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Swans – Live at Bowery Ballroom

Swans – Live at Bowery Ballroom

Swans is not the type of band to take victory laps. Playing New York City, some 30 years after their inception, Swans clearly felt no need to get sentimental about being back in its city of origin. And I don’t mean to say the band fell short of delivering a sloppily emotional paean to N.Y.C. (lord knows there are […]

Marty McKay – Sin’s Disciple

Marty McKay – Sin’s Disciple

Concept albums are always tricky. On one hand, as an artist your vision is set and the material should flow right out of it, keeping you from wandering. Yet, on the other hand, some concepts can be in danger of eclipsing the vision, either forcing the material to expand, sometimes beyond its bounds or simply […]

Engine – Red Moon Rises

Engine – Red Moon Rises

“Shake hands with the walking dead/and the living tired.” Louisiana is a state often associated with swamp music. The Delta blues. Zydeco and Cajun. Space-Western. Wait, what? Engine, local indie rock heroes of the small-but-proud community of Shreveport, LA, have returned with their most ambitious studio endeavor to date and cover new ground for their […]

Dinah Thorpe – Lullabies and Wake Up Calls

Dinah Thorpe – Lullabies and Wake Up Calls

Some people just know how to call it like they see it. Take Dinah Thorpe for example. On her third full-length album she takes the world to task—albeit in a loving way—for being overly corporate, relationally detached and for not being able to see through slick fundraising efforts, and she lampoons the rich and the […]

Morrissey – Live at The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA

Morrissey – Live at The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA

Morrissey knows his fan base is a loyal, dedicated, tortured bunch, so when those with tickets to his rare club gig at Santa Ana’s Observatory were forced to deal with an hour long wait to enter the small venue and a threat from the morose singer to cancel the gig at the last minute (presumably […]

Ed Harcourt – Time of Dust

Ed Harcourt – Time of Dust

Ed Harcourt calls one of the songs on his new EP “Love Is a Minor Key,” and if such an assertion is a factual truism, this new work is chockfull of moody love songs. At its best, Harcourt’s new music will remind you of Morrissey — back when he was better known for writing memorable […]

Wye Oak – Shriek

Wye Oak – Shriek

When a songwriter or band willfully ditches an element of their music that you appreciate – whether it’s phasing out of the genre upon which they made their name, or firing a valuable band member – it’s tempting to be petulant. On the one hand, it’s their prerogative (some might even say, their duty) to […]

Perfect Pussy – Say Yes to Love

Perfect Pussy – Say Yes to Love

Perfect Pussy has sure received a lot of attention awfully fast, but it speaks to the undeniable and blistering force of their music that their band name seemingly has little to do with it. One might even go so far as to suggest that they chose a distracting band name as a deliberate hurdle, like […]

Hospitality – Trouble

Hospitality – Trouble

Hospitality vocalist Amber Papini sometimes sings like an innocent little schoolgirl. However, the eclectic music this trio creates is by no means that of an inexperienced act. There’s a wide variety of sounds explored on this lovely new album. At this point in their young career, Hospitality doesn’t sound like they’ve decided upon a permanent […]

Kate Tucker & The Sons of Sweden – The Shape The Color The Feel

Kate Tucker & The Sons of Sweden – The Shape The Color The Feel

Kate Tucker & the Sons of Sweden are re-emerging. It’s been years since her last release, and the intervening time has been raucously transitional: a new city, a new band lineup, a new approach to creating a record. Tucker and co. have attracted a fair amount of media attention by adopting the Kickstarter approach to […]