Album Reviews

Gold-Bears “Are You Falling In Love” — Album Review

Gold-Bears’ debut album, Are You Falling In Love is a spazz-pop, indie-rock record splashed with some punk vocals. It musically speaks of young love, butterflies in your stomach and all that mushy crap when you’re falling for someone. Great for moments when you’re actually feeling these things—not so great when you’re not. With a name […]

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Jessica 6 “See The Light” — Album Review

Jessica 6’s See The Light is an exhilarating, sensual journey of disco-infused, electro-pop drizzled with a bit of R&B and just all-around damn good dance tunes. The Brooklyn trio (made up of the smoking hot Nomi Ruiz on vocals, bassist Andrew Raposo and Morgan Wiley on keyboards) fills their music with captivating lyrics that describe […]

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She Wants Revenge “Valleyheart” — Album Review

She Wants Revenge’s third album, Valleyheart musically demonstrates the band’s maturity and growth as musicians. Comprised of Justin Warfield (vocals, guitar and keyboards) and Adam Bravin (bass guitar, keyboards, guitar, drum machine, percussion, programming and vocals), the San Fernando Valley-based duo waited four years to create their latest effort—but good things are always worth waiting […]

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ARKHUM – “Anno Universum” – Album Review

In a musical world devastated by blatant knockoffs and recycled riffs, it’s always a relief when a band puts out an effort that is essentially a breath of fresh air. The newest effort by Oregon-based outfit ARKHUM, entitled Anno Universum, is exactly that. While not necessarily groundbreaking, it certainly strives to lift the jaded veil […]

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Crystal Stilts- “In Love with Oblivion” – Album Review

I started listening to the new Crystal Stilts album In Love With Oblivion on May 21, 2011 – otherwise known as the day of the supposed “rapture.”  I’m not sure if that was a good idea but I certainly know that when the world does indeed end, I know what album I’m going to listen […]

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Hot New Music: Explosions In The Sky “Take Care, Take Care, Take Care” – Album Review

It’s no easy feat to create music that has the power to touch souls or bring forth an intense emotion. It’s even more difficult when there are no lyrics present to tell you a story or how you’re supposed to feel. Explosions In The Sky have always had the magnificent ability to affect their listeners […]

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Raphael Saadiq “Stone Rollin’” — Album Review

Raphael Saadiq has always had a soulful background in music, but his fourth solo album, Stone Rollin’, puts his music on an entirely different level (or era). Via ten tracks, Saadiq takes listeners on a soul-infused, R&B-inspired nostalgic journey of music reminiscent of the ’50s and ’60s—reworked with a modern twist. The cover art alone […]

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Jamaica “No Problem” – Album Review

A French duo called Jamaica produced by part of Justice boasting growing buzz in the U.S. and success overseas sounds like a combo that will equal chaos or genius (or perhaps a bit of both.) Yet, for their debut album, No Problem, Jamaica lands some where in the middle. The album is packed with 80s-pop-rock-inspired […]

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Cass McCombs “Wit’s End” — Album Review

Patience. Axl said that’s all we need. I guess Cass McCombs agrees. His new release Wit’s End is a collection of crafty but mournful guitar pop recalling Elliot Smith or Richard Thompson, even 70s soft rock (albeit a dark, despairing soft rock). However McCombs finds a way to be both melancholy and restrained, never over-emoting, […]

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Royal Bangs “Flux Outside” — Album Review

Tagged as “experimental rock,” the Tennessee-based trio Royal Bangs are a bit all over the place with their third album, Flux Outside. But it’s not necessarily a bad thing, since each of the 12 tracks keeps you on your toes since you don’t know what you’re going to get thrown at you. As three high […]

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