Capsule Reviews

Monday, March 19 2007

Marco Figueira: Brazilliance

Brazilliance is a soft, squashy samba-jazz album. The electric guitars are soft and squashy and the bass is soft and squashy and the sax and


Sarah White and the Pearls: White Light

Anyway, this is a serviceable little alt-country disc, though I’d hardly describe it as "a back porch classic in the making" as the publicist does.


Sunday, March 18 2007

Holy Molar: Cavity Search

Holy Molar shares three members and a spazz-punk-metal aesthetic with the Locust, and its new 10-minute, five-song EP will not shock anyone familiar with the other band.


Until June: Until June

Listening to Until June, it is easy to get swept up in this fine group's powerfully emotional melodies.


Sparrow House: Falls

Drawing inspiration from artists like Iron & Wine and Elliott Smith, Van Fleet displays a gift for songcraft, coupling mellow folk textures with more intricate sonic elements


Crooked Still: Shaken by a Low Sound

Mandolin? No. Guitar? Sparingly on two tracks. Cello? You bet your arse.


Smash Palace: Best Of 99-06

This compilation from power pop band Smash Palace is littered with above average arrangements, bouncy beats, and infectious hooks.


Thursday, March 15 2007

New Young Pony Club: New Young Pony Club

New rave really isn't as striking as its prefix suggests. Not so much a revolution as a refinement, the movement as of yet is at most merely the more moneyed and sassy little sister to dance-punk.


Dale Ann Bradley: Catch Tomorrow

This is a near perfect album of traditional bluegrass that delivers heart-rending, joyous, and kick-ass tunes in equal measure.


A Day to Remember: For Those Who Have Heart

It seems Californian nü-punks A Day to Remember have stumbled upon something new with For Those Who Have Heart. No, really.


Acrobat: The Unbelievable Truth

Falling somewhere between the delicate, emotional songwriting of Travis and the sonic bombast of Elbow, Acrobat’s carefully crafted sound is nearly stadium ready.


Only Crime: Virulence

These punks are trying to age well, and they have their moments on the new record, but for the most part these guys sound a little wiped out.


Wednesday, March 14 2007

Bang Gang: Find What You Get EP

Iceland's Bang Gang, judging by the music on the Find What You Get EP, should record a live album, and right away.


The Crayon Fields: Animal Bells

The Crayon Fields makes pop that hangs around like a dense mist, opaque but ultimately diffuse.


The Jennifers: Colors from the Future

Mining the same hooky, melodic pop vein as Velvet Crush and Evelyn Forever, the album is a fun listen, though to my ear it lacks energy.


Honey Power: Macrosilly

Honey Power come from that hotbed of rock and roll... Estonia. Estonia should be proud of this group.


Baby Eagle: Baby Eagle

Steve Lambke's debut album under his new alias finds him trading aggressive rock music for sensitive folk songs.


Tuesday, March 13 2007

The Roadside Graves: What Happened to Him Could Happen to Anyone

This seven-song EP aptly conveys the band's synthesis of shuffling guitars, robust harmonies, and instrumental flourishes that nod to artists like Dylan, Springsteen, and the Band.


Nanny Assis: Double Rainbow

Double Rainbow is an album of easygoing covers leavened with a few original compositions by Brazillian Nanny Assis and his friends.


The Cinematics: Break

Indie bands everywhere could be aping Molly Hatchet and Bad Co. instead of excellent '80s outfits like the Cure, Big Country, and the Chameleons UK.


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