Album Reviews

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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StepheSykes |
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 |
Case Studies – “The World Is Just a Shape to Fill the Night” – Album Review

I get it. You work your ass off. You slave for years mixing and matching to get your modern indie folk band sounding exactly the way you want — you do some great local shows, then small tours, then bigger tours and finally get a chance to make a quality record. You get a more-than-acceptable […]

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StepheSykes |
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 |