Premiere: Youth Model, “Open Season EP”

Premiere: Youth Model – Open Season EP

 

First and foremost, Charleston, SC based Youth Model is not ashamed of their pop inclinations. Their newest EP, Open Season is their honest take on the lighter side of alt rock without departing too far from pop sentiment. The six songs run the sonic spectrum with riffing on title track “Open Season,” quirky opener on “Versions”, and weighty meaning on “Tried this Time” and “Heaven.” As I’ve heard Randy say multiple times, “We aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel here,” it’s true they aren’t exploring unknown territory but they have pulled influence from a gambit of alternative pop creators. Continue reading

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Album Review: Stolen Jars, “Kept”

Stolen Jars Kept
(Self – August 28, 2015)
(Indie Pop, Math)
Review by Kalyn Oyer

 

Stolen Jars coalesces a complex accumulation of sounds, step-by-step, driven by stacked layers of some of the best repetitive guitar riffs I’ve heard. These rhythmic stratums serve as the core of Stolen Jars’ sound, allowing the exaggerated ability to inhale and exhale with the emotional ebbs and flows of each track. The sound can both explode and retract by cutting in and out of looped tracks. A carefully constructed repetition is the elemental lyrical and sonic glue, while the duo of Cody Fitzgerald and Molly Grund on vocals blends into a soothing tension. Angelic harmonies float across angsty boundaries and sink into an ultimate, relieved bliss. Continue reading

Hopscotch: Day 3

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Warehouse — a bonafide Hopscotch gem — needs to package warning labels with their records. In addition to “INVOLUNTARY EARGASMS” I also propose “NOT FOR USE WHILE DRIVING.” There’s something to be said about music so immersive that it almost gets you into a car accident. My deepest apologies, Rob and Bree — nearly killing your friends goes beyond bad journalism. Continue reading

Hopscotch: Day 2

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Lucas:

We were in a coffee shop earlier today. Hardly recognizable within the collage of freshman-year-graphic-design band fliers was an event schedule for the month of September.  Wednesday, September 8th read: “Hopscotch: Mental Preparation Day.” I hope it was enough to brace the employees for the onslaught of hipsters (and awesome).  Continue reading

NoParticularOrder: Hopscotch Day Parties 2015

NoParticularOrder: Hopscotch Day Parties 2015
Article by Rob Leonard

BANDS

Eureka California – Athens, GA
Saturday September 12 @3pm – Ruby Deluxe

 

Eureka California hail from the Southeast’s other indie hub Athens (in conjunction with Greensboro, NC and NC’s Triangle). Their latest full length, Crunch, is riff heavy and super nostalgic punk. Check out their latest single, “Happy Again” above. Check their day show out, it’s sponsored by Riot Act Media.

Guardian Alien – Queens, NY
Thursday September 10 @4:30 – Kings Barcade

For a band that recently posted about playing at a few yoga studio sessions you’d think that they’d be super chill and ethereal – well while they have those capabilities Guardian Alien also have the ability to put together intricate and ‘meta as fuck’ ruckus.

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