EP Review: The Bascinets – 378 Vol. 1

Just before a lineup change as drummer Trevor Joellenbeck joined The Bascinets, the Columbus indie-rock four-piece recorded a new jangle-pop EP, titled 378 Vol. 1. Dropped in July, the five-track record fits perfectly with both its summer release and these rainy almost-fall days; the bright guitar melodies are just sunny enough to blow away the fog. Read more: … More EP Review: The Bascinets – 378 Vol. 1

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

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

EP Review: Charley James – Baby We’re Optimists, Remember?

Charley James graduated from high school and self-released an electropop EP in one fell swoop this summer. The EP, titled Baby We’re Optimists, Remember?, dropped on June 29. Its themes are familiar to any high school student, especially those who are slated to move to college in the fall: he sings about youth, first loves, and the … More EP Review: Charley James – Baby We’re Optimists, Remember?

EP Review: LAPYEAR – Comfort Underwater

London alternative-indie band LAPYEAR made its debut with its first ever EP, titled Comfort Underwater, on March 9. The four tracks sound vaguely like a blend of Neck Deep and Turnover and alternate between dreamy rock and leaning towards garage-y guitars. Despite alternating between soft, underwater-sounding guitar riffs and garagey vibes on each of the four tracks, … More EP Review: LAPYEAR – Comfort Underwater

Album Review: Riverhorse – Who Gets The Last Laugh On Doomsday?

There’s something haunting about the indie folk music on Riverhorse’s debut album, Who Gets The Last Laugh On Doomsday?. Whether the ghostly quality comes from gorgeously bittersweet melodies or frontman Brian Motyll’s husky vocals, the album makes Motyll’s heartbreak sound as if it has become universal. Who Gets The Last Laugh uses a variety of sounds to complete … More Album Review: Riverhorse – Who Gets The Last Laugh On Doomsday?

Album Review: Kississippi – Sunset Blush

Philadelphia indie pop band Kississippi‘s latest record, Sunset Blush, finds the band tighter and bolder than any previous release, and frontwoman Zoe Reynolds sounds confident in her vocals as she croons about heartbreak and loss. The record itself is a testament to the idea that you don’t have to be hardened to be strong; even in vocals, Reynolds’ airy … More Album Review: Kississippi – Sunset Blush

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