Album Review: Moon – you snuck me into your darkness

It would be almost too easy to compare Moon’s “you snuck me into your darkness” to records like Cigarettes After Sex’s self-titled – that is, simultaneously beautiful and devastating with plenty of hazy vocals and synthesizer. Moon, the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Jack Sipes, is dreamy, melancholy synth-pop, and its debut album feels like heartbreak. … More Album Review: Moon – you snuck me into your darkness

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

Album Review: Counterfeit Madison – Opposable Thumbs

Counterfeit Madison is one of those local musicians who you hear the coolest stories about. In this case, the positive reputation of the mastermind behind the music (Sharon Udoh) far preceded her project; yet “Opposable Thumbs,” Counterfeit Madison’s new genre-bending funk-punk-rock album, is somehow still better than I ever thought it could be.   The … More Album Review: Counterfeit Madison – Opposable Thumbs

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

EP Review: Trying – Marathon of Fright

Halloween is objectively the best holiday of the year, but for some (unfortunate) reason, its music choices are limited. Whatever the reason, Trying is aiming to change the lack of spooky tracks with its “double-single” (AKA two singles in one), “Marathon of Fright.” The first, “Marathon of Fright,” clocks in at an unfortunately short 55 … More EP Review: Trying – Marathon of Fright

Album Review: Benji – White Hot Pathetic Rage

Columbus, Ohio’s very own Benji released a bedroom pop album as quirky as the band itself in September 2017, called “White Hot Pathetic Rage.” While many indie pop bands struggle to keep from sounding predictable, Benji’s 8-song record is anything but.  On the surface, “White Hot Pathetic Rage” is a textbook example of folky, lo-fi … More Album Review: Benji – White Hot Pathetic Rage