Album Reviews

Oh Pep!
Oh Pep! Defies Labels on Debut LP with Rich Bluegrass Instrumentation and Bold Storytelling

You can pretty much sell me on any music that utilizes a banjo. I have regular arguments with my mother about the third Mumford & Sons album, in which they decided to ditch the glorious instrument; she thinks removing it made them sound more modern, but my retort is that any music can sound as […]

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Amy Blaschke
“Breaking The Blues” with Amy Blaschke’s Newest LP, Out July 1st — Record Release at Grand Ole Echo

There is not a genre so forlorn as the blues. That seems obvious; it’s all in the name. Cultural appropriation aside, blues has endured because, well, the human condition can sometimes lead us down a dark path. But Amy Blaschke takes turmoil and creates purpose in her newest album, aptly titled, Breaking the Blues. Blaschke […]

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Ngaiire blastoma
Essay: Finding Solace in Ngaiire’s New Album “Blastoma”

To achieve stadium arena fame in the music industry, you have to be very lucky and at least somewhat talented. Many times, it seems the most exciting new acts are unfairly ignored for arbitrary corporate reasons, but boutique agencies work to find those gems and polish them with care and attention. My first job out […]

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Adeline HOtel
Adeline Hotel Delivers Uniquely Brilliant Americana Record with It’s Alright, Just the Same

The first line of Adeline Hotel’s newest release, It’s Alright, Just the Same is a roundabout expression of devotion. “I’ve got time of yours to waste,” Daniel Knishkowy sings, “you don’t know it yet but just you wait.” The track, called “Oh Well,” is a tender ballad with a two-minute ending which I consider to […]

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the kills
The Kills make their chilling return with bluesy, slow-burner Ash & Ice

There’s always existed a dichotomy of blurred influences at the center of The Kill’s inflammatory garage-rock, one that has rotated steadily around the tastes of Florida native Alison Mosshart and British guitarist Jamie Hince. Like fellow UK rockers Savages and newcomers Wolf Alice, the duo’s female-led badassery has flowed directly from their knack for cooking […]

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Pollyn offers deep-cuts of vintage electronica on new album Distress Signals

Electro-pop outfit Pollyn have been cutting their teeth in the Los Angeles’ underground for over two decades, so it should come as no surprise that with four albums now under their belt, the trio have undoubtedly mastered the unruly nature of their witchy electronica. Bristling with vintage samplings, propulsive marches of synthetic percussion, and Genevieve Artadi’s ethereal monotone, […]

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M83 break away from their teen dream fairytales with new album Junk

When French electronic band M83 announced it had returned to the studio, I felt a carefully measured level of excitement rise within me. On one hand, I had the promise of new material from Anthony Gonzalez, on the other, they had the insurmountable task of creating an album that would exist in the shadow of Hurry Up, […]

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Weezer return to the sunshine of their youth with tenth studio album, “The White Album”

Weezer has been making music for a long, long, long time–so long that I haven’t known a world without a Weezer album. Their self-titled debut was released three days before I was born and they’ve been pedaling out their audacious take on rock nonstop ever since. But within that massive discography, it’s always been the string of […]

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Yeasayer
Yeasayer abandons synth-pop for the psychedelic-gospel with New Album “Amen and Goodbye”

If there ever existed such a thing as a modern art album, Amen & Goodbye, Yeasayer’s fourth studio attempt, would undoubtedly be it. As eloquently bewildering as ever, the New York experimental rock outfit successfully disembark from the restrictions of melodic, synth-pop constructions as they explore the fringes of their bizarre expressionism. Caught somewhere between the […]

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Open Mike Eagle takes on the world and wins with New Album “Hella Personal Film Festival”

As his moniker might imply, Chi-town transplant Open Mike Eagle crafts improvised, “art rap” of his own design–hammering out a niche for himself and sparking the most exciting underground hip-hop album of the year in the process. Hella Personal Film Festival is in itself a mighty collaboration between Eagle and British producer Paul White, but […]

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