LONER

Album by Caroline Rose

 

“I needed to get more personal, more aggressive, more humorous and more sonically diverse than my older material,” says songwriter-producer Caroline Rose about her darkly comedic second album. Armed with an arsenal of new instruments, a burgeoning sense of self, and a relentless tendency towards cheeky humor, LONER delivers a powerful set of serious songs seen through a sprightly and satirical lens. (New West)

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The Boy Downstairs

Film by Sophie Brooks

 

The debut feature from writer-director Sophie Brooks, The Boy Downstairs features a cast studded with indie darlings, such as Zosia Mamet (Girls), Matthew Shear (Mistress America) and Sarah Ramos (Parenthood. Diana (Mamet) returns to New York after living abroad and is forced to reflect on the nature of her first relationship when she inadvertently moves into her ex-boyfriend’s apartment building. (FilmRise)

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Loma

Album by Loma

 

Loma, comprised of Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater, and Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record, release their self-titled debut this week, an arresting and enigmatic collection of songs that reveal an obsession with defying classification and exploring sound. Delicate and abstract, the emotionally rich album delves into the process of letting someone go (written and recorded while Cross and Duszyski were navigating their divorce), mixing unique melodies with Cross’ haunting vocals. (SubPop)

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Make Way For Love

Album by Marlon Williams

 

New Zealand’s Marlon Williams sophomoric album is both universally relatable and unprecedentedly revealing, chronicling his heartbreak in the wake of a fractured relationship through eleven slow-burning, cinematic songs. Recorded with producer Noah Georgeson (known for his work with Joanna Newsom and Cate Le Bon) Make Way For Love finds Williams pivoting away from his crooning country roots, with forays into psych-pop harmonies, reverb-drenched guitar, and haunting piano ballads. (Dead Oceans)

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All Right

Album by Pow Pow Family Band

 

Pow Pow Family Band, which began as actor and musician Miles Robbins’ solo project and grew into an ever-evolving “weird circus family of chosen friends and collaborators,” is releasing their debut album All Right February 13th via Modern Sky USA. A collection of ten sunny psychedelic pop songs, All Right is driven by Robbins’ richly personal and offbeat lyrics, and features a revolving door of creative collaborators, including producer Gabe Wax. (Modern Sky USA)

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Padman

Film by R. Balki

 

Based on the true story of social activist Arunachalam Muruganandam, one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People (2014), Padman tells the story of a determined inventor in rural India in 2006 who upsets his family and invites talk of scandal when he tries to develop and market a low-cost sanitary pad, at a time when sanitary napkins were a luxury that many women could not afford to use. Directed by R. Balki, the film stars Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor. (Sony Pictures)

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Full Circle Nightmare

Album by Kyle Craft 

 

Following his striking 2016 debut Dolls Of Highland, Portland based singer-songwriter Kyle Craft returns with Full Circle Nightmare a collection of rich and rambling, poetry-tinged pop-rock that serves as an unabashed ode to the power of storytelling in song. (Sub Pop)

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Our Land

Song and video by Alexis Krauss and the Our Land Collective

 

Inspired by their love of wild spaces and in response to President Trump’s assault on our national monuments, Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells unveils an original song by Alexis Krauss and the Our Land Collective. Entitled Our Land, all proceeds from the sale of the song and merchandise will directly fund Utah Diné Bikéyah’s legal effort to reinstate protection for the entire Bears Ears National Monument. Written as a protest song, it quickly morphed into a collaborative film project, with an accompanying music video featuring Karen O, Maggie Rogers, Edward Sharpe, Sunflower Bean, Josh Fox, Renan Ozturk, Hey Flash Foxy, Robbie Bond of Kids Speak For Parks, and more. (Grandstand)

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