EP Review: Strange Ranger – How It All Went By

Though the band’s lineup and sound are in a constant state of fluctuation, Strange Ranger has landed for a brief moment on its How It All Went By EP, an interlude between 2017’s Daymoon and the band’s third album, which has already been recorded and is set for a 2019 release. Read More: Album Review: Eldren – Miss … More EP Review: Strange Ranger – How It All Went By

Album Review: Bad Bad Hats – Lightning Round

Released earlier this month on Afternoon Records, Bad Bad Hats’ latest record is a whirlwind indie pop narrative of independence and dependence in relationships. It is only the band’s second release, but already, they sound confident and bold, mixing gritty elements with smooth synth melodies effortlessly. Frontwoman Kerry Alexander’s vocals are soft and sweet and … More Album Review: Bad Bad Hats – Lightning Round

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: Pale Waves – All The Things I Never Said

Despite the edgy look of the band and album cover, sweet lyrics and shimmering guitar riffs blend to create bittersweet love songs on Pale Waves‘ debut indie pop EP, All The Things I Never Said. Released on February 19, the EP has already pulled plenty of positive attention toward Pale Waves, who is currently gearing up … More EP Review: Pale Waves – All The Things I Never Said

Album Review: Vundabar – Smell Smoke

Vundabar’s Smell Smoke, out February 23, is addictingly dark post-punk. With sticky melodies that needle their way into your brain and nearly-chaotic guitar riffs, there’s a grunginess and a melancholy energy on each cathartic track that leaves you wanting more. Vundabar tears its way through ten riveting rock songs on Smell Smoke, beginning with “Acetone”. Bright chords and … More Album Review: Vundabar – Smell Smoke

Album Review: The Fleeting Ends – I Know You Lie Cos So Do I

The Fleeting Ends wavers back and forth between bright alternative rock and bluesy indie on its latest album, I Know You Lie Cos So Do I, and while the band seems to excel at both ends of the spectrum, tracks that fall in the middle–“Waiting for the Drop” and “How Much Longer”, for example–feel almost as … More Album Review: The Fleeting Ends – I Know You Lie Cos So Do I

Album Review: Harmony Woods – Nothing Special

My first introduction to Harmony Woods happened at a grungy basement show lit only by string lights on a warm July evening last summer. I didn’t know anyone else there, but I was drawn to the thoughtful, lo-fi alternative rock and the open energy, and Nothing Special, the band’s latest album, has been on repeat ever … More Album Review: Harmony Woods – Nothing Special

Little Thoughts: Three Records with Jacob Jeffers

Little Thoughts is a brand-new monthly guest post series where music fans and writers cover three albums, new or old, that they think deserve to be heard. The series itself is named after a Bloc Party song, a band introduced to me by my older brother Jacob Jeffers, so it’s only fitting that he’s featured in the … More Little Thoughts: Three Records with Jacob Jeffers