Wednesday, March 21 2007
Grand Champeen does a nice job of maintaining excitement without ever letting themselves go over the top, resulting in some basic but strong rock 'n' roll.
The artwork has more to say than the album contained within.
Like many singer-songwriters, she has misgivings about love and partnerships.
Complicated Shirt are a blending of post-rock and indie rock.
Bob Egan has played with Wilco and Blue Rodeo, which to most people are the distant cousins of the same musical landscapes.
This wistful, indie chamber pop trio from Miami have been getting a good deal of early buzz.
Tuesday, March 20 2007
Alt-country weirdoes Blanche seem to have lost access to their time machine.
The predictable, SXSW-fueled enthusiasm for this band'll probably write itself: expect "fierce", "brutal", "blasting".
New York-based Breadfoot picks at his banjo and six-strong Dobro like a country boy.
Zoodrive makes rock music, and Not Fully Medicated is an EP full of rock songs.
Monday, March 19 2007
Light-hearted indie rock that is both versatile and utterly enjoyable.
Goes Cube, a local NYC hard rock act beloved of some of the more influential NYC indie websites, is giving the ground-up thing a go.
Minneapolis group Clair De Lune has all the angst and intensity of “emo/screamo” bands, but there is no screaming.
Brazilliance is a soft, squashy samba-jazz album. The electric guitars are soft and squashy and the bass is soft and squashy and the sax and
Anyway, this is a serviceable little alt-country disc, though I’d hardly describe it as "a back porch classic in the making" as the publicist does.
Sunday, March 18 2007
Holy Molar shares three members and a spazz-punk-metal aesthetic with the Locust, and its new 10-minute, five-song EP will not shock anyone familiar with the other band.
Listening to Until June, it is easy to get swept up in this fine group's powerfully emotional melodies.
Drawing inspiration from artists like Iron & Wine and Elliott Smith, Van Fleet displays a gift for songcraft, coupling mellow folk textures with more intricate sonic elements
Mandolin? No. Guitar? Sparingly on two tracks. Cello? You bet your arse.
This compilation from power pop band Smash Palace is littered with above average arrangements, bouncy beats, and infectious hooks.