Album Reviews

Fool’s Gold Self-Titled Debut Album Review

In 2005 I spent a couple months in the luscious country of Brazil. Touring one exotic beach to the next I instantly fell in love with the celebratory, free-spirited ways of this beautiful country. Not to mention all the people there are quite the tantalizing eye candy. Los Angeles’ ensemble, Fool’s Gold, reminds me of […]

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“Do You Want Power” by The Ettes – Album Review

Continuing to draw intensity and suspense with their notable drum and guitar solos, The Ettes’ new album “Do You Want Power” stays true to their infectious ferocious sound, but have found a perfect balance of all things soft and those that tend to be a little rougher. Just like when it comes to performance under […]

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“Summer of Fear” by Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

Brooklyn’s emotive indie crooner, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson (MBAR) made quite the impression last summer with his self-titled debut album. With members of Grizzly Bear and TV On The Radio’s, Kyp Malone assisting in the creation, they’ve once again come through to lend their skills to his second studio album, “Summer of Fear.” Moving from […]

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“Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is Awesome!” Cool Music, For Cool Kids.

Want cool music for your kiddies? And no I’m not talking about Karen O’s “All is Love” for “Where The Wild Things Are.” Although I absolutely adore that song. When I first got the press release and album advance for “Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is Awesome!” I automatically thought it had something to do with […]

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"Why There Are Mountains" by Cymbals Eat Guitars – Album Review

Some people say indie rock is not made for head phones—that’s where the real test of indie music lies. Cymbals Eat Guitars – press play: “And the Hazy Sea” soars with guitars and edgy vocals. Then like a passing storm it drops into a subtle elegance of entwining instrumentation and soothing softness of front-man Joseph […]

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Don't Knock it Till I Rock It! New Album Releases!

This week brings us a slew of fresh tunes. Check out what’s hot and what’s not! “Live From Home” by Shudder to Think Apparently its been more than 20 years since Shudder to Think released their first single. I can honestly say I’ve never listened to this band hailing from the post-hardcore days of punk. […]

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"Blue Print 3" By Jay-Z – Album Review

Jay-Z rallies up a crew of all-star collabos in his latest album “Blueprint 3.” Besides the badass lyrical voice of this famed hip-hop superstar, you’ll hear Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Young Jeezy, Swizz Beatz, Luke Steele, Kid Cudi, Pharrel Mr. Hudson, Drake, and Kanye West up in the mix. Although he pulled a major douchebag move […]

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“11-11” by Rodrigo y Gabriela – Album Review

I heard of this awesome Mexican guitar duo a few years back and was instantly enamored by their intricate, stylistic classical guitar―a very hip spin on the traditional sound of Spanish guitar. Rodrigo y Gabriela’s new album “11-11” is a sweet potpourri touching on various genres. Between their rapid guitar picking, you’ll hear a bit […]

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“Falling” by 2020Soundsystem – Album Review

Drenched with endless trance beats and layers of ambient instrumentation, 2020Soundsystem’s new album “Falling” will either put you under a hypnotic spell of hedonistic bliss, or lay your sweet ass straight to sleep. Considering they’re a live electronic band, I was surprised to hear a small variety of instrumentals in “Falling”. It’s way more mellow […]

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“Popular Songs” by Yo La Tengo – Album Review

Transcending colorful fields of musical genres, don’t expect to hear an album full of the same indie pop and melodic hooks that Yo La Tengo has put out in the past. As their twelfth studio album, Yo La Tengo has stepped it up a huge notch and has dropped jaws in all the best ways […]

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