Thursday, July 02, 2015

Stream It From The Mountain: mewithoutYou – “Pale Horses”

mewithoutYou, the Philadelphia-based post-hardcore art-punk band recently released Pale Horses, their highly-anticipated sixth album and debut for new label, Run For Cover Records.  Produced by Will Yip (Title Fight, Circa Survive) the new album perfectly captures what the band of 15 years does best - alternating between explosively intense moments of cathartic triumph with spiraling guitar melodies and quieter, more intricate and introspective arrangements with poetically spiritual lyrical themes in frontman Aaron Weiss’ distinct vocal cadence. 
Standouts track on the album include the shape-shifting, hymn-reciting “Watermelon Ascot”, the pretty opening title track, “Pale Horse” and the standout single, “D-Minor” with its galloping rhythm and twinkling guitar melodies.         

Stream Pale Horses here: 

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Hanz Bronze – “Elderberry Dawn” (Hanz Bronze is an Oregon-by-way-of Kansas City singer-songwriter who was used to playing in the background, playing percussion on the White Flight (Justin of The Anniversary) album and writing lyrics for Suzannah Johannes.  That all changes now with the Range Life Records release of his eclectic self-titled debut album, available digitally and on limited edition cassette.  Recorded and mixed by Dave Jablonski of Marmoset, the spotlight now shines on his short blasts of quirky pop sensibility, humorous lyrics and raucous slacker-rock riffs alongside jazzy, lounge lizard freakouts for a very promising debut.)  

Check out the shimmery and jangly falsetto-filled funk of the standout single, “Elderberry Dawn” here:

Ecstatic Vision – “Astral Plane” (Featuring members of former metalcore band A Life Once Lost, the Philly-based Ecstatic Vision – self-proclaimed “primal heavy psych” band - creates a hypnotic Hawkwind-like hybrid of heavy 70’s-inspired psych-rock meshed with pounding tribal rhythms on their trippy debut album, Sonic Praise, out now via Relapse Records, that certainly lives up to the description.)  
Stream the cosmically epic and mind-altering first single here:

August Burns Red – “The Wake” (This week the Christian metalcore mainstays released Found In Far Away Places, their sixth album and label debut for Fearless Records.  The excellent new album is bursting with all of the positive lyrics, raging riffs, brutal breakdowns and off-kilter time changes that you have come to expect from the band but well-placed experiments with soaring and waltzing old world-style orchestration bring a fresh approach to their unrivaled sound.  Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember contributes vocals to another standout track, “Ghosts”.)   
Stream the first single and pummeling, statement-making opening track here:

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Desaparecidos – “City On The Hill” (Though they have released a couple of standalone singles in recent years, the politically-charged punk band led by Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes returns after thirteen years with their incendiary sophomore album, Payola, out now on Epitaph Records.  Tim Kasher of Cursive, Brooklyn punks The So So Glos and Laura Grace of Against Me! guest but the focus remains on Conor’s anthemic vocals and fiery lyrics as well as the metallic guitar riffs and poppy punk melodies for a nice surprise of an album that is worthy of  year end lists.)  


Bully – “Trying” (The Nashville-based band led by Alicia Bognanno released their stunning debut album, Feels Like this week via Startime International/Columbia Records.  Bognanno wrote, produced, mixed and engineered the album herself at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio, where she previously interned.  Without sounding trite, the combination of her sweet and sour voice - that displays both vulnerability and throat-shredding power - along with her catchy, 90’s indie rock and punk-informed fuzz-pop melodies sounds like what you would imagine music from Frances Bean might sound like.)


Leon Bridges – “Smooth Sailin’” (Leon Bridges, the Texas-based old school Soul revivalist with the smooth-as-silk voice has released his very promising debut album, Coming Home this week via Columbia Records.  Everything including his style, instrumentation, stage presence – he is also a trained choreographer and dancer - and timeless songs just ooze a charming nostalgic yet modern take on classic 50’s & 60’s era Soul and R&B.)

