Tag: First Impressions

First Impressions: Wolf Alice – ‘Visions of a Life’ (album review)

First Impressions: Wolf Alice – ‘Visions of a Life’ (album review)

In 2015, Wolf Alice were the year’s buzziest and fastest-rising band. They went from UK indie darlings to global stars in the blink of an eye, propelled by their debut album, My Love Is Cool. That LP populated dozens of “Best of” and “Favorite” lists, including our own. It was fierce and edgy, but it also surprised with unexpected pop […]

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The National's new album, Sleep Well Beast, comes out Sept. 8.

First Impressions: The National – ‘Sleep Well Beast’ (album review)

The National are arguably one of the best studio bands making music these days. The Brooklyn-based indie band with a global appeal have been crafting their non-traditional rock sound for nearly 20 years, delivering genre-defining albums like Boxer (2007) and High Violet (2010). Now with their seventh studio LP, Sleep Well Beast, we examine where this “thinking person’s rock” band stands. Does this album […]

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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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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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First Impressions: Milky Chance – ‘Blossom’ (album review)

First Impressions: Milky Chance – ‘Blossom’ (album review)

In 2013, Germany’s Milky Chance went from two guys in a bedroom with a laptop and an acoustic guitar to one of Hype Machine’s most blogged acts, in what seemed like weeks. Their folktronica hit, “Stolen Dance“, became a massive hit on Hype Machine and the video for it has amassed over 300 million views on YouTube. High school friends Clemens […]

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First Impressions: Temples – ‘Volcano’ (album review)

First Impressions: Temples – ‘Volcano’ (album review)

Almost three years ago to the day, four young men released their debut album that would not only change their lives but would shake the music world. Temples‘ Sun Structures made psychedelic rock cool again. The album was an ear-popping gem that brought audiences back to the era of technicolor. Not surprisingly, Sun Structures was among the most critically acclaimed albums, […]

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First Impressions: Ryan Adams – “Prisoner”

First Impressions: Ryan Adams – “Prisoner”

Love is Hell. The sentiment that Ryan Adams put forth over a decade ago seems downright prophetic now. His newest LP, Prisoner, is out today via PaxAm, and it finds the Heartbreaker assessing the damages of his battered heart following his divorce last year. The 12 tracks on his 15th album of new material are introspective but not mournful. He’s admitting that he’s […]

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First Impressions: White Denim – “Stiff”

First Impressions: White Denim – “Stiff”

Much to our delight, White Denim are back! The band took a small hiatus after Corsicana Lemonade was released in 2013 so that most members could do their own thing (James Petralli released Constant Bop as Bop English) and two other members left to pursue other ventures (Joshua Block and guitarist Austin Jenkins are now a part of Leon Bridges’ […]

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First Impressions: Lucius – “Good Grief”

First Impressions: Lucius – “Good Grief”

… When most people think about Lucius, typically they think of the band’s two frontwomen, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig. They’re hard to miss with their mirror-image style and perfect harmonies. Since this stylish duo shares the spotlight, it’s understandable when people mistakenly think that Lucius is just them. But there is much more depth to the band, their sound, and their new […]

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First Impressions: Shovels and Rope’s “Busted Jukebox Vol. I”

First Impressions: Shovels and Rope’s “Busted Jukebox Vol. I”

“Psychobilly hoedown” is not a phrase used often – if ever – when referring to Nine Inch Nails. That is, it never was until southern darlings Shovels & Rope covered one of Trent Reznor’s songs on their new album. But that’s exactly how the band described their take on “Last” when NPR Music streamed the album this week. To say that […]

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First Impressions: supergroup The Arcs’ “Yours, Dreamily”

First Impressions: supergroup The Arcs’ “Yours, Dreamily”

This week, two supergroups are releasing new albums – one that was expected and the other a bit of a surprise release (at least in terms of its date). We take a look at the Dan Auerbach-fronted outfit The Arcs, which also includes producer and musician extraordinaire Richard Swift; and members of the Daptones family Leon Michels, Homer Steinweiss and […]

