Owls – Two – Music Stream

April 8, 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.

Boardwalk – Music Stream

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 – Music Stream

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.

Maps – Vicissitude – Music Stream

September 17, 2013

Chilly electro indie rock that you quickly warm up to, in the vein of Junior Boys or Supersystem. Maps is one dude – James Chapman from Northampton, England.

Low – The Invisible Way – Music Stream

July 5, 2013

10 albums in 20 years for these slowcore trailblazers, er, wanderers. Produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, “So Blue” represents The Invisible Way nicely: Sparse yet majestic, thoughtful yet moving (slowly, of course), finding sparkling interest in the otherwise sprawling spaces.

Generationals – Heza – Music Stream

June 26, 2013

New Orleans’ school chums Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer hop from Cure-inspired dance (“Boys Don’t Cry,” not the somber sobbers) to Passion Pit falsetto yippies.

Deathfix – Music Stream

June 25, 2013

Ex-Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty (here playing guitar and singing) and Blowoff’s Rich Morel (here playing keys and singing) offer up a small, diverse, often darkly reverbed collection of mature cool.

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