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Joseph Arthur – Foreign Girls

Joseph Arthur – Foreign Girls

No one will ever accuse Akron, Ohio native turned Brooklyn resident Joseph Arthur of not keeping his fans steeped in fresh new music. While his six full-length albums have been released gradually since 1997, Arthur has also supplied the indie world with an almost ridiculous number of EPs in between – most of the time […]

Noah and the Whale

Noah and the Whale

Noah and the Whale’s unique moniker is a combination of the band’s favorite film, “The Squid and the Whale,” and Noah Baumbach, the film’s director. Baumbach may not like sharing, though, seeing as the tagline from his film is “Joint custody blows.” Regardless, Noah and the Whale, formed in 2006, have paid tribute to their […]

Asteroid No. 4 – These Flowers of Ours

Asteroid No. 4 – These Flowers of Ours

The title of the new release by Philadelphia-based Asteroid No. 4 should be the first inclination that, if nothing else, you’re in for an unusual ride. For the most part, the ride is one part psychedelia, one-part folk-rock, and one-part acid trip down a river of reverb. There are a few detours, but they’re not […]

Black Light Burns – Cover Your Heart

Black Light Burns – Cover Your Heart

Isn’t it a bit soon for Black Light Burns to be making a covers album? Even if Wes Borland has been making music for the better part of the past two decades, Black Light Burns have still only tallied up a grand total of one album, and Cruel Melody was released barely a year ago, […]

Duchess Says

Duchess Says

Punk rock is supposed to be youthful and rebellious, raucous and discordant to the point of being unlistenable. But lately it’s been limping along on its cane of mainstream success. Record sales and FM airplay have been disastrous for punk, transforming it from a violent and rebellious genre to yet another formulaic recipe for record […]

Dalglish

Dalglish

Ideom begins with a sonic drill driving straight into your brain. If you can make it past that, two items are relatively certain: one, you are used to the kind of music Dalglish makes and are perhaps even a fan of it, and two, failing number one, you are an adventurous sort, willing to wade […]

The Notwist

The Notwist

The latest Notwist release, The Devil, You + Me, is a unique one, treated with great expectation and, as a result, a fair bit of apprehension: “Will they live up to the fantastic Neon Golden? Will they veer more towards their vocal tracks? Will it kick off with something as strong as ‘Pick Up the […]

Samantha Crain

Samantha Crain

Samantha Crain could be going places. She’s a 21-year-old folk singer from the most neglected nowhere of flyover country with a dark, sharp wit and a “try anything once” streak. She’s also got a lot of shiny, slick professional marketing and publicity pushing her coming-of-age diary of an EP, The Confiscation. Whether she ends up […]

Bronze Float

Bronze Float

From the first listen, you could say that I was a bit underwhelmed by the sound of Bronze Float. They sound like, well, like quite a lot of other bands actually, especially The Microphones or their alternate persona, Mt. Eerie. That was, upon first listen, an experience that was largely distracted and, to be honest, […]

People in Planes

People in Planes

The first sound on People in Planes’ second LP, Beyond the Horizon, is a sinister and foreboding organ, sustained. It is, like the best parts of the LP, an anomaly. It is the sludge that hangs around the band’s sound that is most interesting on Horizon – the solo in “Better than Life”; the guitar […]