Thursday, October 26 2006
Despite some decent songwriting chops, too much of this California punk pop sounds bland.
Frantic and riff-packed instrumental guitar album with ideas and challenges for the adventurous listener.
There's a delicacy here that you suspect would be violated by anything so vulgar as a lyric.
As a reminder of the intrepid, home-made spirit of much Icelandic music and the varied uses to which folk can be put, it's an interesting CD to have around.
Wednesday, October 25 2006
Pop-punk band treads familiar ground, but with enough skill and energy to have some highlights.
Ska-soul done well and done right is always a good time.
Instrumental tribute to Neil Young displays a lot of talent, but maintains only a modicum of interest.
Ane Oestergaard is restless and inquisitive and can't leave things alone -- she's compelled to fiddle.
European pop band carries on the torch for the Delgados.
Tuesday, October 24 2006
La Pieta makes pleasant, literal indie pop with a female vocal and a limited musical appeal. The trio’s style is simple, building off acoustic-strummed
This is dark, challenging, ugly, pretty pop music.
Ready or not, here comes math-folk, with Hella killing you softly.
Monday, October 23 2006
Though this release finds the band exploring quieter territory, there's a tangible intensity throughout many of these songs.
The Sadies have no interest in making exceptional music, which is, of course, how really fun records get made.
Electro-pop and guitar rock merge in a powerful combination.
Baltimore duo spins soft vocals, electrified keyboards and mechanical percussion into pearlized fogs of melancholy pop.
Fun and bouncy, it's great if punchy humor is to your tastes, but otherwise will seem overwhelmingly cutesy.
Slow, soulful and somewhat bittersweet, Ryan Scott’s first effort is the lovable title track that sounds a bit like The Twilight Singers, John Mayer
Sunday, October 22 2006
Astronautalis continues to keep one foot in hip-hop and one in indie, as he searches for meaning in an alien world.
Colour Revolt, a new band out of Oxford, Mississippi, get a re-release of their debut EP through Tiny Evil after a limited release at the