It's good to see pop music getting weird again. Take, for example, enigmatic Cincinnati wunderkind Nova Moura. The singer-songwriter's got soul in spades, with a silken croon that draws easy comparisons to the likes of The Weeknd and Miguel. But that's about where the similarities end, if Nova's debut mixtape, Descension, Ramona Vol. 1—premiering on Noisey below—is any indication.
Sunny LA surf rock is good and well, but I, for one, am glad to see some darkness seeping back into the scene and giving it some teeth, thanks to a wave of scuzzy rising acts like Goon, Moaning, and Polyplastic. The latter, led by the duo of singer/guitarist Charlie Ellis and bassist Emily Ibarra, hit the ground running when they broke out earlier this year with a lush post-punk sound and lofi aesthetic torn straight from the pages of a smudged Memphis School zine.
Boston garage duo Vundabar have been lowkey turning out some of the best sludgy pop around since 2012, earning a devoted following (a recent sold-out show at NYC's Union Pool was so packed, we had to sneak in high school-style), and are finally gearing up to become one of your favorite new discoveries with a tour this November and the forthcoming Smell Smoke early next year.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".