Single: Jonny Polonsky – The Weeping Souls

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jonny Polonsky marked another step in his storied career with the release of his latest moody single, “The Weeping Souls,” out Friday, January 17. The song is a shifting and mystical track, and though it is certainly dark, its mellow, mid-tempo drum beat lifts the track and keeps it from feeling draining. … More Single: Jonny Polonsky – The Weeping Souls

Album Review: Stella Ruze – The Greater Dog

Philadelphia folk-rock band Stella Ruze will debut a warm, energizing full-length record with the release of The Greater Dog on Friday, January 17. The band itself is large, featuring seven members, and the ten tracks on The Greater Dog often exhibit unique combinations of tones and textures. Still, the band maintains a commitment to a classic folk-rock sound. … More Album Review: Stella Ruze – The Greater Dog

Album Review: XL427 – Thee Attack

Ohio space-rock group XL427 welcomed in the new year with a haunting sophomore record release: Thee Attack, out January 3, 2020, on Poptek Records, features nine spacey rock tracks packed chock-full of shoegaze and melancholy. Thee Attack arrives over a decade after XL427’s debut; the group’s first album, Yesterdays Forever, was released in 2009, and … More Album Review: XL427 – Thee Attack

Album Review: hidden places – the circle is not round

Columbus post-punk band hidden places’ latest album, the circle is not round, is heavier and punkier than the trio’s previous work. Released on December 6, the album features eight percussive tracks and is just over 25 minutes long, showcasing dry vocals, driving percussion and low bass lines. hidden places’ the circle is not round features all of the … More Album Review: hidden places – the circle is not round

EP Review: Organised Scum – One Less Bastard

Though One Less Bastard, the new EP out November 8 from London alternative pop-rock band Organised Scum, features sophisticated, political lyrical content, its lyrics are (both “intentionally and unintentionally,” according to the band) largely unintelligible behind a mask of distorted vocals, grungy guitars and heady drum rhythms. One Less Bastard tackles the social and political … More EP Review: Organised Scum – One Less Bastard

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

Single: Mean Siders – Friends For Lunch

New York glitter-punks Mean Siders released a rocking middle finger toward beauty standards in the form of a single titled “Friends For Lunch” on Friday, October 25. “Friends For Lunch” is a pounding, thrilling, bold track with more attitude than seems possible packed into four minutes of indie punk music as frontwoman Katie Ortiz sneers and … More Single: Mean Siders – Friends For Lunch

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

Single: Hallan – Men

Portsmouth, England, post-punk quartet Hallan will debut another punky, raw single with the release of “Men” on Saturday, October 5. The song, a nearly five-minute rhythmic exploration of masculinity and gender roles, features layered electric guitar-picking melodies and dry, alternative vocals. “Men” is edgy and neatly contrasts post-punk tropes – dry vocals with a mild … More Single: Hallan – Men