Written by Alex Bates Friday, 21 March 2008 19:51
Lucy Bland's first full-length album, Down to Sea Level, could definitely use some help staying afloat.
Written by Ryan Parker Friday, 21 March 2008 19:49
The two main elements of No Ceiling are Haale's vocals and percussionist/producer Matt Kilmer's rhythm.
Thursday, 13 March 2008 04:02
Midnight Boom is a sexually-charged rock'n'roll tornado that'll shake you up and leave you panting for more.
Written by Josh Vise Wednesday, 05 March 2008 07:08
It's as if Under Byen tapped into the same vein as Portishead.
Written by Kevin Renick Wednesday, 05 March 2008 07:03
What you get here is a sweet, melodic sound vapor that clears your system of all things negative and cynical every time you inhale the Silje Nes secret brew.
Written by Kevin Renick Wednesday, 05 March 2008 07:00
It may be a sonic assault, but the emphasis is on stellar soundmaking, not aural bullying. There's a difference, see.
Written by Kevin Renick Wednesday, 05 March 2008 06:57
"Aly, Walk With Me" features the sort of classic jangly distortion you've heard tons of bands do, but it sounds awesome here—exposed wires emanating a thrilling buzz that you dare not get too close to (though you kind of want to).
Written by Josh Schobert Wednesday, 27 February 2008 05:38
By "Were You Singing," they show they can be more than just a country folk band by making a danceable rock track.
Written by Jason Green Wednesday, 27 February 2008 05:16
I was hooked, listening to the scant four songs on their MySpace page a few dozen times as I waited patiently for a copy of the full length to arrive.
Written by Todd McKenzie Wednesday, 27 February 2008 05:14
Dienel's voice, like a bird's, is often fluttering and flittering about in the highest registers, which is a shame because it masks her lyrics behind the clouds.
Written by Jason Green Wednesday, 27 February 2008 05:10
Finally, a pop-punk band who knows how to stir things up.
Written by Rebecca Reardon Wednesday, 27 February 2008 03:14
The theme? Relationships gone south, with an intro, a G side and a B side. G side stands for Girl side, and B side? Boy side. Clever.
Written by Jaffa Aharonov Friday, 22 February 2008 08:20
Sure, the songs are sometimes melodramatic, but only in that charming, indie-pop way.
Written by Glen Elkins Friday, 22 February 2008 08:19
At times, Long's passionate whelps are surrounded by reverb, and lush countermelodies; other times they hang painfully alone.
Written by Karen Brandt Friday, 22 February 2008 08:15
The language is beautiful, but with its elevation comes the problem of obscurity.
Written by Karen Brandt Friday, 22 February 2008 08:12
Rice recounts typical guy-girl relationships with a "love her, leave her, and long-for-her-later" attitude.
Written by Sheila Shahpari Friday, 22 February 2008 08:10
"Sometimes being a genius is just waking up in the morning."
Written by Amy Burger Friday, 22 February 2008 08:07
As they'd say in 1983, from the moment the needle hit the vinyl (this was the pre-CD era), it was on, and it was pure gold.
Written by Amanda Pelle Monday, 18 February 2008 05:52
Selftitled samples generously from the spice rack of genre as Russell seeks to uncover his musical identity.
Written by Josh Vise Monday, 18 February 2008 05:50
The Bedlam in Goliath is The Mars Volta's way of counteracting Soothsayer's evil curse by way of disseminating its power to the listeners.
Written by Jim Ousley Monday, 18 February 2008 05:47
Davies ratchets up the creepy factor for a tune so thick in atmosphere that you can smell the leaves, hear the wind howl, and feel the humidity form sweat beads on your neck.
Written by Ryan Parker Friday, 15 February 2008 07:07
Many of the songs have a definite storytelling aspect that seem to fit in well with the "sittin' on the porch" nature of bluegrass.
Written by Raymee Holshauser Friday, 15 February 2008 07:02
Broken Down Figure is both sad and hopeful, showing off Saw's songwriting chops and lyrical ability.
