Category: Albums

Girlpool – ‘Powerplant’

Girlpool – ‘Powerplant’

Girlpool’s first record, Before The World Was Big, made a big splash when it was released. It featured mainly the duo of Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker singing harmonies along with just bass and guitar. It was a great album, but felt like it could be expanded upon. On their brand new LP, Powerplant, Girlpool add so much to their […]

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Jeanes – ‘Sleeping Leaves’ (EP review)

Jeanes – ‘Sleeping Leaves’ (EP review)

As the Northern Hemisphere moves through a lazy spring into a long-awaited summer, it’s good to be immersed in music that draws inspiration from the magic of nature. Sleeping Leaves may be the debut EP from Jeanes but, like all good things, it’s taken time to gestate and develop. It’s been 30 years, in fact, with the first ideas emerging as […]

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Principe Valiente – ‘Oceans’

Principe Valiente – ‘Oceans’

Oceans are the Earth’s great mysteries. The coral reefs are among the most beautiful sites on the planet with their colorful array of marine life, but the vast trenches are among the world’s great mysteries. It is, therefore, fitting that veteran rockers Principe Valiente have named their third album, Oceans, because the record is a treasure trove of surprises. “Wildest […]

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Pond – ‘The Weather’ (album review)

Pond – ‘The Weather’ (album review)

While fellow Aussies King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and former bandmate Kevin Parker (a.k.a. Tame Impala) steal international headlines, it’s easy to overlook the prolific work of Pond. For nearly a decade, the Perth-based rockers have been at the forefront of the psychedelic-rock renaissance, beginning with the zany Psychedelic Mango to the cosmic interface of their highly-lauded Man It […]

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John Moreland – ‘Big Bad Luv’ (album review)

John Moreland – ‘Big Bad Luv’ (album review)

John Moreland has a gift for creating something beautiful out of the downtrodden and misunderstood. One of today’s top songwriters, Moreland has been gaining career speed since the release of his 2013 debut, In The Throes. In 2015 he followed that up with High on Tulsa Heat to critical acclaim (read our review of that here.) Both albums showcase Moreland’s songwriting […]

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Fazerdaze – ‘Morningside’ (album review)

Fazerdaze – ‘Morningside’ (album review)

Morningside by Fazerdaze Every generation has a few defining albums. Nirvana’s Nevermind and In Utero represented the angst of teenagers and college students in the early ’90s. The Velvet Underground & Nico’s eponymous LP was arguably the pinnacle of the liberation revolution that swelled across the Western world and in music. Spice by The Spice Girls was more than just […]

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Perfume Genius – ‘No Shape’ (album review)

Perfume Genius – ‘No Shape’ (album review)

On his remarkable album, 2014’s No Bright, Mike Hadreas unveiled a different side to Perfume Genius. He was vulnerable, assertive, commanding, and proud, and No Bright was the pinnacle of his canon. It was simultaneously a sermon and an enlightening for all willing to hear his message. Three years later, Hadreas has returned with a new record that still requires […]

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First Impressions: Slowdive – ‘Slowdive’ (album review)

First Impressions: Slowdive – ‘Slowdive’ (album review)

After a two-decade hiatus, post-rock/shoegaze titans Slowdive delighted fans in January with “Star Roving,” their first single in 22 years! After such a prolonged absence, it was refreshing to hear the familiar churn of Neil Halstead’s reverb-drenched guitar and Rachel Goswell’s airy vocals. Fans wondered whether a full album would contain the same magic as the first single. Thankfully, “Star Roving” was indeed a sign of […]

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Louis Barabbas – ‘Jocasta: A Musical Tragedy’ (album review)

Louis Barabbas – ‘Jocasta: A Musical Tragedy’ (album review)

Some stories are timeless. Oedipus, Hamlet, Star Wars, Harry Potter. The underlying themes are resolutely tragic and the leading characters resolutely masculine. Louis Barabbas, whose band The Bedlam Six released their swansong album Down Down Down back in 2016, combines his love of the classics with attention to contemporary political intrigue to create an epic, 31-track, feminist-oriented, double album. How […]

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Feist – ‘Pleasure’ (album review)

Feist – ‘Pleasure’ (album review)

For many, Leslie Feist will always be one of the memorable associates of Broken Social Scene; for others she’s better known as a solo artist. Most likely, though, you remember how her infectious “1234” song from her breakthrough album, The Reminder, swarmed the airwaves in 2007. Jump ahead a decade, and Feist is back with her fifth solo record, Pleasure. The good news for […]

