Jon Tanners

A wayfaring stranger trying to make cool things before I die.

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Stream King avriel’s Intensely Personal Debut Album “thesis”

Since first appearing on our radar last November, Los Angeles’ King avriel has cast an intriguing shadow in the alternative R&B realm. In comparison to some of her peers, avriel’s lyrics possess an almost rap-like directness, replacing... Read more »

Island Fox – “Come With Me”

In the quest to write the most descriptive, evocative, and colorful blog posts and keep things interesting (for ourselves and others), it can be easy to neglect the obvious. Often the best reaction to a song... Read more »

5 On It: “The revolution’s never been televised”

5 On It is a feature that looks at five of the best under-the-radar rap findings from the past week, highlighting new or recently discovered artists, or interesting obscurities. skipp coon – “Assata Taught Me (pre-born day... Read more »

James Supercave – “The Right Thing (Swish Remix)”

It’s always a bit odd to learn about a band or artist through a remix, perception of their music forever warped (if even only slightly) by a sound that might have very little to do with... Read more »

5 On It: Thanks for the memories

5 On It is a feature that looks at five of the best under-the-radar rap findings from the past week, highlighting new or recently discovered artists, or interesting obscurities. PREMIERE: Write Brothers – “Come Back” I fell... Read more »

Marcus Alan Ward – “Sun Away”

Cleveland multi-instrumentalist Marcus Alan Ward (previously known as Freeze-Tag) describes his new single “Sun Away” as “exploring the overarching themes of love at the subatomic level and self realization.” While that may feel a bit obtuse... Read more »

Hello World: A Conversation With Daye Jack, One of Atlanta’s Most Unusual Rappers

Former Daily Discovery Daye Jack could not have existed 15 years ago. Even 10 years ago, he’d likely have been improperly categorized somewhere under the umbrellas of “conscious rap” or, more damaging and inaccurate still, “nerd... Read more »

VÉRITÉ – “Strange Enough”

New York native VÉRITÉ’s “Strange Enough” seems a strong fit for a landscape that now counts BROODS among its rising pop stars. Cinematic electronics back an emotional core—“Strange Enough,” as the singer puts it, “goes back... Read more »

5 On It: Get angry, get high, or get in your car and cruise

5 On It is a feature that looks at five of the best under-the-radar rap findings from the past week, highlighting new or recently discovered artists, or interesting obscurities. JuegoTheNinety – “Type” If I get rich I’d... Read more »

King avriel – “180″

For her latest single “180,” L.A.-based singer/songwriter King avriel plumbs the pain and confusion of her personal narrative. Descriptive and blunt in a way alt-R&B rarely seems to be, “180″ paints a portrait of the pitfalls,... Read more »

Video: Harriet – “Ten Steps”

Continuing their streak of cinematic videos, Los Angeles band Harriet marries a memorable three minutes of piano-driven, hook-heavy rock with an absurdist clip for new single “Ten Steps” that feels like a brief transmission from some... Read more »

Chargaux – “Burn Rubber On Me (Gap Band Cover)”

Brooklyn-based duo Chargaux has an impressive and unusual resume: A Berklee College of Music-trained violinist and violist who subsisted as subway performers before collaborating with Kendrick Lamar on Good Kid, M.A.A.D City and Schoolboy Q on Oxymoron. In addition to creating... Read more »

Phazz – “Lionheart”

It’s rare that we feature instrumental music on Pigeons and Planes. It’s not for any actively negative reason, but more as a course of our aims and tastes. It is difficult to deny, though, that the... Read more »

5 On It: Music from the heart

5 On It is a feature that looks at five of the best under-the-radar rap findings from the past week, highlighting new or recently discovered artists, or interesting obscurities. Kendall Elijah – “Lazy Don’t Prosper” In a... Read more »

Video: William Wolf – “King Of Sorrow”

The video for Nashville singer William Wolf’s cover plays like scenes from a lovechild of directors David Fincher and Nicolas Winding Refn—starkly lit and richly colored (with a particular focus on red), a shadowy glimpse of... Read more »