Song Reviews

Keep Shelly In Athens: Running Out Of You MP3

Mysterious, ethereal and eerie, Keep Shelly In Athens create an all-encompassing sound in the whispery tune “Running Out Of You”. Filled with enormous dreamy synths, the song is dream pop for nearly two thirds of its four and a half minutes. The final third adds a heavier beat, turntable scratching, and an 80s hip hop… Continue reading Keep Shelly In Athens: Running Out Of You MP3

Album Reviews

Easter Island: Better Things [Album Review]

Easter Island is brothers Ethan and Asher Payne, who, along with drummer John Cable and bassist Andrew Terrell, create smooth, dreamy progressive pop in the vein of Stars or even Wye Oak. Better Things is filled with surreal pop songs, opening with the near shoegaze “Proud”. While the EP doesn’t embark completely into that space,… Continue reading Easter Island: Better Things [Album Review]

Album Reviews

The Modern Skirts: Grammahawk [Album Review]

In the past, The Modern Skirts have proved themselves to be one of the finest piano-laced indie pop groups in the western hemisphere. But, to be so damn good really seems to come with a price. The dreaded pigeon-holing effect becomes a factor. And any real artist, or avid listener, knows that this could very… Continue reading The Modern Skirts: Grammahawk [Album Review]

Song Reviews

Ham1: It’s Only A Dream Unto Itself [mp3]

It’s difficult to describe the encapsulating power behind Ham1. The Athens-based band’s latest album, Let’s Go On And On And On With Ham 1, is perhaps most engrossing release in their half-decade career. “It’s Only A Dream Unto Itself” is one of the album’s top tracks, molding together a unique array of rock, folk, country… Continue reading Ham1: It’s Only A Dream Unto Itself [mp3]

Features

Maserati [Feature]

Odd that this, Pyramid Of The Sun, is my first experience of the epic Maserati. It’s not with ignorance, too; their name has been uttered in my direction from many an enthusiast. Thus I do not feel competent in doing an album review, as I have no basis of comparison – and that is precisely… Continue reading Maserati [Feature]

Videos

Tunabunny: I Miss You (You Miss Me Yes) [Video]

They call it transcendental dance pop, which sounds pretty good to me. I’d add in hints of punk and plenty of noise to that description, though. Tunabunny is the latest great thing to come out of Athens, Georgia, a place that needs no introduction when it comes to great independent music. And their new self-titled… Continue reading Tunabunny: I Miss You (You Miss Me Yes) [Video]

Album Reviews

Elf Power: Elf Power [Album Review]

Elf Power is one of the great leftovers from the epic Elephant 6 collective — you know, bands like Of Montreal, Neutral Milk Hotel, Essex Green, Beulah, and Apples In Stereo to drop a few names. On their tenth — yes, tenth! — studio album, they go the self-titled route. But don’t think that safe… Continue reading Elf Power: Elf Power [Album Review]

Album Reviews

Bambara: Dog Ear Days [Album Review]

Hypnotic is not a term one often associates with punk, but Athens-based trio Bambara fit both molds. At times ethereal and dreamy, at others ferocious and noisy, Bambara mixes elements of the post-punk revival with modern shoegaze and psychedelic noise. Dog Ear Days is a bit of a mystery as its mere existence possesses something… Continue reading Bambara: Dog Ear Days [Album Review]

Album Reviews

Modern Skirts: Happy 81 EP [Album Review]

After turning so many heads with their 2008 sophomore release, All Of Us In Our Night, as well as appearing on the video game Rock Band 2, some may wonder how the Athens pop/rock group Modern Skirts would return when that time eventually came. Could anything they do top the local and sub-sequential SXSW successes… Continue reading Modern Skirts: Happy 81 EP [Album Review]

Song Reviews

Elf Power: Stranger in the Window [mp3]

The release date of Elf Power‘s tenth album, Elf Power, may be a few months out, but hype is growing thanks to the release of the first single from the album. “Stranger In The Window” is just as soft and mysterious as anything off Back To The Web, and hints at their early Elephant 6… Continue reading Elf Power: Stranger in the Window [mp3]