Written by Josh Vise Friday, 15 February 2008 06:59
Eat Sugar is one of those groups whose sound encompasses several genres without conforming to any single one.
Written by Jaffa Aharonov Friday, 15 February 2008 06:56
Really, it's okay to sound like yourself, right?
Written by Rebecca Reardon Friday, 15 February 2008 06:47
These are bands that blend seemingly disparate genres to create anthemic, thought-provoking tracks that rock listeners out of their apathetic stupor.
Written by Josh Vise Friday, 15 February 2008 06:43
Each song seems tailor-made to be the soundtrack of a high-speed chase.
Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 15 February 2008 06:37
Fractured Life is gritty Brit-pop, indie rock, dance-inducing, upbeat pop, mellow, reflective, soothing AAA...
Written by Kevin Renick Wednesday, 13 February 2008 06:43
Love in October, an emo-type foursome led by Swedish brothers Erik and Kent Widman, may be based in Minneapolis, but that adrenaline-charged sound you hear will be familiar to anyone who's heard The Hives.
Written by Josh Vise Wednesday, 13 February 2008 06:38
Fredrik Thordendal and Mårten Hagström assault the ears with a guitarist's interpretation of tectonic plates colliding.
Written by Jaffa Aharanov Wednesday, 13 February 2008 06:30
The fat and fuzzy bass-heavy guitar of the title track makes me immediately think of Kill Rock Stars labelmates and fellow residents of the Northwest, The Gossip, but with male vocals instead of Beth Ditto's soulfulness.
Written by Amy Burger Wednesday, 13 February 2008 06:27
Free Somehow is the band's first studio effort featuring songs that were not previously "road tested" onstage in live performances.
Written by Alex Bates Wednesday, 06 February 2008 14:17
The songs are mellow getting mellower, and it's an easy album to listen to.
Written by Jaffa Aharonov Wednesday, 06 February 2008 14:14
Before more words are said, I must confess to having a bit of a soft spot for dramatic romanticism in song.
Written by Jason Neubauer Wednesday, 06 February 2008 14:07
His talent as an instrumentalist and lyricist are showcased in a way that keeps his music free of distracted bravado and long solos
Written by Rebecca Reardon Wednesday, 06 February 2008 14:03
Truly great pop song, with tight harmonies. The lyrics are a bit twee. But Lane sounds so sweet, I don't mind.
Written by Carl Hines Friday, 01 February 2008 04:20
Each track is strong enough to stand on its own, all the while perfectly contributing to the cohesiveness of the work as a whole.
Written by Kevin Renick Friday, 01 February 2008 04:18
The plaintive vocals and stately Americana trappings of "Life in a Box" reveal the band as more than competent craftsmen, while the alt-country "Estelle" is pure, uninhibited fun.
Written by Eammon Azizi Friday, 01 February 2008 04:00
The Nervous System is a quick, enjoyable ten-song folk rock album with enough creativity, edge, pop and variety to keep it interesting all the way through.
Written by Jason Green Friday, 01 February 2008 03:54
Track 7 shows what potential there was in Bonvalet's original idea, with a gently plucked acoustic guitar backed only by the sound of pouring rain.
Written by Rebecca Reardon Friday, 01 February 2008 03:46
Even after several listens, I never really got over my Yeah Yeah Yeahs déjà vu.
Written by Todd McKenzie Thursday, 24 January 2008 07:29
She doesn't sing about prostitutes or pushers; instead, she weaves intricate tales about crushes and teenage identity crises.
Written by Alex Hodschayan Thursday, 24 January 2008 07:27
Upon first listen, I couldn't help wondering if Ladyhawk had spent too much time listening to Jason Molina.
Written by Joshua Vise Thursday, 24 January 2008 07:19
Earthworms manage to successfully avoid the sophomore curse by keeping up the momentum and sticking to their real strength.
Written by Glen Elkins Tuesday, 22 January 2008 13:20
With a sound less fresh than its predecessors, Cassettes Won't Listen still manages a fun, enjoyable disc.
Written by Kevin Renick Tuesday, 22 January 2008 13:11
There's something about hearing a male voice reaching for that challenging, octave-stretching high note—and nailing it—that is utterly sublime.
