Album Reviews

Hot New Music: The Hundred Days “Really?” — Album Review

If you’re a fan of The Killers, Franz Ferdinand or The Bravery, then The Hundred Days should be in rotation through your indie rock playlist. The San Francisco-based indie band has released their freshmen LP Really?— a 10-track album that’s filled with influences of alternative, punk, pop, electro and more. While the aforementioned, The Hundred […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
The War on Drugs “Slave Ambient” – Album Review

Having left off with 2008’s Wagonwheel Blues, with only 2010’s Future Weather EP to tide fans over, The War on Drugs’ sophomore album is now released into the musical wild.  Slave Ambient is out today, Tuesday August 16, 2011, so get your paws on that shit. Front man Adam Granduciel (the dude in the pic […]

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Emily Saex |
Hercules & Love Affair “Blue Songs” — Album Review

The disco troupe that make up Hercules & Love Affair are finally getting the stateside recognition they deserve with the release of Blue Songs. But die-hard fans probably already have the album, given it was released back in January of this year in England. But for those who are new to their love affair, the […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Hot New Music: The Ettes “Wicked Will” – Album Review

If your head doesn’t bang and your body doesn’t tremble and shake like the shock of 1,000 volts  when you hear The Ettes’ new album Wicked Will, then there is clearly something wrong with you.  To the corner with a dunce cap you go because this album effing ROCKS. If you don’t realize it in […]

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Thomas Dybdahl “Songs” — Album Review

You may be asking yourself, “Who in the hell is Thomas Dybdahl?” In short, he’s a 32-year-old talented singer/songwriter from Norway who is making his international musical debut with Songs. Already a huge hit in parts of Europe, Dybdahl already has three platinum albums in his homeland and is looking to add some more with […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
They Might Be Giants “Join Us” – Album Review

Before being a band from Brooklyn was even cool, They Might Be Giants (aka John Flansburgh and John Linnell) busted out from this borough with a unique sound all to their own. Having seen them with the amazing and always funny John Hodgman live in ’09, I was instantly excited to check out the latest […]

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Emily Saex |
Her Space Holiday “Self-Titled” – Album Review

Before Ariel was pink, before the Kurt was vile, before clouds did nothing—there was Marc Bianchi and Her Space Holiday. Dude was indie before you. Dude was making recordings of high and low tech dream pop in his home since 1996 (that’s 15 years, bub). Dude has always been independently and consistently interesting (if not always […]

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Hot New Music: “Mariachi El Bronx (II)” – Album Review

While most bands tend to fear the sophomore slump, Mariachi El Bronx have taken this dreadful trend by the balls and flung it out the window. With the release of their highly anticipated follow up, Mariachi El Bronx (II), the men have fine tuned and crafted their Mariachi skills and lyrical content to perhaps even […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Hot New Music: Theophilus London “Timez Are Weird These Days” — Album Review

The highly anticipated debut release from Brooklyn’s Theophilus London lives up to the hype — and then some. Totally exceeding expectations, London’s album title is even on point! There’s no denying that Timez Are Weird These Days, and he perfectly sums up this point in one eclectic, yet amazing, 11-track album. With hip-hop at its core, […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Crystal Antlers “Two-Way Mirror” – Album Review

After temporarily settling down in the small Mexican farming town of La Punta Banda, Long Beach natives Crystal Antlers have spawned the follow up to their 2010 debut with their impressive new album Two-Way Mirror. Fusing different styles and genres on their already eclectic palette, the Crystal Antlers have added new elements of avant-garde pop, […]

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Emily Saex |