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

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: Ledges – Homecoming

Built on an alternative/indie sound with a little ’80s pop thrown into the mix, Ledges‘ debut record, “Homecoming” comes out on Friday, September 1. It’s a story full of lovestruck teens and angst, following a character through “doubt, love, loss, and redemption.” At times gritty and others smooth, the album is broad and soaring, moving with … More Album Review: Ledges – Homecoming

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