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?
Irish alt-rockers Ghost Accuser aim to provide “something solid” for listeners; on their latest album, Empty Orchestra, they have done just that. Ten punky alternative rock songs come together to make a cohesively dusky record, and the band’s claim that it brings together aspects of music from bands like Queens Of The Stone Age and The … More Album Review: Ghost Accuser – Empty Orchestra
For those searching for a solidly classic rock and roll album, Florida-based band The Blonde Tongues has come to the rescue with its latest release, Anxiety Dream. It’s grungy and garage-y, and everything about the album is rough around the edges in the best kind of way. Anxiety Dream opens with its title track; “Anxiety Dream” … More Album Review: The Blonde Tongues – Anxiety Dream
Classifying themselves as “rock and roll muscle pop,” the boys in RADATTACK may be (for the most part) in high school, but they’ve already begun to make a name for themselves. The boys aren’t exactly inexperienced; almost all four of them have been participants in other Clintonville musical endeavors, including surf-punk band The Comos and Seth Peacock’s project Rat … More EP Review: RADATTACK – Montana Psychedelic Versus
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. This month features Jack Davidson of Noise Not Music, a Columbus music blog that focuses on the “experimental and avant-garde”. … More Little Thoughts: Three Records with Jack Davidson
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
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?
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