Category Archives: Ben Slowey

ARTIST SPOTLIGHTS: Oh Geeez, 5PM to Nowhere

Linneman’s hosted 5PM to Nowhere’s “Stoicism” EP release party on Saturday night, enlisting Oh Geeez as the opener. Oh Geeez comprises of vocalist-guitarists Sean McGibany and Jack Gilmond as well as Columbus, OH drummer Alex Dollenmayer. Formed last year from the ashes of the band Before Nitrogen, Oh Geeez play alternative pop inspired by cartoons. McGibany met Dollenmayer on Twitter

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Shamewave

Cactus Club hosted Milwaukee’s Shamewave and Winnepeg’s noise punk trio Tunic on Friday night. Shamewave is fronted by Cody Ratley; Nicci Halverson plays guitar and synth, Peter Stanislawski also plays guitar, Ben Wittlinger plays bass, and Matt Weinberger plays drums. Jacob Hornak and Sahan Jayasuriya have played in the band as well. Their sound encompasses shoegaze, grunge, ambient, and alternative

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AUDIO: Riptide – “You Got Me”

Electronic producer Riptide dropped his debut single today on Focus Four Records. It’s a shuffling house tune with breezy atmosphere, dueling keyboards and synths and an animated hook, never getting too aggressive while still making you feel alive. There’s an extended mix of the track available as well. With a strong premiere tune, we look forward to what’s to come

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AUDIO: 5PM to Nowhere – “Stoicism”

Alternative pop project 5PM to Nowhere released a new EP today. Jacob Webb embarks on a journey of self-expression and finding peace. He demonstrates a broad pop appeal, utilizing both piano-driven melodies and tranquil electronica. He tenaciously seeks growth through life’s noise, just as the record’s cover art demonstrates. Ditis and Cosmic Sleepovers contribute on “Rumination” and “Emerson,” respectively. 5PM

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AUDIO: Joseph Huber – “The Downtowner”

Americana-folk singer-songwriter Joseph Huber’s out with his sixth record. It’s nine songs, featuring the likes of Eston Bennett, Kenny Leiser and Ryan Knudson on instrumental accompaniment. Huber’s poetic poignance grapples with love, loss, and regret in the spirit of earth-trodden folk. He ruminates in hollowed memories of what once was while expressing gratitude for his ability to feel so deeply.

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AUDIO: Cyrus Chrome – “Drop Down”

Electronic pop artist Cyrus Chrome is a new one to watch. His most recent single has sensibilities of hyperpop and hip hop, carrying a playful demeanor with Chrome looking to attract the attention of someone walking by. The hook is irresistibly fun, perfect for a summer night on the patio with the homies. We look forward to seeing what Cyrus

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AUDIO: Anson Obvious – “…Does Their Friends”

Apocalyptic comedy rocker Anson Obvious is out with an EP of songs dedicated to her friends, and these friends are colorful characters. First we learn about the blind man Gregg Wandsneider who should never be crossed, then we meet Robert who’s an expert in “deadmilkmenology”, then we go to the Party Marty show, and finally we hear about Ali who

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AUDIO: Armon Hassan – “Half A Heart”

Alternative pop artist Armon Hassan dropped his first single of the year Friday. It’s a heartbreak song shrouded in deep blue darkness; Hassan sings about wishing to destroy the pain he’s in, feeling like he can’t be saved in his current state. Although palpably sad, Armon Hassan’s new single is cathartic and honest about the profound loneliness that follows split

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AUDIO: The Quilz – “Love Submission”

Synthpop duo The Quilz returned with a new single this week. It’s one about infatuation and desire to be with someone; this person’s your weakness and you’re seeing them through rose-colored glasses. The Quilz have always brought a fresh approach to new wave-esque pop electronica, and “Love Submission” is an infectious new addition. We hope it’s the sign of more

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AUDIO: HUMID – “One Dimensional Hell”

Shoegaze project HUMID released a new record. Basking in bright distortion and beclouded atmosphere, Matt Tomashek lyrically goes after imminent disarray, touching on themes such as love and shame. You lose yourself in ethereal ripples as you venture, guided by the reverbed croons of Tomashek that flutter above the waves. HUMID chronicles the missions through chaos with “One Dimensional Hell.”

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