Pairings Box

  1. TK058: Topless – So Below EP

    If you’ve ever spent more than twenty minutes seriously hunting for the perfect song to soundtrack a special occasion, your Tuesday night dinner, a backyard barbecue, or just for boozing it up with friends – then you’re our type of people. After all, some jams are perfect for getting cozy with your significant other while Continue…

    With fiery punk riffage, Seattle's Topless effortlessly straddle the line between catchy and crushing.


  2. TK057: Baby Dayliner x Fusilier EP

    My CD collection once numbered more than 1000 discs. But over time, especially as digital music became more pervasive, I lost my appetite for broken jewel cases and flimsy, scratch-prone discs. Today my CD collection numbers well below 100 total. For that matter, I don’t own a CD player. I feel little nostalgia for the Continue…

  3. TK056: Hot Flash Heat Wave – Hesitation EP

    My friend Peter knows a thing or two about good music. He’s the NightLife Program Specialist for California Academy of Sciences (i.e. he’s the guy who booked bands like Hundred Waters, TOPS, Best Coast, etc. in a science museum/aquarium). He’s one half of the brains behind MEGABLAAG (i.e. SXSW’s meeting of the music blog minds). Continue…

  4. TK055: TENDER – TENDER EP

    If you thought steamy indie r&b had already had its moment, here’s proof you’re very wrong. In fact, the artist featured in our latest Pairings Box is evidence we’ll be eating it up as long as there are artists dishing up the good stuff. Yes, the recent output from newcomers TENDER (a.k.a. North London duo Dan & Continue…

  5. TK054: NVDES – NVDES EP

    NVDES, the Los Angeles based creative collective led by songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Josh Ocean (also one half of the “tropical grit pop” duo Ghost Beach), have quickly become our latest obsession. Over the course of just a little more than half a year, the fast rising project has continuously surprised and delighted us through Continue…

  6. TK053: SWIMM – SWIMM EP

    California-by-way-of-Florida duo SWIMM (i.e. Chris Hess and Adam Winn) are one of those rare bands with both vision and chemistry. They’ve described their professional relationship with one another by explaining that they “basically feel like extensions of one another.” Together, they find inspiration from a shared commitment towards eschewing apathy in their songwriting while simultaneously Continue…

  7. TK051: Pure Bathing Culture – I Trace Your Symbol EP

    Warm, uplifting and exceptionally thoughtful. This is how I would describe the music of Portland-based duo Pure Bathing Culture (a.k.a. Daniel Hindman and Sarah Versprille). Whether reflecting on themes of mortality, love, or a particularly mystical take on spirituality, the duo pen the type of songs that are both universal and easy to digest despite offering unusual depth Continue…

  8. TK052: Kotomi – Kotomi EP

    A quick word about the discography number on this one. Due to a printing error, the release planned as TK051 has been delayed until January. Thankfully, the release planned as TK052 is ready to go. So, no worries subscribers! You haven’t missed a release. We’ve just switched up the release order. I don’t mean to Continue…

  9. TK050: VÉRITÉ – Sentiment EP

    Talk about a fast rising star. Brooklyn-based synth-pop artist VÉRITÉ (better known to her friends and family as Kelsey Byrne) released her first single just over a year ago and has been skyrocketing to acclaim ever since. Indeed, she’s already released a pair of hot-as-fire EPs of smart, mesmerizing pop. She’s performed at numerous music Continue…

  10. TK049: Gallant – Weight In Gold EP

    This one is BIG. In fact, it’s safe to say that very few artists have risen as fast and as high in the past year as Los Angeles’ future r&b crooner Gallant. He’s been praised by Pitchfork, The Fader, NME, and nearly four dozen of the most popular and well-respected music blogs. For example, the Continue…

  11. TK048: MusicNOW: 10 Years

    Originally founded in 2006, MusicNOW is a one-of-a-kind music festival founded by The National’s Bryce Dessner held each year in Cincinnati, Ohio with a unique emphasis on musical experimentation and collaboration. Specifically, MusicNOW is dedicated to being an intimate music festival that serves as a creative refuge for the artists that participate in it—presenting new Continue…

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