EP Review: Holly Rees – Slow Down

Holly Rees’s recently-released EP, Slow Down, is a quick folk journey through loneliness, love, and heartbreak. Rees is accompanied by only her acoustic guitar and the occasional percussion on these five tracks, and the result is authentic and emotional. The release of the EP also kicks off her Northern Tour with Matt Dunbar, who also happened … More EP Review: Holly Rees – Slow Down

Album Review: Valerio Lysander – We Are Like Coloured Moths Towards The Sunlight

In a world that’s ever-so-harsh, sometimes the only way to cope is by appreciating beautiful things, no matter what form that appreciation comes in: art, people, food, music, et cetera. With his latest album, We Are Like Coloured Moths Towards The Sunlight, hereby referred to as Coloured Moths for short, London-based singer-songwriter Valerio Lysander has created exactly … More Album Review: Valerio Lysander – We Are Like Coloured Moths Towards The Sunlight

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: MomTalk – It is your birthday.

Folk-punk, as a genre, tends to confuse the general public. The warbling vocals and folky guitar are appealing to a select few, some of whom are attracted to the realistic sounds and vivid emotions conveyed through that specific combination of sounds. MomTalk, a local folk-punk solo project, just released a debut album, “It is your … More Album Review: MomTalk – It is your birthday.

EP Review: Mom Talk – I’m Not Mad, I’m Just Disappointed

Maybe my favorite part of unpolished folk punk is the rough authenticity. As opposed to autotuned vocals, it’s okay to be a little flat here and there because that’s reality – and if that’s authentic, then Mom Talk’s debut EP, “I’m Not Mad, Just Disappointed” certainly is.  … More EP Review: Mom Talk – I’m Not Mad, I’m Just Disappointed

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

Album Review: DieAlps! – Our City

If rock, pop, and folk were three different overlapping circles (like this), the genre of DieAlps!’s “Our City” would be consistently shifting between them. It’s certainly not a linear progression, but it’s not a continuous blend of genres, either. No matter the sound at any given point, however, it’s obvious that it’s the same band. … More Album Review: DieAlps! – Our City