Tuesday, February 25 2014
Despite the mini-album tag, Six is hardly hold-over material. Instead, it's another fascinating, deeply resonant collection from Zedek.
Grass Punks is a welcome return from one of the most dynamic voices in modern folk.
The man in his element.
A satisfying platter of pickin' and twangin'.
Monday, February 24 2014
This band can't sit still, and the best parts of their eccentric album, Rocks or Cakes, use strange angles to give pop songs new shapes.
If Special Explosion wants to progress and build its sound, it’ll have to do more grunt work in the songwriting department than mere carbon paper copying of Built to Spill.
On the one hand, sax/drum duets don't make for commercially viable music. On the other hand, screw stereotypes.
Some good tunes, some dull tunes in rockers' debut
Tuesday, February 18 2014
The metaphors work because they are so over the top... big top, that is.
The Hollow Organ carresses the way a demon would.
Exit Smiles is a challenging reminder that garage rock is an old tradition, one capable of surprising us and experimenting outside of expectations.
Friday, February 14 2014
Icy Italians follow-up to "Cold" may not be "HOT! HOT! HOT!" but it's definitely "Warmer!".
Light Show is split between interesting twists on garage-pop sounds and eccentricities that come off as so forced, they undo solid songs.
Lovers of big hooks and choruses who came up on '90's Doghouse Records fare will eat this up.
Thursday, February 13 2014
This music here is tough to categorize, but its impact is visceral, its odd parts hitting with a power familiar to all big, audacious music.
Sounds of the City Experience showcases vintage soul at its best.
Think of Skinny Puppy taking a series of uppers and you have this album's sonic palette.
Wednesday, February 12 2014
The Tower of Light is everything all at once: shoegazery dream pop, darkly hued goth, glitchy electronica.
Even at its most indulgent, this record remains a solid and charming record, one that marks a fresh and exciting new start for Doug Tuttle as a solo musician.
The Moistboyz continue to do their thing. You don't like it? Get out of the way.