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Album Review - Half Dream - Monsters of Needing

Album Review – Half Dream – Monsters of Needing

Monsters of Needing comes in voicing an introspective grasping of one's own anchored soul by the weighted center of life whose ever-presence has always been known but never embraced and, at best, vaguely named.
Album Review: Frankie and the Witch Fingers - Monsters Eating People Eating Monsters...

Album Review: Frankie and the Witch Fingers – Monsters Eating People Eating Monsters…

Once everyone has settled into a spot around the backyard, toss out a square to everyone and get the jawing out of the way waiting for those eyelids to get a bit heavy, those feet to get even heavier. Vibe.
Album Review: Andrew Cashen - Guava Jazz

Album Review: Andrew Cashen – Guava Jazz

This album is about as jazzy as Morrisey's personality is tolerable but on the scale of listenable it leans decidedly more towards "highly" than it does "Jethro Tull." We recommend putting it on repeat while going toes up in some sunshine for a few hours, it was meant for being stuck at home looking for...
Album Review: Attic Ted - "Kafka Dreaming"

Album Review: Attic Ted – “Kafka Dreaming”

Kafka Dreaming is a love letter to the possibilities of defining one's own boundaries over succumbing to expectations; even if those expectations are self-imposed. This album is a testament of the distance covered and growth felt on their journey.
Album Review: Schwein - Easy Does It

Album Review: Schwein – Easy Does It

....a John Cale broken boldness sort of journey from open to close all swept over with a thousand hushed mystic ohms weaving the ride along. To break down the album track by track would be an injustice to its cohesive nature. Each song shakes hands with the next, peaks and valleys reflecting the same orgiastic...
Album Review: Warish - Down In Flames

Album Review: Warish – Down In Flames

Everything about Warish is off the cuff and hazy; they are equal parts walking through the horror section in the glory days of mom and pop video stores coupled with that experience felt playing the mixtapes your cool uncle or cousin snuck into your hands from time to time to show you a world far...
Nick Allison and the Players Lounge - Album Release | Tour Dates

Nick Allison and the Players Lounge – Album Release | Tour Dates

There was a time when this band would have been solid simply by making noise here beside us as a word of mouth, "have you heard them yet," experience. Their hushed confidence was born for it yet now they stand as one of the last buoys of hope, a reminder of what this town is...
Album Review: Thelma and the Sleaze - Fuck. Marry. Kill

Album Review: Thelma and the Sleaze – Fuck. Marry. Kill

It takes time to get where we are going, things evolve, our foot may ease the pedal off the floor a bit but in its place you get to feel that suspension tapping out the quarter mile rhythm on a back road burn sesh without a cop in site and sunlight still left to freeze...
Album Review: Teenage Cavegirl - Candy Cigarettes

Album Review: Teenage Cavegirl – Candy Cigarettes

...both sides of this record are natural unique cohesive noise; it did not come by accident. When Teenage Cavegirl someday find themselves listed in the annals of that which kept the dream alive in those back-building years of Austin, remember to remind your kids they did not get there by accident, they earned it, Candy...
The Tough Shits - Burning in Paradise

The Tough Shits – Burning in Paradise

The Tough Shits have me once more daydreaming of owning an El Camino just so I can blast this album on repeat blazing across west Texas on the way to California. Overall verdict: Burning in Paradise must be immersed in, an experience as a whole which rises above all condescending criticism, it magnetizes in waves...
Album Review:  Harlem Puts Us To Sleep With Oh Boy

Album Review: Harlem Puts Us To Sleep With Oh Boy

Had this been their first album it would have been fine, a stepping stone not so much listened to by anyone but still exists in the background, a reminder of where they came from. As an album this far into the game, as something they have arrived at, Oh Boy sounds about as good as...
Album Review: Frankie and the Witch Fingers - ZAM

Album Review: Frankie and the Witch Fingers – ZAM

Frankie and the Witch Fingers ride talent the way most Burger bands ride trends. Zam is the best rock n roll has to offer.
Fanclub: All The Same EP and Instagram Takeover!

Fanclub: All The Same EP and Instagram Takeover!

