Japanese hip hop – Kenthe 390 http://kenthe390.com/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 02:00:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://kenthe390.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/cropped-icon-32x32.png Japanese hip hop – Kenthe 390 http://kenthe390.com/ 32 32 What can we expect from J-pop in 2022? https://kenthe390.com/what-can-we-expect-from-j-pop-in-2022/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 02:00:51 +0000 https://kenthe390.com/what-can-we-expect-from-j-pop-in-2022/

If the past two years have taught the world anything, it’s the precariousness of predictions. January 2022 has arrived, but with the spread of omicron raising new concerns, all I can do is look at my recently purchased calendar and give up. Maybe leaving the dates blank would be a better decision than making plans.

J-pop has perfectly demonstrated this unpredictability over the past 24 months. Less than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic and with most people unable to attend live events or visit music stores, the industry has long scoffed at its reliance on CD sales and reluctance towards anything digital and began to adapt to the internet. Major Japanese artists have started uploading their entire catalogs to streaming services, while a new generation of young artists have been given pride of place thanks to YouTube and TikTok.

There is no doubt that 2022 will bring even more changes. Still, there are enough developments and signs from the past year to make educated guesses about what’s to come. And hey, even if those predictions are wrong…it’s just a reflection of the times, right?

A brighter vibe for J-pop

The mood for Japanese pop music is at a two-year low. Hits from rising outfits such as Yoasobi and Ado linger on gloom and exhaustion, reflecting the mood of the country as a whole. The emotional and physical toll of living through a pandemic is bad enough, but there is also a general sense of existential dread and anxiety about the future. It’s understandable that so many people are drawn to the most depressing sounds.

The mood for J-pop will likely improve in 2022, however, as listeners seek brighter escapes from the world around them. Major artists have been tiptoeing towards upbeat sounds over the past six months, including Yoasobi, who let in some sunshine with their hopeful song, “Sangenshoku.”

The best indicator of a change in mood might come from Kaze Fujii, a singer-songwriter who has emerged as a new voice in the Reiwa era (2019-present) thanks to dizzying tunes celebrating the little thrills of life. love and life. He’ll likely lead the charge to balance J-pop’s serotonin levels over the next 12 months.

TikTok: the next star creator

For the most part, the short-form video platform TikTok has been like a slot machine for the Japanese music industry. Pull the handle and hope some teenager in the US created a catchy meme to your 40-year-old urban pop song. Even for national viral trends, TikTok hits require a degree of randomness.

With the platform now established in Japan, however, musicians and labels will no longer approach TikTok as a bet, but as a place to build fanbases, and savvy young creators such as genre whirlwind Wurts have used the app and other social media platforms to get established. Surprise hits will always emerge, but it won’t be as chaotic as more and more companies figure out how to introduce new musical names into this digital space.

Youth at the front

Most pop songs produced by labels these days target teenagers, who have the power to turn a track into an overnight sensation via social media, but songwriters are often outside of this demographic. . That will change as more Japanese teenagers start creating their own anthems and distributing them through platforms such as TikTok, allowing for varied perspectives on young people in the country today.

Recently graduated artist Neriame demonstrates this perfectly with her viral hit, “Yo-kya JK ni Akogareru In-kya JK no Uta”. The hip-hop-scotched cut rejects the usual trappings of high school youth (“caramel/marshmallow/strawberry candy”) in favor of Apex Legends video game and individuality. Why should kids settle for what labels have to offer when they can create their own hits?

Move over, city pop

The glitzy funk sound of 1980s city pop remains Japan’s hottest musical export. He may even have reached his biggest mainstream moment yet in early 2022: Canadian pop heavyweight The Weeknd sampled Aran Tomoko’s 1983 single “Midnight Pretenders” for “Out of Time “, a song from his latest LP, which is bound to be one of the bestsellers of the year.

Part of the thrill of the internet’s interest in this once-obscure genre, however, was the sense of discovery that came with it. It’s great that an artist who performed in the Super Bowl brings more shine to the style, but it also means that the feeling of undiscovered gem fades.

For the next wave of online cool inspired by the sounds of the past, let’s look at the Heisei era (1989-2019). Shibuya-kei of the 1990s once defined hip Japanese music for listeners overseas, and seeing as it was the next stage in the evolution of urban pop, it makes sense that modern listeners are flooding the style of a new love. Bank on Pizzicato Five, whose catalog still sounds fresh and finds its way to subscription streaming platforms at just the right time, to introduce Shibuya-kei to the extremely online generation of 2022.

Mental health at the center of attention

Sony Music Japan is already at the forefront of mental health support, having launched a program last August that offers mental and physical health checkups and counseling for artists signed with the company. Spurred on by the havoc the pandemic has taken on its performers, Sony’s decision has been a long time coming, given the heavy demands that come with being a major musician in Japan. Expect more companies to follow suit as other entertainment sectors also grapple with mental health.

Taking notes on K-pop

Last year, South Korean music companies dreamed up hybrid projects, using K-pop market know-how to take J-pop globally and launch bands such as NiziU and OJ1. In 2022, Japanese entities will try to do the same themselves, learning from their South Korean neighbors but finding their own voice in the process.

Leading the pack is Be:First, a pop group built from a Hulu reality program overseen by rapper Sky-Hi and featuring production from longtime staple (and critic) Taku Takahashi. J-pop. They’ve already garnered solid views and performed online, while also being dubbed one of the “big trends” of 2022 by Nikkei Trendy magazine. Whether they can show that Japanese-born companies can keep up remains to be seen, but they will certainly add some very welcome musical diversity to the J-pop boy band scene.

The cutting edge of J-pop: idols

The age of all-female idol-pop groups has long since passed, with once-ubiquitous names like AKB48 struggling to retain their relevance. All of these pandemic-induced changes have pushed idol music to the fringes, which is actually the best place for this corner of J-pop.

Safely removed from the zeitgeist, idol groups now have the opportunity to experiment in ways they haven’t before, and in 2021 some of Japan’s most exciting music came from idol groups. Recent highlights include the surreal house sounds of femme fatale escapism, the hyper-fast beat of @onefive and the heart-pounding drum ‘n’ bass of Batten Girls. Forget the sound of 2022, the ideas that idol groups will explore in the coming months will offer insight into the sounds that mainstream J-pop will embrace in the years to come.

