EP Review: Trying – I Just Can’t Feel the Rhythm

Columbus indie band Trying released a surprisingly intense, wonderfully catchy set of tracks with its second EP of 2019, titled I Just Can’t Feel the Rhythm, on Friday, December 6. Though the release clocks in at just over 10 minutes, it is remarkable, featuring haunting verses, beautiful clarinet melodies and much more noise than usual. … More EP Review: Trying – I Just Can’t Feel the Rhythm

EP Review: Nature TV – Emotion Sickness EP

Brighton indie dream-pop quartet Nature TV‘s latest EP, released on November 29 on Heist or Hit, is simultaneously vulnerable and upbeat. Emotion Sickness covers themes from love to heartbreak as the EP moves between languidly mellow tracks and bubbly, bright ones. Yet the entire record is cohesive, tied together with frontman Guy Bangham’s smooth, rich … More EP Review: Nature TV – Emotion Sickness EP

Album Review: Zach Frost – Bucket List

Multi-instrumentalist and Columbus musician Zach Frost released his sophomore EP, titled Bucket List, on Friday, November 1. Packed with five moving indie-rock tracks, the EP moves swiftly from heavy, thrilling guitar chords to introspective piano melodies, all while maintaining the same sense of thoughtfulness. Frost’s musical history is evident on the EP – he has plenty … More Album Review: Zach Frost – Bucket List

Album Review: Rosa Bordallo – Reef Walker

Indie folk-pop musician Rosa Bordallo will release her first record under her own name on Friday, October 18 on Time Castle Recordings. Reef Walker was written entirely by Bordallo and explores themes of identity and community while moving through ten grungy, folky tracks that become progressively more eerie and gritty as the album progresses. It’s not difficult … More Album Review: Rosa Bordallo – Reef Walker

EP Review: Girl Wilde – Probably Crying

Los Angeles indie-pop musician Girl Wilde debuted a chaotic, bubbly Probably Crying EP on Friday, October 11. Probably Crying comprises three previously released singles, two new tracks and a whole lot of grungy pop music; the end result is mesmerizing. Perhaps the most impressive thing about Probably Crying is its contrast between bubblegum and grunge, between catchy pop … More EP Review: Girl Wilde – Probably Crying

Album Review: Stolen Jars – A Reminder

Brooklyn four-piece Stolen Jars has evolved from a New Jersey high-school bedroom project to an important piece of the Brooklyn DIY music scene; that growth is apparent in the band’s third full-length record, A Reminder, out Friday, October 11. Each track is carefully constructed so as to provide a detailed narrative of love and loss, and … More Album Review: Stolen Jars – A Reminder

Album Review: Storm the Palace – Delicious Monster

Edinburgh five-piece Storm the Palace defies genre labels on its second and newest full-length record, Delicious Monster, out October 4. It is an album that moves between intensity and ambient music with ease, capturing a year of emotion into a record that is simultaneously cathartic and enjoyable. Perhaps the most impressive quality about Delicious Monster is this … More Album Review: Storm the Palace – Delicious Monster

Album Review: Jamie Drake – Everything’s Fine

California indie-folk singer-songwriter Jamie Drake stepped into the music scene with an incredible, shimmering debut album, Everything’s Fine, out Friday, September 20 on AntiFragile Music. The record comprises nine gorgeously glamorous and modern folk tracks made richer by the addition of thick strings and layered harmonies. It is no surprise that Everything’s Fine sounds mature and modern; … More Album Review: Jamie Drake – Everything’s Fine

EP Review: Commonweather – Sugar Sun EP

Coming almost a year after Chicago alt-rock band Commonweather‘s last release, the Sugar Sun EP is a bit of a poppy departure from the band’s previous music. Out Friday, September 13, the three tracks that comprise Sugar Sun are brighter, lighter and almost sunny compared to the heavier, grungier music that came before. Despite its lighter vibe, … More EP Review: Commonweather – Sugar Sun EP

Single: Sour Widows – Pilot Light

Bay Area bedroom-rockers Sour Widows formed in 2018, but the band has already enjoyed plenty of praise from an EP, several demos and, more recently, two singles. “Pilot Light,” the most recent of those singles, was released Friday, September 13, and features classic indie-rock guitar tones, tingling vocal harmonies and a driving drum beat. “Pilot … More Single: Sour Widows – Pilot Light