Fanclub: All The Same EP and Instagram Takeover! By Jay Armstrong   I meant every word I said back in August gushing over Fanclub. What I did not know then, even in the light of such positive feelings, is how much getting their latest six songs would hit when playing it. This All The Same...
Album Review: Drunk Mums - Urban Cowboy

Album Review: Drunk Mums – Urban Cowboy

Drunk Mums are one of the last vestiges of wild expressive cool left in the world. Quite possibly one of the last for all of existence!
Album Review: John Wesley Coleman III - Cuckoo Bird Sings A Song

Album Review: John Wesley Coleman III – Cuckoo Bird Sings A Song

Spoken through Kerouacian prose allowing your mind belief in the transcendence of a moment and meaning and everything else which our hearts find positive and defeating in these beat days of our karmic souls
Willy Vanilla - "American Neck"

Willy Vanilla – “American Neck”

Willy Vanilla – “American Neck” By Jay Armstrong Willy Vanilla’s American Neck is lighthearted as hell. If only talent were allowed to speak in a space devoid of ego-maniacal ambitions more often. Every song has its own spine, its own strut. These guys aren’t trying to force an angle or end result. They don’t fall...
Trouble Boys: Bigger Than The Both Of Us

Trouble Boys: Bigger Than The Both Of Us

Trouble Boys Bigger Than the Both of Us By Jay Armstrong In my own living room, as I’m hitting stride on some puffed chest ego stroking story about kicking dust with Cheetah Chrome and Bobby Liebling on some otherwise forgettable night of recent past, a friend interrupts asking “who are they? Should I know them?”...
Crypt Trip Get Back To Their Roots

Crypt Trip Get Back To Their Roots

Crypt Trip Get Back To Their Roots By: Jay Armstrong   Sure I’ve written warmly about them before, sure seeing them on a bill raises the quality standard of an excuse I need to stay under a blanket reading for the night, yet there has always been an underlying intangible which kept me from fully...
Fast and Loose: The Rich Hands Becoming Gods

Fast and Loose: The Rich Hands Becoming Gods

Fast and Loose The Rich Hands Becoming Gods By Jay Armstrong   Rock n Roll will never die, anyone who tells you it has or soon will is simply growing older, putting on the lame armor of burning out adulthood while slinking off to be forgotten in their anonymous lives, or they are the kind...
Betrayers: 12 Songs To Haunt You

Betrayers: 12 Songs To Haunt You

BETRAYERS 12 Songs To Haunt You Review By Jay Armstrong Three years….three years, what a lifetime lays between then and now in this live fast die young freewheelin’ time we lucky few have found ourselves tried and shaped by. Three years since the last proper Betrayers release and before the album even takes shape we...
The Reputations: Begging For More

The Reputations: Begging For More

The Reputations: Begging For More By Jay Armstrong With the psych ship sinking, as the old dogs of sleeze and sweat continue fading off into the sunset, while most nights get spent with our eyes rolling at yet another band to show up sadly trying to align themselves with the 90’s soulless resurgence of disaffected...
Standing in the Gap: The Disquiet Vol. 1 Compilation

Standing in the Gap: The Disquiet Vol. 1 Compilation

“In violent times, you shouldn’t have to sell your soul” ~ Tears for Fears (Ian Stanley/Ronald Orzabal) “ Shout”, Songs from the Big Chair 1985   This quote from 1985 is rather poignant in today’s political climate. As the rights of women, the LGBTQ community, people of color, scholars, the dispossessed, and those who resist...
Drunk Mums: Promise, Potential, Substance

Drunk Mums: Promise, Potential, Substance

Drunk Mums Promise, Potential, Substance By Jay Armstrong   Albeit ideal, with how syrupy their self-titled album was in 2012 there seemed only two directions Drunk Mums could go; off to the forgotten edges of rock n roll existence, rubbing shoulders with the likes of bands such as Milk N Cookies who got it right...
Natural Child: Still Ain't Stoppin'

Natural Child: Still Ain’t Stoppin’

Natural Child's latest album Okey Dokey doesn't just grow on you, it creates an insatiable thirst to devour it song for song on repeat.
G.L.O.S.S. and the Importance of Politics In Music

G.L.O.S.S. and the Importance of Politics In Music

We can never change the atrocities, we can only hope that through them we may find ways to once more shape our compassion and sadness into beautiful reflections of art worthy enough to stand as beacons in time marking the eternal place where our hearts bore the burden of complete sadness or that our anger...
Review: Sidewave's Glass Giant Is a Welcoming Homage to 90's Space-Rock

Review: Sidewave’s Glass Giant Is a Welcoming Homage to 90’s Space-Rock

  Just when you think 90’s bands like Hum and Stone Temple Pilots have lost their stronghold in this day and age, think again. Sidewave, stemming from high-school friendships and stumbled across Craigslist ads, blends experimental textures, heavy percussion with melodic guitar, and the result is a phenomenal throwback to 90’s space-rock while still maintaining...
Calling Out - EZTV

