Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Capsule Reviews > Music

Thursday, May 3 2007

Faber Drive: Seven Second Surgery

The debut from this Vancouver group has a shimmering, slick and glossy power pop/punk sound which is along the lines of Sum 41 and Simple Plan.


Wednesday, May 2 2007

Cold Bleak Heat: Simitu

Second album of improvised mayhem from four of free-jazz and out rock's most daringly skilled practictioners -- Paul Flaherty, Chris Corsano, Greg Kelley and Matt Heyner -- breaks for unexpected moments of tranquility.


Various Artists: Shifted Sounds Volume 1

A collection of acoustic or indie pop, full of acoustic guitars and tenor melodics.


Jonny Virgo: Devils Brew

Bottom's up! A funny cocktail based on the woes of inebriation.


The Voyces: Kissing Like Its Love

A very sweet, soft and fragile album in the best way possible.


The Donts: Inner El Camino

Ranging from rock to pop to splashes of jazz and ambient, the group thrives on challenging the listener.


Tuesday, May 1 2007

Thomas Lunch: Diagrams Without Instructions

Is there really a song here about tator tots and robots? Yes. And about Leonard Nimoy. And Greta Garbo. But it's all so good.


Noiseshaper: Real to Reel

On its third album, Real To Reel, Noiseshaper mixes and remixes material, both new and old. While Axel Hirn and Flo Fleischmann are skilled mix-masters,


Cassette: Beautiful California

A 35-song effort that is 35 minutes in length results in something that is very odd, very short, and very interesting at times.


Kilo: Kilo

Kilo's latest album is a largely quiet, humble masterpiece of misleading expectations.


Optional 2: Moment of Truth

On its debut album, Moment of Truth, the Goucher College-based duo displays a wide musical palette, infectious energy, and a sense of humor.


Peter Primamore: Grancia

Light music, sometimes ambitious in conception.


Monday, April 30 2007

Radio Moscow: Radio Moscow

Two dudes from Ames, Iowa have a psychedelic-garage-punk-blues-rock band.


Sacha Perry: Not Brand X

Jazz standards -- a lesson in individuality when approaching classic material.


Auto Interiors: Lets Agree to Deceive Our Best Friends

Let’s Agree to Deceive Our Best Friends may be the holy grail of power pop albums.


Okkervil River: The Presidents Dead

Okkervil River provides a focused and complex pair of songs using unexpected colors and surprising tones.


Veda Hille: Return of the Kildeer

An album that lives up to a rich, highbrow, and solid expectations.


Ernie Halter: Congress Hotel

While he possesses enough chops to get these songs across, Ernie Halter has found a haven on MySpace with tour van cameras and live shows.


Sunday, April 29 2007

No Luck Club: Prosperity 2.0

The best-laid plans of Vancouver, Canada's instrumental hip-hop trio are often triumphant.


The Attorneys: Stereocracy

With just guitar, bass and drums, how exactly are you meant to save rock 'n' roll?


Now on PopMatters
Announcements
PM Picks

© 1999-2014 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.