Could there be a better album than Gemma Ray’s Milk For Your Motors to transition us from the ice-cream brightness of summer to the chilly, moody, whiskey-soaked ides of fall? Definitely not. This killer follow-up to Gemma Ray's equally strong Island Fire balances light and dark on a razor's edge, that eerie interplay between the creepy and the mundane that David Lynch has been toiling in for decades.
In fact, much of Milk For Your Motors feels ... Read More
London's Fat White Family are a refreshingly unique band with a bratty name, one that might just keep the kind of people who would really like them from checking them out. Their newest release, Champagne Holocaust, isn’t a true new release—it previously existed on the band’s Bandcamp page, and has now been given an official CD release on Fat Possum Records.
That same freedom from convention can be found in Fat White Family’s ... Read More
It seems fitting that Jessica Weiss began penning songs as soundtracks to student films since the Brighton-based lead singer and songwriter’s lyrics are rife with vivid imagery, intense drama, and compelling storylines. Fellow art student Guitarist Daniel Falvey met Weiss after an exhibition of her work inspired him, and drummer Michael Miles was later brought in to handle percussion. Together shoegaze trio Fear of Men creates a bittersweet sound by blending ... Read More
What do swimming pools, sexual voyeurism, elevators, and eco-terrorist extraterrestrials have in common? They’re all the subjects of songs on Hotel Valentine, Cibo Matto’s first release in 15 years. Much of the album is written from the perspective of a wry ghost who haunts a hotel and delivers deadpan lines like, “I had some cheese and seedless grapes for lunch and floated around for the rest of the afternoon.”
The band’s ... Read More
Here’s the thing: those of us that are willing to shamelessly drown in the depths of repetitive, predictable, and overtly romantic bro-rock indie music, tend to welcome almost all attempts at acoustic recordings. That’s why when Seattle group Band of Horses released their newest album Band of Horses: Acoustic At The Ryman the mushy hearts of BUST were totally down. In most other places, the album (released on February 11, 2014) was not as ... Read More
When I tell Loke Rahbek of the Danish band Vär that their debut LP No One Dances Quite Like Our Brothers (Sacred Bones Records) makes me feel like I’ve just drank a little too much GHB, he tells me he actually likes the description. It makes sense to equate Vär’s dark, sludgy electronic feast to the drug commonly associated with date rape.
“I knew a guy who died from GHB once,” Rahbek says.
I tell him that you have to be ... Read More
Okay, to suggest that Brooklyn band Sharkmuffin has their sights on total world domination may be a stretch. However, their recently released EP, She-Gods of the Champagne Valley, IS the perfect summertime album for girls who dreamed of being Tura Santana when they were little. And whether they're dedicating a single to Pussy Riot, or playing at feminist art houses (hauses?) guitarist Tarra Thiessen and bassist Natalie Kirch have developed a sound that’s raw ... Read More
You know your secret dark place you go to in your mind that feels all comfy and shit despite the cold puddles of despair and dark hallways of longing? (Whoa, Mr. Dramatic.) You know you shouldn’t be lingering there, but like picking a scab or cracking your knuckles, the hurt is just too good. Nadine Shah’s new single “To Be a Young Man” from her forthcoming album Love Your Dum and Mad has received quite the bit of praise from the indie ... Read More
Since its beginnings in 2002, Los Angeles band the Bronx has incorporated a sunny element within its version of hardcore. Maybe it’s a California thing, but it’s hard to describe their explosive, melodic, pump-your-fist music, other than to call it pizza-party punk. Their latest effort The Bronx (IV) is lacking any form of anger, which feels weird for a band of their ilk. Still, songs like “Along for the Ride” and “Ribcage” are loud, ... Read More
I’m stoked to say that even after a long break, indie-pop icons Tegan and Sara have still got it—as demonstrated one Thursday night in January when the Canadian sibling duo packed the basement venue at The Standard in the East Village. The sisters laid down old favorites as well as new tracks off their first album since 2009’s Sainthood. Both women took the chance between songs to get personal with the crowd, sharing the inspirations behind their ... Read More