Friday Feature: Reservations

Photo credit: Phillip Woodbury

Jana Horn’s projects do not appear to be chained to perfectionism. That’s not meant to be a backhanded compliment; it’s a characteristic the Austin, Texas-based musician wears on her sleeve, wryly noting in her Five Songs description that the EP was “recorded in my closet.” It’s a style built on intimate humanness, a sense of ownership that whatever leaps out of the speakers is the unadulterated product of transition from heartstrings to guitar and microphone.

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Friday Feature: Lonesome House

photo by Bailey Foster

Sometimes, music carries an ability to elevate. Not necessarily in the sense of improving your mood. Rather, you get this feeling of floating above and  looking down to see people and knowing all everything and everyone else are just minuscule specks going about their own lives with no idea that you’re alone up there, watching.

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On a Safer Scene With Eva Hendrick

Charly Bliss have the perfect balance of sugary pop and rattling distorted guitars. They are a 90’s retrospective topped off with lead singer Eva Hendrick’s snarky vocals. It’s no wonder they have opened for Sleater Kinney and Tokyo Police Club. Honest on and off stage, Eva spoke candidly with us about sexism she’s faced on the road.

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On a Safer Scene with Lane Moore

New York City singer, comedian and performer, Lane Moore has had a busy year. Her band, It Was Romance, released an awesome queer friendly music video for her song, “Hooking Up with Girls” that has since been featured in the Huffington Post and Billboard magazine. Her comedy show “Tinder Live” has been increasing in popularity in New York City. Moore has created a new model for aspiring musicians. As commentators and entertainers who connect with their audience at a person to person level.

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On a Safer Scene with LTrain

Crystalla Gonzalez is one of the most impactful people I met in my New York City tenure. I saw her band LTrain in Brooklyn on a whim and was inspired by the band’s energy. In addition to having a fantastic live show, Crystalla has one of those voices that is tough, soft and soulful.

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On a Safer Scene with Hop Along

If you are reading this, you have probably already heard of Philadelphia’s Hop Along. Their prolific blend of alternative, folk and grunge can be found at the top of any Pitchfork list. Piloted by the mighty voice of Frances Quinlan, their sound is unforgettable. Frances was kind enough to answer my questions and was incredibly honest.

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Friday Feature: Sampa the Great

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It’s understandable, if regrettable, that Sampa the Great only had room for one adjective in her moniker. One could assign others: Sampa the Eclectic, the Unapologetic, the Imaginative. Her selection certainly makes sense, though. If there is one thing she has striven for since childhood, it is to be a great artist.

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Freya Wilcox

Freya Wilcox is impossible to forget. Her live performance hearkens to a late seventies rock n roll. Her voice sounds like a dirty bullet propelling through a wind tunnel. Freya Wilcox & the Howl have been making a racket in the NYC scene since she moved from Australia about five years ago, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be able to chat with her for Safer Scene.

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Friday Feature: Hayley Kiyoko

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Former Disney star Hayley Kiyoko’s Citrine EP is a refreshing look at love and self-acceptance away from the male gaze and into something that is purely her own. In an interview with Teen Vogue, the singer commented that the days leading up to her latest release felt like being ready for the prom several hours too early. “I want [listeners] to feel empowered,” Kiyoko said. “I want them to lose their self-doubt and kind of walk with a little swagger in their step.”

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