Album Reviews

“Belly of the Lion” by Ola Podrida (Film Score Composer, David Wingo) – Album Review

When thinking of film scores, bold, dramatic instrumental tracks that pack punch and presence come to mind. You think John Williams’s “Star Wars” or Hans Zimmer and “The Lion King.” Likely a musician whose album is drawing comparisons to Iron and Wine and Bon Iver wouldn’t be thought of in the same category as the […]

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“Luna” by The Aliens – Album Review

I’m spiraling on a sound-wave of musicianship with a harmonica on my way through a gliding rock tune called “Bobby’s Song.” This 10-minute musical track is broken down into various branches of stylistic blends from the 60s past with touches of modern wonder. By the 3rd minute it breaks down to a mystical flute/pipe tune […]

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“Introducing” by Brilliant Colors

It seems as thought more and more all-fem rock bands are sprouting from the dark and into the musical light. From the recently broken up Mika Miko, to Those Darlins and more, San Francisco gives us yet another set of rockettes you’ll want to add to your playlist. Check out this hot threesome, Brilliant Colors. […]

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“Idol Omen” by Glass Ghost – Album Review

Now this is some straight up chill music. Check out this awesomely creepy Brooklyn duo Glass Ghost. As I listened to their debut album “Idol Omen,” at times it felt like the soundtrack to a dark fairytale with its growing  influx of pounding drums and magical chimes. Front-man Eliot Krimsky sings with a haunting falsetto […]

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“In & Out of Control” by Raveonettes – Album Review

I always remember the Danish mod-rockers, The Raveonettes, as a dark, electro rock duo. Known for their ambient landscapes and sexy lo-fi stylings, it looks like the sun ventured where it usually doesn’t shine on their new ablum “In & Out of Control.” Opening up with a fun and bubbly track, “Bang” sets the tone […]

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“Psychic Chasms” by Neon Indian

Whoa! For a few seconds there I thought I was back in the 80’s playing some Space Invaders or Asteroids. With their intro track (AM), it’s clear that Neon Indian likes to play with the whole galactic beats. You’ll hear some spacey sound effects and cheesy rhythms through out the whole album. If you’re all […]

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Monsters of Folk Self Titled Debut Album Review

Just as basketball has its “all-star” team, music has its “supergroups.” Quickly taking reign in the supergroup ranks alongside The Dead Weather and Them Crooked Vultures, Monsters of Folk are quickly becoming of my favorite new bands. With their self-titled debut album featuring acclaimed musicians – Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis, My Morning […]

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“White Water, White Bloom” by Sea Wolf – Album Review

Far from your basic instrumentals and utilizing just about every beautiful instrument known to man ─ from delicate piano keys, serene violins, soft flutes, and lovely cellos, the orchestra doesn’t stop there. Sea Wolf’s “White Water, Whit Bloom” is placid listening that summons powerful emotion through their climaxing instrumentation. At times you feel like your […]

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“Eskimo Snow” by Why? (Album Review)

A year and a half after releasing the acclaimed “Alopecia” LP, WHY? returns with their fourth album, “Eskimo Snow.” You won’t have any trouble making out Yoni Wolf’s honest lyrics in “Eskimo Snow.” With a sincere and at times detached voice, Wolf’s words roll off his tongue in an inviting manner where you just can’t […]

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Jump Clubb “The Love of No Dance” – Album Review

There’s been a lot of hype about Jump Clubb (Anonymous Band From Beverly Hills). I’m not quite sure who they are but I do know that I really enjoy the beats they’ve been spittin’ out. Their debut album “The Love of No Dance” dropped yesterday, Oct. 6, 2009 and its all sorts of good. Pushing […]

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