We all like to think of summer as a mystical gap between spring and fall when time stands still, but the truth is that for most of us, summer is just like the other three seasons except with a lot more sweat.
The title of the Missing Season's latest single, "Partied Out," suggests a band that's weary of its own shoegazing hymns to rock 'n' roll life. Not so. The French band has made melancholia melodic and exciting again.
The DJs of 88.1 KDHX are a diverse group, but the one thing that binds them together is their love of music -- and new music is a big part of that love. At the midyear mark of 2013 30 of those DJs have selected their favorite releases so far.
As we head into the second half of 2013, the DJs of 88.1 KDHX look back on the songs and shows that are sure to stick with them all through the year.
No film exists to accompany "Translator's Clos Part II" by Montreal band Esmerine; no film is needed. The exotic, orchestral movement brims with the sound of cello, banjo, marimba and umpteen other ethnomusicological implements; the band projects worlds across a stunning canvas.
"The Cloisters," a new song by San Francisco's Yassou Benedict, captures the ineluctable and spectral pull of desire; it might be a fleeting surrender but in the voice of Lilie Bytheway Hoy it feels like forever.
A river as a metaphor -- for life, time, love, etc. -- should be the most dried up of all tropes, but not when backed by the wail, snap, crash, clash and Richter scale-testing acoustic-bass thump of Beach.
A rousing, breathless blast from the past of pop-punk with a Moogy-loop as a hook, "Calling on Columbia Pike" by Speedwell may have been recorded 10 years ago, but it belongs on any Summer of 2013 mixtape.
Listening to "Namesake," the latest from Mount Clair, N.J. band Pinegrove, isn't eavesdropping, really, but the sense of being invited into the moment of rock 'n' roll creation is more than a little uncanny, not to mention exciting.