To close out the year on a strong note, Columbus alt-rock band Fashion Week released their latest EP, titled Mood, on Friday, December 7. It is currently the band’s longest published work, despite having been together for four years, but it displays confidence and maturity in their sound. The Mood EP begins on a heavy track, and “Gaslight” … More EP Review: Fashion Week – Mood EP
Roughly three and a half years after their previous release, Toronto folk-pop band Olivia and the Creepy Crawlies released Room To Grow on October 4, 2018. It’s an eight-track, 28-minute folk-pop album, and although the first song is a light introduction to the rest of the record, the six-piece band quickly shows the depth of their … More Album Review: Olivia and the Creepy Crawlies – Room To Grow
Columbus pop-punk group Heroes Like Villains has released music before – check out Indientry’s review of their previous EP, Amends – but the band’s debut album, Bad vs Evil, was released on September 7, 2018, and represents a definite shift in Heroes Like Villains’ sound. Where the band’s previous music was heavy and more punk than … More Album Review: Heroes Like Villains – Bad vs Evil
Despite Dreams only being their sophomore EP, Columbus-based alternative hip-hop duo label me lecter has made a strong case for attaining an even bigger following during the rest of their career. Their name comes from a play on words, meaning “call me crazy,” and everything the band does aims to be unexpected, from melodies to lyrical narratives … More EP Review: label me lecter – Dreams
Though the band’s lineup and sound are in a constant state of fluctuation, Strange Ranger has landed for a brief moment on its How It All Went By EP, an interlude between 2017’s Daymoon and the band’s third album, which has already been recorded and is set for a 2019 release. Read More: Album Review: Eldren – Miss … More EP Review: Strange Ranger – How It All Went By
Ontario-based pop-punk band Otherwives made a strong musical debut earlier this year with the release of its first EP, Grace. With intricate yet nicely-balanced instrumentals and strong, not-quite-nasally vocals, the music is catchy and the melodies are unexpected and cool. There are a lot of moving parts, yet they all fit together quite nicely in a … More EP Review: Otherwives – Grace
“Sibling pop duo” Klashing Black, out of Northwest Ohio, dropped their debut full-length album, Who We Were. Who We Are. last Friday, August 17. Smooth lyrics deal with nostalgia, growing up, and the classic and ever-constant theme of change as the background is filled with either rich synth or mellow guitar picking and ’80s-inspired drum beats. … More Album Review: Klashing Black – Who We Were. Who We Are.
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
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
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?