Calling Out – EZTV

  Here we have the number one album of summer. Not THE summer… just summer. If a single season can have a soundtrack, this is it.   Color me impressed as hell with this debut by Brooklyn trio EZTV. Who do I hear behind this band? I find Dire Straits in their riffs. Seriously, these...
Broken Guru's Bent Up Halo is Garage Psychedelia Meets Punk Attitude

Broken Guru’s Bent Up Halo is Garage Psychedelia Meets Punk Attitude

  Broken Guru’s sound can best be described as raw garage rock meets psychedelia with a wholehearted punk attitude in the mix. Life-long friends from New York, Rich Guerzon, Chrisy Fiero and Ray Fiero spurred the birth of Broken Guru back in the spring of 2013 and what resulted was a coherent honest mess of...
The Aurian Haller Band's House of Words Is Poetry and Music Perfectly Aligned

The Aurian Haller Band’s House of Words Is Poetry and Music Perfectly Aligned

  The Aurian Haller Band successfully sprawls across the genre-scape; from indie-folk to country-twang to experimental jazz, this quartet ignites aural sparks in their new album released earlier this month, House of Words. The band merges together poetic songwriting with instrumental coordination into a well crafted package, displaying their folk melodies which ring reminiscent of...
Slim Loris' Album "Love and Fear" Leaves Lukewarm Feelings

Slim Loris’ Album “Love and Fear” Leaves Lukewarm Feelings

  Slim Loris, formed initially by singer and bass player Mattias Cederstam and guitarist Robert Barrefelt back in 2009, started as a duo before they eventually grew into a quartet. Their work has garnered them much attention in Europe, with a performance at the legendary Cavern Club in the U.K. as well as two of...
Unknown Mortal Orchestra's "Multi-Love" Review

Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s “Multi-Love” Review

  Before this album I couldn’t really tell if Unknown Mortal Orchestra was stuck in the past or if they were way ahead of their time. Suffice to say I am no longer confused, Unknown Mortal Orchestra are aliens sent from the future to save music.  Their self-titled album is a lo-fi masterpiece and II...
Ransom Scenery's Album ear to ear Takes Experimental to New Heights

Ransom Scenery’s Album ear to ear Takes Experimental to New Heights

  Based out of Springfield, Illinois, Ransom Scenery’s avant-garde and experimental album, ear to ear, is truly an album they can proudly call their own. The band’s flawless ability to create such a diverse dimension of sound and texture rings exceedingly well on their first EP, released in February of this year. Duo Drew Lowery...
Wand's "Golem" Album Review

Wand’s “Golem” Album Review

  Wand is pretty cool. Their name is kind of light and confusing until you hear their music and the image of a heavy metal space wizard popped into my head and it all made sense. They remind me a lot of Meatbodies, which is good, but slower and heavier. Psychedelic rock seems like it’s...
Death's N.E.W. Review

Death’s N.E.W. Review

  If you haven’t already heard of Death YOU HAVE TO CHECK THEM OUT.  These guys are living music dinosaurs that made one of the best punk albums I’ve ever heard like 40 years ago that went undiscovered until 2008.  You can almost imagine these three black guys rising from the music graveyard of forgotten...
Album Review: Lady Lamb's "After"

Album Review: Lady Lamb’s “After”

  For Lady Lamb (real name, Aly Spaltro), her sophomore album After is about growing up, seeing the positives, and moving forward. When Spaltro released her debut album Ripely Pine, she was going by the name Lady Lamb the Beekeeper and writing about pain and young sadness.  She may still write about pain but she’s...
The Great Game Review: An Aural Experimentation Debut

The Great Game Review: An Aural Experimentation Debut

  With The Great Game’s members spanning from around the globe, the seven piece band successfully interweaves an array of musical genres that can best be described as “new world music”; taking timeless aspects of various musical styles and bringing them together to create something new and cohesive. The Great Game draws influences from bands...
Jen Hingley's "Autonomy": An Album of One's Own

Jen Hingley’s “Autonomy”: An Album of One’s Own

  Autonomy: (noun; Independence or freedom, as of the will or one’s actions) – an appropriate name for Jen Hingley’s most recent and entirely self-produced and self-recorded album. Hailing from Manchester, UK, Hingley has her hands in many artistic projects ranging from print and web layout design to photography and film. It would seem that...
Babbling April: A Record Full of Drive and Nostalgia

