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Summer Darling

Summer Darling

The obvious theme of Good Feeling, Summer Darling’s second of three EPs to be released this year, is a young man’s conflict with ‘the church.’ And not ‘the church’ like Catholic church or jumping-up-and-down-in-the-aisle church. We’re talking ‘the church’ like the kind where the pastor wears jeans and the song lyrics are on Powerpoint. Think […]

The Twilight Sad

The Twilight Sad

A young boy wearing a mask is holding a pillow over a sleeping woman’s face. Is this his mother? Is he playing a game? Is he trying to smother her? This ’50s style drawing is the cover of The Twilight Sad’s new album, Here, It Never Snowed. Afterwards It Did. Andy MacFarlane, the band’s guitarist, […]

Try Me Bicycle

Try Me Bicycle

Have you ever encountered a moment in life when everything you were worrying about and focused on just stopped mattering, providing a brief moment of clarity — an honest look at the entirety of your time on earth and how good or bad or both it has been? Perhaps you don’t want to admit it […]

Brothers and Sisters

Brothers and Sisters

Brothers and Sisters is numerically inaccurate. The Austin, Tex. band is actually one brother and sister plus five of their friends (which makes for seven members). The band’s eponymous siblings, Will and Lily Courtney, are the children a Baptist preacher and a long-lost Gospel singer. However, their evangelistic roots rarely surface on their second album, […]

Mystikos Quintet

Mystikos Quintet

The Mystikos Quintet’s latest disc, Club. Dub. A Go Go., is a deceptive experience. So deceptive, in fact, that you may not be aware of the complexity behind their music until you’ve let it seep into your brain after four or five listens. Then, and perhaps only then, will the layers of sound reveal themselves. […]

Upright Citizens Brigade: Asssscat!

Upright Citizens Brigade: Asssscat!

As anyone who has watched Whose Line Is It Anyway? knows, comedy improvisation is not easy. That TV program utilized many different variations on the ‘make it up as we go along’ concept, such as “Props” where pairs of comedians created a series of scenarios based around an unusual object – all in the interest […]

Love as Laughter

Love as Laughter

Love As Laughter have been creating semi-obscure indie rock for over a decade without ever really threatening to break into the limelight. They have occupied positions on the rosters of both K Records and Sub Pop, and their music has moved through various incarnations on its journey towards finding a truly unique aural aesthetic. Their […]

Less Than Jake

Less Than Jake

Less Than Jake made growing up in the ’90s more bearable for me in two ways, despite the fact that I never invested my time in one of their albums and, with one exception I’m about to mention, never listened to them a great deal. First, their name was a source of amusement to me […]

Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo

You know how you only need a single look at an album cover to pass judgment on the quality of music that it represents? It may not necessarily be the case as the opposite can also be true, but sometimes you can’t help but assimilate the terribleness of what’s outside with what’s inside and, be […]

The Curse of Company

The Curse of Company

I’m trying hard not to be cynical about this one. Australian band The Curse of Company has created an indie rock opera. They’ve called it Leo Magnets Joins a Gang…, and it is about a man named Leo Magnets who leaves his lover to join a gang whose mission is to dig some sort of […]