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]]> Oh my God! What an amateur! EXO’s Outfit Pics Will Make You Drool, See Here https://kenthe390.com/oh-my-god-what-an-amateur-exos-outfit-pics-will-make-you-drool-see-here/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 21:25:31 +0000 https://kenthe390.com/oh-my-god-what-an-amateur-exos-outfit-pics-will-make-you-drool-see-here/ Exo is a well-known boy group not only in Korea, but also around the world for their incredible talents, styles, and musical abilities. He has a huge fan base all over the world …]]> ” class=”lazy img-responsive” data-src=”https://www.iwmbuzz.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/omg-what-a-hottie-exos-outfit-pictures-will- get-drooled-see-here-920×518.jpg” width=”920″ height=”518″ alt=”Omg! What an amateur! Images of EXO’s outfit will make you drool, see here” />

Exo is a well-known boy group not only in Korea, but also around the world for their incredible talents, styles, and musical abilities. He has a huge fan base all over the world due to his exceptional character, as well as all the talented artists who through their love of singing have given the world beautiful art in the form of beautiful music.

Xiumin, Suho, Lay, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, DO, Kai, and Sehun are members of Exo, a South Korean-Chinese boy group based in Seoul. SM Entertainment created the group in 2011 and they made their first appearance in 2012.

Their music is largely pop, hip-hop, and R&B, with elements of electronic dance music genres including house and trap. It is published and played in Korean, Mandarin and Japanese. From 2014 to 2018, the group was ranked among Korea’s top five most influential celebrities on the Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list and dubbed “Kings of K-pop” and “World’s Biggest Boyband” by different media publications.

As said before, they are extremely talented musicians as well as stylists who can style certain clothes or create a specific look. Their style is as distinct and alluring as their personalities. Their admirers seem to take fashion cues from them on how to design an outfit and look as stunning as they do.

Their clothes are extremely stunning and eye-catching whenever they perform on stage or in music videos. Not only that, but they all manage to look really hot and charming no matter when it comes to dressing up for casual, formal or any other event. Here are photos of Exo’s five sexiest outfits that will leave you speechless!

Also Read: Here Are 5 B-Sides Singles From Korean Musicians Who Were Influential In 2021, Ranging From BTS To ATEEZ!

“iMordechai” Opens Miami Jewish Film Festival January 13, 2022 https://kenthe390.com/imordechai-opens-miami-jewish-film-festival-january-13-2022/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 15:55:39 +0000 https://kenthe390.com/imordechai-opens-miami-jewish-film-festival-january-13-2022/

Everyone has a crazy family story, but not everyone is inspired to make a movie about it.

“My wife just had two children. It should have been the happiest time of my life,” said Marvin Samel New times. “But then my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. During the babies’ feedings at 2 a.m., I started writing vignettes of my dad. I remembered the time he claimed have a twin brother. I thought about the time I took him to the Apple Store at Aventura Mall to buy him an iPhone. ”

From these drafts came the idea for Samel’s first feature film, iMordechai, which has its world premiere on the opening night of the Miami Jewish Film Festival Thursday. Prior to iMordechaiSamel was in the cigar business and was not familiar with film production until his first day as a director.

“My producers were experienced filmmakers, and they were looking for a director. Eventually, they appointed me,” says Samel. “They thought if I hadn’t realized it, I would have lost control of my family history.”

The autobiographical story centers on Samel’s father, Mordechai, a Holocaust survivor who gets a new start in life by learning to use his brand new iPhone. Samel says he relied heavily on his experienced cast and crew to make the film.

“I didn’t try to pretend until I did,” he adds. “I was honest with everyone that I was the least experienced person on set. I told them, ‘I’m counting on you.'”

Veterans Judd Hirsch and Carol Kane, who previously worked together on the 1970s sitcom, play the film version of Samel’s parents, Mordechai and Fela. Taxi.

“I didn’t have time to realize it while I was shooting,” explains Samel. “I couldn’t be flabbergasted to see all these big stars playing with my family because there was always something going on on set. I never told Judd what to watch Taxi when I was a child with my father, it was one of the rare moments of bonding that we had. ”

Hirsch signed on for the project, delighted to be working with a filmmaker for the first time.

“Getting in there can be a little scary, but it’s an adventure,” says Hirsch New times. “When he had Carol I knew we would be fine together. We had a great time working together on Taxi.”

Hirsch admits he was a little intimidated playing a real person who is still alive.

“Marvin asked me if I wanted to meet his father. I said no, I didn’t want the burden of having to be exactly like him,” he said. “Two minutes later, Mordechai walks in and we’ve become best friends.”

A long career in both comedic and dramatic roles helped Hirsch; iMordechai mixes comedy with drama. The actor says you have to play every beat the same.

“Underneath every tragedy, there is humor,” Hirsch explains. “And with all the tough things Mordechai went through in life, he found a way to be funny. He found a way to have a good time in this endurance competition of a lifetime.”

Kane agrees with this philosophy.

“You play any kind of role trying to be honest and real,” the actress says. “James L. Brooks, one of the creators of Taxi, said, ‘Don’t try to be funny. If we write it funny, it will be funny. If it’s not funny, we’ll have to rewrite it. It was amazing advice. ”

While Hirsch was able to talk to the real Mordechai to get a taste of the character he was playing, Kane didn’t have the same luxury. Fela died shortly before filming began in 2019.

“Marvin gave me pictures of his mother and photographs, which was very helpful to me,” Kane said. “It is a responsibility to honor someone who has lived a rich and fulfilling life, but it is also a gift.”

The film was shot on location in South Florida, with scenes shot in recognizable locations like Aventura Mall and Lincoln Road, where the final scene takes place. For Samel, the decor was a crucial detail in the representation of his family.

“I could have filmed in another state and cheated for Miami, but I wanted this movie to be my love letter to Miami,” he says. “I felt like every shot had something to do with my parents.”

iMordechai. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 13, at North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; and 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center, 18900 NE 25th Ave., Miami; miamijewishfilmfestival.org. Tickets cost $ 18.

A vintage designer and fashion disruptor https://kenthe390.com/a-vintage-designer-and-fashion-disruptor/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 01:03:24 +0000 https://kenthe390.com/a-vintage-designer-and-fashion-disruptor/

We celebrate the legacy of Virgil Abloh, the era-defining designer and fashion disruptor who passed away late last year.