Stream the stylish yet simplistic video for the Sam Cooke-inspired standout single, “Smooth Sailin”: 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Mates Of State – “Staring Contest” (Husband and wife indie-pop duo Mates Of State released their new long-awaited new EP, You’re Going To Make It, this week via Barsuk.  Led by the saccharine-sweet wide-eyed love song and first single, “Staring Contest”, the duo has incorporated more danceable electro beats to their infectiously catchy drums/keyboards setup.  Better yet, they released this video starring their two adorable daughters, Magnolia and June.  Move over kittens and baby goats, this is the cutest thing you will see on the internet all day!)  


Christopher Paul Stelling – “Horse” (The Brooklyn-based troubadour trades in fiery Gospel-drenched and blues-soaked traditional folk with stomping percussion on Labor Against Waste, his excellent third album and label debut for Anti- Records.  Check out the standout single with its back-porch Bluegrass jam-inspired flickering mandolins, fluttering fiddle and howling vocals here.)

Dave Monks – “Gasoline” (This week, the Tokyo Police Club frontman released his debut solo outing, All Signs Point To Yes, ​via Dine Alone Records.  The outstanding 6-song EP is stripped down and highlighted by acoustic guitar-led and piano-laced 60’s pop-inspired folk tunes that showcase a gentler, more earnest and organic side of his songwriting.)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Trails And Ways – “Skeletons” (The Oakland art-pop quartet Trails And Ways recently released their sparkling debut album, Pathology via Barsuk Records.  Their incredibly catchy and colorful brand of lushly layered indie-pop takes an “everything and the kitchen sink” approach, incorporating danceable disco and bossa nova rhythms, sincere, politically-minded lyrics and surging 80’s inspired synths that reflect their world travels.)

Born Cages – “Bigger Than Me” (Formed in 2011 by frontman Vlad Holiday, Born Cages released their highly-anticipated debut album, I’m Glad I’m Not Me last week via Washington Square/Razor & Tie.  On it the trio creates a joyous synth-smeared brand of modern English indie rock complete with gigantic choruses and bombastic echoes of Queen and Arcade Fire for a very promising debut that is primed to breakout.)

Algiers – “Irony. Utility. Pretext.” (Algiers, the trio of instrumentalists led by the powerful, soulful vocals of Franklin James Fisher recently released their experimental eponymous debut album on Matador Records.  Their thought-provoking politically-charged protest songs are laced with elements of haunting Southern Gospel and 70’s Motown soul set to sparse 80’s breakdance and 90’s techno beats and primal post-punk fury for a smart, engaging and exciting debut.)

Monday, June 08, 2015

RECAP: Bunbury Music Festival 2015

Despite the minor hiccups – long entrance lines, rain and ATM issues - that were solved after the first night, this year’s Bunbury Music Festival was another smashing success. 
The headliners, The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers and Snoop Dogg did what was expected of them and the Columbus-based duo, Twenty One Pilots stole the show once again with their energetic and engaging performance.  Other bands that impressed were Temples, whose hazy psychedelic sound matched the intensity of the hot and humid afternoon and Brand New, who after a long hiatus looked…well, brand new.  Also, Father John Misty’s off-kilter folk and lounge act and Royal Blood’s thunderous two-man throwdown were highlights as well. 
The one act that surprised me the most though was Bleachers.  I hadn’t really paid much attention to them beyond the ubiquitous radio singles but their arena-worthy 80’s-inspired rock show came complete with saxophone solos and Jack Antonoff, formerly of fun. was the perfect showman. 
I am already looking forward to next year, which will be the fifth year of the festival, so I am expecting big things!

Friday, June 05, 2015

Genevieve – NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert | Bunbury 2015

Indie-pop singer-songwriter Genevieve (formerly of Company Of Thieves) released her very promising debut EP titled, Show Your Colors in March via Wind-Up Records.  She will bring her infectiously catchy and vivid multi-layered electro-pop anthems to the Bunbury stage on Saturday, June 6. 
To get a taste of her exciting live show check out her recent Tiny Desk Concert for NPR Music where she displayed her effortlessly dynamic and powerful voice alongside stripped down arrangements of the moving acoustic guitar-led track “The Enemy” and the bright, danceable and inspiring lead single, “Colors”, as well as the soaring piano-led ballad “Authority”.     

