Album Review: Vundabar – Smell Smoke

Vundabar’s Smell Smoke, out February 23, is addictingly dark post-punk. With sticky melodies that needle their way into your brain and nearly-chaotic guitar riffs, there’s a grunginess and a melancholy energy on each cathartic track that leaves you wanting more. Vundabar tears its way through ten riveting rock songs on Smell Smoke, beginning with “Acetone”. Bright chords and … More Album Review: Vundabar – Smell Smoke

Album Review: The Fleeting Ends – I Know You Lie Cos So Do I

The Fleeting Ends wavers back and forth between bright alternative rock and bluesy indie on its latest album, I Know You Lie Cos So Do I, and while the band seems to excel at both ends of the spectrum, tracks that fall in the middle–“Waiting for the Drop” and “How Much Longer”, for example–feel almost as … More Album Review: The Fleeting Ends – I Know You Lie Cos So Do I

Album Review: Ought – Room Inside The World

By Jacob Jeffers Ever since its debut in 2014, Ought has been a difficult band to label. The band’s first full-length release, More Than Any Other Day, was a powerful opening statement, mixing catchy indie rock songwriting with art-punk ambition and an unforgettable vocalist. Scarcely a year later, the follow-up, Sun Coming Down, cranked up … More Album Review: Ought – Room Inside The World

Album Review: Harmony Woods – Nothing Special

My first introduction to Harmony Woods happened at a grungy basement show lit only by string lights on a warm July evening last summer. I didn’t know anyone else there, but I was drawn to the thoughtful, lo-fi alternative rock and the open energy, and Nothing Special, the band’s latest album, has been on repeat ever … More Album Review: Harmony Woods – Nothing Special

EP Review: The Cabin Fever – Exercise The Demon

The Cabin Fever‘s latest EP, “Exercise The Demon”, balances catharsis and slowness with dreamy, shoegazey rock. Beautiful string arrangements glide just beneath fuzzy guitar and husky vocals in tracks that are riddled with dark, desolate lyrics, and the eight alt-rock songs are nothing short of haunting. “Exercise The Demon” opens with “B-L-S-H”, a spooky rock ballad … More EP Review: The Cabin Fever – Exercise The Demon

Little Thoughts: Three Records with Jacob Jeffers

Little Thoughts is a brand-new monthly guest post series where music fans and writers cover three albums, new or old, that they think deserve to be heard. The series itself is named after a Bloc Party song, a band introduced to me by my older brother Jacob Jeffers, so it’s only fitting that he’s featured in the … More Little Thoughts: Three Records with Jacob Jeffers