Best Of: April 2018
Best Album: Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy
This was tough, but not that tough. There has been an influx of amazing music this month, but Cardi really came out swinging proving she's a force to be reckoned with.
Best Show: Nauticult, Weep Wave, Moon Darling and Itemfinder at Barboza
It was a bittersweet night at Barboza, Van Wolfe's last show with Weep Wave and it was great. Not to mention the great supporting acts on the bill, my first time seeing Itemfinder and Moon Darling, but definitely not my last.
Best Album: Kimbra - Primal Heart
The one thing I have on repeat this month is Primal Heart. Back with new music, Kimbra stands out by pushing the spotlight on her soulful vocals this time around instead of avant garde theatrics we're used to. That is all in album past; this time we get a stronger and rawer Kimbra. Backed against 80s synth in most tracks, Kimbra is a dream throughout your listening experience.
Best Show: Lucky Lodge
The best show of the month was a farewell to Lucky Lodge <3 Many house shows come and go in the creative scene, it is so important for us to remember the impact these spaces make in our community. People let us into their homes and workspace with open doors to be apart of the art community. It is a sad moment but then it reminds me of the future creative spaces to come and to cherish our current ones!
Best Album: Speedy Ortiz - Twerp Verse
It came out the last day of April, but I feel like the new Speedy Ortiz is the door opening upon all the amazing summer tunes ahead of us. The lyrics are catchy and relatable, and each song is the perfect beat for walking around with a purpose.
Best Album: Grouper - Grid of Points
Zola Jesus said it best when she tweeted: "just when i thought i was ready to get out of my mild depression, grouper releases a new album." Not sure how to expand on that any better, but Grid of Points is another amazing album from Liz Harris that doesn't stray too far from her typical ethereal sadness but she has no reason to reinvent the wheel when she's perfected it.
Best Show: Lucky Lodge Last Stand
This show was everything I've ever wanted from an underground DIY show. Vintage clothes, music, acrobatics, a room made of sand, and complete and utter destruction. Since it was the venue's very last night before being demolished everyone took it into their hands to destroy as much as possible. High off spray paint fumes, we smashed walls, destroyed couches, and looted whatever wasn't nailed down. On top of that, we witnessed some amazing performances from Nauticult, Velvet Q, Dirty Dirty and more.
If I’m being completely honest, I’ve spent a large portion of the month listening to Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy, Kali Uchis’ Isolation and Drake’s latest bop “Nice For What.” I could spend the next month going off on all the ways those works continue to reveal their genius to me, but I’m sure you’ve been reading your fair share of articles doing just that. So instead, here are some fantastic singles and I’ve had on repeat this month that are all ready to be the next best addition to your playlists.
PSA - “Ghost”
While it only dropped on the last day of the month, the first single off PSA’s upcoming album has been bouncing throughout my mind ever since I saw her performance at Hollow Earth Radio. Arrestingly catchy, the message of leaving those who are fucking your love life up is the empowering anthem you need to embrace the freedoms of the summer.
Sweet Valley - Eternal Champ II
The side project of Wavves’ Nathan Williams sees him exploring electronica and hip hop production alongside his brother Kynan Williams. Sampling video game sound effects and theme songs, Sweet Valley continues to make the beats you didn’t realize you needed, Eternal Champ II has everything longtime Sweet Valley fans originally fell for, with enough to keep them interested while reaching out to new fans. Some favorite tracks are “Coil Crusher,” “And Then You Die” and “Hit and Run.” Oh, and it was released on 4/20 #duh.