Tuesday, January 28 2014
Left Foot is a varied album but not a restless one.
Live in San Francisco not only celebrates a band hitting its stride and the hard work of its songwriter, but it also shows the pure joy under the surface of these songs and the energy they can give off when let loose.
Northern Irish hard-rock outfit hits all the familiar notes
Monday, January 27 2014
Melancholia reigns supreme on the sophomore effort from three-piece chamber pop band Gem Club.
Credit must be given to Murmur for the bravery of their metamorphosis which has taken them beyond the boundaries of "United States Black Metal".
Despite the borrowed influences, the band manages to sound fresh and daring in one nearly half-hour burst – silly band name be damned.
The lead singer of the Shaggs returns with a new band, but without the glorious dissonance provided by her sisters, Ready! Get! Go! will test your tolerance -- and not in a good way.
Malaysian singer Yuna stands out on her cool, eclectic effort, Nocturnal.
Friday, January 24 2014
Dum Dum Girls’ latest set of retro-rock is heavy on the formula, but who cares when the formula’s this good?
While not an especially accessible musical odyssey, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra's newest release will handsomely reward those who wait.
To some, Final Sacrifice may play out like retro worship, but it's that precise reverence to the past that makes Noctum's sophomore LP the vital traditional metal record it is: unpretentious, wildly fun, and masterfully executed.
Only Kennedy's second retail release, it's also perhaps his first that feels more like a rap album than a fashion statement.
The first album in 15 years from the ambient-house pioneers finds them getting a fresh lease on chill.
Thursday, January 23 2014
Steeped in down-home honesty and southern empathy, Amy Ray's Goodnight Tender is as country as it gets. And there ain't nothing wrong with that.
"I'm melting! Melting! O what a world!" Ice cool Swedes, I Break Horses, take a run at the sun on new album.
With Veterans of Disorder, Drag City continues it's reissue campaign for '90s legends Royal Trux. Like much of the Trux's best music, the album sits halfway between emulation and complete deconstruction of classic rock.
A feel good ambient pop album from purveyors of ethereal electronica.
I am forced to the conclusion that shredding might, in fact, be the international language.
Wednesday, January 22 2014
Laura Jane Grace's story of gender identity is an important one, but she refuses put herself on display on this excellent record, instead using her experience to dig into larger more universal kinds of isolation and self-searching.
Catharsis Absolute is a showcase of Markuszewski’s well-rounded multi-instrumental skills and strengthened spirit as a songwriting/orchestrator.