Album Review: Storm the Palace – Delicious Monster

Edinburgh five-piece Storm the Palace defies genre labels on its second and newest full-length record, Delicious Monster, out October 4. It is an album that moves between intensity and ambient music with ease, capturing a year of emotion into a record that is simultaneously cathartic and enjoyable. Perhaps the most impressive quality about Delicious Monster is this … More Album Review: Storm the Palace – Delicious Monster

Single: Holly Rees – Getting By

UK singer-songwriter Holly Rees expanded her musical soundscape from 2018’s Slow Down EP with the release of “Getting By” (out Friday, September 6), her latest indie-folk masterpiece that deals with depression through a variety of coping skills – namely, poetic choruses, driving percussion and rocking guitar riffs. “Getting By” is surprisingly upbeat; it opens with simple … More Single: Holly Rees – Getting By

Album Review: Noël Wells – It’s So Nice!

Actress, filmmaker, writer and comedian Noël Wells added yet another title – musician – to her impressive resumé with the release of It’s So Nice!, her debut record, on Friday, August 30. It’s So Nice! comprises 11 modern folk-rock tracks that, though at times mellow, are dynamic and engaging in their intimate, introspective structure. Wells’ music shifts … More Album Review: Noël Wells – It’s So Nice!

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

Album Review: Field Medic – fade into the dawn

Each of the ten tracks on bedroom-folk artist Field Medic‘s upcoming release, fade into the dawn, is a bite-sized study in vulnerability. The record, out on Run For Cover Records, is due for release on April 19, though it has been available for purchase through Bandcamp since April 15, and the album details musician Kevin Patrick’s … More Album Review: Field Medic – fade into the dawn

Album Review: Hop Along – Bark Your Head Off, Dog

Blending jangly girl-group harmonies with grinding punk guitars on nearly every track, Philadelphia indie-rock band Hop Along is back with another genre-bending record. The band’s fourth full-length, Bark Your Head Off, Dog, is out tomorrow, April 6, on Saddle Creek, and features forty minutes of intricate music that defies any categorization. There’s a smooth contrast between the rocking guitars, … More Album Review: Hop Along – Bark Your Head Off, Dog

EP Review: You’re Among Friends – One Day You’ll Look Back

Despite a ragged, DIY-esque production style, “One Day You’ll Look Back”, the latest EP from Cleveland-based band You’re Among Friends, is driving and full of unexpected twists. It’s chock-full of power-pop disguised as bluesy rock, and the warbling vocals and guitar take on a new life in each track. “One Day You’ll Look Back” is … More EP Review: You’re Among Friends – One Day You’ll Look Back

Album Review: Ghost Town Remedy – Caffeine Dreams

Although Punk Talks, one of my favorite organizations, claims that “you don’t have to be sad to make great music,” good albums often come from an intensely emotional time. For TJ Maher of Ghost Town Remedy, “Caffeine Dreams” was written as a catharsis in the period after he lost his brother to suicide and father … More Album Review: Ghost Town Remedy – Caffeine Dreams

Live Music Review: Bear’s Den + PHOTOS

Click through here for more photos! In what might have been the most exciting “chill” concert I’ve ever been to, Bear’s Den and Gill Landry performed a spectacular show at the Newport Music Hall last night. Landry, a country-sounding singer-songwriter from Louisiana, had a simple set – with a sole spotlight and only his acoustic … More Live Music Review: Bear’s Den + PHOTOS

2016 In Review

2016 was quite a year. I’ve heard it described as a “terrible movie with a great soundtrack”, and I don’t entirely disagree. This year, we lost David Bowie, George Martin, Prince, Leonard Cohen, and so many more – and that was just in the music world! However, this year was full of excellent albums, and … More 2016 In Review