From Brooklyn comes Butchers & Bakers, a quartet that clashes 90s girl group rock vocals of artists like Sleater Kinney and Rainer Maria with the laid-back, modern electricity of current pseudo-electronic rock/pop groups. “Brunch”, the lead and title track on the band’s new single, features a punchy guitar riff, laid back vocals and a melodic,… Continue reading Butchers & Bakers: Brunch (MP3 Review)
Brazos is fronted by Brooklyn-via-Austin artist Martin McNulty Crane, who released his debut under the Brazos name in 2009. That album is called Phosphorescent Blues, and was crafted after a 1969 poem called “The Observer” by feminist/radical Adrienne Rich.
Everyone seems to be talking about Parquet Courts lately, so I thought I’d throw my name into the hat and say: Me too! And here’s the conundrum. The album came out in August on Dull Tools, but it comes out (again!?) on January 15 via What’s Your Rupture? Records. So do we classify it as… Continue reading Parquet Courts: Light Up Gold (Album Review)
Father/Daughter Records has a lot to live up to, at least in my eyes. Their release of Pure Bathing Culture’s self-titled EP is one of my favorite EPs of the year. Introducing Leapling of Brooklyn, NY. FDR will be releasing their EP, Losing Face in January.
Let me introduce you to Dangerous Cans, the new project of Brooklyn electro-pop artist Brian Time. He notes that others have commented that his new singles, including “Feel Something” and “Pretty Trash”, have remnants of what makes Washed Out great. Yeah, I can hear it, but Time does a good job distancing himself from sounding… Continue reading Dangerous Cans: Feature
Pet The Ghost continues Darlings‘ trend of producing great, lazy summer garage pop. Their new single highlights the two sides of the Brooklyn-based band. “Pet The Ghost” is full-on garage pop, but within it Darlings produce the sweltering hot, lazy summer sound. “Shelley”, on the other hand, is much louder and more upbeat.
Black Marble is Ty Kube and Chris Stewart, who produce somewhat minimalist synth music. With a synth drum beat, a synth melody, and deep, dark vocals, “Pretender” is a song that is one part Joy Division, one part Craft Spells, and one part its own thing. The song can be found on the band’s new… Continue reading Black Marble: Pretender
Brooklyn based Lightouts are Greg Nelson and Gavin Rhodes. The duo creates thick and fully developed rock music pulsing with electric guitar solos and clean, rolling harmonies. Progressive and balanced, the bandâ€™s sound is reminiscent of 90â€™s alt rock and 70â€™s glam rock dance halls; their music just makes you feel good. These guys have… Continue reading Lightouts [Feature]
Conversion Party boasts a sound that draws influence from classic indie rock, with squealing post rock guitars backed by clever riffs and fronted by emotive vocals and cunning lyrics. Favors is the band’s new EP, out this past week on Open Kimono. “False Teeth” opens the 4-song EP with those emotive vocals, then we get… Continue reading Conversion Party: Favors [Album Review]
Ryan Trott released my favorite 7″ Single of 2010. It wasn’t under the name given him by his parents; instead it was Family Trees’ Dream Talkin’. Trott is back and this time he’s going solo with an eight-song EP dubbed Spirit Home. If you loved the beachy pop Family Trees gave us, and the experimental… Continue reading Ryan Trott: Spirit Home [Album Review]