Wednesday, July 17 2013
Authority Zero's fifth album is a showcase for their ability to deliver straight-ahead punk rock. It'll likely make longtime fans happy while struggling to convert new ones.
Friday, July 12 2013
Royal Forest comes across as what you’d get if fellow Austin-ites Spoon meet forces with Wilco, particularly latter-period Wilco.
Canadian monster-punk trio sets out to have a good time whether you like it or not.
Despite an unshakeable feeling of familiarity throughout, In the Marrow is an enjoyable ride that's indicative of this still-to-surprise Georgia band.
Sun Songs is a record that invites you to cast aside expectations and live in the moment. It's also just a few hairs shy of absolute brilliance.
Tuesday, July 9 2013
Night Birds prove that they’re among the best punk bands mining the circuit at the moment, and this record should open the group up to a new audience.
A winning compilation from the hyper-prolific, esoterica-influenced experimental-psych outfit.
The project is catchy and danceable and that's precisely what Weapons of Audio want.
Tuesday, July 2 2013
The Haarp EP might be what technoheads looking for something a little more challenging than standard club fare might truly appreciate.
Consistent and enjoyable, The Cooker serves as a triumphant showcase of top-rate musicianship.
Hailing from a town that's more famous for its breweries than rap music, Dana Coppafeel and Speak Easy are out to change that.
For a band whose first single in 2007 was called "Anime Eyes", it seems like the world has caught up to Blip Blip Beep's electro synth-rock sound. Sadly, it's just in time for them to say goodbye.
Friday, June 28 2013
Galaxy’s Skirt is choc-a-bloc with so many gooey pop songs that don’t really go anywhere that parts of the thing become largely forgettable.
A band purposefully grappling with chaos.
One horn, one double bass and a lot of laughing patrons. I wish I could have been there...and understood the language.
String-driven and enchanting, Regret Less is a promising debut with little niggling points eating away its magic.
Thursday, June 27 2013
Scrappy pop-punk that shows little to no development from the band's last effort, and is at times derivative of itself.
More of the same, perhaps, though metalcore veteran Dwid Hellion has little reason to reinvent the wheel on his first full length in three years.
So the music is a story of intricate, detailed things being stabbed by sharper, less sensitive things.
Howls of Joy is celebratory in tone but there's a dark undercurrent that suggests an awareness of tough times both behind and ahead.