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The Internet has a way of blowing up artists before they've quite figured out what they're doing—see Kreayshawn's half-baked and dismally performing million-dollar major-label debut Something About Kreay—but according to Leor Galil, Oakland pop artist Chippy Nonstop "seems to know what she's about already, though she's been making music for less than two years." Currently she's bigger on the Internet than she is IRL, so it makes sense that she's appearing at Berlin's weekly Cult party, home base for Chicago's Tumblr celebrities.
The "strong-looking" group saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is bringing to town for this four-night stand "could be the start of a new chapter" in his career, according to Peter Margasak. Coltrane's an expert at establishing strong connections with his sidemen. "Roads Cross," which opens his new Spirit Fiction, is "built from two duo takes superimposed in postproduction, but so powerful is the rapport among the musicians that the combination sounds like single intuitive performance."
On her recent Quarantine, rising Brooklyn electronic-pop musician Laurel Halo has "developed a sound that's idiosyncratic and distinctive," according to Margasak. "Some tracks have beats pushed out to their periphery, and some use only a fixed, driving pulse, with no percussion; Halo's imperfect voice occupies the foreground, often in thickly stacked harmonies, suggesting a kind of futuristic intuitive folk." She opens for Ital, a new project of former Mi Ami member Daniel Martin-McCormick.
Doom-metal godfathers Saint Vitus have been on a tear recently, at least for a band to whom "'momentum' means something more like the slow-motion avalanche of cooling lava," according to Monica Kendrick. They've been recording and touring in their best-known configuration, with Scott "Wino" Weinrich on vocals, and by all accounts they still rip. "It doesn't sound so much like a comeback as it does a resurfacing—it's like they've been here all along, just in another dimension where we couldn't hear them."