Babbling April: A Record Full of Drive and Nostalgia

  Upon listening to Babbling April’s self-titled EP, I couldn’t help but immediately play it through once again after the album had ended. Babbling April’s infectious indie-pop-meets-shoegaze ambience takes the listener for a blissful whirlwind of unique sound and euphoric nostalgia. Stemming from Dayton, Ohio, the band meticulously blends in aspects of building soundscapes, energetic...
Omega Vague's 'Reveries'

Omega Vague’s ‘Reveries’

  Seems like everyone and their grandma is a musician these days. In a world of beats made on laptops and “help me record my debut album!” Kickstarters, it’s easy to miss truly good self-recorded/produced music while you’re trying to avoid all the “experimental” garbage out there. Luckily, I’ve got a pretty solid homemade-ish album...
Foxhunt's Strange Creatures Album Review

Foxhunt’s Strange Creatures Album Review

  Originating in Austin, Texas, Foxhunt emerges onto the music scene with a mixture of modern folk, dreamy electronics and teeming tones of alternative rock. Beginning their career as a group, Joseph Kosier, Stephen Marshall, Nadyia Marshall and Wesley Goins have yet to release their studio album, Strange Creatures, and is met with as much...
Ariel Pink's pom pom

Ariel Pink’s pom pom

    Ariel Pink returns with his signature unconventional, psychedelic, muted-pop sound in his latest album. pom pom is overflowing with 17 tracks and lasts for 68 minutes, by far Ariel Pink’s most ambitious album yet. One could say this is his masterpiece, his coup de grâce. What sets pom pom apart from his other...
Broods' Evergreen Album Review

Broods’ Evergreen Album Review

  Georgia and Caleb Nott are the brother – sister duo that are not only known for topping the charts as #1 in New Zealand and their work with Lorde’s producer, but for their international fame that has succumed the electro pop meets meets indie sound. Debuting with ‘Bridges’ and infatuating the ears of all...
My Top Five Recent Albums

My Top Five Recent Albums

Ruins by Grouper Grouper’s newly released album Ruins will undoubtebly give you chills at one point or another throughout the eight track record. The album features a mix of dark, soul wrenching songs that are bound to draw emotion out of the listener. Ruins‘ first single “Call Across Rooms” may be the most soul wrenching...
Steve Gunn Presents: Way Out Weather

Steve Gunn Presents: Way Out Weather

Steve Gunn’s Way Out Weather starts with a title track that makes the album sound like a typical Americana album with soaring steel-guitar style playing and finger picked acoustic. During my fourth listen, I began to truly appreciate the wealth of musical information and depth that a few tracks from this album provide. Wildwood, the...
OKADA Presents: Division of Self

OKADA Presents: Division of Self

OKADA creates the type of ambient, neo-classical soundscapes that could make staring at an empty coffee cup for 45-minutes a beautifully life-changing experience. Lengthy string compositions, visceral samples of the human voice, and aloof, repetitive synths make this unknown artist a worthy listen for anyone who gives a shit about art. The album is best...
Album Review: Ty Segall's 'Manipulator'

Album Review: Ty Segall’s ‘Manipulator’

It comes without surprise that Ty Segall’s newest album, “Manipulator”, is seventeen tracks of amazingness. However, this new record doesn’t progress how you would expect a Ty Segall record to progress, Segall is stepping into new territory with almost every song. From the beautiful string section featured in “The Clock” to the driving synthesizers of...
Disclosure: Settle Album Review

Disclosure: Settle Album Review

Just in time for the heat of the Summer, when potential for gorgeous memories to be made are at a yearly high, we get a treat from UK’s hottest new dance duo: Disclosure. Made up of brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, Disclosure have brought what has been bubbling in the underground of the UK garage...
Not So Indie Radar: Jeff Rosenstock

Not So Indie Radar: Jeff Rosenstock

Raise your hand if you are familiar with Jeff Rosenstock. Wait, no… put your hands down, because I can’t see you, like, at all. Shit, this is awkward. Look, the point I’m trying to illustrate is that if I COULD see you, then it’s likely that many of you haven’t raised your hands, which is...
Album Analyst: Comedown Machine

Album Analyst: Comedown Machine

When I think of The Strokes, who are the original kings of alternative rock, the difference between them and most other bands is in the legacy that they have created for themselves, and in the near cult following they have amassed. Their music can be described as a journey, a progression as the band explores...
The Mowgli's - Love's Not Dead EP

The Mowgli’s – Love’s Not Dead EP

The Mowgli’s have been taking the folk-indie world by storm  since the release of their EP, “Love’s Not Dead,” back in October. They have especially been captivating the airwaves with their immensely catchy, musical smile of the song “San Francisco,” which has become insanely popular. There’s something about their sound that simply puts a smile...

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