Album Reviews

Veronica Falls – Self-Titled Debut Album Review

The two lovely ladies and two lovely gents that make up London four piece Veronica Falls, just released their self titled debut album on Slumberland Records on September 20, 2011. This album has been out less than a month and it’s grown on me. It’s become addictive, even. To put it simply: this haunting, graceful, […]

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Emily Saex |
AA Bondy “Believers” – Album Review

AA Bondy at  FYF 2010 – Photo: Matt Fisher AA Bondy has quite a history. Discovered as the hillbilly Kurt Cobain, his first band’s first major label record, Verbena’s Into the Pink was produced by Dave Grohl and was pushed by a dying 90s Modern Rock industry as the saviors of grunge. This may sound […]

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Loney Dear “Hall Music” Album Review

Loney Dear aka Emil Svanangen’s new album Hall Music which came out today, October 4, 2011 was influenced by playing shows throughout his native Sweden with chamber orchestras and coupling that influenced the reworking of some of his older material. The result is an orchestral rooted soundscape pairing the simple and complex, the clear and […]

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Emily Saex |
Male Bonding “Endless Now” – Album Review

The Dalston neighborhood of London is home to many significant pop culture people/places/things.  It brought us the ‘Nabootique’ shop on The Mighty Boosh, the setting of Simon Pegg’s movie Run Fatboy Run and it’s also where electronic party starters The Prodigy made their live debut in 1990.  Now, Dalston has one more thing to boast about […]

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Emily Saex |
Grouplove “Never Trust a Happy Song” – Album Review

Grouplove at MINI Countryman Wanderlust (Malibu) – Photo: Dominoe Farris-Gilbert Everyone in the world should listen to Never Trust a Happy Song. This is the title of the debut full-length by the Los Angeles ensemble, Grouplove. This album is a blissful jewel of ripe sounds and sugary vocals coated to perfection. We’ve covered Grouplove numerous times and […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
The Rapture “In The Grace Of Your Love” – Album Review

Everyone, please rise and welcome back New York City’s very own pop-dance prodigal sons, The Rapture, and with them—In The Grace Of Your Love, the first studio album in a whopping five years, released on DFA records. After surviving a decade as a band, losing members, gaining producers and ultimately changing their minds, they return with an […]

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Ganglians “Still Living” – Album Review

Sacramento’s Ganglians are back two years after their last dual-album release of their self-titled debut and Monster Head Room in 2009. With producer Robby Moncrieff on board (Dirty Projectors, Bitte Orca) this time around, they’ve taken some time to present their newest album Still Living, released August 23, 2011.  Does it hit the musical bull’s-eye? Well […]

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Emily Saex |
Primus – “Green Naugahyde” – Album Review

Primus at Club Nokia – Photo by Ciera Leisenfelder  THEY’RE BACK!! After eleven years since their last studio release, legendary bassist Les Claypool has returned with his crown jewel Primus, releasing the much-anticipated Green Naugahyde. He is joined by Larry Lalonde and Jay Lane, both of whom come from the band’s old days (Lalonde has […]

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I Break Horses “Hearts” – Album Review

I Break Horses is an alternative pop band hailing from Sweden with vocalist and composer Maria Lindén, and lyricist and vocalist Fredrik Balck. This duo altogether underwhelms with their debut album Hearts, released by Bella Union. Sharing their name with a gorgeous song by Smog, you would excpect some of the same deep poetic meaning in their album, […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
AM & Shawn Lee “Celestial Electric” – Album Review

LA-based musical magician AM has teamed with London based move ‘n’ groove aficionado Shawn Lee to bring you the aptly titled new album, Celestial Electric. Bringing some indie pop style and everything but the kitchen sink, the two offer a colorful kaleidoscope of retro-fueled jams. Available for your listening pleasure as of September 6, 2011 on […]

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Emily Saex |