Wednesday, July 9 2014
Typical Systems succeeds on good songcraft and -- most importantly -- heavy and convincing emotional weight.
Austin-based fivesome does its part to save rock 'n' roll.
Tuesday, July 8 2014
Cassette both promises future growth from the band and delivers a hear-and-now exciting set of tunes.
Fo/mo/deep keeps on the straight-and-narrow, giving their most concise set of funky jazz thus far.
Alfredo Rodríguez keeps jazz flourishing on progressive sophomore LP The Invasion Parade.
Monday, July 7 2014
On Days of Being Wild, Kivel's first record for the Woodsist label, he uses percussion and layered guitars to stretch out his folk-pop songs in new ways.
Dan Melchior und Das Menace continue to explore their lo-fi eccentricities, adding yet another to an ever-expanding, wildly prolific catalog.
Some Knives, Herring's first album in five years, travels an uneasy road and leans into the ruts all the way.
Monday, June 30 2014
Topshelf Records continues its foray into 21st century emotive angst with My Fictions’ punishing Stranger Songs.
Friday, June 27 2014
Departure is an ambitious and brave debut, one that reveals a lot of promise and an awfully big sound for just two players.
The Clientele didn't exactly bring their A-game to this exclusive offer from Merge records. Lucky for us, their B-game is still a good one.
Yup, they really are twins, and they really are named Shook.
Vibrant gospel album burns bright at first, then fizzles.
Wednesday, June 25 2014
Young hearts run free on New York duo's intriguing analog travelogue.
Once again, Panic! trade in guitars for keyboards on an EP that features outtakes from their 2013 fourth studio album.
Alternate Worlds is yet another EP of remixes or reimagination that fails to make much of a mark.
Tuesday, June 24 2014
At times reminiscent of Band of Horses, the quieter, acoustic-based songs of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils and the folksy strum of Neil Young, Factory is an astonishingly confident album, and one that should make a name for this band.
They need to either knock you dead with skill or else subvert the whole notion of skill.
Saul Conrad's third record is a good, surprising record, and a good lesson in finding power without overt force or volume.
Monday, June 23 2014
Oldham and Kelly are seaside in Australia, lounging out two excellent recordings for a new film.