Album Review: Earthquake Lights – Distress Signals

New York rock quintet Earthquake Lights‘ jazz background is apparent in every second of its latest album, Distress Signals, which was self-released on April 12. The record’s ten tracks are barely defined as alternative rock, featuring a neat blend of indie rock, R&B, jazz and even touches of classical music, but everything about it is rich … More Album Review: Earthquake Lights – Distress Signals

Album Review: Mike Mains & The Branches – When We Were in Love

Mike Mains & The Branches returned April 5 with the band’s most intimate record to date, titled When We Were in Love. It’s a personal account of marriage and the rough patches that come with it, and it is made all the more volatile by the fact that Shannon and Mike Mains, two members of the … More Album Review: Mike Mains & The Branches – When We Were in Love

EP Review: Ames – My Name Is Ames

Songwriter Ames’ debut EP, My Name Is Ames, achieves a strikingly intimate disposition across its six alternative pop tracks. Out Friday, April 5 on Mateo Sound, My Name Is Ames strikes a clean balance of moving lyrics and upbeat synth instrumentals on an EP with overall near-flawless production. The EP opens on a highly emotional note: “Old Hero”, … More EP Review: Ames – My Name Is Ames

EP Review: Sam Craighead – Self-Portrait w/Fries

Columbus alternative-pop artist Sam Craighead expertly balances reality and sardonic wit on his new EP, Self-Portrait w/Fries, released March 22 on Head2Wall Records. His sound may be lighthearted and upbeat, but Craighead utilizes lyrics that are both humorous and reflective to create a jarring contrast, covering content from eating at a fast-food restaurant to masculinity. The musical … More EP Review: Sam Craighead – Self-Portrait w/Fries

EP Review: Liily – I Can Fool Anybody In This Town

Though it is their first, LA indie rock band Liily‘s I Can Fool Anybody In This Town EP marks a strong start for the quartet. It consists of six rollicking, punky tracks with an almost unrivaled intensity and energy as the group rocks its way through the 22 minutes of music. The EP is enthusiastic if nothing … More EP Review: Liily – I Can Fool Anybody In This Town

EP Review: The Spouts – This Part of Town

Columbus post-punk rockers The Spouts are slated to release their debut EP, titled This Part of Town, on Friday, March 15. The four-piece has spent the first few years of its existence playing house and bar shows throughout Ohio, testing the waters of the music scene, and finally decided to record and release a six-track EP. … More EP Review: The Spouts – This Part of Town

EP Review: Twin Atomic – Spare a Thought EP

Akron alternative pop-rockers Twin Atomic show promise in their debut EP, which came out just a few months ago in September 2018. Though the band’s Spare A Thought EP is only five tracks, there is no shortage of music on the record: the shortest song is just over four minutes, whereas the longest clocks in at eight and … More EP Review: Twin Atomic – Spare a Thought EP

Album Review: Graham Hunt – Leaving Silver City

In his first-ever full album of solo songs, Graham Hunt (of Midnight Reruns) has set out to make a strong record that is representational of his distinct sound. Out Friday, February 22 on Forged Artifacts, Leaving Silver City showcases a diverse range of sounds with 10 of Hunt’s tracks that move from power-pop riffs into punkier, … More Album Review: Graham Hunt – Leaving Silver City