The fashion world still mourns the loss of Virgil Abloh, the American designer who died at the end of November at the shockingly early age of 41. The embodiment of a new wave of creators, Abloh has not only enjoyed creative and commercial success, but he has also been a pioneer of change, both in terms of fundamental artistic practices and in diversity and representation.

From the early days of his career, Virgil Abloh championed what was, for the fashion industry at the time, the new concept of ‘ironic detachment’, in which new designs can be created simply by changing just 3 % of an original work. The philosophy, which was popularized in the visual arts by Dada artist Marcel Duchamp, has seen its evolution in some of Abloh’s most revered works.

Virgil Abloh, a fashion designer who marked an era

Louis Vuitton Spring / Summer 2019 Menswear

A civil engineer and architect by training, Virgil Abloh developed a keen interest in fashion while pursuing his master’s degree in architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, on whose campus a building designed by Rem Koolhaas, the architect who had also worked with the Italian fashion house Prada, was under construction at the time. It sparked a spark in the graduate student who quickly caught fire, fueling Abloh’s creativity and ultimately leading to a move that redefines his career to Rome where in 2009 he began an internship at Fendi.

Although Abloh spent much of his time at the fashion brand’s headquarters doing mundane chores – endless photocopies interspersed with coffee runs – he was nonetheless able to work on ideas as groundbreaking as jogging pants. in leather, a concept that scandalized and rejected Fendi, yet years later became an explosive streetwear trend.

Off-White Fall 2021 (Photo courtesy of Alessandro Lucioni / GoRunway)
Off-White Fall 2021 (Photo courtesy of Alessandro Lucioni / GoRunway)

In 2013, Abloh launched Off-White, a brand now considered a household name by street style mavens, from American hip-hop royalty to Insta niche micro-celebrities. Described by its founder as “the gray area between black and white,” Off-White debuted with unconventional elements that would soon become permanent stems of the streetwear lexicon, such as quotes, zippers and the barricade tape. Off-White catwalks quickly came to be regarded as the cutting edge of streetwear each season, with its shows being run by Naomi Campbell, Bella Hadid, Karlie Kloss and Amber Valletta.

Upon hearing of Abloh’s death, Campbell, who had become both a muse and a close friend of Abloh, shared these words on Instagram: Putting it together. You were humble and worked hard and brave with everything you were going through, lived the dream and sat down at the table. HISTORICAL!!! It was an honor to walk for you in your show inspired by Off-White Princess Diana… ”

Naomi Campbell at Off-White Spring / Summer 2018
Naomi Campbell at Off-White Spring / Summer 2018

In March 2018, Abloh made history when he was hired by Louis Vuitton, becoming the first African-American artistic director of a major French luxury brand.

Some three months later, his first exhibition was held in the gardens of the Palais-Royale in Paris, an extraordinary and pivotal event for Abloh and the House which offered him public recognition, the opportunity to win the hearts of young people for the brand and a gateway to endless artistic collaborations for both. This June afternoon, everyone in fashion was made aware of Abloh’s unique vision of luxury, a vision deeply influenced by art and architecture.

A few seasons later, in his fall 2020 menswear collection for Louis Vuitton, Abloh turned his attention to a menswear staple he had previously ignored: the men’s suit. The whole presentation could best be described as a study, in which Abloh’s ambition to deconstruct the original men’s uniform and examine every part of it was evident. Using fur and ruffles, he upset male archetypes, while through meticulous construction and elaborate set design, he created a new context for tailoring, which would evolve with each subsequent collection.

Abloh’s approach to creativity was analytical, with deliberate references to artwork and architecture evident in every prop and color. Dubbed its best runway to date, the men’s fall / winter 2021 collection for Louis Vuitton was less a presentation of seasonal clothing than a reflection, both historical and cultural, on the global socio-political situation.

On the show, Abloh not only hinted at the Tourist vs Purist theme from his first collection, but also explored black consciousness, providing answers to questions that wouldn’t normally be heard from industry leaders. of fashion.

Expressing his support for the Black Lives Matter movement, he imbued pieces with elements reflecting his heritage – Ghanaian Kente fabric and wax print fabrics – and merged them with western fashion codes, such as fedoras and quilts. Two pieces from the collection received praise from fashion connoisseurs: an unusually long coat and a surreal jacket with three-dimensional replicas of Notre-Dame de Paris, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Pyramid and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Virgil Abloh entered Louis Vuitton as a multidisciplinary artist – and during his painfully short but impactful tenure he remained one. It was in his very nature. Abloh shared a sentimental bond with contemporary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami; the two collaborated on several occasions.

Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh, Looking beyond the future, 2018

Their most illustrious joint project, the AMERICA TOO exhibition in Gagosian, explored the country’s relationship with branding and its socio-political context. It was a perfect marriage: neither artist was afraid to apply cultural, historical, literary and pop-cultural references to their work and to paint outside the lines.

While the show can best be described as a clash of polarities that might have been difficult to resolve successfully, in reality, the introduction of Abloh’s Bauhaus-inspired minimalism into Murakami’s work was a triumphant testament to the ambitions of both. artists in disciplines of rapprochement.

When Abloh’s death was announced, Murakami recalled when the two worked together. “… I miss the days when you came to my studio and spent long hours with me,” he wrote. “I took my hat off to your vitality: I knew I was no match for you. The thing is, I have only met a handful of people in the world who get involved in art and get to understand the heart of it, and I can confirm that you are a part of it.

Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh, OUR PLACE 1, 2018

Abloh left behind battalions of devotees and forever changed landscapes of luxury and art. Her perseverance in the face of adversity has been inspiring and astonishing, helping to open doors for passionate and creative minds from all walks of life.

And while the fight for true equality, whether based on race, gender or sexuality, is far from won, Abloh has made an invaluable contribution to equality. Olivier Rousteing, another prominent figure who has shaken up French fashion, remembers Abloh as a dreamer.

“You have made a whole world dream, you have brought enlightenment to entire generations,” said Rousteing, now Creative Director of Balmain. “By your art, your vision, your WORDS, you have made it clear that anything is possible. I remember us in Paris dreaming about fashion even before it all started for us.

And a dream is Abloh’s legacy – a dream of a world in which possibilities and opportunities arise from talent and perseverance, not from the skin-deep attributes of an individual.

