumentals spiral around, bouncing off glassy walls of shimmering electronics."Wrap…

Another Heaven - "Unfit" | New Music

No band better captures existential dread and the seemingly hopeless future better than Minneapolis trio Another Heaven. The sludgegaze act put out nine songs (six originals and three covers) during the month of May as a holdover while they work on their first full-length album. Now the band is back after what felt like a lifetime with the new song "Unfit."Another Heaven spends the single on the verge of a manic outburst. It opens with brooding guitars that are pushed to the point of breaking, all while Aaron Lemay's drums churn in time. The cracks in "Unfit" really start to shine through on the choruses where Ali Jaafar and Cole Benson's shared vocals switch from ethereal ruminations to labored outbursts. "Unfit" ebbs and flows as it builds tension over the song's nearly five-minute runtime; however, Another Heaven never pushes the track over the edge into total degradation. Instead, they manage to pull themselves back from the brink and fade…

Gulfer - "Heat Wave" | New Music

Montreal's Gulfer has been grinding for most of the past decade, making some of the most explosive rock music north of the Canadian border. 2018's Dog Bless was a leveling-up moment for the band. It found them turning their emo revival anthems up to 11 and brought a deserved wave of praise. Now, Gulfer is returning with a classic self-titled record."Heat Wave," the quartet's new single, continues where Dog Bless and lead single "Forget (Friendly)" left off. The same singalong choruses and spidery guitar riffs are in a new context on one of the most biting songs of the year. Vocalist/guitarist Joseph Therriault sings of feelings gone awry and performative relationships. "You say you're working class when it feels right" cuts right to the bone of the fake wokeness that has become all-too-prevalent in the last couple years. The intersection of emotional and intellectual is where Gulfer rests. The band expands on everything that made them grea…

niiice. - "shlonkey kong" | New Music

To say we've been waiting for this one for a long time would be an understatement. niiice. is finally back with their first new single since 2019's Never Better, the stellar EP that launched the trio into the national DIY spotlight. "shlonkey kong" is the appetizer to the band's forthcoming second LP, Internet Friends.The band has boiled all the quintessential elements of the NCU (niiice. Cinematic Universe) into one pure song - so potent it'll get you high in a single hit. Guitarist/vocalist Roddie Gadeberg is an absolute master at writing songs that people can scream along to while still detailing incapacitating anxiety and its many side-effects. Their are weed references galore (would it be a niiice. song if there weren't?), but Gadeberg tells us why he's smoking so much too. As great as weed is, it's still a coping mechanism to deal with self-doubt, back pain, and other problems.Never Better was perfect proof of the musical synthesis that'…