Watch Genevieve’s NPR Tiny Desk Music Concert here:

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Thursday, June 04, 2015

Stream It From The Mountain: Old Hundred – “Let In The Light” | Bunbury 2015

The Columbus collective Old Hundred will bring their smart, poppy folk-based brand of indie-rock that incorporates the swirling cinematics of The National and free-wheeling experimental style of Wilco to the Bunbury Music Festival stage on Saturday, June 6. 
Their superb third album, Let In The Light was released last November to great praise - with Paste Magazine listing the band as one of the "10 Ohio Bands You Should Listen to Now" - as a double vinyl release including the I Don't Want to Die EP. 
The album is led by the catchy 60’s pop of the moving single, “Casey” and the opening track, “All Your Sons” with its soaring strings, glimmering guitars and mandolins and a propulsive rhythm.  
Listen below and be sure to catch their performance at Bunbury on Satruday.      


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Wednesday, June 03, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat – Bunbury Music Festival 2015 Edition

The Cincinnati-based Bunbury Music Festival is set to return this weekend and this week’s edition of 3 Songs: On Repeat is dedicated to three of the great bands that are playing the festival.  Listen to them here then see them live at Bunbury. 
Tickets are still available here: 

Royal Blood – “Figure It Out” (The UK garage-rock duo are scheduled to play the opening night of Bunbury and will bring their steam-rolling sound that combines the stomp and heavy blues-rock riffs of Led Zeppelin and the punk fury of Death From Above 1979.  Their stunning self-titled debut album was released late last summer via Warner Brothers.  Check out the thunderous and anthemic single here.)

Father John Misty – “True Affection” (Josh Tillman, A.K.A. Father John Misty – the psychedelic folk-rock shaman - will also play Bunbury on Friday.  I Love You, Honeybear, his critically-acclaimed sophomore album under the FJM moniker was released in February on Sub Pop.  Adorned with sappy strings and soulful vocals, the album is about falling in love though skewered by every messy, emotional detail in his sometimes humorous yet always poetic and poignant lyrical style.  Check out the synth-driven standout single below.)

Shakey Graves – “Dearly Departed” (Shakey Graves is the one-man band of Texas-based indie-folk/alt-country singer-songwriter Alejandro Rose-Garcia who will grace the Bunbury stage on Sunday.  Check out his catchy, gospel and blues-soaked duet with Esme Patterson here, along with its clicking percussion, haunting yet soaring vocals and distorted guitars which is taken from his latest and greatest album, And The War Came, out now via Dualtone Records.)   

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

INTERVIEW: 500 Miles To Memphis | Bunbury Music Festival 2015

500 Miles To Memphis, the veteran Cincinnati-based country-punk hybrids are set to play in their hometown at the Bunbury Music Festival on Sunday, June 7.  They are supporting their latest album, Stand There And Bleed, funded in part by a successful Kickstarter campaign and released to great praise last fall.  

Atlas and the Anchor spoke to vocalist/guitarist Ryan Mallot about their new album, playing Bunbury and more.

Your band has been compared to a lot of great bands like Social Distortion, Green Day and Lucero but who or what are some of your less obvious influences?
"The Assponys, NoFx, Neil Young, The O's." - Ryan Mallot  

After a three year wait between albums, your fans pitched in to help with the Kickstarter campaign for Stand There And Bleed.  That has to feel good to know you have the support of your fans, what does that mean to you as a performer?  
"It means the world to us.  If not for our fans and friends helping us out, we would not have been able to record a new album.  I feel like we owe everyone so much more than just a new record.  Maybe a foot rub?" - RM  

Now in its fourth year, you have played the Bunbury two other times and will play for your third time this year.  I think that might be a record for the festival!  What do you like about playing the fest as opposed to the smaller, more intimate shows?
"I'm very proud to be a part of such a large event.  Bunbury is another large feather in the cap of Cincinnati.  It has been wonderful watching the music scene and support of the local music scene grow over the years.  I feel very honored to be a part of it." - RM 

What bands are you excited to see at Bunbury this year?
"Brand New, Avett Bros, Old Crow, Walk the Moon, Wussy, The Decemberists" - RM 