15 great Irish music numbers to listen to in 2022 https://kenthe390.com/15-great-irish-music-numbers-to-listen-to-in-2022/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 00:01:00 +0000 https://kenthe390.com/15-great-irish-music-numbers-to-listen-to-in-2022/

Stevie Appleby

After a period of reflection where he didn’t pick up a guitar for about two years, Stevie Appleby (formerly of Little Green Cars) returned to the fray at the end of 2021 with new music (EP, with the wonderful songs Mother of Pearl and Rusty) and several live performances (Other Voices, support for Wyvern Lingo). His reappearance was welcome but unexpected and his new songs further solidify his skills as a skilled performer of folk / pop. Listen / watch

Stevie Appleby, formerly of Little Green Cars

Carrie Baxter

Born and raised in Waterford but living in London, Carrie Baxter spent a few years making music her chosen career. After releasing several tracks in 2021, she is aiming for 2022 as a pivotal year. Baxter’s musical style (think svelte Amy Winehouse sipping Southern Comfort) seems tailor-made for radio, with songs like Pray, Love me Better and Without You (featuring Dublin rapper Nealo) elegantly ticking a box. decorated one after the other. Listen / watchhttps

Carrie Baxter's music seems tailor-made for radio

Carrie Baxter’s music seems tailor-made for radio


Music producer and game developer Bren Sutton has been around for a while, but we suspect he’s a new name for many due to his mostly reclusive if not anonymous nature. He began self-publishing a wide range of solo music (EDM, hip-hop, funk, electro-pop) in 2019 and envisions 2022 as an unprecedented year in his goal of reshaping what he has described as “the true Irish music “. Listen / watch

Tara Nome Doyle

This Berlin-based Norwegian-Irish singer and songwriter – a huge fan of the Blindboy podcast, FYI – is no ingenuous but because of where she lives, she stays under the radar in Ireland, at least in terms of music. Doyle’s 2020 debut album Alchemy introduced the ‘Kate Bush Sings Nick Cave’ styles to a niche audience, though he took his music to heart. His second album, Værmin, is released on January 28, and if his nuanced piano, strings, synthesizers, and rhythms don’t pull you in, then give up all hope, you who walk in here. Listen / watch


Presenting a message of positive queer performance through their vivid electro-pop music is something Dyvr (Adam Cleaver) from Belfast does beautifully and succinctly. There is sweetness in the vocal performance as much as there is assertiveness in the music, with three EPs (Pt 3 released in November) skillfully showcasing militant sensibilities. Such a stance is also apparent in Dyvr’s videos, which are object lessons to get the point across. Listen / watch

Belfast-based Dyvr Makes Vivid Electro-Pop Music

Belfast-based Dyvr Makes Vivid Electro-Pop Music


In a neat biographical twist, the five members of Gurriers say they’re from Laura Palmer-Stown, and when you listen to songs like Top of the Bill and Approachable (their only material released so far) you know the mix. weirdness, post-punk, and Dublinese sprechgesang is a perfect fit. They’ve been compared to Fountains DC but ignore it – the Gurriers are their own bunch: raw like a butcher’s cup and just as fresh.

Lyndsey Lawlor

Lyndsey Lawlor, singer / songwriter / spoken word artist from Dublin, has so much to complain about that one song just isn’t enough. His 2020 EP Sake (as in FFS, not the Japanese drink) was followed in November by the song Bottle & Chain, which takes Lawlor’s lyrical momentum in a different direction and highlights his speaking skills. Inspired by voices and stories and their combined therapeutic benefits, there is a lot to be learned from this woman’s world. Lawlor’s debut album, Dearest Philistine, is scheduled for release January 12. Listen / watch

Lyndsey Lawlor is a Dublin singer / songwriter and spoken word artist

Lyndsey Lawlor is a Dublin singer / songwriter and spoken word artist

M (h) aol

First they were there (2015 debut single Clementine), then they weren’t, then they came back. It’s as if M (h) aol’s entry into the Irish music firmament was something Keyser Söze imagined, but listening to their 2021 debut EP, Gender Studies, makes you rethink how guitar groups could ring. If there is a glorious abandonment of music, there is also a controlled ambient environment that makes radical socio-political songs such as Laundries, Asking for It and the title song Without Mercy. Listen / watch

M (h) aol's first EP in 2021 is called Gender Studies

M (h) aol’s first EP in 2021 was called Gender Studies

modern love

It was once said that the best thing to get out of Drogheda was the drive to Dublin, but sucks because modernlove has been the best band in town for decades. When the group won the Firestone Battle of the Bands several years ago, there were strong allusions to Maroon 5, but they’ve since settled into their skin. Recently signed to Akira Records and with a debut album on the way, who can’t say in 2022 that the best thing to come out of Dublin might just be the road to Drogheda? Listen / watch

New Dad

NewDad from Galway says that while their music is for teenagers, parents will come to their concerts and love it even more. It’s a roundabout way of saying how brilliantly multigenerational their music is, and how much older people would probably have been fans of their more obvious influences (Pixies, The Cure). That said, their 2021 EP, Waves (produced by Chris Ryan, who also worked with Dundalk’s Just Mustard), brings a laid-back dreamy / nightmare touch to the music. Expect their 2022 debut album to be a very safe bet. Listen / watch

NewDad's 2021 EP is called Waves

NewDad’s 2021 EP is called Waves


Ireland is getting there slowly but surely when it comes to generating natural pop songwriters and performers, and Malahide’s Jade Roche is among the best of the bunch. Looking at Dua Lipa, Robyn and Sigrid (with a twist in the weirdness of FKA Twigs) and wondering why ever, Pastiche brings a nice dynamism to the form. The songs released so far – Chasing Down the Fame, Heaven – merge punchy electro-pop with assured performative control (the latter for which you can thank the Billie Barry Stage School).

