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Portland's Best in Indie Rock/Post-Punk for 2017: Lithics and The Toads

 *photo by Cary Clarke

As we come to the close of another round of genre polling, this one sees an interesting pair of categories mashing up together in voting. Thinking of indie rock and post-punk in the same light is weird enough, but what isn't strange is who all of you chose as the winners. We're pleased to present you with the best in indie rock and post-punk for 2017: Lithics and The Toads.

Lithics are the winners of our overall poll, with much love given to them from our anonymous jurors. They dropped Borrowed Floors last year, along with playing a series of shows throughout the year that made a lasting impression on many of our poll participants. One of their first shows of 2017 will be this Friday with Sad Horse and Blesst Chest at Turn Turn Turn.

The Toads took over the readers' poll with their fun loving, power pop indie rock without a problem. Theses dudes really know how to write an easily lovable rock song that makes you want to pogo up and down with a huge smile on your face. Always Be Nice, the EP they released in October of last year, is a much needed reminder to spread some love and kindness around. You can check out their lovely live set at Quarterworld on Thursday with Radler.

A more than honorable mention needs to go out to Star Club, who gave The Toads a huge run for their money in the readers' poll!

 Blowout
  3%   10 votes
 Dark/Light
  2%   6 votes
 Marcys Band
  7%   18 votes
 Lithics
  2%   7 votes
 The Century
  1%   4 votes
 Star Club
  35%   91 votes
 The Toads
  45%   115 votes
 Tyrants
  1%   4 votes




Candace is Back with Another Valentine's Day Soundtrack

Last year, goblin pop trio Candace shared a duo of specially covered love songs for the sake of Valentine's Day. They've done it again this year, and even included one of their own original tracks as an extra delight.

While you're getting ready for your big Valentine's date or perhaps just chilling at home demuring the date, Candace's mini playlist is worthy of some proper rotation. Providing their own gazed out bedroom pop versions of "Something's On My Mind" by Karen Dalton and "Do I get So Shy" by Shoes, along with a newer song of theirs called "Great Basin," their V-Day release is honestly one of the best things about today. Here's to hoping it becomes an actual tradition.

You can catch Candace playing on Thursday, February 16 for a Lose Yr Mind sponsored show along with Souvenir Driver and Sinless.





New Track: "Honey" - Aphra

Journey with Aphra into the ether with her new track "Honey," which Rebecca Waychunas premiered yesterday in her interview for Stereogum's Artist To Watch. It's the latest single from her forthcoming EP Sadness Is A Gesture, due out digitally on February 28 and on vinyl in April via Inherent Sounds. Waychuna shared, "Tragedy and trauma are a huge part of my past. People need to know that about me before they get close to me." The album is "definitely about mourning" as she uses it partly to work through past difficult relationships. "In order to process trauma in your past, you have to see it, you have to look at it, you have to talk about it. Whether it's with a therapist or through art or with just a friend." You can share in her healing process when Aphra performs at her record release show on Wednesday, March 8 at The Barbary with Brooklyn's The Undercover Dream Lovers.





Best of Nashville Hip Hop/Electronic Acts: Soft Bodies and Truitt

Our Best of Nashville 2017 poll began last week with the Hip Hop/Electronic category and after you-the-people cast your vote, we have the results to share with you!

Overall Poll winner (Jurors vote + Readers' vote): Soft Bodies

Readers' Poll Winner (Readers' Vote only): Truitt

Both Soft Bodies and Truitt craft music that bores right down into the soul. Soft Bodies' dancy, psychedelic sonicsphere nestles right down into the subconscious. Mostly synth-based, their tunes set a mind and body to motion. Rhythm and melody meet in blissful arpeggiating crescendoes, weaved together with deep melanchology vocals that drive the songs forward. Soft Bodies claims the entire atmosphere of a space, setting a tone and collective motion. 

Truitt carries a more structured, pop orientation, influenced by electronic based pop production (take the newest Justin Bieber record, for example). The songs are symmetrical with traditional pop structuring and offer irresistable vocal hooks that seep into your head. Don't expect a uniform catalog of contemporary radio pop tunes with Truitt, however. Their songs offer a variety of production techniques and sampled instrumentation that shatter expectations and leave you waiting for the next one.

Honorable mentions go to Biyo and Jensen Sportag (tied for second in the overall chart) and PHANGS (second in the Readers' poll). The full list of nominees can be found under the streaming tracks. 

 

Here is the list of all the finalists in the Nashville Hip Hop/Electronic category and their readers' poll results:

 Biyo
  0%   7 votes
 Chill Witch
  4%   31 votes
 Facemajik
  0%   2 votes
 Foreign Fields
  0%   2 votes
 Jensen Sportag
  0%   0 votes
 Mike Floss
  0%   1 vote
 Nightblonde
  0%   2 votes
 PHANGS
  27%   199 votes
 Stealing Oceans
  0%   0 votes
 Soft Bodies
  0%   7 votes
 The Trinity Schill Kill
  0%   1 vote
 Truitt
  65%   476 votes
 




Zuli wins Readers' Poll for Emerging Indie Pop Artists, plays LPR on 02.16

The Best of NYC Indie Pop Readers' Poll ended last Friday and we have some results for ya'll!

The band Zuli, brainchild of the New York native Ryan Camenzuli, got the upper hand in that category's readers poll. The group plays well behaved pop in the tradition of the Beach Boys and Elvis Costello. Their debut EP "Supernatural Voodoo," filled with intoxicating melodies and witty lyrics, has been growing on us (and many other music fans) since its 2015 release. The band is playing Les Poisson Rouge on February 16th in a very "psych," all NYC bill including Monogold, Shana Falana and Dead Leaf Echo - that's actually a show sponsored by The Deli, do not miss! Check out the recent video for "Better All the Time," streaming below.

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