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Let local music provide soundtrack to life in the time of coronavirus

UPDATED: Thu., March 19, 2020

T.S. The Solution (Courtesy)
T.S. The Solution (Courtesy)

Just because we’re on a hiatus from normal life, it doesn’t mean we have to be on a hiatus from quality local music.

Even without their live shows lighting up local venues, the products of the Spokane music scene and their diverse streaming selections are still here to keep quarantine from sounding dull.

Indian Goat

Fixtures of the scene since 2017, rock duo Indian Goat deliver a maximalist sound through a minimalist lineup that’s in the same vein as the White Stripes or Royal Blood. Their dense rhythms and fuzzed-out guitar can be heard on “So High” and their latest single “Be Your Seer.”

Listen on: Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, Amazon Music, Google Play Music, Deezer, iHeartRadio

The Sweeplings

Fresh from the release of their breezy studio effort “Losing Ground Vol. 1,” folk-pop combo the Sweeplings muse on the concept of enduring love in their song “You Find Me.” The song has since been recognized and added to Apple Music’s official “Acoustic Chill” playlist, sharing a spot alongside the likes of Niall Horan and Nathaniel Rateliff. Previously, their song “Carry Me Home” was featured in the official trailer for the final season of Netflix’s drama series “Longmire.”

Listen on: Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, Amazon Music, Pandora, Google Play Music, Deezer, iHeartRadio, TuneIn

T.S. The Solution

Local rapper T.S. The Solution addresses identity in “Recollection,” his second single of 2020. Rich production techniques and tightly woven lyrical content make T.S. one of the central rappers to come out of the Spokane hip-hop scene and an easy solution for quarantine-listening boredom.

Listen on: Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, Amazon Music, Pandora, Google Play Music, Deezer, iHeartRadio

Olivia Vika

The soaring voice and wavy guitar work of 17-year-old Olivia Vika conjures up thoughts of Amy Winehouse at her most potent in her latest single, “Nasty Woman.” In her lighter moods, Vika recounts reverb-soaked bliss through the fuzz of her telephone-booth vocals in “70s Haze.” Both releases are available on Apple Music, Spotify and Soundcloud.

Listen on: Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio

Itchy Kitty

“Riot grrl” punk revivalists Itchy Kitty keep the tempo blistering and the attitude scorching throughout their two streaming albums “Mr. Universe” (2018) and “Careless Whisker” (2016). Most recently, the group released “Feargasm” exclusively on cassette through CorpoRat Records in January.

Listen on: Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, Amazon Music, Bandcamp, Google Play Music, Deezer, iHeartRadio

Quarantines are temporary; local music is forever.

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