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

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

EP Review: The Cabin Fever – Exercise The Demon

The Cabin Fever‘s latest EP, “Exercise The Demon”, balances catharsis and slowness with dreamy, shoegazey rock. Beautiful string arrangements glide just beneath fuzzy guitar and husky vocals in tracks that are riddled with dark, desolate lyrics, and the eight alt-rock songs are nothing short of haunting. “Exercise The Demon” opens with “B-L-S-H”, a spooky rock ballad … More EP Review: The Cabin Fever – Exercise The Demon

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

Interview: Old Sol

A neat blend of “happy emo rock” and 2000s power-pop, Old Sol‘s Life’s Scary, Man EP is packed with witty, biting lyrics, upbeat riffs, and poppy melodies. The cheerful pop-punk sound produced by this Illinois four-piece is almost addicting–keep an eye out for a review in the near future–despite only having six tracks. While listening to … More Interview: Old Sol