Written by Gabe Bullard Monday, 21 January 2008 03:02
While this album sounds great, it's a lot to take at once. Even though the 14 songs add up to about 40 minutes, the stream of short tunes provides a sensory assault that causes even the smoothest sound to wear on the eardrum.
Written by Glen Elkins Monday, 21 January 2008 03:01
The dense and meaningful lyrics make Weightless anything but, as he demonstrates his adept ability to join substantive words with catchy melodies.
Written by Kevin Renick Friday, 18 January 2008 02:40
What truly pervades is a sense of patience; the band wants to nail a certain mood here, and they're not the least bit interested in showing off their chops or proving how diverse they are.
Written by Katie Cook Friday, 18 January 2008 02:36
Marshall has a way of taking what is familiar, fixed, or at the very worst, stale, and uniquely contemporizing it for a new time in music.
Written by Keith Mangles Tuesday, 15 January 2008 08:05
I find myself humming the vocal parts and the bass guitar parts to "Production City," the second track.
Written by Gabe Bullard Tuesday, 15 January 2008 08:01
Really, the only three words that fit this album are "LISTEN RIGHT NOW."
Written by Joseph O'Fallon Monday, 14 January 2008 01:49
A good portion of Moonbeams shies away from the playful Boy Least Likely To elements, and instead embraces, especially vocally, a Casiotone for the Painfully Alone or Robot Ate Me feel.
Written by Todd McKenzie Monday, 14 January 2008 01:39Sonically, Distortion is about as much of a 180 as one could expect after the quiet, acoustic chamber pop of the band's previous effort, i.
Written by Gabe Bullard Tuesday, 08 January 2008 14:52
So, while everyone from frat boys to library clerks moving their buns to Vampire Weekend, what's left for the serious music fan to appreciate?
Written by Jason Green Tuesday, 08 January 2008 14:26
Rather than continuing in the vein of Beyond Good and Evil or branching off in a new direction, the Cult of ‘07 seems content to try to rock out with their cock out like it's 1989.
Written by Pete Timmermann Monday, 07 January 2008 08:41
Really, the Juno soundtrack might as well be a best-of Kimya Dawson record.
Written by Sam Levy Tuesday, 18 December 2007 03:04
As they built The Deep City Label release and turned over the rocks, a giant web emerged: names and leads and stories of late-night jam sessions in the Magic City.
Written by Eammon Azizi Tuesday, 18 December 2007 02:57
If you're a fan of piano-based rock with light attitude, then you'll really enjoy listening to Ian Axel and his band's musical craft.
Written by Kevin Renick Wednesday, 12 December 2007 13:52
If Dybdahl isn't necessarily blinding you with Science, he sure is beckoning you with it, albeit in a shy, Nick Drake-ish manner.
Written by Kevin Renick Wednesday, 12 December 2007 13:45
This incredibly talented ensemble conceive a fiery blend of Middle Eastern exoticism and the folk traditions of the Balkans.
Written by Gabe Bullard Friday, 07 December 2007 08:34
It's like singer Johnny Clay is looking at a history book, but acting like he's just found a stack of pictures of his ex-girlfriend.
Written by Kevin Renick Friday, 07 December 2007 08:31
In the lyrics, the music and the fresh, energized arrangements here, there's a definite joie de vivre at work; you can clearly tell D'Arcy enjoys doing this pop music thing.
Written by Laura Hamlett Monday, 03 December 2007 09:47
It's the intricate interplay of instruments—guitars, keyboards, violin and effects—combined with Brandon Rice's eerie, almost angry vocals that defines this band.
Written by Kevin Renick Monday, 03 December 2007 09:44
"Hourglass" proudly establishes itself as a piece of pure ambient melancholia, waving across the fence at its close friends, film music and classical.
Written by Jason Neubauer Monday, 03 December 2007 09:29
Front man Michael Algar (stage name Olga) has been the only constant in the abundance of incarnations the band has endured since 1979, and he's everyone's friend. Really.
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