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: 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: 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

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

Album Premiere: Spartan Jet-Plex – Resurrected

Spartan Jet-Plex, also known as Nancy Kells, a dark experimental folk musician and collective member and facilitator of Grimalkin Records, released their latest and perhaps spookiest record on Thursday, October 31. Titled Resurrected, the new album lies somewhere between folk and electronica as it explores intensely eerie social and political themes. Resurrected is spine-tingling and captivating right … More Album Premiere: Spartan Jet-Plex – Resurrected

Album Review: Lady Lazarus – Impossible Journey of My Soul Tonight

California singer-songwriter, musician and writer Lady Lazarus (also known as Melissa Ann Sweat) released a dreamy, moving folk-pop record, titled Impossible Journey of My Soul Tonight, on Friday, October 18. It’s a beautiful nine-track record, composed and written entirely by Lady Lazarus and featuring instruments ranging from grand piano to electric strings to electric vibraphone. The … More Album Review: Lady Lazarus – Impossible Journey of My Soul Tonight

Album Review: Rosa Bordallo – Reef Walker

Indie folk-pop musician Rosa Bordallo will release her first record under her own name on Friday, October 18 on Time Castle Recordings. Reef Walker was written entirely by Bordallo and explores themes of identity and community while moving through ten grungy, folky tracks that become progressively more eerie and gritty as the album progresses. It’s not difficult … More Album Review: Rosa Bordallo – Reef Walker

EP Review: Girl Wilde – Probably Crying

Los Angeles indie-pop musician Girl Wilde debuted a chaotic, bubbly Probably Crying EP on Friday, October 11. Probably Crying comprises three previously released singles, two new tracks and a whole lot of grungy pop music; the end result is mesmerizing. Perhaps the most impressive thing about Probably Crying is its contrast between bubblegum and grunge, between catchy pop … More EP Review: Girl Wilde – Probably Crying