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

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

Album Review: hidden places – the circle is not round

Columbus post-punk band hidden places’ latest album, the circle is not round, is heavier and punkier than the trio’s previous work. Released on December 6, the album features eight percussive tracks and is just over 25 minutes long, showcasing dry vocals, driving percussion and low bass lines. hidden places’ the circle is not round features all of the … More Album Review: hidden places – the circle is not round

EP Review: Trying – I Just Can’t Feel the Rhythm

Columbus indie band Trying released a surprisingly intense, wonderfully catchy set of tracks with its second EP of 2019, titled I Just Can’t Feel the Rhythm, on Friday, December 6. Though the release clocks in at just over 10 minutes, it is remarkable, featuring haunting verses, beautiful clarinet melodies and much more noise than usual. … More EP Review: Trying – I Just Can’t Feel the Rhythm

EP Review: Nature TV – Emotion Sickness EP

Brighton indie dream-pop quartet Nature TV‘s latest EP, released on November 29 on Heist or Hit, is simultaneously vulnerable and upbeat. Emotion Sickness covers themes from love to heartbreak as the EP moves between languidly mellow tracks and bubbly, bright ones. Yet the entire record is cohesive, tied together with frontman Guy Bangham’s smooth, rich … More EP Review: Nature TV – Emotion Sickness EP

Album Review: Maija Sofia – Bath Time

Irish art-folk musician Maija Sofia wrote her debut full-length album in the time leading up to Ireland’s decision to repeal the 8th Amendment on abortion. Stemming from deep contemplation about the subjugation of women, Bath Time, out Friday, November 22 on Trapped Animal Records and Cargo Records, examines women who have been silenced and misrepresented throughout time … More Album Review: Maija Sofia – Bath Time