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Evil Seagull's debut EP shows a smart, sensitive songwriter on the rise

There is something mystifying about the way Oakland-based Anne Healey, also known as Evil Seagull, is able to turn her experiences into music. Listening to her EP The Philosophy of Evil Seagull is like a trip to the island of misfit toys; her haunting vocals are sweet up until the moment they go completely sour, with carefully crafted lyrics that communicate a feeling through anecdotal abstraction (like this line from “You Are Wise”: “Then I called you Buddha, / and you squirmed and hit me in the eye; / I meant that you were wise, / I said it to be nice.”) Evil Seagull’s debut drips with musicality and experience, and you can stream all four songs below. - Lilly Milman

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Idgy Dean takes her energetic solo show to Baby's All Right on 11.22

Idgy Dean is a performer. More than just a talented musician, her shows are a rapture of energy, untamed and unrestrained. She performs with a sense of freedom; an independence and willingness to abandon constraints. Skipping between instruments as she loops sounds and constructs her own sonic world, Idgy Dean is in control. It may feel chaotic, untamed and unrestrained, but she is in control. As she pounds on the drums, slides across the neck of the guitar, slurs into the mic, Idgy Dean is in control. There are plenty of videos showing her restless, solo live performances (the best one is streaming below), but they are something worth experiencing in person. You'll have an opportunity to do so tomorrow (November 22) at Baby’s All Right. – Cameron Carr

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Debut Stoops EP Available for Streaming & Download

Kidhood, the debut EP from Stoops, was co-produced with Keith Abrams (Pine Barons, Tremellow), who also recently worked on The Districts' latest LP Popular Manipulations. Warping keys and a rhythmic bass, "Flashlight" shines through the darkness with its existential love song sound, while “Loser Denial” wants to break loose from its opening, but you get a sense that its protagonist feels trapped. There’s a tight, melodic, storytelling quality with a hint of instrumental force that makes one wonder where the next recordings will go.

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Hi-Lo Jack (Dolapo Akinkugbe + Lawrence + Stolen Jars collab) unveils debut EP

Maybe the NYC indie scene has really entered a "post-white" phase, finally! When we started this blog back in 2004, indie rock, soul and hip hop really felt like separate scenes. The few notable exceptions, like TV on the Radio, paved the way to a rediscovery of soul music that reached maturity in the following decade, and that doesn't seem to slow down. Hi-Lo Jack, a collaboration between Dolapo Akinkugbe (of DAP The Contract), Clyde Lawrence (of soul-pop band Lawrence), and Cody Fitzgerald (of indie-rock band Stolen Jars, who graced our the cover of our last ever CMJ issue in 2015) is the latest NYC based project mixing the warmth of soul with the edge common to indie music. Check out single "So It Goes," streaming here.

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New Power Animal Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

We've been enamored with the production abilities of Keith Hampson, who records and performs under the moniker of Power Animal, for years now. We remember receiving his early demos on CD-R (remember those!), and obsessively listening to the beautifully textured tracks on our headphones, in awe of the recordings' creativity and originality. We highly recommend that you grab yours and take Hampson's long-awaited, new album, Good Wind, Part. 1, for a spin below, and grab yourself a copy while you're at it because 50% of its Bandcamp sales will be donated to The Emergent Fund, "an organization launched in the wake of the 2016 election to support grassroots movements in marginalized communities." Enjoy!

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