Author: Shannon Shumaker

Lawrence Denver Gothic 12

If you weren’t already planning on catching one Lawrence’s upcoming shows on their Hotel TV Tour Part 2, this is your sign to get tickets. Even on a bitter January night in Denver, the eight-piece band made the inside of The Gothic Theatre feel warm and upbeat with their high energy, carefree and most importantly, spectacular sounding set. The night felt like a celebration of great music from start to finish, kicking off with Swatkins, who hypnotized the willing crowd with his unique brand of talkbox funk. The band’s mastermind, Steve Watkins, returned to the stage later in the show…

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Tall Heights Juniors

Juniors, the third full-length album from indie folk duo, Tall Heights, is an emotionally raw, yet sonically refined release that was well worth waiting for. Arriving just under four years after 2018’s  Pretty Colors For Your Actions, Juniors finds Paul Wright and Tim Harrington exploring the complex emotions that came along with the upheaval of the pandemic, shake-ups in their personal and professional lives, loss and most importantly: love. The perfect backdrop to the album’s emotional journey is the sweeping sonic landscape, complete with flawless harmonies, orchestral elements, borrowed synthesizers and even a full a cappella group. Each track on…

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Mako Interview

Reinvention is at the heart of Mako’s upcoming album, Fable. Los Angeles based creative and mastermind behind the project, Alex Seaver has been consistently challenging genre-constraints with his music, be it with Mako or even in his work as a composer with League Of Legends, and this upcoming release is no different. Even stepping into an admittedly unprecedented time in the music industry, this desire to reinvent, experiment and most importantly, keep growing and changing was stronger than ever, which lead to the creation of Seaver’s most ambitious release yet: Fable. Born from the need to explore an entirely new…

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Seaway Big Vibe

Seaway can do no wrong. Following three successful full-length albums (2013’s Hoser, 2015’s Colour Blind and 2017’s Vacation) it comes as no surprise that their latest effort, Big Vibe is filled with banger after timeless banger. While one can always expect bright, upbeat, punchy tunes from the Canadian pop-punk band, the group has taken a slight step away from their roots on their new album in favor of dipping their toes into a more retro, 80’s pop-rock influenced sound. That’s definitely not to say that you won’t hear the first few lines of the opening track, “Brain In a Jar”…

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Brother Sundance I Hurt You I Made This

Dark pop artist, brother sundance is building off of his strong debut EP, Honey with his introspective and hauntingly beautiful new release, I HURT YOU, I MADE THIS. Not only does the EP find the broody singer, songwriter and producer expanding on the stepping stones set with Honey, but it also finds him digging deep emotionally and facing his flaws head-on for six powerful tracks. Opening I HURT YOU, I MADE THIS is the punchy single, “Nightmares.” The unconventional track, carried by glitchy synth, pounding drums and dark lyrical content, sets the stage with an eerie and unsettling vibe, which…

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Glass Animals Dreamlans

Vivid lyricism, stunning world-building, incredibly thoughtful production, creative songwriting and catchy as hell choruses have defined Glass Animals’ sound since their 2014 debut album, Zaba and their dynamic follow-up, How To Be A Human Being, and their new album, Dreamland is no different. Spearheaded by some of frontman Dave Bayley’s strongest vocal work to date and easily some of the band’s best production yet, Dreamland is a sparkling third full-length that doesn’t just replicate the magic that they made with their first two albums, but tops it. So what makes this album so special? The personal touch. While each song…

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Neck Deep All Distortions Are Intentional

Almost exactly three years ago, Neck Deep flipped the script with their massively successful album, The Peace and the Panic and now they’re back to forge ahead with their newest release, All Distortions Are Intentional. Taking a page from the melodic, poppy sounds from The Peace and the Panic, All Distortions Are Intentional finds the band not only expanding on their already well-established sound even more, but also stepping outside of their comfort zone lyrically and thematically. While admittedly, the band’s previous work focused heavily on “singles”, All Distortions Are Intentional is a clear concept album, following the story of…

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Donna Missal Lighter

Lighter, the new album from Donna Missal, is a timeless collection of vulnerable, powerful songs that find the singer/songwriter rising from the ashes and finding self-acceptance. Using her debut album, This Time as a pushing-off point, Lighter finds Donna Missal truly discovering her sound, showcasing her spectacular vocal abilities and opening up lyrically for ten cohesive and memorable tracks. As a whole, Lighter explores heartbreak, destruction and the aftermath of ill-fated relationships. The album’s ten songs chronicle Missal picking up the pieces of past loves, from the soft, stunning opener to the empowering “Hurt By You” and the heartbreaking, “Let…

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