Capsule Reviews

Monday, April 27 2015

Screen Door Porch: Modern Settler

The male-female vocals of Aaron Davis and Seadar Rose continue to be the heart of Screen Door Porch on their strong, varied third album.


Hanoi Masters: War Is a Wound, Peace Is a Scar

A haunting tribute to traditional Vietnamese music and the Vietnam War.


Nai Harvest: Hairball

Hairball is a confident, exuberant semi-reset from the self-professed “pop scum” outfit Nai Harvest.


Friday, April 24 2015

Doug Burr: Pale White Dove

Pale White Dove is one of those albums that demands attention, Doug Burr’s apparent obscurity notwithstanding.


Wednesday, April 22 2015

Rocky Dawuni: Branches of the Same Tree

Rocky Dawuni fuses feel-good reggae vibes with innovative instrumentation, leaving an influential mark on the African roots scene.


Tuesday, April 21 2015

Sax Gordon: In the Wee Small Hours

Sax Gordon and friends make for a relaxed performance for the staunch jazz enthusiast.


Danko Jones: Fire Music

Another day at the Rock and Roll Office for one of the genre's true believers.


The Honeycutters: Me Oh My

A tempest formed on a Thursday night, Me Oh My unfurls throughout the weekend, leaving nothing but wreckage come Sunday.


Monday, April 20 2015

Null: Almost EP

Australian producer's debut tries to envision '90s electronica through a 21st century lens.


Citizens!: European Soul

Second album from Citizens! is surprisingly optimistic Euro-pop.


Thursday, April 16 2015

Seth Glier: If I Could Change One Thing

Seth Glier abstains from pretense and offers instead an album filled unbridled pop perfection.


Wednesday, April 15 2015

Michael Vincent Waller: The South Shore

Michael Vincent Waller gently expands the limits of his sounds and the quantity of his compositions.


Jimmy Edgar: Fabriclive 79

The Detroit house producer's Fabriclive entry allows him to show off his own Ultramajic label.


Elliphant: One More

An EP that'll stay with you...even if you don't have an elephant's memory.


Monday, April 13 2015

Strange Wilds: Standing

Strange Wilds' first single for Sub Pop introduces a unique band, one we're ready to hear more from.


Yuta Nagashima: White Sleep

Get lost in an overall feeling and mood that becomes more complex the longer you stay there.


Wednesday, April 8 2015

April Verch: The Newpart

All in all, The Newpart represents Verch in tip-top musical shape, albeit in ex post facto force.


Tuesday, April 7 2015

Peter Katz: We Are the Reckoning

The Juno nominee proves that he still has what it takes to innovate in We Are the Reckoning.


Timbre: Sun & Moon

Ambitious, beautiful indie pop and alt-classical concept album creates sonic images of dark and light, sun and moon.


Monday, April 6 2015

Treasure Fleet: The Sun Machine

The Sun Machine is an entertaining pastiche of songs heavily influenced by various rock acts of the '60s and '70s.


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