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How’s this week of lockdown treating you? Us, too. Here’s some music to keep you busy, and some ways to support the people making it while we’re all self-isolating!
As always, we love you, stay safe – we’re all in this together.
HOW TO HELP MUSICIANS DURING LOCKDOWN
Musicians, most of whom rely on touring to earn the most of their living wage, have lost so much during this time where events have ground to a halt. You can help from your own home!
Photo by: Nicholas Regalado
Why not support independent record stores directly by ordering some new tunes to listen to on physical format? Beggars Group (4AD, Rough Trade, XL, Matador, Young Turks) have created this handy map to check out US record stores and how to buy from them. (Don’t forget to buy merch directly from your favorite bands as well!)
Various platforms have also set up ways to donate or otherwise support independent musicians with relief funds, discount usage rates and grants. See: The Recording Company (with MusiCares), Spotify, SoundCloud, LiveNation, Patreon, and many more.
Local San Diego Band Highlight of the Week
Neo-psychedelic indie rock band Stints were founded in 2018 right here in San Diego by Rubén Agúndez (Vocals), Elí Ponce Gastelum (Percussion/Production), Gerardo Zuñiga (Bass), José Brambila (Guitar), Ernesto Vásquez (Guitar), and Adrian Valenzuela (Synths).
They’re well-known for their distinctive dream-pop melodies with hypnotic orchestral mash-ups in the underground scenes on both sides of the border, especially for their music videos, sporting dark textures that flirt with disturbing nostalgia. With a full album release planned in addition to touring both in the US and Mexico, 2020 will mark an epic year of creative fury for Stints. Their latest singles “Hold Me” is out everywhere now.
The industry pushes on
Livestreams + releases abound!
Keep your eye on the music still moving and grooving even in the face of event and tour cancellations across the world. Many favorite artists – ours and yours, big and small – are hosting virtual concerts, and are still holding strong on some incredible album and EP releases. Check out our highlights!
The Frights’ “At Home” Tour
Continues this WEDNESDAY @ 4PM
Local punk three-piece The Frights will follow their recent livestream performance of Hypochondriac last weekend with a revival of their older material this week! Wednesday, April 8th, will see You Are Going To Hate This, and Saturday, April 11th, will host their fantastic self-titled debut to round out the performances.
For your ears!
It Is What It Is
Talented virtuoso jazz bassist Thundercat is back with an impressive full-length album which meditates on the loss of a dear friend, Mac Miller, and embraces the unique contradictory strands of his art.
Following “Rose/Lotus/Violet/Iris,” Hayley Williams gifts us a brand new single from the upcoming PETALS FOR ARMOR (May 8), the highly anticipated solo debut album from the frontwoman of Paramore.
Our favorite local four-piece Buddha Trixie present another single in a slew of new releases recently, the lovely and deliciously psychedelic “Kismet!”
If You’re Dreaming
The second album from Detroit’s Anna Burch is presented in a confident and sophisticated new light from her debut, but still sticking to her energetic indie-pop leanings.