September 22nd officially marks the end of summer 2013 in the Northern Hemisphere — and to celebrate the passing of time, we’ve decided to create a timeline to forever remember the songs currently trending on our site, as well as take a look back on the music that has colored...

Featuring two members of the indie psych pop band Nurses, HOOPDREAMS is the result of three multi-instrumentalists from the Pacific Northwest loosening their reins on traditional songwriting. Dub-influenced beats, layered vocals spanning multiple octaves of harmony, and mysterious electronic noises are explored to evoke vaguely familiar feelings of nostalgia that rest densely upon the human psyche. DARKSUMMER has recently been remastered for Baltimore record label Dymaxion Groove, which will release the album on a limited-edition, red, full moon picture disc (seen below), so that everyone on this great big floating ball of ours can get their hands on a copy, starting July 15th, 2012.

 

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To introduce listeners to this release, we're featuring seven of the best videos for the short track "Spirit Momentum," which were created in conjunction with REDEFINE's interdisciplinary show MMMicrofestival. Hand-picked video artists were invited to give their interpretations for HOOPDREAMS' short track, and they are showcased in this unique abstract motion art gallery. See full artwork and stream the entirety of DARKSUMMER at the bottom of this post.


Arn Gyssels

Belgium digital and mixed media artist Arn Gyssels took the lo-fi route, creating a work of symmetrical beauty that morphs in and out of vaguely distinguishable human figures.

 

Daniel Cantrell

Illustrator and video editor Daniel Cantrell has quite the brilliantly deranged sense of humor, as you'll see from this mash-up video (complete with custom sounds, alien eyes, and social commentary)!  

Our third-annual album cover art feature uses interviews with artists and musicians to highlight the philosophical, thematic, and conceptual significance of great album cover artwork. THE BREAKDOWN    12 Collage + 14 Digital Illustration, Drawing, Design + 19 Illustration, Painting, Drawing + 8 Black And White Photography + 22 Color Photography + 6 Deluxe Packaging + 10 Fashion,...

This in-depth feature highlights how well-executed album artwork can go beyond genre lines to expand into territories of philosophical, thematic, and conceptual significance. Perhaps now more than ever, album cover artwork plays a vital role in music....

A staff-compiled list of some of our favorite songs from the year 2011, in no particular order or with allegiance to any particular style....

An annual free outdoor/indoor party, taking place this year at RefugePDX. Showgoers of all ages ad walks of life are given the opportunity to sample a diverse cross-section of both Portland's established and growing musical offerings. PDX Pop Now!'s mission is to stimulate and expand participation in Portland's music scene. Created...

Despite living in Seattle for the past ten years, Sasquatch Festival is an event that I've always managed to pass up. Post my adolescent Warper Tour days, sweating and baking in the sun with a beastly mass of other human stinkers just hasn't seemed all that appealing. Not to mention...

I recently got a press release about Foxy Shazam performing their new album on ChatRoulette.com, but I know for a fact Nurses did it first. The video of their performance has just been released, in collaboration with Into The Woods. Take a looksee! ...