Think about your favorite childhood (or adulthood!) cartoon. Was there an earworm that burrowed its way into your brain? As a kid who grew up in the early-mid 00s, I find that there’s an astounding amount of fun and inspiring music in the cartoons I enjoyed both as a young child and as an older teen. With the resurgence of songs like “Castaways” from The Backyardigans and the ever-present love of songs like “I’m Just Your Problem” from Adventure Time, it’s no wonder that the nostalgia-evoking sound of animated arrangements is inspiring an entire generation of musicians.

“Gold” is a…


The Kansas City, Missouri based noise duo partners with a menagerie of other talented features to honor the great Fiona Apple.

I was introduced to HXXS and their barrage of thick analog noise when I played a Chicago basement show with them on the day before my 22nd birthday. Instantly enamored by the sheer volume of the set, I snatched up a vinyl and spent my birthday popping acetaminophen because I threw out my entire spine dancing. During the pandemic, I’ve been glad to keep in touch with Gavin and Jeannie here and there over Twitter. …


As someone who grew up playing and attending punk shows in dimly lit, indescribably stained DIY venues in the Utah suburbs, the ballistic sounds of self-described “piss rock” band Illicit Nature, hailing from Boise, Idaho, feels like returning to a chaotic yet comfortingly nostalgic home. It’s the kind of punk that makes me desperately miss being launched into already-broken coffee tables and couches. “Slugger” rips with galloping drums and frenzied, screaming riffs. Upon first listen, I immediately recalled early AFI. I know what you’re thinking, reader. “What the fuck do you mean, Indigo? AFI isn’t piss rock, and it barely


If you’ve read any of my reviews, you know how #blessed I am to be surrounded by incredibly kind and supportive musicians and Blue Vines is no exception. Nick has supplied me with many a kind twitter interaction and I was excited to give “Shadowbox Champion” a listen. “Shadowbox Champion” is a classic indie punk album with some sprinklings of early emo influence throughout. Tasty guitar tidbits pair with splashy cymbals. Layered vocals swim through nostalgic, thoughtful lyrics. …


Album Art for Flight of the Crows

In my journey as a DIY musician, I’ve had the privilege to meet and befriend some of the most talented, unique, and innovative artists along the way. I first encountered Jhariah when my pals at Chillwavve Records suggested him for my 23rd birthday livestream. Even though I had to celebrate in isolation playing music with my partner, I felt so surrounded by love and talent that night, even though all of us were in our respective apartments, hundreds of miles apart, singing to one another through our laptops. I chose to continue pursuing music as a life path because of…


Booze Radly brings a heavier tone to Jimmy Eat World’s beloved classic.

I would venture to guess that most people who read my Medium reviews have heard “Sweetness” from Jimmy Eat World’s senior album, Bleed American. “Sweetness” is a much loved and oft-covered song, which is what makes it particularly challenging to tackle. Bands are caught between two choices, do they stick with the source material and stay true to the original, or do they deviate completely? I think Booze Radly takes a solid path in leaning towards the former choice. Their cover of “Sweetness” is familiar but still exciting…


Fuzzy bass and twinkling xylophone tuck in this velvety dream-pop track.

Cover art for “I’m Tired All The Time”

Warm bass and Nico Baci’s gentle voice welcome the listener into “I’m Tired all the Time,” a sweet and sullen tune by Community Towel. A combination of heavy vocal delay and drums that drag ever so slightly gives the song a feeling of being somewhere between waking and dream states. A dark room. A familiar blanket.

Community Towel knows how to do a simple song well. Everything has its place and dovetails together to create something altogether sonically pleasing. The glittery xylophone breaks bring in a sleepy breath of…


I’ve been feeling stuck for a while now.

I, like many others, graduated with a creative degree into a pandemic that completely decimated a myriad of my career opportunities. Here I sit, a multi-disciplinary musician, writer, and artist in a delivery job that causes me an enormous amount of stress and eats through my paycheck in the form of vehicle maintenance. Of course, I’m glad to be employed. Being able to pay my portion of rent and bills feels like a luxury when so many people cannot even afford survival. …


A blanket of sound swaddles the sadness that sits curled up in the corner of our consciousness. Nothing really envelops angst like a thick bass, a wall of guitars, and a languid, sulky voice waxing and waning through soft whispers and guttural screams. So often, “guitar music” made after the early 2000s lacks so much of the soul that seemed to permeate those earlier, angrier releases. More unfortunately still, many of the bands that spearheaded gazey emo-punk have histories that taint the blue-colored lens of nostalgia that we so often view the music of our adolescence through. …


It’s been a long time since I’ve written about music. The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be incredibly stressful, which I’m sure is a statement that will resonate with pretty much everyone who will be reading this. Though I haven’t been writing about music much, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been listening. On the contrary; so many of my friends and colleagues have put out amazing projects that have absolutely blown my mind, inspired me, and brought me comfort. For this review, I was granted the privilege of listening to my dear friend Jungheim’s new album, “This Might Be…

Indigo Hope Finamore

Indigo Hope Finamore is a musician, composer, and producer. They/Them

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