Album Review: KinZie – Dead Eyes

Birmingham, Alabama, rockers KinZie may defy categorization with their debut album, Dead Eyes, but its typical punk catharsis is undeniable. Out July 19, Dead Eyes veers between genre labels with the same frenetic energy as its music, bouncing from garage rock to post-punk and back again as lead singer Philip Ori sings about loss and desolation. There is no … More Album Review: KinZie – Dead Eyes

Album Review: Imperial Teen – Now We Are Timeless

San Francisco pop quartet Imperial Teen returned to the music scene with Now We Are Timeless, their first new record since 2012, on Friday, July 12. Their latest record keeps with their trademark of dynamic pop hooks, though it delves into themes of crisis and catharsis rather than the beachier optimism of the band’s first record, 1996’s Seasick. … More Album Review: Imperial Teen – Now We Are Timeless

EP Review: Giant in the Lighthouse – Waving

Massachusetts alternative duo Giant in the Lighthouse met in 2014 and bonded instantly over a desire to care about something – to create more than the ironic apathy that so often permeates local music scenes. Now, after one demo EP, the two are ready to make an official introduction to the music world through their debut … More EP Review: Giant in the Lighthouse – Waving

Album Review: Wasuremono – Are You OK?

The word “Wasuremono,” in Japenese kanji, roughly translates to “lost things,” though alternative musician Wasuremono‘s latest album, Are You OK?, does away entirely with the idea of being lost or left behind. Out June 14, the alt-pop record is surprisingly unifying and hopeful in its enveloping synth and fun drum beats, even with the contrast of … More Album Review: Wasuremono – Are You OK?

Album Review: Grover Anderson – The Frontman

Singer-songwriter and Americana musician Grover Anderson has lived in a variety of California atmospheres, each of which has influenced his music; this has never been more evident than on The Frontman, Anderson’s fourth record that will be released on June 13.  It’s an introspective, folky record that tells tales of love, life and loss, and Anderson has … More Album Review: Grover Anderson – The Frontman

Album Review: ionnalee – REMEMBER THE FUTURE

The 11 disco-meets-electropop tracks on multimedia artist ionnalee‘s newest album, REMEMBER THE FUTURE, pulse as if each is its own living being. Out Friday, May 31 on To whom it may concern., the record is the Swedish musician’s second under this moniker and features seemingly endless electronic music. REMEMBER THE FUTURE is a lush disco album, … More Album Review: ionnalee – REMEMBER THE FUTURE

Album Review: Flower Crown – Sundries

With a stunning follow-up to their first record, GLOW, Pittsburgh dream-pop band Flower Crown returned with the release of Sundries on Friday, May 24. It is a melodic, synth-filled album with beautiful production and desolate lyrics, and it strikes a unique balance between lazy and moving, languid and expressive. The echo and reverb on this record contribute to … More Album Review: Flower Crown – Sundries

Album Review: Adir L.C. – Basket Star

Multi-instrumentalist Adir L.C. returns on Friday, May 17 with his newest indie folk-rock record, Basket Star, released on Birdwatcher Records. It’s a complex and enticing album, yet despite the incredibly intricate layers of sound, Adir maintains a faithful honesty to himself and his craft throughout. Basket Star‘s defining feature is its complexity; each track’s intricate layers of … More Album Review: Adir L.C. – Basket Star