Category: Albums

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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SOFTSPOT – ‘Clearing’ (album review)

SOFTSPOT – ‘Clearing’ (album review)

This is the time of year when the summer albums starting coming out, offering party anthems for people to waste away the long nights and sweltering heat. But in the case of art-pop quartet SOFTSPOT, their new album belongs more in autumn than in the months of April and May. Akin to Kate Bush’s and The Cure’s early works, Clearing […]

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Blaenavon – ‘That’s Your Lot’ (album review)

Blaenavon – ‘That’s Your Lot’ (album review)

For the better part of four years, the UK indie spotlight shone brightly on British art-rock band Blaenavon. Their debut single, “Into The Night”, shot them straight onto BBC Introducing and popular tastemaker The Line of Best Fit. Two more EPs would follow before Ben Gregory (vocals/guitar), Frank Wright (bass), and Harris McMillan (drums) hit their twenties. After a couple of […]

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First Impressions: Future Islands – ‘The Far Field’ (album review)

First Impressions: Future Islands – ‘The Far Field’ (album review)

Future Islands are the reigning royalty of indie synth-pop. Over the last 11 years, they have cemented a reputation for both showmanship and craftsmanship. Their live shows are marked by high-energy performances from frontman Samuel T. Herring, while their music always gets the crowd on their feet. Now with the release of their fifth album, The Far Field, we ask the […]

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Julia Holter – ‘In The Same Room’ (album review)

Julia Holter – ‘In The Same Room’ (album review)

Hearing Julia Holter’s music in a live setting is a transcendent experience. Her current band which features violist/vocalist Dina Maccabee, stand-up bassist Devin Hoff, and drummer/vocalist Corey Fogel put on some of the most ethereal shows. This creates the perfect debut record for Domino Record Company’s new Documents series, Julia Holter’s live in-studio record In the Same Room. Documents is […]

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First Impressions: The Jesus and Mary Chain – ‘Damage and Joy’ (album review)

First Impressions: The Jesus and Mary Chain – ‘Damage and Joy’ (album review)

For more than three decades, The Jesus and Mary Chain have had an incalculable influence on music. From shoegaze to garage-rock to alt-rock, the Reid brothers’ legacy reaches far and wide, and their music continues to be the standard within these genres. But when a band has been adored for so long and created such high expectations, their return comes with great […]

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Great Profile – ‘Stress Relief’ (album premiere)

Great Profile – ‘Stress Relief’ (album premiere)

Nearly a year ago, Lisa van Kampen walked into our lives under the name Great Profile. She took the moniker in tribute to the great actor John Barrymore. Over the past several months, van Kampen has slowly earned every right to grace the name, as she has impressed time and time again for thoughtfulness, maturity, and spirit. Her tongue is […]

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Spoon – ‘Hot Thoughts’ (album review)

Spoon – ‘Hot Thoughts’ (album review)

There has been a trend among aspiring indie-rockers of using rainbow colors to signal youthful optimism and blissful psychedelic confusion. So maybe to the uninitiated (who is uninitiated at this point?) the cover of Spoon’s new album might look like something synthy, fun and perky. But the moment you dive into the multi-chrome skull, you realize oh right, you’re listening to […]

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Desperate Journalist – ‘Grow Up’ (album review)

Desperate Journalist – ‘Grow Up’ (album review)

Finding a great post-punk rock album these days is going the way of the Black Rhino – an endangered species that is nearing extinction. While there have been plenty of records that crossed this great plain, the truly great ones – like Savages’ Adore Life and Preoccupations’ Viet Cong – are difficult to find. So when one is spotted, it is a […]

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