Album Reviews

Beach House – Bloom – Album Review

From a musician’s standpoint, it would seem that Beach House has attained the perfect career trajectory.  Acclaimed debut, Pitchfork BNM’ed sophomore effort, including high-profile mentions in Rolling Stone and Spin, and the eventual hat trick completed with 2010’s Teen Dream, a veritable masterpiece that seemed to be the accumulation of everything they’d been working toward. […]

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Cut Chemist – Outro (Revisited) – EP Review

It has been six years since renowned turntablist, Cut Chemist, has released any new original music, but the former Jurassic 5 member has just released his Outro (Revisted), a four-track EP that includes the original track, with an instrumental and two remixes. He recorded the track as an ode to the tough times he faced after being […]

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Mariee Sioux – Gift For The End – Album Review

  Indie folk singer Mariee Sioux has come out with her sophomore effort, Gift For The End, just released in the U.S. on April 17, 2012 on Whale Watch Records. This album marks a definitive shift into an increasingly complex yet subtle patchwork of songs that call for patience and careful listening. Sioux’s 2007 release Faces […]

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Emily Wells – Mama – Album Review

Emily Wells: She can play, she’s borderline super talented, she plays multiple instruments, writes her own songs, complete mastery over a very powerful yet very subtle voice—However, I think whether or not you like Wells’ music will definitely depend on your expectations. Emily Wells has been a Suzuki-method taught violinist. She has grown up as the most […]

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Album Review – Dante Vs. Zombies – Buh

  Dante Vs. Zombies are a group of strapping young chaps and lassies with a romantically delusional outlaw vibe, who “materialized out of thick air in September 2009.” Hailing from Texas and residing on the Eastern limits of Los Angeles, they have stirred together some beach boy beats and swanky vocals to create a sound I can only name as “Beach Blanket Emo […]

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Hot Band Alert: Magic Wands – Aloha Moon – Album Review

Glittering with all the sexy radiance of a budding electro pop duo, Magic Wands are more than just a young girl and boy who make sugary dance tunes. The duo composed of Chris and Dexy Valentine, now reside in Los Angeles by way of Nashville. These young bloods have managed to create an enchanting debut […]

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Hot New Music: Frankie Rose – Interstellar – Album Review

Interstellar by Frankie Rose takes me right off the launch on an anti gravity drift with some beautiful lush pads and sweet innocent sounding vocals. Soon after the anti-gravity switch is turned off—the drums start kicking up on a pounding thump-thump-thump, along with a catchy melody of a feminine take over. Frankie Rose representing Brooklyn, […]

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Hot Band Alert: Spider Fever – Self-Titled – Album Review

For any experienced musician or songwriter there comes a time in their career when they are ready to move on to something new. More often than not, it’s the lead singer or bassist or even rhythm guitarist who will write a few songs on the side and venture off into solo territory. Very rarely, however, […]

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Elephant & Castle —Transitions — Album Review

Elephant & Castle (aka David Vincent Reep) has just released his debut album with a little help and support from, Los Angeles’ very own, Low End Theory godfather—Daddy Kev. Elephant & Castle delivers his very own unique style of ambient trance to add to your down-tempo record collections. While the past few years have been flourishing with stellar […]

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Miike Snow – Happy To You – Album Review

Miike Snow first tantalized our musical senses with their hit “Animal” off of their 2009 self-titled debut album, which captured our animalistic souls. Now the Swedish/American trio are back with the same melodic tendencies we fell in love with for their sophomore effort, Happy To You. “Animal” may have introduced us to the indie pop […]

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Hot New Music: La Sera – Sees The Light – Album Review

La Sera at the Satellite – Photo: Monique Hernandez Perhaps best known for her work as “Kickball Katy” in Vivian Girls, bassist Katy Goodman has established herself as somewhat of a pop music wunderkind with her latest record, Sees the Light. La Sera is her new side effort and is the first project that really highlights […]

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Lee Fields – Faithful Man – Album Review

It’s inevitable that music genres evolve and change. Jazz started as dance music and by the late 60s, most hip jazzbos were listening to something more akin to Morton Feldman than Louie Armstrong. Hey, that’s the way the cookie crumbles. But one of the great things about this evolution is that those who develop affection […]

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Terry Malts – Killing Time – Album Review

San Francisco trio, Terry Malts, have killed it (in a good way!) with their debut album, Killing Time, released on February 21, 2012, on Slumberland Records. While only coming in at a total of 34 minutes, this album is a simple, yet spirited power punk record. Live like there’s no tomorrow-pogo party inducer! Terry Malts […]

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Fanfarlo – Rooms Filled With Light – Album Review

London-based Fanfarlo, recently debuted their sophomore follow-up, Rooms Filled With Light, to their 2009 breakout album Reservoir. Released on February 28, 2012 on CanvasbackMusic/Atlantic, Rooms Filled With Light is an excitable effort that has the band broadening their musical scope beyond their initial pop-folk focus. Introducing a myriad of synth sounds, samples and electric guitar—in addition […]

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