Nik’s Music Almanac

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PUP

These guys are alot of fun, and their videos are amazing. “DVP” is their best song so far and worth picking up. The rest range from good to “meh” as they can be a little repetitive and need to develop more lyrically.

Sounds like: A loud, raucous garage band.

Rating: ✶✶✶

Status: Active.

Links: Bandcamp, Wikipedia, Website.

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Waxahatchee

So I think I came across Katie Crutchfield’s solo project via Youtube or another recommendation. Their music is very well done. Interesting without seeming too busy or derivative. But the real draw is her amazing voice and lyrics which make even her stripped down solo performances seem captivating.

Her first album, American Weekend is highly recommended as well as her newest album Ivy Tripp. Cerulean Salt, her second album, was well received but didn't really draw me in as much as the other two.

Sounds like: A really good indie rock singer, with a cute southern drawl.

Lyrics:

It’s late
You are not awake
And it’s nothing

I want you so bad it’s devouring me
And I think I love you
But you’ll never find out

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Status: Active!

Links: Band Page, Wikipedia

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Live Studio from Ivy Tripp:


Warpaint

These ladies can rock, and their videos are probably the only intro they need. Their albums take a little bit to get used to because they are very layered and tend to bury the meaning of the lyrics behind the strong music and vocal sounds. A very polished band that rewards repeat listening.

Sounds like: The Dum Dum Girls only with two front-women, more attitude, and more west coast influences.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Status: Active.

Links: Band Page, Wikipedia

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Truckstop Honeymoon

A fun band from my hometown of Lawrence, which is making a bit of a splash because they are just really good at making music. I would recommend their newest (2017) album Big Things and Little Things to start, as it is more polished than their earlier stuff, while still keeping their original bluegrass sound.

Sounds like: A more upbeat, happy version of Brown Bird with maybe a hint of Holly Golightly.

Rating: ★★★★

Status: Active.

Links: Band Page, also: I ♥ Local Music

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Allison Crutchfield

Her and her (twin) sister, Katie Crutchfield, started out as teenagers in a pretty good rock band called P.S. Elliot. They eventually moved to different towns and split up, with Katie taking a more Singer-songwriter approach for Waxahatchee, and Allison going more indie-rock.

Both are talented, both worth listening to depending on what you're in the mood for. For Allison’s music, I would start with her newest album first as it is more polished though her EP has a couple of good songs.

Sounds like: A good alt-rock singer with some pop and punk influences.

Rating: ♥♥♥

Status: Active.

Links: Band Page, Bandcamp

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Cherry Glazerr

This is a fun band to listen to for awhile, but they haven’t really grabbed me with any of their albums yet. I would recommend cherry-picking their songs as they have some solid numbers mixed in with some kind of confused ones.

Nothing too terrible, nothing awesome (yet).

Sounds like: A pretty good, noisy, garage band.

Rating: ♥♥♥

Status: Active.

Links: Band Page, Bandcamp, Wikipedia

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