Album Review: Dropkick – The Scenic Route

Scottish group Dropkick‘s latest record is a wonderfully jangly foray into power-pop music. The Scenic Route, out February 7 on Bobo Integral, features 10 tracks, each with a unique blend of rocking guitars, warm vocals and impossibly catchy melodies. Primarily recorded live (with a few overdubs), The Scenic Route shows off Dropkick’s immense musical ability and … More Album Review: Dropkick – The Scenic Route

Album Review: yllwblly – Land Lover

Boston musician yllwblly’s debut album Land Lover, out February 7, is at once grand and sparse, building a rich musical and lyrical landscape of acoustic guitars, smooth vocals and solid drums. Written during early mornings before the 23-year old’s day job, the record details the specific heartbreak of losing a foundational relationship, yet yllwblly’s four-year distance … More Album Review: yllwblly – Land Lover

Album Review: The Ah – Mere Husk

Drummer and experimental pop musician Jeremy Gustin, who records under the moniker The Ah, will release his sophomore solo record on Friday, January 31. Mere Husk builds 12 tracks around a variety of sounds that Gustin warps and bends into dreamy and eerie barely-pop songs, yet despite its experimental nature, the music remains surprisingly accessible in … More Album Review: The Ah – Mere Husk

Album Review: kate can wait – Veraniegas

kate can wait, a folk musician and Grimalkin Records collective member from Puerto Rico, released her latest haunting and mesmerizing record on Friday, January 24. Veraniegas is beautifully rich, and kate can wait easily fills 11 tracks with woven melodies and vivid lyrics. Though Veraniegas arrives just under a year after kate can wait’s previous record, howl youth, … More Album Review: kate can wait – Veraniegas

Single: Moving In Slow – Pink Shirt

Miami alternative pop musician Laurent Chavannes – also known as Moving In Slow – kicked off 2020 with a glorious, warping single, titled “Pink Shirt,” on January 11. The track is beautiful, blending alternative tones with elements of indie pop to create an intricate and melting single. “Pink Shirt” opens with a pretty, simple guitar … More Single: Moving In Slow – Pink Shirt

Single: Jonny Polonsky – The Weeping Souls

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jonny Polonsky marked another step in his storied career with the release of his latest moody single, “The Weeping Souls,” out Friday, January 17. The song is a shifting and mystical track, and though it is certainly dark, its mellow, mid-tempo drum beat lifts the track and keeps it from feeling draining. … More Single: Jonny Polonsky – The Weeping Souls

Album Review: Stella Ruze – The Greater Dog

Philadelphia folk-rock band Stella Ruze will debut a warm, energizing full-length record with the release of The Greater Dog on Friday, January 17. The band itself is large, featuring seven members, and the ten tracks on The Greater Dog often exhibit unique combinations of tones and textures. Still, the band maintains a commitment to a classic folk-rock sound. … More Album Review: Stella Ruze – The Greater Dog

Album Review: XL427 – Thee Attack

Ohio space-rock group XL427 welcomed in the new year with a haunting sophomore record release: Thee Attack, out January 3, 2020, on Poptek Records, features nine spacey rock tracks packed chock-full of shoegaze and melancholy. Thee Attack arrives over a decade after XL427’s debut; the group’s first album, Yesterdays Forever, was released in 2009, and … More Album Review: XL427 – Thee Attack