She-Devils

Album by She-Devils

 

With their self-titled debut album, She-Devils duo Kyle Jukka and Audrey Ann Boucher invite listeners into their world of surf rock and swirling sonics. Inspired by the likes of Iggy Pop and Madonna, with a romantic flair of ‘60s yé-yé, their distinct style reflects She-Devils aim to follow creative instinct and autonomy in their music and videos. Audrey explains: “I’ve always seen music from the perspective of an artist or music lover rather than that of a musician. When I sing over a loop, I don’t feel like I’m in control of what I do, or that I am cerebrally engaged with making music, it’s more like my subconscious is completely taking over my mind and it just comes out of my dreams.” The album takes your senses on a fantastical ride full of aesthetic delights and synthesized chaos. (Secretly Canadian)

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Party

Album by Aldous Harding 

 

 

Two years after her eponymous debut, Aldous Harding releases Party. With each track, she whispers to listeners in her gentle gothic-folk style and delivers a charismatic combination of hubris, shrewd wit and quiet horror. Disarming in its desolate imagery and stark instrumentation, it deals with the raw materials of life: death, birth, grief and love. Party introduces a new talent to the stark and unpopulated dramatic realm where Kate Bush and Scott Walker reside. (Flying Nun)

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Generation Wealth

Book by Lauren Greenfield

 

Generation Wealth, the most recent photobook from Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and photographer Lauren Greenfield, is not about actual wealth but the illusion of it. A renowned chronicler of consumerism and cultures, Greenfield examines the perception of wealth over the last 25 years as a consequence of a global boom-and-bust economy as well as pervasive pop culture influences. Taken in major consumer hubs such as Los Angeles, Moscow, Dubai and China, Greenfield’s photographs document how consumers attempt to bridge the gap between what they want and what they can actually afford, in an attempt to simulate the life they desire. “The work is really about aspiring to wealth and the influence of affluence and about our values more than what we actually have,” says Greenfield. Generation Wealth archives Greenfield’s third collaboration with the Annenberg Space for Photography, an exhibit featuring 195 photographs and 42 interviews as well as multimedia projections and short films. (Phaidon)

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Powerplant

Album by Girlpool

 

California-based band Girlpool returns with their second album,Powerplant. Now 21 and 20, Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker confront projections, despondency, apathy, romanticization, love, and heartbreak with a more devastating emotional pragmatism than before. The decision to add percussion is a departure from their original sound. “The songs we were writing had the potential of getting really climactic,” says Tucker. “I think percussion adds a new part of the musical dynamic that we want to explore.” (Anti-Records)

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Lowriders

Film by Ricardo de Montreuil

 

Theo Rossi stars alongside Eva Longoria in this complicated tale of family set against the vibrant backdrop of East LA’s near-spiritual car culture and follows Danny, a talented young street artist caught between the lowrider world inhabited by his old-school father and ex-con brother (Theo Rossi), and the adrenaline-fueled outlet that defines his self-expression. (Blumhouse)

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New Kind of Normal

Album by Cayetana 

 

If Cayetana’s newest album had a tagline it would be “how to stop self-sabotaging and accept love.” Thematically, the Philadelphia indie rock three-piece – comprised of Augusta Koch, Allegra Anka and Kelly Olsen – has been exploring the delicate interplay of mental illness and wellness, since they began releasing music in 2014, but never so gracefully and poignantly as on New Kind of Normal. Although many of the songs were worked out at Koch’s barnyard studio in the Poconos, the band returned to Matt Schimelfenig at Philly’s Miner Street Studios to record the record. The collaboration resulted in a diverse output of expertly crafted, hooky pop songs like “Mesa” coupled with sparse, dark, and deeply emotional synth-laden tracks like “World.” Musically, the record captures the quiet moments of crushing vulnerability and the hardened highs of personal strength as expertly as Koch’s lyrical craft. (Plum Records)

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The Lovers

Film by Azazel Jacobs

 

Writer and director Azazel Jacobs’ new film The Lovers is a refreshing take on love, fidelity, and family, starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts as a long-married and completely dispassionate husband and wife. Both are in the midst of serious affairs and are increasingly committed to their new partners. But on the brink of officially calling it quits, a spark between them suddenly and unexpectedly reignites, leading them into an impulsive romance that forces them to navigate the hilarious complications of “cheating” on their respective lovers. A mixture of humor and powerful emotion, the story is a uniquely honest take on modern marriage.(A24)

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Morningside

Album by Fazerdaze

 

Named after the New Zealand suburb where Amelia Murray finally feels at home, Morningside plots its course carefully through the rocky terrain of finding place and peace in personal growth. Growing pains are central to Morningside and Murray’s meditations on the concurrent exhilaration and intimidation of an older kind of life and love never feel cloying. Instead, on every track, Murray builds an intimate relationship with the listener. Each song is personal but never isolating. The album is like reading someone’s journal with their express permission: at turns, it seems full of the most universal of feelings, as well as the kind of sensory and narrative details that make for the truest kind of memoir. (Flying Nun)

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