Friday, October 17 2014
Nashville quartet tackles grandiose indie pop-rock with aplomb across four-song EP.
This is an interesting experiment that doesn’t quite always work, but that probably says more about Beck than it does Royal Canoe.
The Grammar EP winds up being a tasty morsel, but not much more than that.
Overall the album has both a sense of doom and gloom and an intimate, candlelit feeling.
Thursday, October 16 2014
Even though this EP is best suited to bedtime, as it feels like an extended lullaby, it does resonate and stick with the listener.
These five songs go for the throat and don’t relent until you’ve turned blue and rigor mortis has set in.
Tuesday, October 14 2014
Kittyhawk has a feel that recalls the days of the early to mid-‘90s, when music was a true adventure in the underground.
Chances are, you already have this album in your record collection, just not by a band called Night School.
This Seattle-based garage/pop trio called it quits earlier this year, but their posthumous final album is a fine going-away present.
Prepare for another duet album that rattles the brain and disrupts the air.
Monday, October 13 2014
On their debut, Moose Blood proudly wears their ‘90s-emo-loving hearts on appropriately, studiedly tattered sleeves.
With some luck, we’ll be talking about JW-Jones in the same breath as we do Johnny Winter and Jimmie Vaughan.
Ryan Adams's independent release Jacksonville is two tracks country twang, one track novelty -- more good work from this prolific artist.
If you listen to mainstream radio, you’ve heard songs exactly like this.
Friday, October 10 2014
This is a Canadian folk-rock concept short album about two young vampire lovers who seek to become human again, combining the styles of Spirit of the West with the ambitious sprawl of Titus Andronicus.
A razor-sharp group of six instrumentalists founded by a Californian who plays djeli n'goni and guitar.
The record may not stand up to the closest of scrutiny, but it is pleasantly engrossing in its own way.
Benjamin Taubkin makes the combination of Brazilian and Moroccan music look so damned easy.
Wednesday, October 8 2014
Restless instincts and inspired collaborations give Arp’s Pulsars e Quasars EP bright vitality.
Lower East Side rock 'n' roll from four well-known faces.