You’ve heard of Barns Courtney, but odds are you won’t be able to place what he sings. The English singer-songwriter may have caught your attention last year with his impressive debut single, “Fire.” It’s a loud, brazen track that gained respectable airplay on alternative and college radio. With its emphatic rhythm, “Fire” was as powerful as the newly plugged-in...
It goes without saying, but without Mumford & Sons sparking the banjo’s transformation from laughable to admirable, bands like Judah & the Lion would never have a chance. Since 2013, the industry has seen a remarkable growth in folk-rock jam bands who dress like baristas in Brooklyn but play like founders of bluegrass. This Nashville quartet is one of...
In a tone that’s much more Shawn Mendes than Kaleo, singer-songwriter Matt Maeson floats comfortably through his latest six-track EP, Who Killed Matt Maeson. The Virginia native spent most of his adolescence traveling to high-security prisons with his family’s performing ministry, an undeniably unique experience for a young artist. This strange, mysterious upbringing plays into Maeson’s songwriting, as much...
Five years after the release of their debut album Everything Touching, U.K. indie-rock band Tall Ships has returned with a newfound clarity. The time they took to step away from their music pushed them to pursue other outlets of expression and to reflect on their inspirations as songwriters. Evidently, the break paid off; Impressions shows a more collected, coherent version of...
Since it was announced the chilling young adult novel 13 Reasons Why would be adapted into a Netflix original series, the whole world eagerly anticipated the premiere date to see the visual interpretation of the book. Produced by the multi-talented starlet Selena Gomez, the show follows the young Clay Jensen as he searches to find answers to the death...
If 2017 has taught us anything so far, it’s that this is the beginning of a new era of bold, fearless and unapologetic female pop sensations. On her debut album, Valerie Teicher—also known as Tei Shi—proves this trend is only growing stronger. Crawl Space is a stunning work built on suave, R&B-style vocals and inventive, glossy beats. Fans of...
Fans of the quiet power of Wet, Sylvan Esso and Bon Iver’s more experimental work will agree Vaarwell is a seamless addition to the most minimalist of music libraries. Vaarwell rejoice in finely tuned attention to detail, creating heartfelt sound through expertly placed moments of silence on their debut album Homebound 456. The Portuguese trio released their debut EP...
When your all-female post-punk band is asked to play the opening slot on Sleater-Kinney’s comeback tour, you know you’re doing something right. Lucky for PINS, they’ve sealed the approval of those legendary and trailblazing west coast women. Formed in 2011, the Manchester quartet bring that same fiery ‘90s garage band style to a new generation. On their newest self-released...
Shallow Side's newest album One dropped in January of this year, making it their second full-length album release. Not much information could be sought about this band even on their own site, but listening to One would give listeners the impression they are from a state that hails from farmlands more than big cities. Their blend of country and rock makes for...
The success story of British singer-songwriter Lewis Watson seems like one that could only occur in a digital age. First gaining exposure from posting covers on his YouTube channel at the young age of 16, Watson quickly acquired a base of eager fans from all over the world. His gentle voice demonstrates an innate talent and though he’s admitted...