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Elizabeth Moen "It'll Get Tired Too"

Elizabeth Moen has released the latest single, "It'll Get Tired Too" from her forthcoming EP, "Creature of Habit", which is set to be released on December 11th. Moen is a newly Chicago-based, Iowa Native, who brings with her a rich, emotive voice that is sure to stand out in our city.

The new single is accompanied by a Joshua De Lanoit animated lyric video that can be viewed below.

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Cordoba "Specter"

Cordoba recently channeled the scariest parts of 2020 into a spooky new album, Specter, which dropped the day before Halloween. The sextet uses their signature left of center jazz fusion grooves as a bed for lyrics that touch on topics like gentrification, police brutality, and escalating social unrest.

The group's lead singer Brianna Tong was on the most recent episode of the wonderful podcast Music Therapy with Jessica Risker discussing the new album, it's themes, and how to stay creative in these times.

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Liv Roskos "Seeds"

Liv Roskos recently released a new single and video called "Seeds". The song was written for Roskos' wedding three years and the video was created using scenes from that wedding. This is her second single of 2020 follow-up the ode to her daughter, "Little Light".

Liv has such a deep and soulful voice and it great to see her sharing these two warm and positive songs in this chaotic year.

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Pretty Sick explore the "Deep Divine"

Deep Divine is the “coming out” LP or EP or whatever you want to call it (seriously these terms mean next to nothing today) from the rock combo Pretty Sick. Regardless, both the band name and the record name are spot on. Deep Divine is the sound of teenage kicks colliding with the imperative to “just grow up, be adults and die” in the words of one Veronica Sawyer--a deep dive into the muck and the majesty of teenhood and early adulthood. 

Lead singer, songwriter, and bassist Sabrina Fuentes self-reportedly wrote the songs heard here between ages 12 and 20 and the intensity of these transitional years bleeds into every note. Pretty Sick are indeed pretty sick (double-entendre no doubt intended) and appear to be influenced by early, ground-breaking releases on labels such as Sub Pop, Matador, and Kill Rock Stars--a sound that even a generation later is effective sonic shorthand for surviving adulthood with some degree of mental functioning, passion, and sick humor intact. 

Deep Divine not only captures but updates these sounds and sentiments from the past--for one thing the gender fluidity at play in Fuentes’ lyrics is a clear marker of the contemporary moment (he’s and she’s are pretty much interchangeable). The cover image of the record too is a clear riff-on-cum-update-of a certain iconic album cover for this one old record you may have heard of by some band or other, but minus the dollar bill on a hook seeing as record labels aren’t handing out too many million-dollar contracts these days.

Finally this is also a New York City record to the core. The grungetastic 54-second-long instrumental intro called “Comedown” (perfect place to start!) merges straight into “Allen Street” with its subject staring “out on Allen Street at 7:00 in the morning” the song turns into a mini-travelogue taking the listener from the titular LES location to the “Bowery at midnight in the summer” finally ending up “back in Harlem now you won’t even call me / cut myself up now it makes me feel more holy.” Punny-ness aside this last line captures the tightrope act that Pretty Sick has already mastered: balancing hookiness and grittiness and lower bodily stratum and spiritual elevation. (Jason Lee)

 





Spacette captures Los Angeles in new single "City Of Gold"

Spacette sincerely captures the spirit of Los Angeles via a single that is just as breezy-glitzy as the city: “City Of Gold” is a slow sonic ride laced with zipping electric guitar licks, a smog-thick bassline, and Bowie-esque vocals as cool as you desire them. There is a simplicity to “City Of Gold” that is endearing: the song is medicinal even because the track’s pace remains steady and groovy enough to keep one swaying past ill thoughts, soothing the mind with its subtle harmonies and synth underpinnings. Spacette’s new single comes as the quartet announces a self-titled debut EP set for release December 11th. Spacette is taking it all in and inviting others to do the same; stream “City Of Gold” for a familiar Los Angeles feeling enjoyed anew. - René Cobar 

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