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Pink MountainTops – Get Back

Pink MountainTops – Get Back

On a frigid night in Boston last November, I trekked over to the Brighton Music Hall to catch a Destoryer solo show. Stephen McBean, the man behind Black Mountain and Pink Mountaintops,  opened up the show in ballistic fashion, compared to his tour mate, Dan Bejar. McBean was a shaggy, imposing figure, who spoke little […]

Trampled by Turtles – Wild Animals

Trampled by Turtles – Wild Animals

Is there anything better in the world of pop music than watching an outsider break into the charts? For fans of Trampled by Turtles it is the best of times. As opposed to hotshot upstarts fueled by nothing more than preferable location, buzz, and dumb haircuts TBT proves there is justice in this world, that […]

Nick Hakim – Where Will We Go Pt. 1

Nick Hakim – Where Will We Go Pt. 1

Nick Hakim says his debut EP, Where Will We Go Pt. 1, was birthed in a “hazy gloom”, written in the early mornings after a series of drunken, sleepless nights. Whatever the elements, it served up the perfect lounge cocktail, equal splashes of smooth and swagger over a deliberate, measured sense of cool. If you need a musical reference, […]

Vinyl

Vinyl

Vinyl begins as a fine idea. It also ends up in the right place. On the surface, the plot behind Vinyl, a 2012 film now out on DVD/Blu-ray release from Shout Factory, is enough to draw you in. Vinyl is based on real life events of Mike Peters of The Alarm about a has-been punk rocker out […]

Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

There’s a line on “Every Time the Sun Comes Up”, the last song on Sharon Van Etten’s latest album, Are We There, that will stick out to just about any latently or blatantly immature person. Over the “Be My Baby” beat, a thin organ, and some simple, indifferently picked guitar, Van Etten, clear as a […]

Bry Webb – Free Will

Bry Webb – Free Will

The Constantines owe us nothing. Since 2001 with the band’s auspicious self-titled debut, and its even weightier follow-up Shine A Light, The Constantines spent years trying to persuade audiences that rock is still a young man’s game. The only thing that changed was how it looked post-2000; a little more blue collar maybe, but still […]

The Felice Brothers – Favorite Waitress

The Felice Brothers – Favorite Waitress

In one album, Favorite Waitress, The Felice Brothers have perfectly captured all the emotions and sounds that Americana style music should encompass.  From their easy-going, bar-style “Meadow of a Dream” to their empowering “Silver in a Shadow”, the five-man band provides the listener with a perfect compliment to nearly anything under the sun. Favorite Waitress […]

Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – Enter the Slasher House

Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – Enter the Slasher House

That fluid electronic gurgling is practically unmistakable at this point. Twenty or so seconds into “A Sender,” the first track on Enter the Slasher House, the conversation about how much Slasher Flicks, led by Animal Collective’s Avey Tare (Dave Portner), may or may not sound like Tare’s main band begins. The album’s pounding neon pulse […]

The Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams

The Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams

It’s been a while since we heard anything substantial from The Hold Steady, with their previous effort Heaven is Whenever now nearly four full years old. That was a transitional record, with the band suddenly left a four-piece after the loss of multi-instrumentalist Franzy Nicolay, and drew some criticism for both new production flourishes and […]

Sisyphus – Sisyphus

Sisyphus – Sisyphus

Something that sounds like a leftover youth group drum set in someone’s garage. Double-tracked rap and a drawbar organ. A synthesizer drops in and drums get chopped, rearranged. Vocals stutter. “When you feel like f—ing shit up/let’s f—shit up.” Sufjan Stevens is in the room. Do you believe me? Such is the nature of sphinxlike […]