My favorite track from the new album is the poppy and propulsive sing-along “Bethel, OH”.  What is your favorite song of yours to play live and why?
"I love playing 'Bethel, OH', but my favorite is 'Cows to the Slaughter'.  I wrote it for my mom and it works live very well." - RM 

What does the future hold for the band?
"Always in motion the future is.  For right now we are taking a break from touring.  Almost all of our shows for the rest of the year are local.  We are enjoying spending time with our families and friends.  Life is good." - RM   

Stream their excellent 2007 Deep Elm Records released debut album, Sunshine In A Shot Glass here: 

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Monday, June 01, 2015

SHOW ALERT: Bunbury Music Festival 2015

Cincinnati's own Bunbury Music Festival is set to return for its fourth year this weekend, June 5-7. Recently, the festival was acquired by the Columbus based event promoter PromoWest (LC Pavilion, Newport, The Basement) and they have brought in yet another spectacular lineup that features three amazing headliners The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers and West Coast rap legend Snoop Dogg.

Also featured are The Decemberists, Brand New, local favorites Walk The Moon and 500 Miles To Memphis, as well as Father John Misty, Royal Blood, Temples, Secret Sisters, Matt & Kim and Tame Impala.  Additionally, Columbus, Ohio's favorite sons, Twenty One Pilots will return to steal the show like they did two years ago.  This is not to be missed!

Tickets are still available here:  

Stay tuned here and on Twitter: @atlasanchor all week and weekend for more coverage from the festival!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

The Helio Sequence – “Stoic Resemblance” (The Portland indie-rock duo of Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel released their self-titled sixth album this week via Sub Pop.  The new album was written during a fast-paced and adventurous demoing process that gave the band new life as they enter their third decade together.  The thumping propulsive rhythm and poppy sing-along chorus of the standout single here is the perfect introduction to the stunning album's vibe.)

Valkyrie – “Mountain Stomp” (The Virginia sludge-rockers, led by brothers Jake and Pete Adams - the latter also of Baroness – released their third album, Shadows this week via Relapse after a long, seven year wait.  The epic aptly-titled album opener, “Mountain Stomp” is the perfect blend of melodic dual guitar leads, prog-rock tangents, thunderous blues-rock riffs and soulful, classic rock-era vocal melodies for a triumphant return.)


Tanlines – “Slipping Away” (The NYC-based indie-pop duo consisting of Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm released their long-awaited sophomore album, Highlights, this week via True Panther Sounds.  After their computer blew up, they chose to focus on a more guitar-heavy approach that along with the addition of some world music vibes and some danceable hip-hop and techno-inspired beats serves the band well.  Check out the loping and jangly 80’s-indebted standout single below.)


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Surfer Blood – “Island” (For their recently released third album, 1000 Palms, the Florida-based indie-rock band found a new label home with Joyful Noise that allowed them the creative control to create their rawest yet most poppy and polished album to date.  The standout single heard here, is filled with surf-y guitar melodies that alternate between clean and crunchy alongside a catchy, super-charged chorus.)


Gruesome – “Closed Casket” (Led by vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey of Exhumed along with members of Possessed, Malevolent Creation and Derketa, Gruesome pays heavy homage to the Florida death metal scene of the early 90’s with their nostalgia-inducing debut album, Savage Land, out now via Relapse Records.  Every gory detail - down to the artwork from the legendary Ed Repka (Death, Massacre, Megadeth), to the old school death metal riffs and Chuck Schuldiner-sounding vocals - is in tribute to the influential band Death.  The standout track here features a gnarly guest guitar solo from former Death, Obituary and Testament guitarist James Murphy.)  

My Morning Jacket – “Spring (Among The Living)” (Last week, after a four-year wait, My Morning Jacket released their highly-anticipated seventh album, The Waterfall via ATO/Capitol Records.  Gone is the Prince-like funk of their last album, Circuital, but always adventurous; Jim James and crew have blended ethereal electronics, Middle Eastern themes and some of James’ most personal lyrics into their already eclectic Americana and classic rock-leaning sound for one their most soulful and cohesive albums yet.)

