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Archive for April, 2014
 
 
 
Reviews
 
Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost (2011)

Twangy rock with hints of country and alternative was prominent on Girls’ excellent Broken Dreams Club EP. The sound recalled the likes of Ryan Adams and Matthew Sweet while remaining true to Girls’ eclectic pop approach. They ...
 
Reviews
 
CANT - Dreams Come True
CANT - Dreams Come True
CANT - Dreams Come True

CANT – Dreams Come True (2011)

Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor debuts his new solo project, CANT, with the full-length Dreams Come True. Featuring frequent collaborator and post-punk revivalist Twin Shadow (George Lewis Jr.), it is a more electronic-oriented and...

 
Reviews
 
newvillager - new villager 2011
newvillager - new villager 2011
newvillager - new villager 2011

NewVillager – New Villager (2011)

During their live performances, the highly exuberant NewVillager produce visuals as colorful and memorable as their tightly infectious songs. They're just as successful in the studio. Their full-length debut is a fantastic and ...
 
Features
 
Outside Lands music festival
Outside Lands music festival
Outside Lands music festival

Dark Horses From Outside Lands

We take a look at several up-and-coming acts from this year's Outside Lands that may have been overshadowed by headliners like Arcade Fire and Phish. Their reputations for infectious and enthusiastic live performances is what e...

 
Reviews
 
Bill Callahan - Apocalypse
Bill Callahan - Apocalypse
Bill Callahan - Apocalypse

Bill Callahan – Apocalypse (2011)

Bill Callahan has a voice like no other man on earth; it’s haunting, intimate, spontaneous and passionate. The first thing heard on Apocalypse is Callahan singing a single line, unaccompanied: “The real people went away.” His b...
 
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Oh Ruin
Oh Ruin
Oh Ruin

Oh Ruin, Eoin

I don’t know about you, but I love a nice poetic story about the creation of an equally poetic band. Something that makes the music they present sound all the more home-grown and full of bold character. Oh Ruin, which is ...

 
Interviews
 
the wind
the wind
the wind

Interview with The Wind

The Wind’s excellent double-album, Harum-Scarum, is one of my favorite releases from the past year. You can check out the review here. GroopEase is offering an ABSURD discount on the album: 23 songs for $3! It’s an ...
 
Reviews
 
cymbals eat guitars - lenses alien
cymbals eat guitars - lenses alien
cymbals eat guitars - lenses alien

Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lenses Alien (2011)

Why There Are Mountains was one of the highlights of 2009 for me. It seamlessly melded Elliot Smith-esque melodies and aesthetic with a more contemporary garage-rock sound. The album was praised as a work of blissful art from a...