Album Reviews

  1. Salt Cathedral – Oom Velt EP

    The story behind the sophomore EP, Oom Velt, from our friends in Brooklyn-via-Bogota’s Salt Cathedral is the ongoing story of their search for their own identity as artists and their evolution as a band. Indeed, last year’s self-titled debut EP was a collection of angular math rock and stuttering indie vibes. It was excellent and marked the band as one Continue…

    Salt Cathedral's Oom Velt is one of the most intriguing and satisfying releases we've heard this year.

  2. The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers

    For at least three decades stretching from the 1940′s through the 1960′s, the Brill Building in NYC was an incredibly important part of American pop music. By the 1940′s it was already home to numerous music publishers; and by the early 1960′s as many as 165 music businesses operated from the address. It was a powerhouse for songwriting, publishing, Continue…

  3. Zammuto – Anchor

    If you ever took an advanced art class, you probably had one person in your class who was lightyears ahead of everyone else in terms of both innate talent and creativity. This was the person who had the most insane/ambitious ideas for projects and somehow always – always – executed them flawlessly. I have a suspicion that Nick Zammuto, Continue…

  4. Spoon – They Want My Soul

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    “It sounds like a Spoon album,” is how a friend described Spoon‘s latest full length They Want My Soul. And, for the most part, she’s right. It’s fastidiously produced. It’s a rock ‘n roll album. It packs plenty of “boom” to stand out at a crowded, lively gathering and, yet, sounds even better on a pair Continue…

  5. Jungle – Jungle

    Following a series of no less than six singles dropped over the past year, UK-based duo Jungle have earned our attention with a slick mix of smokey soul, swagger-filled indie funk, and headphones-friendly disco. With that much hustle, it was easy to pick them as one of our top new artists to watch this year. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, they also demonstrated that they Continue…

  6. The Bones of J.R. Jones – Dark Was The Yearling

    A strong cup of black coffee. Not stale diner coffee  – unfussy, small batch, brewed-with-love coffee. That’s what comes to my mind when I listen to the debut LP from The Bones of J.R. Jones. It’s bold, dark and energetic with a rustic, whiskey-tinted swagger. In other words, it’ll light you up while simultaneously filling you with a comforting warmth. Indeed, Jonathon Linaberry, the Continue…

  7. Wye Oak – Shriek

    “This morning I woke up on the floor / thinking I had never dreamed before,” sings Wye Oak vocalist Jenn Wasner on “Before,” the opening track to the Baltimore-based duo’s newest release Shriek. The lyrics are an indication of just how uncertain and lost Wasner was feeling when she set to the work of writing material for Continue…

  8. Haley Bonar – Last War

    The music industry can be a difficult business. An artist can write great songs but still not find the audience they deserve. For example, despite a number of excellent releases, it took years before The National received the recognition their music warranted. Even the now widely well regarded album Alligator was a sleeper hit. Similarly, despite a solid discography, Haley Bonar has maintained a relatively low Continue…

  9. Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang Like A Bell

    Ornate, well-crafted and subtle, it’s easy to find a lot to like on Hundred Waters‘ latest album The Moon Rang Like A Bell. Vocalist/lyricist Nicole Miglis’ poetry and vocal delivery alone are mesmerizing. But the fact that they are delivered alongside gradual, beautifully composed tunes (courtesy of Miglis, multi-instrumentalist Trayer Tryon, multi-instrumentalist Paul Giese, and drummer Zach Tetreault) makes Continue…

  10. Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

    In a letter Sharon Van Etten drafted to accompany pre-orders of her latest album, Are We There, she describes the record as “very much me, being strong, being weak, being open – being myself.” Of course, the Brooklyn-based songwriter has never seemed shy when sharing intimate feelings with her listeners. In fact, that emotional directness is, at least partially, what Continue…

  11. Future Islands – Singles

    Samuel T. Herring was sitting alone backstage at the Hype Hotel at SXSW shirtless and, unsurprisingly, drenched in an impressive amount of sweat. Less than a minute earlier the Future Islands frontman had been dressed in his trademark tight-fitting black shirt and khakis vamping across the stage in a manner that simultaneously called to mind the over-the-top theatrics of William Shatner Continue…

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