Album Review: Little Coyote – The Trouble With Teeth

The dichotomy between breathy vocals and heavy-handed alternative pop-rock instrumentals in Little Coyote’s “The Trouble With Teeth” is both catchy and cathartic; it’s often difficult to tell whether the consistently mournful feeling is from foggy vocals, hard instrumentals, or less-than-sunny lyrics. It’s an inviting sadness, however – rather than alienating, Little Coyote welcomes you with … More Album Review: Little Coyote – The Trouble With Teeth

EP Review: Foxture – E D E N

There’s something about Foxture’s lead singer, Marlon Blackmon, and the husky vocals on the band’s “E D E N” EP that keeps you listening. It’s difficult to distinguish particular words, but that only adds a layer of intrigue to the accessible, dreamy math-pop, fueling a desire to try to hear oddly-specific-but-still-applicable lines (“Feeling a shade of … More EP Review: Foxture – E D E N

EP Review: The Sonder Bombs – The Sonder Bombs

The words “ukulele punk” seem to be total opposites, but despite self-identifying with the oxymoronic genre, The Sonder Bombs‘ debut self-titled EP proves that punk can come in many forms. Immediately upon hearing the first song, “Nonsense,” the band’s genre makes sense. Cute, bright ukulele floats over fuzzy guitar and traditionally punky bass in a … More EP Review: The Sonder Bombs – The Sonder Bombs

EP Review: Trying – Marathon of Fright

Halloween is objectively the best holiday of the year, but for some (unfortunate) reason, its music choices are limited. Whatever the reason, Trying is aiming to change the lack of spooky tracks with its “double-single” (AKA two singles in one), “Marathon of Fright.” The first, “Marathon of Fright,” clocks in at an unfortunately short 55 … More EP Review: Trying – Marathon of Fright

Album Review: Somehow – Hidden Memories

Somehow’s latest album, “Hidden Memories”, is exactly what you’d expect of a French indie pop artist. It’s quirky, moody, and colorfully vibrant, and both vocalists have just a hint of an accent. “Hidden Memories” is radiant, romantic, and melancholy all at the same time. It’s a quirky lo-fi sound that oscillates between dreamy and edgy, with … More Album Review: Somehow – Hidden Memories

EP Review: Broken Bellows – The Card Table

I’m definitely not Warped Tour’s biggest fan, but I’ll be the first to admit that alt-pop duo Broken Bellows was a positive result of Warped 2016. Written by Cory Brent and Will Prinzi – formerly of Reckless Serenade – during downtime on the road, the band’s “The Card Table” EP serves as a strong introduction … More EP Review: Broken Bellows – The Card Table

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