Pastiche fuses punchy electro-pop with assured performative control

Pastiche fuses punchy electro-pop with assured performative control

Pretty happy

The long-standing tradition of Cork being a breeding ground for something very slightly different continues with Pretty Happy, a post-punk-art trio that – among other crass benchmarks – distills the essence of Pixies and sprinkles Cork’s undiluted psycho-geographic accent. (especially the indefinable Nun Attax) everywhere. The band’s 2021 four-track EP, Sluggers Bridge (featuring Salami, Sea Sea Sea, Sudocream, Fintan O’Toole), is as beautiful an introduction as you can get to one of the best new-ish bands in the country. /look

Saibh Skelly

Teenage singer-songwriter Saibh Skelly has already earned her due: at age 15, she started performing on Grafton Street, slipping original songs into batches of covers, and then uploading them to YouTube. When the arrival of Covid-19 prevented street performances, its YouTube channel offered musical peace, love and understanding to its more than 10,000 subscribers (now nearly 55,000), who embraced the Skelly’s naturalistic songs like the proverbial ducks in the water. Find a deal with Dublin-based Rubyworks Records (Wyvern Lingo, David Keenan, Rodrigo y Gabriela) and more original material lurking behind the scenes. Listen / watch

Tisdall Ocean

Co Wicklow singer-songwriter Ocean Tisdall may blame his mother for his commitment to music: One of the house rules was that he could only watch music videos TV channels. In 2021, Tisdall released his first single, Broke Up With my Best Friend, which quickly caught the attention of Universal Music. Now signed on this label (with a management contract with Hall or Nothing, based in London, which co-manages The Script), Tisdall foresees a very busy year 2022: a new single in February, followed by a first EP whose release is planned. in May. Listen / watch

Ocean Tisdall: Co Wicklow singer-songwriter

Ocean Tisdall: Co Wicklow singer-songwriter

Clara Tracey

From a booming musical career in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, to working in Paris and then settling in Dublin, Clara Tracey brings to her music a libertarian, feminist and theatrical orientation which turns to the works of Colette and Anais. Nin for a kind of inspiration and contemporary French artists (and Francophiles) like Edith Piaf, Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin for another. The result is a trip-hop / jazz / song genre amalgamation that can be heard on his debut album, Black Forest, released via Pizza Pizza Records in early 2022. Listen / Watch

These are 12 of our favorite records of the year https://kenthe390.com/these-are-12-of-our-favorite-records-of-the-year/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 14:15:00 +0000 https://kenthe390.com/these-are-12-of-our-favorite-records-of-the-year/

Finally, when I look back to the year 2021, these memories will need a soundtrack. In the end, that’s what these albums are.

When I reflect on the past 365 days, of course, I will also think of all the sounds that have accompanied many of the experiences I have had, both with the company of others and also on my own.

Of course, there were more popular albums than the ones I picked out for you.

In all fairness, there are some that I even spent more time with. Even just a few times while listening to Kanye West Donda ends with a pretty massive undertaking. I probably ended up hearing Boy in love certified Where An evening with Sonic Silk playing in the background more times than I could count.

But in the end, the best albums defined my year.

It was pretty clear from her 2019 single Orange soda that Baby Keem was about to become something big in the world of West Coast Hip Hop.

Baby Keem made his presence loud and clear on his debut album Melodic blue, which included two fantastic features (family ties and range brothers) with his cousin Kendric Lamar. He’s already more than capable of making a dance floor dance at a party, which is a milestone in any rapper’s career.

The moments of greatness he has on this album make it pretty clear that he can be one of the masters of the trap genre. I’m not sure it’s quite there yet, but listening to it feels like watching a volcano on the verge of an explosion.

We hadn’t heard from Hiatus Kaiyote in several years, which made this project one of the most anticipated albums of the year for those who like more avant-garde music.

While they’re jazzy at heart, part of what makes them great is their versatility. You can have them in the background while you’re at work, but with more active listening, they can help give you that extra head start to make you feel like the coolest person around. walks in the park. .

I would say that even though red room is clearly the most outstanding track as the vocals are about as catchy as you’ll hear the sound of this band, the whole album is worth diving and swimming.

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It’s pretty hard for me to fathom the fact that Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan is only 22 because I feel like she’s been around forever.

Songs like the title song, Valentine, offer a fun nostalgia for the 90s that may remind you of Avril Lavigne or Liz Phair. Listening, you’ll quickly realize that this is clearly a breakup album where her songwriting shines throughout. With catchy choruses and the suave confidence you want to hear from a rock star, Snail Mail has proven that it’s here to stay.

I also loved listening to her interviews, and can’t wait to see the sequel for her as she continues to grow and develop her sound.

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It deserves nothing less than a standing ovation when someone accepts a mission as ambitious as Sometimes I could be introverted and exceeds all expectations.

There was nothing easy about what Little Simz set out to accomplish when she released SIMBI earlier this year. However, the north London rapper ended up dropping what was arguably the most critically acclaimed release of 2021. The album was so widely celebrated because it established why she is easily one of the best storytellers in the world.

Simz took this 19-track LP and filled it with his best poetry, delivering it in a beautiful and immersive package.

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We’ve known for a long time that he’s one of the coolest and most established builders in the world. But we learned about flower boy (2017) that Tyler the Creator is a really good singer and he’s posted it again here.

Listening to this album is like walking through a mansion, and every time you open the door to a new room you find something new and different. It’s worth noting that I probably liked the vibe around the album – the visuals, the fashion, the trailers – even more than I liked the music itself.

WUSYANAME and SWEET / I THOUGHT YOU WANTED TO DANCE, however, were two of my favorites. Tyler is one of the most talented artists we have and his music and presentation is wonderfully cinematic.

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Listening to BADBADNOTGOOD is like getting on a spaceship and setting off on a journey to another planet.

It’s a group that knows its instruments and takes jazz to new, wild places. Beyond the startling heavenly energy of this project, it’s also just a fascinating case study of how musicians can test the limits of the studio with a contemporary production.

It was an absolute pleasure to hear the band make music with legendary drummer Karriem Riggins (who has also worked with people like everyone from Paul McCartney to Kanye West) on Next to april and Terrace Martin (who helped develop Kendrick Lamar’s film To pimp a butterfly) to Speak Meaning to close the album.

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I used to say that Vince Staples was my favorite rapper, but at this point it just seems misleading because he honestly doesn’t really “rap” anymore.

But that doesn’t take away from how much I still love him as a musician. His eponymous release comes in at a notch over 22 minutes, which is certainly short for a full LP. However, he packs a punch in the songs he gives us and doesn’t waste our time with duds.

This is more introspective work for Staples, and it has a lot more subtlety than previous projects. With the help of the excellent Kenny Beats in production, it was a great effort on LP-3.

