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Little Racer – Modern Accent EP

Little Racer – Modern Accent EP

There are some false leads among the references that Little Racer have given concerning their influences. The Squeeze song title (“Black coffee in bed”) used in the description line of their Twitter account is fair enough maybe, but the Smashing Pumpkins lyric appearing similarly on their Bandcamp page (“Life’s a bummer when you’re a hummer”) […]

The Grand Undoing – White Space Flavors and Parties on TV

The Grand Undoing – White Space Flavors and Parties on TV

There’s a restless sense of energy and fun that undergirds the ten tracks of The Grand Undoing’s latest recording White Space Flavors and Parties on TV. Drawing from elements of sound that range from David Bowie and Frank Zappa to roots country and Americana, Seth Goodman, the artist behind the moniker, crafts a sound that […]

Grace Askew – Scaredy Cat

Grace Askew – Scaredy Cat

Memphis belle and former The Voice bombshell Grace Askew proves, on her first full length recording Scaredy Cat, that television talent show contestants aren’t necessarily disposable. As a critic it’s hard to take such artists, not to mention judges, seriously. While the platform of say American Idol garners maximum exposure the showcased talent is often of […]

Say Hi – Endless Wonder

Say Hi – Endless Wonder

A few listens in to Say Hi’s Endless Wonder and it becomes apparent what’s on the mind of Eric Elbogen: love in all of its many facades. From the one night stand of album opener “Hurt In the Morning” to the celebratory track of bottom end, “Like Apples Like Pears” (“shake ‘em to the left / […]

Spoon – They Want My Soul

Spoon – They Want My Soul

Consistency does not make for a very sexy narrative. Nor does it feel very rock n’ roll. This is Spoon’s gift and their curse. This is not to say that Spoon has not changed or progressed in the two decades since Britt Daniel and Jim Eno formed the band. Their most dramatic leap was perhaps from […]

Hozier – From Eden

Hozier – From Eden

Simple and timeless.  Hozier has filled From Eden up with nothing but smooth guitar notes and basic beats that leave you sitting back with a smile on your face waiting for the next bit of lyrical art.  A near perfect blend of Dave Mathews’ voice and the lonely, melodramatic sounds of  The Black Keys, Hozier […]

Mimicking Birds – EONS

Mimicking Birds – EONS

Mimicking Birds’ new album is a well-measured step forward from their self-titled 2010 debut. The instrumentation is more ornate and the microphones are probably more expensive, but founding member Nate Lacy’s vocals and melodies stay a winding path between fresh and familiar. The same charm and solace that Lacy’s songwriting has exuded since as far […]

Shovels and Rope – Swimmin’ Time

Shovels and Rope – Swimmin’ Time

These are the best of times for the Americana super duo Shovels and Rope. In a span of five years the husband and wife team of Micheal Trent and Carry Ann Hearst have snatched national prominence from the jaws of certain obscurity using little more than a couple beat up drums and two old guitars. […]

Eels – The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett

Eels – The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett

There is a sort of classic archetypal story music critics tell, about an artist dropping the big sound they are known for; all the bells and whistles, all the studio tricks and heavy production. This artist goes on to release a quieter, sparsely instrumented album that speaks truth with a capital “T” because of its […]

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Days in Abandon

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Days in Abandon

In a recent interview on BBC 6 radio, host Lauren Laverne (a ‘90s Britpop alum as the former leader of the band Kenickie) asked Kip Berman, singer/guitarist of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, about his fondness for the band Felt, which elicited some funny remarks about “B-town” from Berman. Laverne’s question likely stemmed […]