Album Reviews

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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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
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 |
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The Jim Jones Revue “Burning Your House Down” – Album Review

    Excuse me sir? Do you have the directions to the nearest whiskey bar and a couple of aspirins?  This is the question that The Jim Jones Revue’s newest album leaves you asking. “Burning Your House Down” is as torrid and ornery as the name suggests. Released on London’s Punk Rock Blues record label, […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Hot New Music: Jacuzzi Boys “Glazin’” – Album Review

Upon a first quick listen of Jacuzzi Boys’ new album Glazin‘, released on August 29 on Hardly Art Records, I thought oh great, just another garage band. Upon my second, third and fourth listen I realized what a jump-to-conclusions dumbass I had been. It soon became apparent that it was a power-pop garage psych diamond […]

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Emily Saex |
Hot New Music: Beirut “The Rip Tide” – Album Review

We all want to secretly (and now maybe not so secretly) date Zach Condon, front man of Beirut. Their new album The Rip Tide was just released on August 30 via Pompeii Records (Zach’s record label) and it is here to woo you with its well orchestrated arrangements and genuine lyrical truths. Just give in, […]

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Mister Heavenly “Out of Love” – Album Review

Mister Heavenly @ Fox Theater Pomona – Photo by Will Tee Yang I just popped on the debut album by Mister Heavenly titled Out of Love released on Sub Pop Records.  I’ve been in a state of anticipation for this little treasure box of songs since I followed (stalked) this band all over SXSW 2011.  […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Pepper Rabbit “Red Velvet Snowball” – Album Review

Pepper Rabbit at the Fox Theater Pomona – Photo by Will Tee Yang While listening to the dreamy duo Pepper Rabbit’s sophomore album, Red Velevet Snowball, you’re transported to a sunny, simple time. Originally from New Orleans, frontman Xander Singh and drummer Luc Laurent fully deliver with this concept album. Red Velvet Snowball has a […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Hot New Music: Devon Williams “Euphoria” – Album Review

Like many Los Angeles musicians, I am a transplant. An experienced one. I’ve picked up and moved cities a few times, for music and for other reasons. One of the things that have always helped me acclimate me to these new cities has been to study the city’s musical history and hopefully find a story […]

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Fool’s Gold “Leave No Trace” – Album Review

I saw Fool’s Gold play the Jewlicious festival in Long Beach earlier this year and my review of that went a little something like this:  “Jewlicious 7.0 Festival – Fool’s Gold is awesome live.” I was excited to hear how their sophomore album, Leave No Trace (released August 16) measured up to all the greatness I’ve seen […]

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Emily Saex |