Capsule Reviews

Friday, June 12 2015

Hannah Miller: Hannah Miller

On her self-titled release, Hannah Miller strips back the instrumental curtain for a more broodingly honest delivery.


Thursday, June 11 2015

Lauer: Borndom

A perfect fit for the Permanent Vacation label, Lauer forges ahead at full steam.


Ludovico Einaudi: Taranta Project

Classical and electronic Italian music meet African beats and Turkish melodies.


Superheaven: Ours Is Chrome

Pennsylvania alt-rockers Superheaven want to ride the flannel-clad '90s bandwagon with satisfactory results.


Wednesday, June 10 2015

The Deer Run Drifters: Restless Youth

On their sophomore LP Restless Youth, it’s evident that the band has something to prove in that they’re not just another string band.


Tuesday, June 9 2015

Diamond Youth: Nothing Matters

The Baltimore band’s debut album is an onslaught of sweeping but sharp-edged blitzkrieg pop.


Thursday, June 4 2015

Almost Free: Human Being / Elephant Man

Detroit trio addresses plight of Joseph Merrick, isolationism, and cognitive dissonance amid airy synths, laser-beam guitar lines, and askew rhythms on new EP.


Wednesday, June 3 2015

Timbre: Sun & Moon

Timbre's double-disk concept album asks a lot of its listeners, but gives plenty in return.


Wednesday, May 27 2015

Deep Purple: Long Beach 1971

From this rare live recording, listen to the MK II lineup of Deep Purple blaze and jam through 70 minutes of their now-classic tunes on Long Beach 1971.


Tuesday, May 26 2015

Peach Kelli Pop: III

For round three, Peach Kelli Pop’s Allie Hanlon enlists the help of a few friends to flesh out her sugary sweet pop confections.


Thursday, May 21 2015

Shark Week: Beach Fuzz

With a name befitting their sound, Shark Week heads to the beach with copious amounts of fuzz, reverb and punk posturing in tow.


Tuesday, May 19 2015

Luis Perdomo & Controlling Ear Unit: Twenty-Two

Luis Perdomo recorded Twenty-Two 22 years after turning 22.


Monday, May 18 2015

Jayme Stone: Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project

Presenting much more to its audience than simple background history, the album is a leap through time and an introduction to the life of a man worthy of being celebrated.


Tomás Pagán Motta: Tomás Pagán Motta

It’s inevitable that Tomás Pagán Motta should be tagged with Drake dictates, given the sad yet beautiful atmospheric set-ups that express his sentiments in such a stunning manner.


Glen Hansard: It Was Triumph We Once Proposed… Songs of Jason Molina

A scant five songs, but amplified by a deep reservoir of emotion.


Thursday, May 14 2015

North of Nine: Alive EP

The up-and-coming boy band North of Nine secure themselves as a Top 40-ready force to be reckoned with with strong lyricism and memorable hooks.


ANAMAI: Sallows

Like its inscrutable cover image, ANAMAI’s Sallows requires much of its listeners. Those willing to fully engage will not be disappointed.


Wednesday, May 13 2015

Surf City: Jekyll Island

As its title implies, there's a battle of personalities raging on Jekyll Island.


Mt. Wolf: Red

As a first foray into the world of studio recording with a founding member lost, the collective does better than most in more than making up for a missing piece.


Monday, May 11 2015

Jake Simmons and the Little Ghosts: No Better

This LP strikes just the right chord between raw, heavy rock 'n' roll from the underground and the philosophical heart of the contemporary indie scene.


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