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Pearla seeks absolution on "Forgive Yourself," plays Zone One 11.28

“Can you forgive yourself for turning your back in fear? Do you understand your friends when they decide to stay at home?”

These are some of the questions Brooklyn singer-songwriter Pearla asks on her recent single, “Forgive Yourself,” a track filled with inquiries that are so disconcerting and difficult to answer that it’s hard to tell if they are experiments in self-examination or merely rhetorical. Regardless, there’s a remarkable amount of introspection evoked over the course of “Forgive Yourself’s” three sparse minutes, all building to an explosive end of featherweight vocal harmonies and thunderous electronic noise. Pearla’s sound is mellifluous and engrossing, but her music resonates so strongly from the sense of unease in what she asks of us as listeners - to take a good hard look at our lives, and ask for forgiveness. It’s a task easier sung than done.

Pearla will play Zone One at Elsewhere on November 28th, supporting Ritual Talk and Stello. Ahead of the show, stream her newest release Forgive Yourself, Pumpkin below. -Connor Beckett McInerney (@b_ck_tt) Photo by Josh Katz

New Music Video: "Indifferent Belushi" - Steady Hands

With all the rain earlier this week and though not all the races yesterday turned out the way we wanted (much love to Beto O'Rourke & Andrew Gillum), we are very happy that the sun is out, and the brakes have been put on this Trump administration trainwreck. Last night was bittersweet, but we're feeling a bit more positive today so we thought Steady Hands' new video for "Indifferent Belushi" might put an added bounce in all our steps this morning. Our apologies to those who are at work or in class and might be feeling some FOMO watching this video. We give you permission to get up, walk out, and enjoy the rest of your day.

Veda Rays push indie forward on "For The Rest To Rest," play The Footlight 11.17

A consistent New York sound pervades the entirety of For The Rest To Rest, the newest release by Brooklyn trio Veda Rays; it’s one that reads like a sly nod to records like Room On Fire and Antics and a continuation of the very same raucous hellraising indie that characterizes the Big Apple’s sonic aesthetic. That isn’t to say that Veda Rays don’t have some tricks of their own up their sleeves - Rest’s eleven songs provide a fresh take on driving, guitar-based post-new wave through fuzzed-out production and subtle synth parts, bringing an additional depth to their tracks that fills the entire record with a sound that’s simultaneously dark and dreamy. In doing so, Veda Rays solidify themselves as expert purveyors of indie, pushing NYC’s sound in a direction that develops the city's sonic traditions while quoting them.

You can catch Veda Rays at The Footlight on November 17th alongside Little Hustle, Gracie Mansion and Le Guin. Until then, stream For The Rest To Rest below. -Connor Beckett McInerney (@b_ck_tt), Photo by Lydia Gammill

Sister Sparrow plays Femme Fetale in her new video for "Ghost"

Sister Sparrow embodies a new type of femme fatale in her new video “Ghost” - not one of a last century Bond girl, but of a 21st century woman who knows her worth, and better yet, the tools at her disposal.

Sparrow sings over the track’s chorus that she’s “gonna give you the ghost,” referring to the act of severing communication entirely with a (now former) romantic partner; this ear worm refrain is further accented in the music video by an entourage of choreographed dancers clad in black, body rolling at the costume party while the aforementioned scorned lover searches the room for Sister Sparrow as she evades him through the crowd. As the scene concludes, Sparrow’s ex-bae turns around to find the party has disappeared entirely, transitioning the subject matter from figurative to literal in a Gone Girl-by-way-of-Sixth Sense twist - fittingly spooky for the video’s release on Halloween earlier this week.

The whole production is a fun, wordplay-laden track that juxtaposes themes of modern dating with the idea of actual spirits, accented by the track’s upbeat style and playful instrumental accents. If you’re already missing last week’s scary energy, “Ghost” provides an avenue to extend the autumnal spooks as you dance your way into November. Watch the video below, and catch Sister Sparrow at Irving Plaza December 1st. -Connor Beckett McInerney (@b_ck_tt)

New Them Jones Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Psych-rockers Them Jones recently shared a sweet, new album. Transient occupies a hallucinatory, nomadic space - one that cruises within hypnotic harmonies and around heavier peripheral edges toward the ether. Exploring experiential uncertainty through a cosmic lens, one feels at home in the vessel, yet remains held in suspense over what will be discovered. Sit back, but stay alert, because you never know how things may alter.


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