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Elbows drops genre-bending new track, "Think Twice"

Elbows is a fitting name for producer Max Scheible. The Brooklyn-based artist crafts music that flexes through genres, bending tastes and traditions and creating something that sounds totally fresh.  Scheible, also a multimedia artist, is no stranger to cobbling together influences from different channels and spaces, and his music reflects this by expertly melding together EDM, jazz, and old-school R&B vibes. Keep your eyes peeled — Elbows is slated to release The Courdory EP this coming May, but in the main time you can stream new single “Think Twice” below. - Olivia Sisinni

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Artist of the Month: David Swick

Composer, multi-instrumentalist, and winner of our most recent Artist of the Month poll David Swick, doesn’t just create music alone in its sonic medium. He paints images with soundscapes. Take a recent track like “Music for Silhouettes” as an example of this. The piece begins with dappling, meandering piano, invoking the beginning of something like a crack in a dam, and slowly but surely builds into an expansive gushing river using the negative, empty spaces to create a sense of openness. His SoundCloud account offers an extensive collection of piano and sting-based compositions that could easily accompany visual stimulation of any kind.

Instrumental composers are few and far between in Nashville’s independent scene, but this doesn’t seem to dissuade Swick from displaying his art in any way he can, whether it be working with The Radial Conservatory, a neoclassical collective that creates immersive environments of light and sound, or playing small house shows. Swick’s outlets for expression prove that he takes his work seriously as art over entertainment, a rare trait for musicians in an environment that often promotes easy crowd pleasing over work that requires authentic participation to receive.

-Andrew Strader

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Paper Gates drops 'Memory Box' tape and zine tonight

*photo by Amanda Rose Reinholz

We first discovered Paper Gates last year at Treefort Music Festival and he quickly became one of our favorites in avant creation. He played the festival again this year, but what we're focusing on today is the new tape and coinciding zine he's releasing tonight at The Liquor Store.

Based on the Paper Gates production we've heard before, Memory Box is guaranteed to be another sonic adventure down the rabbit hole of the brain behind Paper Gates, Andy Rayborn. His adept use of bass clarinet shows a mastery of compound minimalism by creating such large soundscapes with so few instrumental tools. 

Joining Rayborn in the release of the Memory Box tape and zine will performances by Sheers and a solo set from Sam Adams of Sama Dams.  

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Women In Music - Bay Area Takes Place This Weekend

This weekend, Oakland is going to positively overrun by the power of WOMEN IN MUSIC!

Women in Music - Bay Area, is a weekend-long multi-generational conference and festival dedicated to women breaking ground in music. Between panels, workshops, film screenings, and dance parties, Women in Music strives to bring together women from all areas of the music industry, while encouraging more female participation, empowerment, and entrepreneurship.

The goal of #WIMBayArea is simple: to provide a local platform for women in music and beyond to unite, network, and celebrate. For more information, visit: https://www.wimbayarea.com/

Weekend passes allow you entry to all ticketed parties April 7-9 in Downtown Oakland, CA.
Weekend passes are currently on sale for $25. You must be 21+ to purchase a weekend pass.
NOTE: WEEKEND PASSES DO NOT INCLUDE ACCESS TO PANELS, WORKSHOPS, MARKETS, OR WELLNESS EVENTS.

 

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NYC Record of the Month: Tiny Hazard's "Greyland"

There aren't a lot of bands like Tiny Hazard floating around these days. Their brand of avant-pop is quite unique and that's certainly also due to the fact that the music they've strived to master is difficult to conceive, let alone perform. Maybe that's why their new record "Greyland" took about five years to be finalized. Alena Spanger's vocals are the core of the record, leading the tracks' twists and turn with her beautiful soprano, never afraid to get downright complex/intense. There's a paradoxical stance taken with the composition, with the melodies pivoting back and forth from sweet to dissonant, and the arrangements from orchestral to utterly noisy. The songs are sparse in their instrumentation but tease the ear with their stops and starts, time changes, odd tempos, and dynamic and melodic shifts. There's so much to be worked out for the listener of this album that a repeated close listening is required to appreciate it fully: it's truly a gift that keeps on giving. Be sure to pick up a copy of "Greyland," it's a worthy investment, and don't miss the band live at The Silent Barn on April 14. - Andrew Strader

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