Death Cab for Cutie’s "The Blue EP" was released earlier this month on Sept. 6 with five new tracks from the Washington-based band. The album title aptly describes the songs within the EP: It explores the Bellingham Olympic Pipeline accident, a car crash and a disappointingly middle ground sound between classics like their fourth album "Transatlanticism" and their push towards the band’s 2015 evolution with "Kintsugi." Rich Costey serves on this album as the band’s production replacement of founding member Chris Walla. He continues to be a wonderwall for the bands growth that they’re pushing for. Costey came on for "Kintsugi" and has production credits for Muse, Foster the People, Interpol, Sigur Rós and Biffy Clyro, among others.
On Sept. 1, local show house, the Toy Barn hosted an art collective comprised of local musicians, ranging from hip-hop to, post-punk, and visual artists publishing their photography and stickers. The venue has hosted similar events but, according to most of the attendees, none to this scale. At the event, the Daily Lobo interviewed some of the bands, encompassing what each act was about:
Earthships, communes and now an anti-establishment art collective gone corporate: Meow Wolf hosted the second Taos Vortex music festival in history on Aug. 16 through 18. Vortex was, appropriately, a whirlwind. With colors and characters everywhere — some the delusions of an inebriated mind and others not — it’s easy to forget why it’s all there. Music. This year’s line up was admittedly disappointing compared to its predecessor, but that wasn’t going to kill my enthusiastic devotion to the memories of yonder. Iron & Wine, Snail Mail, Too Many Zooz, Wajatta, Empress Of; all honorable mentions, eclipsed by the orphic spectacles of Parliament, Funkadelic and Flying Lotus. They had three stages, all of which had setlists scribbled in sharpie by presumably an intern on the map of Kit Carson Park. “Spire,” the main stage was at the front of the park and was surrounded by bougie tents hosting beer taps.
BROCKHAMPTON released their fifth studio album, “Ginger” on Aug. 23. The 12 tracks trudge through the boy band’s recent emotional turmoil and Shia Labeouf’s studio meditation sessions, following the removal of founding member Ameer Vann. Contrary to comments made by Kevin Abstract, a founding member of the band, declaring Ginger to be a summer “feel good” record, the album is heartbroken, bitter and flustered. Notable songs on the album are “BOY BYE,” “ST. PERCY,” “DEARLY DEPARTED” and “VICTOR ROBERTS.”