Sunday, January 7 2007
Middle of the road hard rock has its ups and downs, but its share of fun along the way.
Thursday, January 4 2007
In the follow-up to last year's highly regarded EP, home recorder Mat Sweet crafts minimalist acoustic reveries of whispered menace and unsettling grace.
Although there is an aspect of dorm room naiveté to her lyrics, there are moments of honesty that are both genuine and revealing.
Upon seeing the cover of the new compilation CD by Jazzanova, Paz e Futebol, listeners might assume that the album is just a ploy to
Wednesday, January 3 2007
Written in both Iceland and his native France, musician David Grumel’s debut explores a musical palette that runs with the colours of cool jazz,
The seductive songs on Trouble Everywhere are closer to stargazing than any “indie shoegazing”. Comparable to Camera Obscura, on their debut Daylight’s for
Double guitar'd girl punk from the Pacific NW... Sleater-Kinney is gone, but the Auteurs/Delta 5/Lora Logic lineage continues.
The latest album from Portland native Tara Jane O’Neil is barren, sparse, and quite precious. From the lullaby instrumental “Primer”, the musician moves into
Tuesday, January 2 2007
From instrumental themes of 1960s British kiddie shows to charming little ditties about elves and trolls, this loopy, endearing collection has been lovingly assembled by
With a crackling collection of shambolic pop, Holy Shit prove as endearingly sophomoric as their name.
If you yearn for a return to the sensitive-guys-with-guitars movement of the late '90s, Absolutely is your ticket home.
Portuguese electronic composer (and Rhys Chatham collaborator) Rafael Toral ponders the unpredictability of synthesized sound and the emptiness of deep space in three extended pieces.
Monday, January 1 2007
The Antiques are the musically serene country cousins of the raunchy Americana-fuelled folk-rock sound brought to the indie stage by bands like My Morning Jacket and the Kings of Leon.
Benjy Ferree has a style so fun that you can help but crack a grin. It’s terribly fabulous, criminally infectious, and so frickin’ simple
All the right elements, but without the proper mix this party seems a bit forced.
It's all so silly, but just admit it, you secretly kind of dig it.
Thursday, December 21 2006
All told, these 11 instrumental and vocal cuts form the type of innovative album that restores your faith in independent music.
Both the sum of and a twist on their influences, Giant Squid brings the bombast.
Before picking up a guitar last year and heading into Blacklodge Studios, Caroline Vinciguerra was a down-on-her-luck actress whose on-screen highlight came in 1993 when she
Some welcome shock rock that doesn't take itself too seriously.