The Shivas - Turn Me On
The Shivas are a Portland-based indie rock band whose sound dips heavily into surf guitar fuzz, garage rock, and 60’s psych. The title track from their recently released sixth album, Turn Me On, is a bluesy little boogie with vocals drenched in reverb that makes you want to jump up and twist. It’s all tied neatly together with a straightforward hook and a steady surf guitar backbone.
Rachel Baiman - Shame
Rachel Baiman is a Nashville-based Americana singer-songwriter who offers a modern take on an old-time sound. The title track off her second album, Shame (out on June 2nd), is a light, folk tune which, according to an interview with NPR, was inspired by a Dan Savage talk about defunding Planned Parenthood. Although the bouncing, bright banjo and carefree vocals (reminiscent of Gillian Welch) seem laid-back and cheery, there’s real bite is in the lyrics. Catch her Eartrumpet Labs Speakeasy show on June 21st.
Sunbathe - With a Little Help Singer Maggie Morris’ new solo album, Sunbathe, is a collection of tracks that weren’t quite right for her other band, Portland dream-pop group Genders. The project highlights her song-writing abilities, which are impressive on their own. “With a Little Help” is a celebration of friendship with ringing guitar and Morris’ layered, earnest vocals leading the charge. Catch her official record release show at The Know on June 13th.