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Album Review: Jason Myles Goss – Radio Dial

“I don’t know where this record would be without all of these guys,” explains Jason Myles Goss, referring to his band-mates on his new album Radio Dial. The Brooklyn-by-way-of-Massachusetts singer-songwriter recorded the album, released two days ago, last year at Vanity Sound in Brooklyn. Joel Arnow (drums), David Dawda (bass), Austin Nevins (guitar), and Sam […]

Album Review: Delta Spirit – Delta Spirit

— Delta Spirit introduces a new Delta Spirit. More electric. More focused on instrumentation. Rhythm. Energy. Less focused on the words coming out of Matthew Vasquez’s mouth (for better or worse). This is a leaner, meaner Delta Spirit. A band that is making a statement about who they are and what they are capable of.

Album Review: The Wooden Sky – Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun

“What began as a simple collection of 9 songs quickly ballooned into an 18-song opus; 13 songs ended up making the record. It did come dangerously close to being a double album,” explains Gavin Gardiner, the lead singer of The Wooden Sky. When you listen through their new 52-minute album Every Child a Daughter, Every […]

Review: Dr. Dog – Be the Void

Now seven albums and more than a decade into their career, it’s safe to put Dr. Dog into the “veteran band” category. You know what that typically entails: a band that (for the most part) has found their identity and isn’t going to do much to stray from it. This holds true for Dr. Dog […]

Album Review: Deer Tick – Divine Providence (streaming now)

I’ll come right out and say it: Deer Tick’s new studio album Divine Providence, the band’s fourth in five years, is their best yet. Perhaps I’m just in a honeymoon phase with it, it always takes time to gain the right perspective on where a new album stands within a band’s catalog. But if I […]

Review: Dawes – Nothing is Wrong

Following up 2009’s acclaimed debut, North Hills, Dawes is back and better than ever with Nothing is Wrong, one of the best sophomore records in recent memory. The band has clearly grown together and, through non-stop touring, become a tightly-knit unit. The harmonies across the board are incredible, and Taylor Goldsmith’s lead vocals have grown […]

Review: The Antlers – Burst Apart

Surely one of the most highly anticipated indie albums of the year, Burst Apart is The Antlers’ follow-up to 2009’s critically acclaimed Hospice. After two unnoticed albums (one self-released), The Antlers burst onto the indie scene with the tragically beautiful concept album. It was unlike anything frontman Peter Silberman had recorded before, both musically and […]

Review: The City Music Project – Visual-Audio

The dictionary defines the word “project” as a “large or major undertaking,” or also as “a specific task of investigation.” Either definition can apply directly to the music Frank Cervantes and Adrian Palashevksy (a.k.a. Golden Spiral) have created for their debut LP as The City Music Project. So while the band’s name may not be […]

Review: Middle Brother – Middle Brother

In an interview last year, Deer Tick guitarist Ian O’Neil described Deer Tick’s sound as “similar to the sound you’d hear if you were sitting in a bar right before last call and you wanted another drink.” That assessment is pretty much spot on for Deer Tick frontman’s new project Middle Brother as well. The […]

Album Review: Iron and Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean

From the very beginning, it’s clear that Kiss Each Other Clean will not be like anything you’ve heard out of Sam Beam before. For his fourth studio album, Beam cultivates an entirely new sound for his music, developing a strong emphasis on funky bass and rhythmic percussion, while also tapping into the wonderful world of […]

Album Review: Big Blue Spruce – Short Story Long

“Philadelphia’s Big Blue Spruce combines rootsy-folk inspired harmonies and jam band instrumentation with a southern rock aesthetic.” It can’t really be explained much better in a single sentence. That quote is straight from the band’s bio section on their website, and hits the nail on the head better than I can… but I’ll try to […]

Review: Justin Jones The Little Fox EP

Before I say anything, I would like to say that the name of Justin Jones‘ EP was not the reason I listened to him, nor is it the reason that I love the EP. (That said, I do love the name. I mean, how could I not?) I listened to Justin Jones because he popped […]

First Impression: Girl Talk’s All Day

Honestly, there is not a single release this week I was interested enough to listen to, so I won’t be writing a review this… oh wait… that mashup dude just released a new album right? For free!? No kidding?! Ok, I’ll give it a listen. After the mass success of 2008’s Feed the Animals, Greg […]

On Second Thought: Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon II

Last week, I expressed that Man on the Moon II wasn’t as great as its predecessor, but that I felt it could grow on me quickly. It didn’t. After spending a week listening to the album over and over again, it’s clear that it does not top Man on the Moon: The End of Day. […]

First Impression: Kid Cudi Man on the Moon II: Legend of Mr. Rager

Upon first listen, I can immediately tell Kid Cudi didn’t change much from his debut album to its follow up. Both albums are good (not great) albums, each with a handful of great songs. The songs that immediately stood out to me from Man on the Moon II are “Erase Me” and “Mr. Rager.” Mary […]

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