Jon Tanners

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

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5 On It: Internet Got Me Goin’ Nuts

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. Meet pizza boy., an emo, lo-fi rapper... Read more »

Watch the Slimy, Surreal Video for Robbing Millions’ “Warder”

Like a heavier take on the Radiohead-inspired psychedelia of Alt-J, Belgian 5-piece Robbing Millions’ “Warder” is music for a trance, plodding out of silence into a stomping, stilted beat that gives way to moments of beauty... Read more »

TOTEM – “Wildfire”

Perhaps in tacit, public response to several years of four-on-the-floor indoctrination, 2013 and 2014 have seen ballads become some of the most unavoidable mega-hits. Rihanna’s “Stay,” Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man,” John Legend’s “All... Read more »

Stream A Sol Mechanic’s Dreamy “just pick me up” EP

A write up on A Sol Mechanic’s hazy new just pick me up EP could likely be boiled down to whatever platitudes about genre-bending indie music are already populating any number of reviews sprinkled throughout the... Read more »

5 On It: Wherever You Go, There You Are

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. Al Rogers Jr. – “SadeWithLove” If you’ve... Read more »

Slow Skies – “Ice Field”

Dublin duo Slow Skies’ new single “Ice Field” feels, fittingly, frozen in time—not anachronistic, but rather the sort of music born of specific, painful moments. A crystallization. Delicately produced—smartly balancing tasteful percussion with evocative atmospherics—”Ice Field” doesn’t... Read more »

5 On It: Young and Restless

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. Chaz French ft. GoldLink – “LMGLML” Chaz... Read more »

Video: JuegoTheNinety – “Lost”

JuegoTheNinety radiates. On camera and in his often explosive verses, the Baltimore rapper emits uncommon energy. “Lost,” a single from his recent album Sonny September, is an encapsulation of his unusual style, familiar ground explored with new... Read more »

Video: SIR E.U – “nike boy”

Maryland rapper SIR E.U’s “nike boy” sounds like hip-hop’s current fixation on future bounce beats and house rhythms filtered through the eerie tone of a broken music box. Off-kilter and up-tempo (it feels more like a sped... Read more »

5 On It: Our Burning Time

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. Listen to skipp coon’s Miles Garvey, a... Read more »

Frank Leone – “Across The Earth”

I made ['Across The Earth'] for the World Cup this year, and if I’d been asked to do the theme instead of Pitbull and J-Lo this is what I’d have given them. I sampled a Bulgarian... Read more »

Astronauts, Etc. – “Gravity”

At the heart of Astronauts, Etc. lies  pianist and vocalist Anthony Ferraro, a musician forged in the crucible of strict classical training and, conversely, the era and genre-spanning freedom of Napster. The result of formal discipline and... Read more »

Video: UNKNWN – “BBY”

Writers and various music industry professionals often describe music that is some combination of downtempo, mellow, sensual, R&B or electronica-inspired, and amorphously formed as “vibe-y.” Even when people say they like vibe-y music, there is a... Read more »

5 On It: How Deep Does the Rabbit Hole Go?

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. Obii Say – “Undone” Former Daily (re)Discovery Obii Say returns... Read more »

5 On It: What’s Old Is New Again

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. Get familiar with Chicago’s Aaron Fonts Aaron Fonts... Read more »