Photo of Diet Cig by Brian Benavente
On Monday, February 12th, 2018, Diet Cig brought an energy of pure exuberant joy with them to the Aladdin Theatre in Portland, OR. I was ecstatic to see an all-ages Diet Cig show announced since they generally end up in 21+ venues in the Pacific Northwest. With The Spook School and Great Grandpa as support, it was sure to be a night of whole-hearted inclusivity.
After having a week to digest the sophomore release of Houston rock band, Waterparks, it’s more apparent than ever that Entertainment is a cutting edge triumph that you should be paying your undivided attention. The articulately modulated confines of resilient petulance in a realm of expository narratives provides a breath of fresh-air in an otherwise stagnant trend-lead era. Vocalist and songwriter Awsten Knight persistently defies stale genre margins by seamlessly mastering every aspect of creative control he can get his hands on. From pitch-shifting vocals and sending them through guitar pedals for additional harmonies in “Peach (Lobotomy)” that echo his own voice as he conveys each part of the story to layering snippets of prismatic synth segments that line the framework with the unique sounds we’ve come to love and expect from a Waterparks release. The live shows to come with this album cycle will be excitedly dynamic displays of much larger guitar compositions and quick-tempered drum accompaniments.
January releases are already proving 2018 to be another great year for new music. Today we’re highlighting We Were Younger and Less Put Together from Better Love, and Underworld from Tonight Alive!
Original photo of Alvvays by Brian Benavente
2017 has been an incredible year for new music! Some of our most loved albums this year include Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN., Lorde’s Melodrama, and Sorority Noise’s You’re Not As _____ As You Think. Check out some of our individual end of the year lists below!
As we quickly work to finalize our ‘Best of 2017’ lists, we couldn’t help but notice that there’s some great albums we didn’t get around to talking about when they initially released this year. If you don’t keep up with every new release each week, then here’s a list of albums we haven’t previously reviewed that we highly recommend you listen to from front to back. Want more recommendations? End of the year lists will be posted on the 29th!