2016 In Review

2016 was quite a year. I’ve heard it described as a “terrible movie with a great soundtrack”, and I don’t entirely disagree. This year, we lost David Bowie, George Martin, Prince, Leonard Cohen, and so many more – and that was just in the music world! However, this year was full of excellent albums, and … More 2016 In Review

Album Review: High Times For Low Lives – The Griswolds

Taking a step back from the upbeat fun of their first album, The Griswolds’s High Times For Low Lives blends R&B with waves of synth and funky percussion – to varying degrees of success. It’s a far cry from the bouncy indie pop of Be Impressive, which called listeners to action with its cheerleader-like title track and fun melodies. … More Album Review: High Times For Low Lives – The Griswolds

EP Review: Amateurs – EP – Royal Teeth

After waking up late and spilling coffee down my skirt and shoes, I did not have high hopes for today. Despite taking an exam, though, my day got significantly better after finding Royal Teeth’s Amateurs – EP. Out earlier this year, Royal Teeth manages to capture the essence of youth in seven sparkling, upbeat tracks. Although the first … More EP Review: Amateurs – EP – Royal Teeth

EP Review: In My Dreams, My Windows Faced West – First Responder

Starting out as a solo project by now-lead vocalist Sierra Mollenkopf, Columbus-based First Responder is as dynamic as they are enchanting. They’re four self-proclaimed “goons makin’ tunes”, and that whimsical attitude shows through their latest EP, In My Dreams, My Windows Faced West, out this Friday. The EP has two distinct sounds: the first two tracks feel … More EP Review: In My Dreams, My Windows Faced West – First Responder

Album Review: For The Night To Control – Electric Century

Born in 2014, Electric Century’s electronic-rock pair was pretty quiet for a long time before finally releasing their debut album this year. For The Night To Control, put out exclusively with Kerrang! magazine, is exactly what we were waiting for all of these years from the dynamic duo of Mikey Way and David Debiak. Often compared to artists like twenty … More Album Review: For The Night To Control – Electric Century

Album Review: How Sad, How Lovely – Connie Converse

One of the first known singer-songwriters, Connie Converse never found an audience. In the 1950s, Connie wrote an album of eerie, intimate tracks – but they weren’t released to the public until Squirrel Thing Recordings in the early 2000s. Why? Connie, depressed and worn-down in 1974, packed all of her belongings into her car and drove … More Album Review: How Sad, How Lovely – Connie Converse