Album Reviews

Ra Ra Riot make their triumphant return with the lushly enchanting Need Your Light

When the lofty electronica of Beta Love first made its way through the airwaves, the break that was made from Ra Ra Riot’s once indie-baroque dynamic was a deafening one. For all intents and purposes, the album was considered a rough transition; to critics, it was a betrayal of their nearly perfectible reconciliation of orchestral […]

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Reviewed: St. Lucia’s “Matter” is sure to have you dancing

With Brooklyn-based synthpoppers St. Lucia churning out tunes, Phil Collins – you can stay retired. St. Lucia has perfected the tropical synths and heavy percussion sound that Collins became known for in the ‘90s after defecting from Genesis. It’s been two-and-a-half years since their debut album When the Night dropped. After seeing them a half-dozen […]

Stream The Echo and The Sound’s new album “Buffalo Mouth” packed with scorching rock ‘n’ roll

Los Angeles duo The Echo and The Sound, composed of drummer Doug Jewell and guitarist/vocalist Brian Rich, are bringing the noise full blast, shredding through twelve tracks of scorching rock n’ roll on their new double EP Buffalo Mouth, a record they describe as “stop, drop & rock n’ roll” and which is destined to be officially […]

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Recommended: Keep Shelly In Athens push boundaries with new album “Now I’m Ready”

Photo Credit: Niki Topouslidou With each new release Athens, Greece duo Keep Shelly In Athens continue to push their own boundaries just a little bit further than before and that’s certainly the case with their sophomore full length Now I’m Ready, released October 16th via Los Angeles label Friends of Friends. While downbeat electronic is still the primary […]

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Hot New Music: Neon Indian’s VEGA INTL. Night School — a delicious disco odyssey 

It’s usually never appropriate to judge a book (or album for that matter) by its cover, as the painstaking artistry of its contents are to be little more than complimented by its outer sleeve. But we’re only human, so from the moment you lay eyes on VEGA INTL. Night School, with its 70’s stylized portrait […]

Recommended: Le Butcherettes’ new album “A Raw Youth” — rebel music for all ages

Le Butcherettes have come barreling down the door with their latest album A Raw Youth, which drops tomorrow, September 18 via Ipecac Recordings. Their previous record Cry Is For The Flies was an emotional rollercoaster, and while the band has lost none of that signature intensity, on A Raw Youth, the overall feeling is more […]

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Reviewed: Beach House “Depression Cherry” — a lush and sensual wonderland

It’s easy to forget that it’s been over a decade since Beach House first stepped onto the indie music scene with their self-titled debut. But after the critically-acclaimed Bloom, French-born Victoria Legrand and Baltimore native Alex Scally were believed to have completed the four-part cycle of the band’s hypnotizing evolution and peaked. But like a […]

Recommended: Sharkmuffin’s debut LP “Chartreuse” is 20 minutes of punk-grunge heaven

Grimy Goods have been fans of Brooklyn punk outfit Sharkmuffin since we caught wind of them early last year and presented their knockout show at The Satellite. When we learned that the duo of Tarra Thiessen (vocals, guitar, theremin, pocket piano) and Natalie Kirch (bass/vocals) were set to release their debut full-length, Chartreuse on August […]

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Wolf Alice officially arrives with debut full-length “My Love is Cool”

London rockers Wolf Alice have been on our radar since making their L.A. debut at Bardot in January, and excitement for their debut album My Love is Cool has been buoyed by subsequent standout performances. The album dropped June 23 off Dirty Hit/RCA Records and it was well worth the wait. With a sound often times reminiscent of the best […]

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