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

EP Review: no stars – Ripping off the Tags

Despite its gentle indie music, Athens musician no stars‘ debut EP, Ripping off the Tags, is strong, both sonically and lyrically. Out July 5, the six tracks range in tempo from subdued to bouncy, but several musical constants – gorgeous harmonies, lo-fi guitar strumming and consistent drum beats – maintain a sense of beauty throughout. Ripping … More EP Review: no stars – Ripping off the Tags

Single: Bandaid Brigade – Travel Light

Genre-defying duo Bandaid Brigade, which comprises veteran musicians Zach Quinn and Brian Wahlstrom, released its debut single, “Travel Light,” on June 27, and the two artists’ combined experience is evident in the track’s impressive cohesion, production and groove. “Travel Light” is a rocking, genreless track, though its groovy melodies and crisp drum beats are heavily … More Single: Bandaid Brigade – Travel Light

Single: the black watch – Mad

It’s difficult to categorize the black watch by genre, but the band’s latest single, “Mad,” out on Atom Records, is somewhere between post-punk, psychedelic and alternative rock. Elements characteristic of each of these genres work together with surprising cohesion to create an intricately-woven grungy love song. “Mad” opens with moderately grungy guitar chords and a bright melody … More Single: the black watch – Mad

Q&A: Shortly’s Alex Maniak details summer plans and two new singles

Shortly, the solo alternative music project of Detroit native Alex Maniak, has a busy summer planned: after releasing two singles, titled “Haven” and “Mapping,” Maniak recently co-headlined a tour with South Carolina group Small Talks and has an array of other opportunities lined up, including an appearance at the Detroit date of the Sad Summer … More Q&A: Shortly’s Alex Maniak details summer plans and two new singles

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: 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