Category: Albums

Frankie Cosmos – ‘Vessel’ (album review)

Frankie Cosmos – ‘Vessel’ (album review)

It seems like Frankie Cosmos’ Greta Kline has written hundreds of songs from her 52 releases on her Bandcamp, plus her work with other bands including Lexie. On their new Frankie Cosmos record, Vessel, Kline (vocals/guitar), David Maine (bass/vocals), Lauren Martin (keys/vocals), and Luke Pyenson (drummer) package 18 tracks into a half hour. Yes, 18 songs in 30 minutes. Some […]

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Courtney Marie Andrews – ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ (album review)

Courtney Marie Andrews – ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ (album review)

For years, Courtney Marie Andrews rotated between her solo career and as a touring side musician for artists around the world. During this time, she released five albums that went largely unnoticed. Her sixth album, Honest Life, though, was her breakthrough, being recognized among 2016’s very best recordings, including making it on our Favorite 50 Albums list. It was, as […]

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Amen Dunes – ‘Freedom’ (album review)

Amen Dunes – ‘Freedom’ (album review)

Freedom by Amen Dunes Freedom is more than just an ideal. It is also more than a right for us to exercise, for us to specifically to act, speak, and think without fear of repression. In it truest form, however, freedom is a journey with no idea that goes beyond the actions and words. For Damon McMahon, the mastermind behind […]

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Sunflower Bean – ‘Twentytwo in Blue’ (album review)

Sunflower Bean – ‘Twentytwo in Blue’ (album review)

In 1967, three teenagers came together to form one of the great rock bands in history. Fleetwood Mac started with drummer Mick Fleetwood before settling in as a five piece with John and Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks. Thirty-one years ago, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic pieced together Nirvana in Aberdeen, Washington. We all know their histories and […]

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Preoccupations – ‘New Material’ (album review)

Preoccupations – ‘New Material’ (album review)

New Material by Preoccupations If one was to start a list of the best bands of the 2010s, Calgary’s Preoccupations would be near – if not at – the top of the list. Their debut album, Viet Cong, when they were known as Viet Cong, was a viscerally raw and emotionally deep ode to a fallen friend. After a name change, […]

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Erika Wennerstrom – ‘Sweet Unknown’ (album review)

Erika Wennerstrom – ‘Sweet Unknown’ (album review)

Sweet Unknown by Erika Wennerstrom After more than a dozen years of writing, recording, and countless road trips, Heartless Bastards decided to take a break following their 2016 tour. Ironically or coincidentally, the hiatus came after releasing Restless Ones, their timeless fifth album that encouraged everyone to persevere. For front woman Erika Wennerstrom, she stayed mostly low key, occasionally providing […]

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Swampmeat Family Band – ‘Too Many Things to Hide’ (album review)

Too Many Things To Hide [LP] by Swampmeat Family Band Swampmeat Family Band‘s debut album, Too Many Things to Hide, is an homage to an idea – the idea of purity. Danny C and T-Bird combine forces with Richard March and Tommy Hughes to produce a record that smells like something out of a Columbia studio in 1955. There are […]

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Melt Dunes – ‘Flesh’ (EP review)

Melt Dunes – ‘Flesh’ (EP review)

 Some bands make you go “wow” with their music. Then there are those make you exclaim “Hell yeah!” or “F*ck yeah!” with each release. Southampton / Portsmouth outfit Melt Dunes fall under the latter category. However, they do it in a fashion that goes against the norm. Instead of blasting anthemic rockers that get the endorphins bursting, they hammer […]

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Yo La Tengo – ‘There’s a Riot Going On’ (album review)

Yo La Tengo – ‘There’s a Riot Going On’ (album review)

A younger Yo La Tengo would have used the current political climate to deliver music equivalent to a surging hurricane. Angular guitars, oft-kilter melodies, walls of feedback and reverb, crushing drums, and poignant lyricism were their trademarks with no two songs sounding alike. Their 15th album, There’s a Riot Going On, however, isn’t the typical YLT album. It is the […]

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Acid Dad – ‘Acid Dad’ (album review)

Acid Dad – ‘Acid Dad’ (album review)

Through their first three years as Acid Dad, JP Basileo (bass), Sean Fahey (guitar/vocals), Vaughn Hunt (guitar/vocals), and Kevin Walker (drums) established themselves as one of New York City’s most exciting garage-punk outfits. Even without a full-length, they performed at the popular Northside Festival within a year of their formation, and they’ve drawn comparisons to Wavves, Fidlar, Twin Peaks, and […]

