Jon Tanners

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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 »

Lewis Allen ft. King Beamon – “Baby, You Belong To The Netherworld”

Like Kid Cudi filtered through a blackened heart, “Baby, You Belong To The Netherworld”—Lewis Allen’s follow up to “Drugs In Her Eyes”—is a hypnotic, often discordant take on toxic relationships. Lewis dives further down the rabbit... Read more »

Video: OFEI – “WOW”

British singer OFEI’s voice has an arresting, otherworldly quality to it, alien at times. It channels a depth of feeling words alone can’t fully capture. Latest single “WOW” is a gorgeous encapsulation of his style and... Read more »

5 On It: Toronto is one of rap’s most important cities

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. Matik Estrada – “Family Matters” (Prod. Childish Major)... Read more »