Alt Pop

Sabri brings his multifaceted soul to Elsewhere on 05.25

The lyric “Steppin’ on your toes I’m a big brown man” is just one way in which Sam Sundos conveys his personality through his solo project, Sabri. That declaration comes from his latest release, “FUCK IT MAN,” which, notwithstanding the harsh title, is a smooth, dreamy soul track built on a plodding, stretched hip hop beat. But don’t try to put this man in a box: the Brooklyn-based singer has proven his versatility through his first single “Oh, Honey,” a poppier, piano driven tune with a George Michael feel to it, and “Hot Tub,” probably his most mature track, featuring a timeless soul melody, and an arrangement enriched by brass and funky guitar and electric piano licks reminiscent of the glorious Motown years. Sabri's ever-changing sound serves as a reflection on his identity through his work; he has described his music as “a celebration of identity and an embrace of modern culture and technology.” You can catch him live at Elsewhere on May 25th. - Lily Crandall

   

New Track: "On Self Respect" - Nika Nika

Sparse acoustic guitar accompanies earnest lyricism “On Self Respect,” the new single from Anika Pyle, a.k.a. Nika Nika. An older ditty that was written "after watching one of the greatest films of all time - Flashdance - and connecting the film to Joan Didion's essay 'On Self Respect,'" an honest self-evaluation speaks to the idea of following ones dream's and aspirations, while navigating the perceptions or judgments of the outside world. Balancing one’s goal against the weight/pressure of the outside world can be a tricky endeavor. Be true to yourself.

"To give us back to ourselves--there lies the great, the singular power of self-respect" - Joan Didion

   

Rue Brown, Sirintip, and Camille Trust play “The Revolution,” Vol. 27 on 05/24

In the 27th installment of the Deli-sponsored “The Revolution”, a performance series featuring promising local artists, three female pop and soul singers will take the stage to showcase their unique sound. For this month's installation, the selected artists are Rue Brown, a soul singer with intriguing tracks blending electro and jazz, as well as avant-pop artist Sirintip, and Camille Trust, a singer-songwriter with a passionate, emotionally-driven pop sound. See them all this Saturday at National Sawdust, at 10:00 PM - check out the three artists in the playlist streaming below. - Lily Crandall

   

Debut Sieve EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Em Boltz (Corey Flood, Mallrat), Emily Lyon (Wilt), Madeline Rafter (Snake Boy Gang, The Original Crooks and Nannies), and Rachie Weisberg (Yeah, Baby) creatively combine as Sieve. Three Secrets, the debut EP from the quartet, was recently released via Fire Talk Records. Twisted, interlocking gears form unexpected, timely grooves at abrupt angles, unifying unique pieces. Those abbreviated mischievous carnival visions showcase a playful darkness.

   

Samia drops video for new single "21"; plays Elsewhere on 06.01

With a vocal range that reaches as high as her dreams and as low as the darkest depths of her lyrics, Samia has released her latest single "21" courtesy of Grand Jury. Though she had a brush with Spotify fame last year after the company put her on their "Badass Women" playlist, she hasn't let the excitement get to her head. She packs her new single with her mellifluous vocals and most raw lyrics about turning twenty-one; topics discussed include making family proud, self-image, and the push to succeed against the drag of adulthood. Hear that in the chorus phrase "You're alive and you're on fire/Why are you so tired?" In the video, Samia dances around in any empty loft, scrawls desires on the walls, and stares out the window, looking for the thing that she feels she should have achieved before her twenty-first birthday. It's safe to say that she's achieved quite a bit already. Samia will play Elsewhere's Zone 1 on June 1st; until then, check out the video for "21" below. - Will Sisskind