Tuesday, December 10 2013
Musical kinship excuses hero worship on this EP.
Dabbs strikes at the same staid, steady musical vein that he's been mining for several years now.
These days, as Los Lobos will tell you, the ‘hood is where you find it -- whether it be East L.A. or Manhattan’s City Winery.
Monday, December 9 2013
Model Rocket is a solid power-pop record and a good first step in a new direction for a dynamic band.
His music has the kind of off-kilter uneasy-whimsical surrealism that made me nod when I heard that he was inspired by Argentinean indie.
Patrick Park gives us little that we haven't already heard before.
This debut self-titled release is refreshing country-folk, and your bedtime record collection isn’t complete without it.
Thursday, December 5 2013
Jim Jarmusch’s music continues to be as “independent” as his films and judging from Squrl’s damn good second release, the music had better stay that way.
Gender differences aside, Simon & Garfunkel comparisons are in order.
This is a record that is a cut above the usual folk-rock cloth, and then some.
Wednesday, December 4 2013
Revisiting their newly found brand of folksy, space rock cooked up by the band on Tales from the Terra Firma, it’s anybody’s guess why these tracks were excluded from the final cut.
This is a record not for the faint of heart, as listening to it may cause palpitations.
It's a strong album, which is what we should be expecting from Parks.
Slacker Aussie indie foursome go digging for yuks, pathos on third LP.
Monday, December 2 2013
The Rascals EP shows the band trying their hand at a variety of styles over the course of five songs to varying degrees of success.
Body Language may be about mysteries of growing up, but there's nothing mysterious about the way this band's songwriting and sound have matured.
The Americana rockabilly sensibility of Toy Soldiers' The Maybe Boys instantly transports you to an old barn that has been converted to a dance bar where you've already had a few too many drinks. Recorded "mostly live," the album feels more like a party you're enjoying than a collection of songs you're listening to, which is certainly not a bad thing.
One upon a time, pianists like Paul Bley were blazing trails. Almost 50 years later, Closer still sounds kind of gutsy.
Friday, November 22 2013
Escalator is more about giving the band new crowd-pleasing material for the road than it is about cultivating a unique sound of its own.
MiniBoone pair the skewed perspective of Timbuk 3 and Wall of Voodoo with a general two-beers-and-a-toke vibe that will have you throwing an arm around a stranger and singing along.