Album Reviews

“Martian’s Bloom” by Linfinity – Album Review

Photo: Erin Patrice O’Brien One part folk, another punk and even more rockabilly make this alt-country album from Linfinity a standout in today’s electro-mesh market. “Martian’s Bloom” is definitely one of those hard-to-categorize albums. And while usually, this would be a down point, Linfinity maintains cohesion while genre jumping mostly due to lead singer, Dylan […]

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“Happy Birthday” by Happy Birthday – Album Review

Photo: A. Banks Dirty, distorted and nasal aren’t exactly flattering descriptive adjectives (you remember adjectives from “Mad Libs” right?), but Vermont’s Happy Birthday cling to these adjectives and for the most part, make ‘em work and make ‘em sunnier. The self-titled album is the first for the Sub Pop signed trio with an indie mix […]

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“Swim” by Caribou – Album Review and Tour Dates

Switching sounds from album-to-album, first as Manitoba then post lawsuit as Caribou, Dan Snaith has for the most part been on the mark, with every album driven by catchy hooks and stellar production. The short answer to the question is that Caribou’s latest record “Swim” is good. Very good. What is noticeably disappointing, though, is […]

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“Born and Thrown on a Hook” by Drink Up Buttercup – Album Review

As I look back at the high hopes I had for our SXSW coverage, I grow more annoyed about the lame photographer I had on my hands who rather shoot photos of “popular” bands and even mainstream bands (Snoop Dogg) as opposed to following direction with my priority top picks. Unfortunately, Philly’s hot indie quartet, […]

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“Yeah, So” by Slow Club – Album Review

Folk music has undergone various incarnations though the years and decades. Deviation is part of its’ very definition as “music originating among the common people…spread about, often with considerable variation.” Today, subgenres have emerged, and indie folk-pop is where Slow Club’s “Yeah, So” comfortably fits alongside artists such as Tilly and the Wall and Jenny […]

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“Volume Two” by She & Him – Album Review

“Volume 2” by She & Him is a cute and charming album where Zooey Deschanel dazzles with an inviting voice singing like the sweetheart that she is while M. Ward keeps the guitar melodies simple and memorable. Although pleasing to the ear, at first listen, “Volume Two” had no addictive elements to it. I didn’t […]

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“Coconut” by Archie Bronson Outfit – Album Review

A great album is one that you can play on repeat for a month on end with out getting the urge to toss it out the window. London trio, the Archie Bronson Outfit did just that with their forthcoming album “Coconut.” Set for release today, Tuesday, March 23, 2010, this will be their third album […]

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“Animals in Bloom” by Big Light – Album Review

Photo: Jay Blakesberg For a debut album, Big Light has an impressive shine, polish and cohesion on their rock infused, “Animals in Bloom.” The San Francisco foursome blends a mix of trendy rock with elements of psychedelic, folk and even pop. Taking inspiration from bands such as My Morning Jacket and Wilco, they capture elements […]

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“Big Echo” by The Morning Benders – Album Review

These kids seriously look like they’re barely of legal age but perform as though they’ve been doing it for decades. San Francisco’s latest indie sensation, The Morning Benders, are winning the musical hearts of indie snobs everywhere with their sophomore effort “Big Echo.” Their new album and Rough Trade debut is one of the most […]

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“The Courage of Others” by Midlake – Album Review

Denton, Texas-based Midlake’s brand of lo-fi music could definitely fall into the psych-folk category, with a sound touched by Laurel Canyon’s days of lore. The band’s newest record, “The Courage of Others,” picks up where 2006’s excellent “Trials of Van Occupanther” left off, but finds Midlake stripping away the synthesizers to create a sound that […]

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