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Anyone who’s paid attention to pop music this year knew Olivia Rodrigo was the breakout star – good 4 you already has over a billion streams on Spotify.

But I’m pretty confident this isn’t an 18-year-old former Disney star’s luck record. I will always remember the feeling I had when I first heard SOUR. It was late spring, the weather getting closer and looking like summer. Of course, Rodrigo had fun and obvious parallels with pop stars like Paramore and Evanescence.

Corn Driving license and already seen were so good I almost had to laugh at what an awesome addition to our world Rodrigo immediately became. If I had driven a car I probably would have stopped this thing.

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At the start of the year, it is true that Lucy Dacus was not on my radar for her solo work as much as she was for her collaborations with Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker for boygenius.

Now I can’t stress enough how much Home video impressed me. Hot and heavy is a brilliant single and a great song to listen to in your bedroom, dance while you fold your laundry. But she really caught my eye with her writing, reflecting on religion (VBS) or share powerful words about a estranged father (inch).

Call me a sucker for vocal distortion but Partner in crime is perhaps my favorite song of the year; its controversial use of the autotune really transported this track to a new stratosphere.

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Even though JPEGMAFIA has managed to go unnoticed, he has easily become one of my favorite rappers over the past few years.

He sings and raps and sometimes even whispers conflicting and determined lyrics to glitchy, grungy beats unlike anything you’ve heard before. He has his own little catchphrases (eg, “you think you know me”) that make you feel like you’re part of a secret club whenever it sounds familiar to you after he says them.

It does require you to be into a bit sharper stuff, but if you’ve heard his music before and liked it, it’s mostly the same sounds.

Unfortunately, due to copyright issues, he couldn’t use all of the samples he wanted. But he got around this problem by also uploading an “offline version” of the album to Bandcamp.

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Alright, I admit it. This album legitimately caught me off guard as it wasn’t released until October, which means it’s still a relatively recent addition to my rotation.

It’s a 25 minute synth-rock album that I think I have fully memorized in the months since its release. It’s a hard-hitting piece of music that I’ve listened to obsessively, and I laugh every time I hear my favorite lyrics of the year (“Tony Soprano, I’m hurting myself”) on the opening track. the album.

If you like that sort of thing, I think you’ll be a fan of the distorted guitars and melodies that also live rent-free in my head.

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While I have always admired Japanese Breakfast because she had that magical, ethereal vibe in her music, her latest album made it clear that she was much more than chamber pop.

It was an ambitious and extraordinarily well produced project that translates very well for a live show – which is complete with a mallet and a gong! It’s vibrant and sprawling and dreamy and just a good time all around. be nice is one of the best songs of the year but good wild boy is my favorite of this version.

If you like the way JBrekkie singer Michelle Zauner writes a song, she also wrote a book (Crying in H Mart: A Memory) This year!

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How concerts changed in 2021 – and other St. Louis musical stories we couldn’t ignore | Entertainment https://kenthe390.com/how-concerts-changed-in-2021-and-other-st-louis-musical-stories-we-couldnt-ignore-entertainment/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 22:05:00 +0000 https://kenthe390.com/how-concerts-changed-in-2021-and-other-st-louis-musical-stories-we-couldnt-ignore-entertainment/

The other big cancellation was the “Welcome Back STL” concert with Zac Brown Band and Sam Hunt, which was scheduled for August 13 at Busch Stadium. The concert was canceled due to “unforeseen circumstances”.

• The Isley Brothers, who lives in the St. Louis area, took on Earth, Wind and Fire in April as part of Verzuz’s popular musical “battles” series on Instagram. Rather than a battle, the two legendary bands presented an incredible night of old school R&B. The Isley Brothers took the opportunity to release their new song, “Friends & Family”.

• Pokey LaFarge, who formed his group in St. Louis, returned in October with “In the Blossom of Their Shade”, a sequel to “Rock Bottom Rhapsody” (2020). The new album includes “Get It ‘Fore It’s Gone”, “Mi Ideal”, “Drink of You” and “Killing Time”.

My favorite concerts of the year, in no particular order: Harry Styles, September 15, Enterprise Center; Gary Clark Jr., August 12, Stifel Theater; Alanis Morissette, September 18, Hollywood Casino Amphitheater; Erykah Badu, October 16, Fox Theater; Thundercat, November 16, the historical re-enactment; the Rolling Stones, September 26, America’s Center Dome; the Roots, September 5, the Factory; Chris Stapleton, September 16, Hollywood Casino Amphitheater; Jack Harlow, October 25, historical re-enactment; Tinashe, October 7, the historical reenactment; deadmau5, July 16, the Factory; Gregory Porter (as part of Music at the Intersection), September 11, Fox Theater; Blackberry Smoke, August 3, St. Louis Music Park; Nikki Glaser, September 25, The Factory; Keyon Harrold and guests, December 1 and 4, Ferring Jazz Bistro; Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, GZA, October 2, Pop’s.

5 Reasons Why You Should Buy Dogecoin Today For Gains In 2022 https://kenthe390.com/5-reasons-why-you-should-buy-dogecoin-today-for-gains-in-2022/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 23:14:21 +0000 https://kenthe390.com/5-reasons-why-you-should-buy-dogecoin-today-for-gains-in-2022/

Dogecoin is one of the many altcoins that came into existence after Bitcoin. Developers Jackson Palmer and Billy Marker developed this piece as a meme-mimicking joke featuring a Japanese dog breed called Shiba Inu. The coin then gained popularity and began to appreciate in value both as a digital currency and as an investment. Dogecoin is currently ranked number 12 on Coinmarketcap, with an impressive market cap of over $ 22.8 billion. Although it is a coin and having no real tangible value, there are still a few reasons why you should consider having this coin as part of your crypto investment.

Keep in mind that all cryptocurrencies are volatile. This means that they are subject to sudden market fluctuations. You should only invest what you would be prepared to lose. Plus, be sure to do intensive and thorough research before settling on a coin. With that said, here are five reasons why you should invest in Dogecoin.

