New Music Radar: Hoops 

By Julie Giffin 

Hoops, a four piece lo-fi and shoegaze outfit hailing from the midwest, released an EP in August that has definitely sparked my interest. Hoops was initially guitarist Drew Ausherman’s solo project, but that didn’t last very long. Kevin Krauter, Keagan Beresford, and James Harris ended up joining Drew, completing the newfound quartet. After bursting into the scene in late 2015/early 2016 with their first two tapes, Hoops gained a bit of traction by receiving attention from NME and other music publications. This lead them to eventually getting signed to and releasing their debut EP with Fat Possum. 


Their dreamy and fuzzy instrumentals reminds me quite a bit of DIIV and also give off a Mac Demarco circa his “2” album vibe. Songs like Cool 2 and Gemini portray the ambiance of a lazy summer day to a T. The heavy use of reverb throughout the EP but especially in the song Give It Time (my favorite track on the EP), creates a very relaxed atmosphere. The drums seem to just hang in the background, giving the guitars the forefront, thus making a magical aura. For being such a new band, Hoops definitely have mastered their sound and have phenomenal live shows. Check out their “Hoops on Audiotree Live” compilation on Spotify!

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Summer Playlists! 

Summer is here! *burns everything school related* Summer is the perfect time to find new music and have the time of your lives. I put together three different playlists depending on your mood. Enjoy! 

Summer Tunes Pt. 1 


This playlist is more rocking out and enjoying life. Some old some new. Classic bands like Kings of Leon, The Strokes and The Killers with a mix of newer rock bands like Catfish and the Bottlemen, Drowners and Twin Peaks. If you like the sound of that I hope this playlist doesn’t fail you.

Summer Tunes Pt. 2 


Playlist 2 is more indie pop music and good vibes all around. Definitely the best one to play around your friends. If you’re a fan of Years and Years, BØRNS, LANY, or The 1975 this mix is perfect for you. 

Summer Tunes Pt. 3


Playlist 3 is very chill and laid back. Perfect for a relaxing beach day or something to play in the background while reading a book. If you enjoy Beach Fossils, Wild Nothing, DIIV and Sunflower Bean this playlist is your soulmate.

I really enjoyed making these playlist so I hope you love them as well! 

-Kayla 

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