As you’re about to find out, Jann Klose is an eclectic artist who’s equally at home singing, writing songs, composing music and acting. The amazing thing is that he’s brilliant at every single one of these things. Last year when I reviewed his superb album Mosaic I wrote that, stylistically, his voice and...Read more
Category Archives: Rock
of Montreal's “Jigsaw Puzzle” was recorded during the Lousy with Sylvianbriar sessions and will be available as a limited edition 7" on Record Store Day 2014. And, wow, we are quite impressed with it! It's just bursting with kinetic energy. One of their most upbeat...
“Misery Company” is from Kaiser Chiefs' new album Education, Education, Education & War, which is due out on March 31st in Europe and April 1st in North America. We love its infectious guitar riffs and uppity marching beat. The manic laughing is pretty cool, too. Seriously though, who...
We’re really into this electro-pop-rock hybrid right now… It’s damn catchy and it gets better and better each time you listen to it! PRESS RELEASE: Stone Cold Fox is an Indie Rock Band from Brooklyn, New York. Comprised of members from California to Maine, the band’s inception was a fairy tale that only Brooklyn could...Read more
When Phantogram’s debut album, Eyelid Movies, was released on the indie label Barsuk in 2009, I knew almost nothing about them. Just that they were a duo. I simply bought the album after reading a few positive reviews and hearing samples online. And I immediately fell in love with its quirky electronic music,...Read more
If the name Nina Persson doesn’t ring a bell, I’m fairly certain that the sound of her voice would. She’s the front woman of both The Cardigans and A Camp, you see. Not sure who those bands are? Perhaps the name of The Cardigans’ most successful single will ring a bell: “Lovefool.” It...Read more
Small Sound finds husband and wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley, otherwise known as Tennis, showing both lyrical and musical growth as they collaborate with producer Richard Swift (Foxygen, The Shins) for the first time. Where producer Patrick Carney, who worked on their last album, 2012′s Young and Old, tended to make...Read more
Yesterday we brought you Meg Myer's eerie video for her new sultry new song "Desire." Well, here's another track, brought to our attention via an e-mail from its super talented co-writer and producer Doctor Rosen Rosen, who once remixed an entire Lily Allen album. We're pretty blown...
It’s appropriate that The Pack A.D.’s new album — their fifth — is entitled Do Not Engage because you need only listen to the first two or three songs to come to the conclusion that these women could seriously kick your ass. And I don’t just mean to the curb. I’m talking about...Read more
Usually if a band is going to release a self-titled album it’s going to be their debut. If not, then it usually happens later in their career after they’re several albums in and want to announce that they’re changing direction, or perhaps that they’ve finally found themselves again after a bad album or...Read more
Tempel are an insanely talented Arizona-based instrumental metal/post rock duo consisting of Ryan Wenzel (Guitars, Keys) and Rich Corle (Drums), who first joined forces way back in 2003, although On The Steps Of The Temple is apparently only their debut. To that end, I’m really not sure if they actually spent the past...Read more
The story of Painted Palms is an interesting one. When cousins Reese Donohue and Chris Prudhomme first began making music together Donohue was living in San Francisco and Prudhomme was living near New Orleans. They started sending ideas for songs back and forth via e-mail and before they knew it they were creating...Read more
I must admit that I’d never heard of The Rocket Summer before I came across this new Christmas EP on iTunes. But I’m always on the market for new Christmas songs, being quite the Christmas music junkie, so I checked out the previews of these tracks and had to download the EP. While...Read more
by Michael McCarthy When I say that these are the “60 Best Albums of 2013,” I’m just saying that these were my favorite albums this year. I’m simply entitling this piece “60 Best Albums of 2013” instead of “60 Favorite Albums of 2013” because everyone always uses the term “Best Of,” not favorite....Read more
Best Coast — the dynamic duo comprised of singer/songwriter/guitarist Bethany Cosentino and multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno — have been labeled *a lot* of different things since their mighty impressive 2010 debut, Crazy For You. Dream-pop, power-pop, alternative-rock, alternative-pop, indie rock, indie pop, lo-fi, surf pop, garage rock — take your pick. But there’s a...Read more