Friday, November 22 2013
Escalator is more about giving the band new crowd-pleasing material for the road than it is about cultivating a unique sound of its own.
MiniBoone pair the skewed perspective of Timbuk 3 and Wall of Voodoo with a general two-beers-and-a-toke vibe that will have you throwing an arm around a stranger and singing along.
Wednesday, November 20 2013
Brooklyn-based Miss Tess & the Talkbacks put their own revisionist spin on material from artists as diverse as Neil Young, Randy Newman and Willie Nelson, among others, on this beautiful and soaring stop-gap affair of mostly covers and one original song.
The latest work from Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile's solo project mines the same sonic territory as his excellent new album, but with less rewarding results.
Sepia morna, with a rounded mellow old-worldishness.
I listened to this so you won't have to.
Tuesday, November 19 2013
This transcontinental band features Dana Colley, the baritone saxophonist famous for his work with ‘90s alternative band Morphine, and he’s the main selling point of this rather too brief debut EP that doesn’t quite hit the mark.
Ever wonder what the perfect drinking music was? Look no further.
These are talented amateurs trying to match professional production values without the luxuries of a big budget and uninterrupted oceans of recording time.
Spirit Signal creates spaces to get lost in, spaces to find new secrets in, spaces worth revisiting.
Tuesday, November 12 2013
Third album of melodic indie-pop from the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, outfit still can't quite clear the bar.
Friday, November 8 2013
Saoco! 2 is a fascinating and important listen, and should appeal equally to music historians and amateur salsa enthusiasts in the Caribbean and beyond.
Thursday, November 7 2013
She rolls the poet around in her mouth and groans him out through a rash thicket of harsh erotic spit.
This album from the Lawrence Arms' Chris McCaughan doesn't rely on pop-punk punch but still establishes its own patient energy.
Monday, November 4 2013
The link between the album's three movements is loosely sonic, but more rooted in the impressive breadth and malleability of Bjarnason's skill.
Pink Martini’s sixth solo album Get Happy seldom succeeds in finding a balance between eclecticism and cohesiveness. Lost in the pursuit of that happiness, the band seems to have unsuccessfully recaptured the magic they left behind with third album Hey Eugene.
Kitchen-sink indie rockers start to think about kinda, maybe growing up.
Wednesday, October 30 2013
The Swamp packs enough surprises and solid tunes to make it a worthy companion to Almanac.
Monday, October 28 2013
Solar Motel, despite the single location of its title, is a restless yet purposeful expanse of sound.
This is world music, envisioned and reimagined by musicians who instinctively stay a step (or two) removed from the safety and boredom of the mainstream.