Despite abandoning this blog horribly for months at a time, I decided to start another semi-regular column, the MUSIC ROUNDUP, where I share music I’ve been listening to lately. To me, music is the great connecter. Recently I went to see Joyce Manor alone, which is the first time I’ve been to a concert by myself. At first I was afraid that I’d feel lonely and isolated, but I realized that when you’re in the same room with other fans who love the same music you do, when you’re all jumping up and down and singing along to the same songs, it’s impossible to feel alone. Therein lies the great joy of sharing the music that I love. Maybe you’ll love it too! And we’ll both love the same thing, and in doing so share the same space and world, even if it’s just for the 3 minute duration of the song.
TL;DR: I’m gonna start sharing music I like.
The Garden – “Cloak”
This is The Garden performing “Cloak” live at Burgerama, which might have been my favorite performance of the entire fest. The Garden consists of two twin dudes who look like gorgeous anime aliens come to life to play us rad music. They have so much energy and really commit to the crazy shit they pull onstage.
Trust Fund – “Cut Me Out”
I discovered this song via Emma Garland’s column about UK DIY. UK DIY is probably my favorite genre of music (insomuch as you can call it a genre) so I was all over that shit. My fave of the songs/bands she wrote about is Trust Fund, and I think this song is so sweet and fun with a dash of awesome nineties grunge guitar. “I am a fragile alien, and I do mean that…” Love it.
Martha – “1997, Passing in the Hallway”
Whenever I listen to this song it’s always stuck in my head FOR. EVER. It’s so damn catchy and fun and cute. It makes me want to see the teen romantic comedy movie version of this song.
Twerps – “Back to You”
After Burgerama, I spent days just going through the Burgerama tag on Instagram, trying to relive the insane fun of those two days. It also helped me discover some of the bands I missed while I was there, and one of them was Twerps. This band is so up my alley it’s kind of ridiculous. Catchy, fun, slightly ramshackle indie pop from Australia? YES PLEASE.
Girl Band – “Lawman”
Another band I missed at Burgerama. That might be my one Burgerama regret, because Girl Band seems like they would be INSANE live. Loving the modern post-punk vibe they’ve got going on.
Bruising – “Can’t You Feel”
I also discovered this band via Emma Garland’s DIY column. A perfect little slice of girl-fronted guitar pop.
Alright, that’s all for now, folks! It’s probably gonna take me a while to amass enough cool music to do another one of these, but I think I’m up to the challenge!