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Buxton – A Family Light

Buxton – A Family Light

It is truly satisfying to hear a band develop from one album to the next. On their second effort, A Family Light, La Porte, Texas four-piece Buxton have done just that, providing a textbook example of sonic evolution. Listen to Buxton’s self-released debut Red Follows Red, then spin A Family Light. The difference is remarkable […]

Obscured By Clouds – Psycheclectic

Obscured By Clouds – Psycheclectic

Since kindergarten, we are taught not to judge a book by its cover. Usually, this is sound advice; more than once have I picked up a handsomely-covered Cosmopolitan magazine only to find that “101 Sex Tips to Try TONIGHT” was not, in fact, the literary masterpiece I was hoping for. Therefore, upon seeing the cover […]

The Lord Dog Bird

The Lord Dog Bird

The Lord Dog Bird is interesting, as side projects go. It’s a lucid, moody reflection by Collin McCann, guitarist for post-punk band Wilderness, featuring serrated-edge but subtle guitar sounds with plodding rhythm. About side projects, they usually fit into two types: the one-offs that stand alone to document the artist at a moment in time, […]

Y-Love

Y-Love

If there is such a thing as an emerging global culture, then Y-Love could someday become its spokesman. Y-Love is the stage name of Yitzchak Jordan, a half Black, half Puerto Rican rapper who is also a devout Orthodox Jew. The Brooklyn-based performer converted to Judaism early in life and has kept its tenets ever […]

Amos Lee

Amos Lee

Even up to the point of walking into the old movie theater that has been converted into a music venue, I was unsure of what to expect from tonight’s Amos Lee show. In all honesty it had been awhile since I had intently followed what he had been doing musically for the past couple of […]

Bauhaus

Bauhaus

If goth fans love Bauhaus so much, it must be because the band keeps dying. Twenty-five years ago, when the foursome first called it quits, they did so just in time to save the band’s reputation. Bauhaus was quickly heading into the realm of slickly overproduced dance tracks, the kind that would have certainly defrocked […]

The Walkmen

The Walkmen

If it’s New York in the late ’90s and you add three-fifths of Johnny Fire*Eater to two-fifths of The Recoys in a studio in east Harlem, called Marcata Studios, you have The Walkmen. Since their debut in 2002 with Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone, they have made significant headway as an indie […]

Noa Babayof

Noa Babayof

For the readers and listeners unfamiliar with the Israeli singer-songwriter/folkstress Noa Babayof and her new album, From a Window To a Wall, I feel it is best to offer two words of description for the benefit of your potential listening experience: woodland creatures. Now that we have that out of the way, please allow me […]

Sister Hazel

Sister Hazel

Anyone who’s heard Sister Hazel on a recent album, or who has gotten the opportunity to hear the band in a live setting knows that they are as hungry as ever to be seen as the hardest working rock-alternative act to survive the mid-90s wave. Their albums are consistently solid chunks of radio-worthy Americana-tinged pop, […]

Girl Talk

Girl Talk

I received an email from Illegal Art, Girl Talk’s record label, that the new record would be shipping soon and could be acquired on the website. Being a reviewer and a definite fan, I assumed I would’ve found out about it earlier or at least known when the release date was going to be, but […]