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First Impressions: Destroyer’s “Poison Season”

First Impressions: Destroyer’s “Poison Season”

When Dan Bejar announced he was releasing a new album under his project Destroyer, needlessly to say we were extremely excited. For two decades (yes, it’s been twenty years!), Bejar has treated music fans to some of the truly great, albeit unheralded, albums, from the mind-bender that was Streethawk: A Seduction to his masterpiece Kaputt. But with each album, especially […]

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Wilco’s “Star Wars”, our First Impressions

Wilco’s “Star Wars”, our First Impressions

Two weeks ago, the kings of alt-country Wilco surprised the music world by dropping their ninth album, Star Wars. There wasn’t any indication the Chicago-based band was in the studio let alone writing new material, especially since frontman Jeff Tweedy only released an album last year with his son Spencer under the name Tweedy. Yet lo and behold, Wilco unveils […]

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Tame Impala, “Current” – Our First Impressions

Tame Impala, “Current” – Our First Impressions

We haven’t done a First Impressions in a few weeks, as we’ve opted to save this feature for albums that we all truly wanted to review. This week, we collectively look at Tame Impala‘s Currents. Through their first two albums – 2010’s Innerspeaker and 2012’s Lonerism, both critically acclaimed albums – the Perth, Australia quintet have led the revival of […]

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First Impressions: Unknown Mortal Orchestra ‘Multi-Love’

First Impressions: Unknown Mortal Orchestra ‘Multi-Love’

Unknown Mortal Orchestra has been surprising us with great tracks since releasing their self-titled debut in 2011. With Multi-Love their third studio album, we take a listen and share our First Impressions of the band comprised of New Zealand native Ruban Nielson, Jake Portrait, Riley Geare and Quincy McCrary Multi-Love is out May 26th on Jagjaguwar records. If you can’t […]

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First Impressions: Thee Oh Sees – “Mutilator Defeated At Last”

First Impressions: Thee Oh Sees – “Mutilator Defeated At Last”

It’s hard to believe Mutilator Defeated At Last is the 14th album by San Francisco indie legends Thee Oh Sees. Founded by John Dwyer in 1997, the current TOS line up includes Dwyer, Tim Hellman, Nick Murray, Chris Woodhouse, and Brigid Dawson. The occasional turnover in membership has a lot to do the band’s constant activity, as the psychedelic, experimental, garage-rock […]

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First Impressions: Alabama Shakes, “Sound & Color”

First Impressions: Alabama Shakes, “Sound & Color”

There is no doubt that we love Alabama Shakes here at The Revue. Pretty much all of us were captivated from the very first time we heard them, and they’ve organically grown into a powerhouse of a band despite just one full-length under their belt. We love them so much that we included them as one of our headliners at […]

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First Impressions: Death Cab for Cutie, ‘Kintsugi’

First Impressions: Death Cab for Cutie, ‘Kintsugi’

Death Cab for Cutie has been making some pretty great tunes for over 15 years. They are possibly the greatest independent, rock band, success story of our current time. Their newest release is a fitting title with Chris Walla’s exit last year even though he was still involved in the recording and mixing of Kintsugi, although for the first time ever they […]

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First Impressions: Courtney Barnett, “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit”

First Impressions: Courtney Barnett, “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit”

Once upon a time when The Revue was in its infancy, a young woman entered our world. She was accompanied by her guitar, her trusty mates, and her sharp, lyrical tongue. In September 2013, we were swooned by “Avant Gardener” and even exchanged Twitter messages, discussing her tennis skills. Later that year, we were enchanted by The Double EP: A […]

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First Impressions: Houndmouth, “Little Neon Limelight”

First Impressions: Houndmouth, “Little Neon Limelight”

For many of us here at The Revue, we are unabashedly fans of Indiana quartet Houndmouth. Having witnessed their growth from the early days as they played at the plentiful festivals across North America, we have come to appreciate their honest and respectful take of folk, roots-rock, and Americana. And while their popularity has increased over the past couple of […]

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