Look, we know we throw a lot of new music at you. We also know that not everyone who comes to this site has the time to be as involved with or informed about the local scene as maybe they’d like to be. So for those casual readers who either can’t or have no interest in keeping up with the parade of artists we try to cover, who may not know the difference between Bitter and Biters, we have created our TRIPLE THREAT feature. The premise is simple: Every Friday our writers will put their heads together and come up with three tracks that grabbed our attention over that week. Then we tell you why the songs are great and worth listening to. That’s it. Maybe some weeks we’ll have a guest commentator come in and share their favorites, but the format will always remain the same: three songs, some words, and we out. Enjoy.
Pony League – “A Picture of Your Family”
From the upcoming LP, A Picture of Your Family
Pony League are unabashedly an Americana band, which means storytelling and character development—along with a deft balance of classic rock, country, and folk influences—forms an integral part of their songwriting process. “A Picture of Your Family” is the lead single and title track from the group’s forthcoming sophomore LP, and while the pensive ballad doesn’t strike with the same robust vigor of the band’s most emphatic songs, the group’s patient songcraft, coupled with Gus Fernandez’s earthy vocals, makes for a captivating listen. It’s a track steeped in nostalgia and bittersweet reflection, the sort of meditative earworm that sounds best either on an early morning drive or deep in the night when the lights are low and the world is finally sitting still. – Guillermo Castro
A Picture of Your Family is out Mar. 23 via Bear Kids Recordings. Pre-orders are available here.
Pony League will perform on Thu., Mar. 22 at Aisle 5 alongside Blood on the Harp and Dear Blanca. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $10. All Ages.
WAKE – “Pour”
From the standalone single
Experimental hip-hop collective WAKE have by now mastered the art of the standalone single, frequently issuing one-off songs as a means to highlight their creative development and keep fans engaged. “Pour” is the first new cut we’ve heard from the group since we premiered “White Eyes” back in September, and it finds the foursome in their typical fiery mood, with rappers Keith William and DYVER swapping caustic socio-political rhymes over soulful production. It’s one of the more immediate efforts WAKE have delivered in a minute, as the group dials back a bit of their left-field tendencies to make way for an impressive array of compelling hooks. – Avery Shepherd
BOREGARD. – “Plans”
From the standalone single
Produced by Popstar Benny, the latest single from Henry County’s BOREGARD. highlights the rapper’s commitment to laid-back charm and authenticity within his music. Although he’s not above a bit of chest-thumping (“sweep you off your feet like I come with a broom”), BOREGARD.’s approach is generally more playful than cocky, his boasts wrapped in a thick lining of tongue-in-cheek humor. Better yet, he knows how to wrangle a good hook without running it into the ground and overstaying its welcome, a trait we could certainly use more of in this era of mindless loops and beat-it-into-the-ground choruses. – Guillermo Castro
BOREGARD. will perform on Sun., Feb. 11 at 808ths and Heartbreak at the Masquerade’s Purgatory venue. Also performing are E Chapo, Hadiya George, and JTtheDreamer. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. All Ages.