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Sarah Lutkenhaus

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When Parlor Walls started as a duo, their appetite for experimentalism was there, but it was their aggression that steered their songs. On their 2014 EP Suspenseful Music tracks barreled ahead with pummeling drums and a crunchy guitar. Approximately one year later they released another EP (Cut) showcasing a new range of textures, and much more restrained composure. The songs unfold in layers, and silence is introduced as a tool to push and pull...
Sometimes, I remember that the fancy apartment building across the street from the building that used to be Death by Audio has installed heated sidewalks, and I want to die. Or, at the very least, give up on New York. We’re a long way from the Bowery of the 1970s, or even Kent Avenue in the mid-2000s. Still, nearly every year, PC Worship releases an album that reminds me that peeling floor tiles, leaking faucets,...
On the back of the Bye Bye Berta album cover there’s a transcription of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” that Ani wrote as a child. The spelling might not be entirely accurate and the letters might not all be orthodox, but you can see her undeniable confidence there. It comes from a place of youth and wonder that is hard, if not impossible, for most people to find again. But that’s exactly where all...
Dana Wachs has a panoramic perspective, coming to music from every possible angle. Starting cello at just nine years old (of her own volition) and taking rigorous lessons from acclaimed member of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Trading in her cello for a bass guitar when she stumbled upon Herbie Hancock’s Rock school on PBS. Joining the Dischord band the Holy Rollers, and picking up sound engineering on the road. Cultivating her engineering skills at the...

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