Monday, March 19 2007
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.
Thursday, March 15 2007
New rave really isn't as striking as its prefix suggests. Not so much a revolution as a refinement, the movement as of yet is at most merely the more moneyed and sassy little sister to dance-punk.
This is a near perfect album of traditional bluegrass that delivers heart-rending, joyous, and kick-ass tunes in equal measure.
It seems Californian nü-punks A Day to Remember have stumbled upon something new with For Those Who Have Heart. No, really.
Falling somewhere between the delicate, emotional songwriting of Travis and the sonic bombast of Elbow, Acrobat’s carefully crafted sound is nearly stadium ready.
These punks are trying to age well, and they have their moments on the new record, but for the most part these guys sound a little wiped out.
Wednesday, March 14 2007
Iceland's Bang Gang, judging by the music on the Find What You Get EP, should record a live album, and right away.
The Crayon Fields makes pop that hangs around like a dense mist, opaque but ultimately diffuse.
Mining the same hooky, melodic pop vein as Velvet Crush and Evelyn Forever, the album is a fun listen, though to my ear it lacks energy.
Honey Power come from that hotbed of rock and roll... Estonia. Estonia should be proud of this group.
Steve Lambke's debut album under his new alias finds him trading aggressive rock music for sensitive folk songs.
Tuesday, March 13 2007
This seven-song EP aptly conveys the band's synthesis of shuffling guitars, robust harmonies, and instrumental flourishes that nod to artists like Dylan, Springsteen, and the Band.
Double Rainbow is an album of easygoing covers leavened with a few original compositions by Brazillian Nanny Assis and his friends.