I think I'm a thief. When I was 10 years old, I snuck a handful of my dad's records (and his record player) up to my room. He never noticed. Or didn't care. Either way, I got my hands on the likes of Are You Experienced by Jimi Hendrix, Surrealistic Pillow by Jefferson Airplane...
Music Genre: Rock
With this album I feel Devotchka reached a new height. The combination of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the live recording makes for an intimate feel and really displays the expertise of the members of Devotchka. It’s also an endearing dose of Colorado talent; the 303 Children’s Choir even...
This is a beautiful and exciting album. Future Islands is categorized as neo-romantics and it’s fitting for the dramatic vocals and endearing lyrics of Samuel T. Harring. The songs are each their own masterpieces and I feel their music strikes a nerve in a moving way. It’s raw and edgy and...
I can't say enough about Chelsea Wolfe. I love all most of her albums and she's amazing live. Her sound is deep, melodic, dramatic, and mysterious. This is her fourth album and is as captivating as any of her previous work. The album to me is special because I could listen to it over and over,...
Working again with Richard Swift, Jurado continues leave his folky singer/songwriter past for psychedelic pop and rock. I've been going to see Jurado play for almost 15 years now and never could I have imagined his level of creativity keeping up for this long, but this is one of the...
Call it what you will - post-rock, screamo, post-hardcore - the only thing that matters is that Sunbather is a fantastic album for those who love the loud/quiet/loud dynamic of bands such as Godspeed You! Black Emperor or Explosions in the Sky. Due to the throat-shredding vocals, I have no...
The psychedelic music revival continues. Pond's shared membership with Tame Impala is obvious on Hobo Rocket, but Pond takes a more aggressive approach with longer jams and crunchier guitars. It may be a less radio-friendly album, but a terrific listen for those looking to bang their...
This is a band I constantly find myself returning to. Underneath the fuzzed out shoe-gaze sound there are brilliant pop melodies that bring to mind 60's girl groups, 50's rock, or 80's groups like The Jesus and Mary Chain. Highly recommended!
Three Days is one of the sexiest songs I've ever heard. His voice is so soulful.
Mount Moriah display their southern mountain roots in full. "Bright Lights" at times sounds like a female-fronted Allman Brothers. Some twang escapes on "Younger Days". And the album closer, "Telling the Hour", has the dark, gothic feel of a misty cemetery. Some of the...
I loved YL's debut, and I love this, his second album, even more. Much more adventurous and fuller sounding, yet it continues to highlight his unique vocals and ear for building compositions to the point of collaspe.
This is my one of my favorite albums of 2013 so far. Sure they ransack every sound from the late 60s and early 70s (most obviously Sgt. Pepper era Beatles and the Velvet Undergroud) but they do it well and with a freshness that doesn't leave you feeling swindled.
I like Andrew Bird, but to be honest, I've been a bit ambivalent to his most recent albums. They're good but they don't have distinctness from one to another. This EP thankfully shook me out of this rut with its infusion of country sounds both original and adaptations, trading his...
Of all the emerging young psychedelic bands, these Australians are my favorite. Some songs are mellow, blissed out affairs, others are much more driving, and most have a great mix of both. It takes multiple listens to fully appreciate each instrument's contribution and the...
In a year full of band with a lot of rah-rah wannabe folkiness ala Lumineers & Of Monsters and Men, Lord Huron takes a more (and appreciated) laid back approach. The songs are upbeat but quiet with a Graceland quality to them. A solidly pleasing debut.
Once again, Grizzly Bear has made a fantastically slow-burning album that deftly infiltrates your brain in an almost subliminal way.
I love Dirty Projector's last album, Bitte Orca, but this one is slowly taking over the top spot in their catalog. These folks have some amazing licks and harmonies to match. I had the pleasure to see them live a few weeks back and was left simultaneously slack-jawed in awe...
A friend described this as "Americana music from fairy tales." Perfect.
With their jangly folk music, Page France has been one of my favorite underground discoveries in the past few years. Full of their characteristic ethereal writing and catchy melodies, this album may stand as their swan song as they have recently disbanded.
You can listen to the whole EP in less than 20 minutes, but this is delirious and enthralling indie rock that I can't get out of my head long after those 20 minutes are over. Tokyo Police Club is "like a swift kick in the pants followed by a raucous dance party" or so says their bio. Can't get...
This is one of the best albums I've heard in a long time. Great music, a fun sound and just an all around good album. Plus, you've gotta love a band with lyrics like "we formed a band, look at us we formed a band."
Matisyahu, a Hasidic Jew, gets into the groove with this amazing live album. Like most reggae, there are religious overtones but this album has the potential to appeal to a broad audience, even the Yiddish tracks. Passionate, soulful and fun.
An inspired album from one of the greatest post punk bands of all time. Ballads, hardcore, pop and punk are all covered on this diverse, angst-filled wonder.
Musical poetry that I can listen to again and again. If you don't like it the first time, give it another listen, this one will grow on you.
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