Stream the haunting, bluesy force of nature “Spring (Among The Living)” here: 

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Hop Along – “Waitress” (Led by the Blues-soaked powerhouse vocals of Frances Quinlan, the Philadelphia-based quartet released their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Painted Shut, this week via Saddle Creek Records.  Their catchy, folk-leaning brand of punk rock incorporates grungy alt-rock guitar melodies – sounding like Janis Joplin fronting Rilo Kiley for a sophomore-slump busting album that should top many year-end lists this year.)    

Sam Cohen – “Let the Mountain Come To You” (Singer-songwriter Sam Cohen, formerly of Apollo Sunshine and Yellowbirds, recently released his debut solo album, Cool It, on Easy Sound Recording Co.  Traces of his previous bands sounds remain alongside his quirky, synth-smeared indie-rock that is laced with touches of prog, laid-back sun-drenched psychedelia and catchy, power-pop for a very promising debut.)


Calexico – “Falling From The Sky” (Joey Burns and John Convertino of genre-defiant indie mainstays Calexico recently released their new album, Edge Of The Sun via Anti-.  Much of the album was conceived in the historic Mexico city, Coyoacán to capture the Latin flavor of their Southwestern-influenced early sound.  Additionally, they are joined by a host of collaborators including, Sam Beam of Iron & Wine, members of Devotchka and the Greek band Takim among others along with Ben Bridwell of Band Of Horses lends his distinct voice to the soaring pop-leaning standout single heard here.)     


Friday, May 01, 2015

Stream It From The Mountain: By Light We Loom – “The Ignition EP”

By Light We Loom is the new project from Cleveland husband and wife duo Eric Ling and Shanna Delaney, formerly of indie-folk outfit Bethesda.  On their debut, The Ignition EP – out today - the duo transforms their anthemic folk rock and close-knit harmonies along with Shanna’s lilting vocal melodies into catchy beat-driven and sparkling vintage synth and loops-led indie-pop for a very promising debut. 

Stream the EP below which includes the twinkling piano and soaring vocal melodies of the title track and the vividly descriptive storytelling and cascading guitars of the spiritual-leaning standout track, “A Measure Of Us”. 

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Mittenfields – “Optimists”” (After releasing their promising debut EP in 2011, the D.C.-based band has finally released their highly-anticipated debut album, Optimists.  Their fuzz-fueled 3-guitar attack lends itself to a shoegaze-like wall of sound but off-kilter post-punk rhythms, anthemic Arcade fire-like moments and some catchy 90’s indie rock-inspired guitar melodies break through to help set them apart and make their debut well worth the wait.)    

Blur – “Go Out” (The Brit-pop vets triumphantly return with their original line-up and the release of The Magic Whip, their first album in over 16 years which is out now on Warner Brothers Records.  Of course, much has changed in the musical landscape since we last heard from Damon Albarn and co.  Fittingly, some of Gorillaz’ electronic beats sneak into the new album that blends together all versions of Blur’s music with the danceable synth-pop, fuzzy alt-rock and more psychedelic moments of their later period for a modern yet still nostalgic sound.)     


Passion Pit – “Lifted Up (1985)” (Michael Angelakos returns with Kindred - his new album of shiny synth-pop anthems - out now via Columbia Records.  The excellent new album is deeply personal, focusing on faith, family and his battle with mental illness which perfectly contrasts with the bright, wide-screen pop melodies and exuberant danceable rhythms.)


Friday, April 24, 2015

Free Friday: Mew - "Exclusive +- EP"

Next week, Danish art-rock quartet, Mew are set to release their long-awaited new album titled, +- via Play It Again Sam Records.  In advance of that and to celebrate, they have released an exclusive four-song EP via Noisetrade as a free digital download. 
Led by the cherubic and soaring falsetto of frontman Jonas Bjerre and featuring a reunion of the original lineup, the excellent new album proves to be worth the wait as the band sounds refreshed and more experimental; perfectly blending new elements of infectiously catchy dream-pop, R&B, and even hip-hop into their already off-kilter and psychedelic brand of melodic prog-rock for their most accessible album yet. 