Dogecoin is popular

Since its inception in 2013, Dogecoin has grown in popularity significantly. In fact, it is arguably the most popular coin after bitcoin. On social media, this piece has a growing list of followers. For example, he has over two million subscribers on Reddit, and the number is growing. Cryptocurrencies tend to gain in value as they attract more supporters and users. Their value is indexed to the number of people who believe in its use and value. On these metrics, Dogecoin is doing well. Additionally, he not only had the support of random individuals online, but also prominent figures such as Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Paris Hilton, and popular hip hop artist Snoop Dogg. Such personalities have millions of followers, some of whom may be interested in cryptocurrencies and in particular Dogecoin, and push its demand upwards. The more its demand increases, the higher its price will be.

Since all cryptocurrencies are speculative in nature, their popularity plays a vital role. The growth of Dogecoins has been driven by this popularity. If those who invest in it continue to do so and continue to believe that its value will increase, it is more than likely that it will increase. The bigger the hype, the bigger the growth. Dogecoin is still popular, so investing now might be a good idea. However, you need to keep an eye on the market in case another coin becomes more popular.

Dogecoin is very liquid

Liquidity refers to the ease with which a particular commodity or asset can be converted into cash. This also applies to cryptocurrencies or digital coins. The ease with which a coin can be turned into cash is its liquidity. It is easier to make a profit with a highly liquid coin because you can easily buy and sell the coins and take advantage of the opportunities to make money. It is easier to enter and exit transactions when the market is very liquid.

Determining the liquidity of a digital coin is easy. You can simply refer to the various exchanges that list that particular coin and check its trading volume. Looking at Dogecoin, it has seen a trading volume of over $ 868 million in the last 24 hours. This volume is quite large given that it is only a coin. This means that there is still a significantly high demand for the part.

The nominal price of Dogecoin is still low

Dogecoin the purchase price is still very low compared to other big coins like bitcoin and Ethereum. The price of this coin is always less than a dollar. This means that unlike bitcoin which you have to buy a fraction of because of its very high price, you can buy whole Dogecoins and buy in large volume.

If you buy around 1000 coins, under $ 1000, you could make a nice profit if the coin hits around $ 10. Reaching this price is very possible given the popularity that this coin has gained in cryptocurrency circles.

Dogecoin has a team of experienced developers

It is vital for any room to have a good team developers if she hopes to have a positive future. It is for this reason that Bitcoin and Ethereum continue to dominate the market since there is a team that is constantly updating and ensuring the security of the projects. In the case of Dogecoin, developers Jackson Palmer and Billy Marker are still quite involved in sustaining the Dogecoin ecosystem.

Advanced features

It is also important to consider the characteristics of a digital coin before investing in it. Most of the coins are just generics of traditional cryptocurrencies that are simply meant to raise money and then go bankrupt. Dogecoin is different from most of these coins. Although they copied most of the bitcoin code and then changed it to bitcoin, the developers of Dogecoin made sure that they actually made an improvement.

Dogecoin uses an advanced SCRYPT in its algorithm, which is structurally different from Bitcoin’s SHA256. This script allows for faster block creation and confirmation, making transactions on Dogecoin much faster than on Bitcoin. The Dogecoin platform also prevents double spending, dramatically improving peer to peer transactions. These changes show that Dogecoin, despite being seen as some kind of joke, has some serious mechanics that apply to digital coins as a whole. If the developers keep improving the code and the coin community continues to grow, this could become a serious coin to contend with in this market.

The fashion figures we lost in 2021 https://kenthe390.com/the-fashion-figures-we-lost-in-2021/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 04:31:19 +0000 https://kenthe390.com/the-fashion-figures-we-lost-in-2021/

Philippe Venet, fashion designer, 91 years old
From Lyon, Venet apprenticed with a local seamstress before moving to Paris, where he found work at Schiaparelli and met his partner, Hubert de Givenchy. Venet worked at Givenchy until 1962, when he launched his own line. The purity of his designs identifies him as belonging to the Balenciaga fashion school.

Jessica mcclintock

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Jessica McClintock, fashion designer, 90
With a $ 5,000 investment in a company called Gunne Sax, McClintock built a multi-million dollar empire that celebrated the power of beauty in the form of printed and lace-embellished dresses.

From left to right: Patrick Chalhoub, Jeremy Hackett and Derek Khan.

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Derek Khan, stylist, 63
A stylist from Trinidad, Khan was responsible for creating influential and OTT looks for stars like Salt-N-Pepa, Lauryn Hill, and Mary J. Blige in the 1990s, when hip-hop and rap became mainstream.

Dolores Hawkins, in full bloom, with Cha-Cha Schatzberg. “News from the garden here,” reads the accompanying caption. “Pink butterfly in lipstick; pink flower wig for a hat [by Sally Victor]. “

Photographed by Jerry Schatzberg, Vogue, June 1, 1958

Dolores Hawkins Phelps, Vogue model and real estate agent, 90
Active in the 1950s, Phelps was a new kind of model, one who overflowed with happiness rather than height. She had a million dollar smile, and in the context of the time, her look was considered natural. Phelps posed for two Vogue covers.

Harry brant

Photo: Rabbani and Solimène Photography / WireImage

Harry Brant, socialite, 24
“There was something about Harry that everyone saw and loved,” wrote the avant-garde town man Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis. “His breathtaking looks, androgynous style and insatiable love for fashion have taken him everywhere.”

This article first appeared on Vogue.com.

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Remarkable 2021 Albums of Artists Who Performed in Vermont | Vermont Arts https://kenthe390.com/remarkable-2021-albums-of-artists-who-performed-in-vermont-vermont-arts/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +0000 https://kenthe390.com/remarkable-2021-albums-of-artists-who-performed-in-vermont-vermont-arts/

Well, it wasn’t a full year of live music in Vermont. But it’s safe to say that it was a welcome comeback when the in-person concerts returned for good in June. And while our current situation is still far from “normal,” Green Mountain State has hosted an impressive number of musical performances from a wide range of artists over the last half of the year.

Amidst the plethora of top album listings, we like to take a slightly different approach as we look back on the year of pop music. What follows is our heavily skewed list of notable and most obsessed albums by artists who graced our little state with a live performance in 2021 – or will be in 2022 – in order of appearance.

Steve Gunn: “The other you”Released: August 27 (Matador)

Live in VT: July 24 at Backside 405

Who: Acclaimed New York singer and guitarist

What They Said: “In a subtle way, this album connects all the disciplines Gunn has explored before, from primitive American guitar playing to jazz, folk, indie rock and drone music,” All Music said. Guide. “However, it’s also something entirely new with a unique sound that is a pleasure to spend time with.”

