Song Reviews

Tilly and the Wall: Love Riot

If you’re a long-time fan of Tilly and the Wall, “Love Riot” may come as a bit of a shock. It’s loud, raucous almost. It’s rock. It’s heavy. What made Tilly so unique in the past — the handclap/foot-stomp combo — remains a staid feature here, but pairing it with indie pop sensibilities is seemingly… Continue reading Tilly and the Wall: Love Riot

Song Reviews

Conduits: Top of the Hill

One of my favorite elements of shoegaze is its tendency to combine monumental, spacey guitar riffs with dreamy, oft wispy vocals. Conduits excel at this pairing on their new track “Top of the Hill”. Likewise, the typical shoegaze darkness persists, all encompassing but not entirely overwhelming. There’s energy here, but it’s not the torment so… Continue reading Conduits: Top of the Hill

Features

A Weather [Feature]

Portland bedroom pop group A Weather is back with their second full-length album and follow-up to Cove, Everyday Balloons. Though the album came out last week on Team Love Records, we’re just now getting a taste of what it has in store for us through “Third Of Life” and “Giant Stairs”. With these songs, A… Continue reading A Weather [Feature]

Features

Capgun Coup [Feature]

Capgun Coup‘s pure pop sensibilities are thwarted by a distorted fuzz in every element of “Bad Bands”, the first single off their new LP, Maudlin. Yet without it the song wouldn’t have the energy in the crazy jangly guitars and pointed percussion. This energy is channeled through the raucous vocal shouts of Bad bands are… Continue reading Capgun Coup [Feature]

Album Reviews

Simon Joyner: Out Into The Snow [Album Review]

I may get railed on for making a Dylan comparison here, but Simon Joyner and the master himself share a few points. There’s the minimal acoustic guitar and equally minimal accompaniment in songs like “The Drunken Boat” and “Sunday Morning Song For Sara”. There’s the traditional folk element rampant throughout each of his songs. And… Continue reading Simon Joyner: Out Into The Snow [Album Review]

Album Reviews

A Weather: Cove [Album Review]

Written by Ben Meyercord. Okay the let me get the two things that are always written about A Weather out of the way. Their record, Cove, was released by Conor Oberst’s (Bright Eyes) imprint of Saddle Creek Records, Team Love. They have hushed vocals. I am here to tell you there is more to this… Continue reading A Weather: Cove [Album Review]

Videos

Joker’s Daughter: Lucid [Video]

I want to say that, at some time in the past three to five months, I picked up Joker’s Daughter‘s 7″ single for their song “Worm’s Head” as the cover art looks mighty familiar. Thanks to my recent move away from Seattle and into a small-ish country town between the capital of grunge and Vancouver,… Continue reading Joker’s Daughter: Lucid [Video]