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

Single: Jonny Polonsky – The Weeping Souls

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jonny Polonsky marked another step in his storied career with the release of his latest moody single, “The Weeping Souls,” out Friday, January 17. The song is a shifting and mystical track, and though it is certainly dark, its mellow, mid-tempo drum beat lifts the track and keeps it from feeling draining. … More Single: Jonny Polonsky – The Weeping Souls

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

EP Review: Organised Scum – One Less Bastard

Though One Less Bastard, the new EP out November 8 from London alternative pop-rock band Organised Scum, features sophisticated, political lyrical content, its lyrics are (both “intentionally and unintentionally,” according to the band) largely unintelligible behind a mask of distorted vocals, grungy guitars and heady drum rhythms. One Less Bastard tackles the social and political … More EP Review: Organised Scum – One Less Bastard

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

Album Review: Stolen Jars – A Reminder

Brooklyn four-piece Stolen Jars has evolved from a New Jersey high-school bedroom project to an important piece of the Brooklyn DIY music scene; that growth is apparent in the band’s third full-length record, A Reminder, out Friday, October 11. Each track is carefully constructed so as to provide a detailed narrative of love and loss, and … More Album Review: Stolen Jars – A Reminder

Q&A: Britt A.M. talks new album, oppression and protest songs

Feminist alternative rocker Britt A.M. released another glaringly honest rock record, this time titled Psychic Knots, on Friday, September 20. It’s an album that spans a fair range of genres, but each track centers Britt’s strong vocals and straightforward (and sometimes dark) lyrics. Just before the album’s release, Britt Meierhofer, the musician behind the project, told Indientry … More Q&A: Britt A.M. talks new album, oppression and protest songs

EP Review: Commonweather – Sugar Sun EP

Coming almost a year after Chicago alt-rock band Commonweather‘s last release, the Sugar Sun EP is a bit of a poppy departure from the band’s previous music. Out Friday, September 13, the three tracks that comprise Sugar Sun are brighter, lighter and almost sunny compared to the heavier, grungier music that came before. Despite its lighter vibe, … More EP Review: Commonweather – Sugar Sun EP

Single: Sour Widows – Pilot Light

Bay Area bedroom-rockers Sour Widows formed in 2018, but the band has already enjoyed plenty of praise from an EP, several demos and, more recently, two singles. “Pilot Light,” the most recent of those singles, was released Friday, September 13, and features classic indie-rock guitar tones, tingling vocal harmonies and a driving drum beat. “Pilot … More Single: Sour Widows – Pilot Light