Each week, the Monday Mix features three new songs debuting on the opbmusic broadcast.
boygenius - “Bite the Hand”
Lyrical depth, emotional performance and stunning harmonies mark the first effort of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus as boygenius. After touring together behind their solo projects and finding themselves to be kindred spirits, the trio came together to create something entirely new. Each woman brought two songs to the project: one finished and one in progress. In “Bite the Hand” led by Lucy Dacus, listeners can easily see how this method lets them shine together and separately. It’s a musical give and take with all the balance of an intricate ballet chorus. The EP will be out November 9th on Matador Records, and you can catch them live at the Crystal Ballroom on November 25th.
Laura Gibson - “Tenderness”
Laura Gibson’s first release “Tenderness” comes from her upcoming studio album “Goners” set to be released on October 26th via Barsuk. The album explores themes of grief set into motion after the loss of her father and grappling with the idea of parenthood herself. In a song full of poetry, one poignant lyric stands out as a possible metaphor for the work she’s yet to share: “I left town, tucked myself into a mountain, became something dark and hungry.” Indeed, “Tenderness” exhibits none of the whimsy for which she became known. Instead there’s stark introspection and resplendent instrumentation that pulls the listener into an encompassing journey with Gibson. See her in the hometown kick off of her tour on November 2nd at Mississippi Studios in Portland.
Kurt Vile - “Loading Zones”
In June, Kurt Vile released a cheeky election-style poster campaign announcing “Vile 2018”along with dates for his North American tour and a note that a dollar from each ticket sold would go to support the ACLU. All signs point to an upcoming album, including his latest release. In the video for “Loading Zones,” Vile is a man about town, “parking for free” all over Philadelphia in an homage to the city, stopping to sign autographs on parking tickets to the dismay of the local fuzz. He’ll park the tour in Portland on December 14th at the Crystal Ballroom.