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Kikagaku Moyo – ‘Stone Garden’ (EP review)

Kikagaku Moyo – ‘Stone Garden’ (EP review)

Japan is often considered as the world’s most advanced country with its endless technological innovations. To many, it is the future. The Japanese, though, are also proud stewards of history, as they have incorporated long-standing traditions and customs in all elements of their lives. In Kikagaku Moyo, the land of the rising sun has its conduit between the past and […]

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Woods – ‘Love is Love’ (album review)

Woods – ‘Love is Love’ (album review)

Since becoming a band in 2005, Woods have been a voice of optimism amid weary times. Based in Brooklyn, they have built a national fanbase with consistent sound and ideals all the way through. With their new project, Love is Love,  Jeremy Earl and his bandmates propose that we forget about the negative vibrations for a while… And it works. […]

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The Black Angels – ‘Death Song’ (album review)

The Black Angels – ‘Death Song’ (album review)

In 2004, just as Austin, Texas emerged as the mecca of indie music, a new band formed that would change the landscape. Taking their name from Velvet Underground’s underrated classic hit, “The Black Angels’ Death Song”, The Black Angels built a cult reputation for their stoner-heavy, ’70s-inspired, psychedelic-garage rock before breaking through in 2010 with Phosphene Dream. Pulverizing is the best way […]

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Anteros – ‘Drunk’ (EP review)

Anteros – ‘Drunk’ (EP review)

For nearly two years, we’ve been predicting the potential breakout of Anteros. Their rise has been steady, and it mirrors the incremental climb of Sundara Karma – the Reading quintet who last year finally joined the UK elite after five years of releasing anthemic indie pop-rock. Eventually, Anteros will receive the recognition they deserve, and it starts with their new […]

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The Wild Reeds – ‘The World We Built’ (album review)

The Wild Reeds – ‘The World We Built’ (album review)

Three years ago, The Wild Reeds made a statement with Blind and Brave, which was a cohesive LP that paid homage to the evolution of folk music. This was a record that was meant to be listened to at the cottage or around the campfire, where the rich harmonies and soothing melodies could be heard in the still air. Given […]

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Cold Beat – ‘Chaos By Invitation’ (album review)

Cold Beat – ‘Chaos By Invitation’ (album review)

Cold Beat – Chaos By Invitation by Cold Beat Those who have followed Hannah Lew’s career will know the former Grass Widows’ member and current mastermind of Cold Beat is not one to settle. If anything, she is one of the most unpredictable artists at this time. Post-punk, shoegaze, indie rock, krautrock, synth-pop, she’s nearly done it all. Cold Beat’s […]

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Timber Timbre – ‘Sincerely, Future Pollution’ (album review)

Timber Timbre – ‘Sincerely, Future Pollution’ (album review)

Sincerely, Future Pollution by Timber Timbre Last week, Canadian quartet Timber Timbre released their new album, Sincerely, Future Pollution, on City Slang and despite it being an attempt to shed the “gothic folk” label they’ve spent their career earning, it’s a dark, smoldering, andbeautiful album. In an interview with NPR, frontman Taylor Kirk admits that they wanted to make something less […]

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Father John Misty – ‘Pure Comedy’ (album review)

Father John Misty – ‘Pure Comedy’ (album review)

Since 2012, J. Tillman, otherwise known as Father John Misty, has been gradually (and effortlessly) rising in the ranks of the indie scene. Over the course of his two previous records, Misty has managed to not only act as a kind of jester to the serious and often pretentious nature of the industry, but also maintaining a high level of […]

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Tashaki Miyaki – ‘The Dream’ (album review)

Tashaki Miyaki – ‘The Dream’ (album review)

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer” ~Harriet Tubman When Paige Stark and Luke Paquin arrived on the music in 2011 as Tashaki Miyaki, the music world opened its ears to a form of shoegaze that was lush and ethereal and even reaching levels of ecstasy. For the next six years, the duo would tease their growing fan base with […]

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Diet Cig – ‘Swear I’m Good At This’

Diet Cig – ‘Swear I’m Good At This’

The New York-based duo of guitarist/vocalist Alex Luciano and drummer Noah Bowman, Diet Cig, have garnered a reputation for incredibly fun shows, full of raw rock music and an always welcoming, positive environment.  Their debut LP, Swear I’m Good At This, bundles all of that energy into twelve, rapid-fire tracks that clock in at just under a half hour. It’s […]

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