Tuesday, May 27 2014
Until We Are Ghosts play hard and fast, but they are also interested in dynamics, sometimes within the same song.
Long admired for its live show, Howlin' Rain captures that experience, classic rock homage and all, on the hour-plus Live Rain set.
Not a whole lot unexpected here, but that's just fine.
A record of family and togetherness, uplifting as well as contemplative.
Thursday, May 22 2014
This is Mesa Ritual's first full length-album, and where they go from here is anybody's wild, wild guess.
An EP of catchy synth-pop songs whose most ambitious track is undermined by unfortunate lyrical choices.
Scotland's boy-wonder gets all chest-beating and angst-filled.
This is a solid and surprising set from a band that confronts us by pulling us into its wandering sound.
Tuesday, May 20 2014
This album is basically a producer’s showcase of what can be done in the studio with a deft hand in the songwriting department.
Monday, May 19 2014
Australia’s Full Ugly delivers the perfect soundtrack to the laziest of summer afternoons with their debut release.
Slough off the calloused riffs and pedal steel accents and Heavy Reverie reveals itself to be a collection of disguised power-pop songs that worm their way into your feet and brain.
New Madrid pull off so many seeming opposites at once on the impressive Sunswimmer.
Friday, May 16 2014
On this reissue of the band's 1986 debut, the Queen Annes prove themselves an energetic band with some solid songs, though this isn't the unearthed classic it wants to be.
With their third album, Halifax, Nova Scotia’s Cousins create big, beautiful dirty pop music that is as much of the moment as it is aware of its own musical lineage.
Swiss drum and organ/synth duo debut in fine form, ably mixing and matching styles on their first full length.
A better than decent punk band named after the former NBA journeyman. Sadly, not a musical project from the man himself.
Thursday, May 15 2014
Chew's latest adds up to a classic sort of rock 'n' roll that's equally fit for a theater or a bar.
Good Vibes in Fashion Swimwear is far more than the sum of its spare parts.
Tuesday, May 13 2014
With C’mon Egg, Will Georgantas’ Thunderegg delivers a collection of good to great songs of the indie varietal.
Father John Misty bassist crafts elegant album of psychedelic grandeur.