Allison Russell: “Child of the Outside”Released: May 21 (Fantasy)

Live in VT: August 22 at Shelburne Museum (with Lake Street Dive)

Who: Self-taught singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist making his solo debut

What They Said: “Longtime Birds of Chicago singer Allison Russell turns a horrific childhood – she was abused by her stepfather – into joyful survival songs,” The New York Times reported. “Drawing inspiration from soul, country, folk and deep blues, she connects her own story to myth and metaphor, remembering trauma while rising decisively from it. “

Saint-Vincent: “Daddy’s house”Released: May 14 (Loma Vista)

Live in VT: September 4 at Higher Ground (full)

Who: Singular artist and musician Annie Clark, who “excels at hijacking rock and pop conventions,” according to the All Music Guide

What They Said: “By mixing the musical blessings of the past with modernist sonic embroidery,” PopMatters said, “’Daddy’s Home’ is a sublime shower of gorgeous melodies, nimble chants … and meditations that provide St. Vincent’s deepest psychological cuts and highest musical heights to date.

Ryley Walker: “Fable Course”

Release: April 2 (Husky Pants)

Live in Vermont: September 6 at Monkey House; December 31st at BCA studios

Who: Indie-rock singer and virtuoso guitarist, now based in Calais

What We Said: “Course in Fable is a brilliant and confident seven song set that’s backed by impressive instrumentation, catchy lyrics and haunting melodies that nod to progressive rock while maintaining a surprising hook. . “

Faye Webster: “I know I’m funny ha ha”

Release: June 25 (Secretly Canadian)

Live in Vermont: September 17 at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge (full)

Who: Atlanta singer-songwriter, 24

What They Said: Paste called his fourth album “his most thoughtful, intimate, and self-confident effort to date” and “another fine collection of America-pop with laces of steel. who is as nuanced and charming as Webster herself ”.

Lucy Dacus: ‘Home Video’Release: June 25 (Matador)

Live in VT: October 18 at Higher Ground (full)

Who: Buzzworthy, 26, indie-rock singer-songwriter from Richmond, Virginia

What They Said: “Also carefully crafted as a collection of short stories,” The New York Times told, “’Home Video’ painfully tells the story of a young person who loses her religion but wins in autonomy, a sense of identity and the glorious strength to speak one’s own truths in song.

MIKE: “Disco!”Released: Jun 21 (10k)

Live in Vermont: October 27 at Monkey House

Who: New York independent hip-hop heroes

What They Said: “Every year he seems to drop the best confessional of his life, garnering more criticism than his previous outing,” NPR said. “‘Disco!’ is no exception, but even for MIKE it seems exceptional. The most real shhh he has ever written finds him processing the pain of his mother’s shifting over her wispy melodic curls while savoring the kind of awareness. of self that only comes as a balm after years of self-scrutiny.

Sierra Ferrell: “Long time ahead”

Released: August 20 (Rounder)

Live in Vermont: November 11 at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge; April 15, 2022 at the Higher Ground Ballroom

Who: West Virginia-born country / Americana singer-songwriter self-proclaimed “Tornado Gypsy”

What They Said: “The material Ferrell writes ranges from haunting sea ballads and slow waltzes to fast-paced mariachis and bluegrass that seem to come from a timeless and diverse place where love and dance rule the kingdom.” PopMatters said. “Long Time Coming” sounds so old-fashioned and old-fashioned that it’s trendy rather than retro due to Ferrell’s charisma and flippant demeanor. “

Wednesday: “Twin plagues”

Released: August 13 (Orindal)

Live in Vermont: November 17 at Monkey House

Who: Rising North Carolina-based indie rock quintet

What They Said: “Put simply, ‘Twin Plagues’ is one of the best, most consistent records you’ll hear this year,” Paste said, calling the album ‘amazing work’ where “every song is like a cathartic explosion.”

Pom Pom Squad: “Death of a cheerleader”

Released: June 25 (City Slang)

Live in VT: November 18 at Higher Ground (with Nada Surf)

Who: Brooklyn’s rising rock group Pom Pom Squad, led by Mia Berrin

What They Said: Nylon called the album “one of the fiercest new albums of 2021,” while Paste called it a “cinematic masterpiece.”

Indigo De Souza: “Any shape you take”

Released: Aug 27 (Saddle Creek)

Live in Vermont: January 28, 2022 at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge

Who: Rising Asheville, indie rocker based in North Carolina

What They Said: “De Souza’s outstanding second album covers grungy rock and colorful hi-fi pop,” Pitchfork said, “lighting up his impressive voice and ability to express every drop of emotion” .

Courtney Barnett: “Things take time, take time”

Release: November 12 (Mum + Pop)

Live in VT: February 10, 2022 at Higher Ground (out of print)

Who: renowned Australian indie rock singer-songwriter

What They Said: “In highlighting her many talents, including being a gifted poet, a great musician and a shrewd empath,” said Variety, “Barnett’s new record is a testament to the value of taking the lead. things slowly and from another climax in a career apparently destined for many more.

midi black: ‘Cavalcade’

Released: May 28 (Rough Trade)

Live in Vermont: March 29, 2022 at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge

Who: Adventurous British rock band

What they said: “The virtuoso British band black midi is bristling all over the place: with jagged, asymmetrical funk riffs; with sharp dissonances; with passages of minimalist and menacing suspense; with words full of bitter disillusion, ”said The New York Times. “And then, just to keep things in suspense, come passages filled with tenderness and wonder, to plunge back into the fray.”

Japanese breakfast: “Jubilee”

Released: June 4 (Dead Oceans)

Live in Vermont: May 13-15, 2022 at Waking Windows

Who: Philadelphia indie rock artist Michelle Zauner

What They Said: Pitchfork called their third album an “elegant and eclectic record that feels contemporary and also imbued with classic indie sensibilities.”

Dry cleaning: ‘New Long Leg’

Live in Vermont: May 13-15, 2022 at Waking Windows

Who: London art-rock quartet

What They Said: Dry Cleaning’s debut album “delivers too much drama over 10 intelligently textured tracks produced by PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish,” Rolling Stone said. “It’s music that demands and deserves undivided attention. “