Valaska, an independent act from Chicago, premiered their new music video for “Avant-Garde,” and it will give you a taste of their new sound, which has been drawing parallels to Bright Eyes thanks to vocalist Dave Valdez’s soothing emotive vocals. Valdez is backed by bassist Zach Porlier and drummer Matt Holmes.

Last year, Copeland‘s Aaron Marsh produced Valaska’s Natural Habit, which received various interest from publications like Alternative Press, Substream Magazine, yours truly and more. Their upcoming album, Thing, will drop early next year.



Top 25 Albums of 2020

The Top 25 Albums of 2020

When the going gets tough, artists create art. Despite a world reckoning outside our quarantined doors, musicians relentlessly created new music giving birth to genre-defining releases and, despite a year spent indoors, a marked 2020 full of passion and fervor. Here are our Top 25 albums of 2020.


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Droning On

The world came to a halt in 2020, but London-based Drones trudged on, giving a voice to the hurt that circulates with (or without) a pandemic: "You shouldn’t underestimate the power of writing things down or literally speaking them out loud, which I’m learning. I’m glad I made these songs, no matter how personal they are."


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