c.Kostra – Now I Feel It – Review

January 31, 2017

Heavily distorted vocals push, pull and mold these ten tracks into beautiful miniature soundscapes that sound fresh and innovative while still managing to be accessible and distinct.

Pixies – Head Carrier – Review

September 26, 2016

The Pixies 2.0’s second tilt, Head Carrier, picks up where the first one, Indie Cindy, left off; and like its predecessor, it’s a bit uneven.

Local H – Hey Killer – Review

April 10, 2015

Hey, Killer is the most consistent Local H record since 2002’s Here Comes the Zoo and the band’s best since at least 2004’s Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles?

Pixies – Indie Cindy – Review

June 20, 2014

Since I’ve already reviewed two-thirds of full-length Indie Cindy through EP-1 and EP-2, I don’t feel the need to rehash those songs. The new ones are not even as good as the high points of those two EPs.

Owls – Two – Review

March 19, 2014

Owls are a satisfying throwback to a time when emo rock hadn’t yet evolved into an overly sleek, whiny mess of a movement.

Dum Dum Girls – Too True – Review

January 27, 2014

My brother-in-law saw this band open up for Ben Gibbard, and his zero-word review was a lethargic shoulder shrug. Maybe they’ve improved with age? Maybe not.

Pixies – EP-2 – Review

January 24, 2014

The Pixies went a whole four months before releasing EP-2 on their site in early January. And I want to say it’s an improvement over EP-1, but it’s not. Let’s see why.

Boardwalk – Review

January 2, 2014

Pleasant, predictable, and mesmerizing. Breathy, gauzy female vocals, and a hipster dude handling the deeply-reverbed guitars, and a drum machine set on snooze.

Blitzen Trapper – VII – Review

December 31, 2013

Seventh full-length. And the music, heard here on “Ever Loved Once,” is just as straightforward and unpretentious, with a confident alt.country swagger.

The Sounds – Weekend – Review

December 1, 2013

The fifth album from this Swedish band. Weekend has energy and emotion to spare, and makes me wonder just what the hell people are listening to instead of this.

Goldfrapp – Tales of Us – Review

November 15, 2013

Not that Goldfrapp hasn’t been doing well since her collaborations with Orbital, but having your song in an Apple commercial is a new level.

Pixies – EP-1 – Review

October 11, 2013

It’s a tough thing for a band that hasn’t put out new material in more than 20 years (aside from two singles) to come back like gangbusters.

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