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Lorna Dea – ‘Comfort Zone’ (EP review)

Lorna Dea – ‘Comfort Zone’ (EP review)

We’ve had Lorna Dea picked out as one to watch for some time now. Her Motown-influenced, pure-pop style delivered bubbly up-beat girl-power in her 2016 debut EP, Little Spark, and her collaboration with Jack in a Box “Got To Have You” showed an unexpected, quirky side to her work. If we saw the promise of her talent, it’s not surprising […]

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Nap Eyes – ‘I’m Bad Now’ (album review)

Nap Eyes – ‘I’m Bad Now’ (album review)

The Velvet Underground were and still are the masters of lo-fi, underground rock ‘n roll. Even after their multiple formulations and dissolutions, they didn’t stray too far from the the light but trippy formula that made them legends. Even Lou Reed stayed close to the sound that he, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, and Angus MacLise popularized more than forty years […]

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Young Fathers – ‘Cocoa Sugar’ (album review)

Young Fathers – ‘Cocoa Sugar’ (album review)

In their decade together as Young Fathers, Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole, and Graham Hastings have incrementally established themselves as one of music’s most innovative forces. They are beyond categorization and refuse to be pigeonholed. Trip hop, pop, hip pop, electronica, darkwave, rock, and even krautrock, Afrobeat, and gospel, the Edinburgh-based trio have combined these genres into their alternative experimentalism. So […]

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Haley Heynderickx – ‘I Need to Start a Garden’ (Album Review)

Haley Heynderickx – ‘I Need to Start a Garden’ (Album Review)

Haley Heynderickx’s first album, I Need to Start a Garden, transports us into a world of mystery, insecurity, fantastic landscapes, and love. The slightly de-tuned guitars and minimalistic production enhance songs that defy classification and grow from nuance. Haley’s voice vibrates with desperation and at times flirts with seduction in an 8-song album that is sure to make noise this year… […]

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Me Not You – ‘Reckoning 2’ (EP review)

Me Not You – ‘Reckoning 2’ (EP review)

With their 18th month birthday approaching this weekend, Me Not You, the project started by Nikki Taylor and Eric Zeiler, have developed into one of the best indie success stories in recent memory. Their debut single, “Bulletproof”, became a viral hit with nearly 5 million streams on YouTube and counting. Since that momentous day, they’ve played to sold-out venues across […]

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Camp Cope – ‘How To Socialise & Make Friends’ (album review)

Camp Cope – ‘How To Socialise & Make Friends’ (album review)

There are some albums that you buy or stream for its mindless, entertaining quality. Then there are those standout records which cause you to stop everything you’re doing and pay attention. LPs centered around powerful, provocative, and challenging songwriting while the music adds to each story’s message. These are the albums that leave a lasting mark years from now, which […]

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Titus Andronicus – ‘A Productive Cough’ (album review)

Titus Andronicus – ‘A Productive Cough’ (album review)

For nearly a decade, Titus Andronicus made a career of blasting their violent, unrelenting punk music in dive and underground bars across North America. They were limited to these venues not because of lack of interest but their music and frenetic live shows needed to be contained. The  were and still are a detonating stockpile of dynamite. Maybe over the […]

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Lucy Dacus – ‘Historian’ (album review)

Lucy Dacus – ‘Historian’ (album review)

 Lucy Dacus is only 22 years old, and she has a lot to say. And we are listening. Very few people her age let alone twice her senior are able to passionately and expressively articulate their emotions and experiences as Dacus does on her triumphant sophomore album, Historian. The record is not merely a personal account of Dacus’ life, […]

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Loma

Loma – “Loma” (album review)

 After Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record opened for Shearwater on their 2016 tour, front man Jonathan Meiburg approached them with the idea of working together. Meiburg had spent the whole tour listening to Cross Record’s opening sets, which is something he hadn’t done with previous opening bands. Entranced by Cross and Duszynski’s songs, he knew they […]

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Belako – ‘Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence’ (album review)

Belako – ‘Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence’ (album review)

Spain’s indie scene is flourishing, and the world is taking notice. Most people are fixated on Hinds’ forthcoming sophomore album, but their attention should be on the Basque town of Mungia. This is where Belako call home. Since 2011, the quartet of Cristina Lizarraga, Josu Ximun Billelabeitia, Lander Zalakain Martinez, and Lore Nekane Billelabeitia have been causing tremors across the […]

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