Category Archives: Album Reviews

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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, …

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, …

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 …