“Satellites” and “Water Slides”, two of the standout tracks from +- appear on the EP in different forms – first as shorter, more precise radio edits and then as stripped-down acoustic versions that serve to highlight each of the song’s inherent beauty.  Check out the EP below and pick up the new album, +- next week.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Built To Spill – “Never Be The Same” (Doug Martsch and crew released their long-awaited eighth album, Untethered Moon via Warner Brothers Records this week.  It is the first album recorded with new rhythm section, drummer Steve Gere and bassist Jason Albertini, and is the best album since Doug’s late ‘90’s output – with the memorable melodies and classic rock-inspired guitar heroics you have come to expect from him.)
Stream the jangly, loping standout single here:

Dustin Kensrue – “Back To Back” (The Thrice frontman released Carry The Fire, his long-awaited sophomore solo album, this week via Staple/Vagrant Records.  On it he expands his folk and country-leaning sound to include new hints of blues, 60’s pop and opens up to rock a little more like late-era Thrice.  Lyrically, Kensrue continues to weave spiritual themes of darkness vs. light into his introspective and uplifting songs alongside his subtly catchy melodies for a welcome return.)    

Stream the upbeat, "heartland" rock-inspired single here:

UnWed – “Raise The Kids” (The Brooklyn band consisting of members of Hot Water Music, Primitive Weapons and Small Brown Bike recently released their debut album, Raise The Kids, via 6131 Records.  Together they combine their punk and hardcore roots with touches of hard rock and Midwestern emo-tinged indie rock with female/male vocal leads for an anthemic sound that references both Quicksand and Rainer Maria but sounds fresh and modern at the same time for an impressive and promising debut.)

Stream the raging, 90’s-loving title track here:

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

A Is For Atom – “Bombs Away” (A Is For Atom is the solo project of Brooklyn based musician Mike Cykoski; working with producer and former NYU classmate Julian Cassia, Mike has released two acclaimed EPs of his smart, fine-crafted brand of orchestrated indie-rock over the last couple of years.  The most recent EP titled, Song For You is highlighted by the standout single, “Bombs Away”, which is a bittersweet love song aided by a bouncy synth-leaden groove and infectious refrain that recalls 90’s alt-pop favorites Eels.  Look for more new music from this emerging songwriter soon.)  

Protomartyr – “Blues Festival” (Hot on the heels of their highly-praised sophomore album, the genre-defiant Detroit post-punk band returns with a brand new 7” single titled, Half Of Seven with the new song, “Blues Festival” that features vocals from Kelley Deal of R. Ring and The Breeders.  The B-side is a new song from R. Ring, Kelley’s lo-fi project with Mike Montgomery of Ampline.  The 7” is out now digitally and will be released physically via Hardly Art on June 16.)


Big Data – “Snowed In” (Big Data is the recording moniker of synth-pop producer Alan Wilkis, his long-awaited debut album, 2.0 – led by the standout single and collaboration with the likeminded Joywave; “Dangerous” - was recently released on Warner Bros Records.  The guest heavy album features vocal performances from Twin Shadow, Jamie Lidell, Kimbra, and Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner among others.  The new single heard here features vocals from Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo and like the rest of the album comments on technology and paranoia while remaining danceable and fun.)

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Andy Gabbard – “More” (The Dayton-based singer-songwriter has traded in the trippy, stoner psych-rock of the Buffalo Killers for the highly-melodic grunge-informed power-pop found on his debut solo album, Fluff, out now via Alive Naturalsound Records.  Performed entirely by Gabbard in one 12-hour session, the stellar album doesn’t feel rushed even though a rush of fuzzed-out Dinosaur Jr.-esque guitar riffs and loads of infectious melodies create a nostalgia-inducing wall of sound that recalls everything from 90’s alt-rock to 60’s psych-pop.  Also, look for a new Buffalo Killers album later this year!)

Pokey LaFarge – “Something In The Water” (The St. Louis-based Americana singer-songwriter released Something In The Water, his seventh album and debut for Rounder Records this week.  This new collection of timeless-sounding songs offer up more of the rollicking ragtime rhythms – with the use of drums more prominent for the first time – jazzy Dixieland instrumentation, dusty country-blues and of course, the vividly folksy storytelling and unique voice that puts Pokey in a class all his own.)


Doldrums – “HOTFOOT” (The band led by Airick Woodhead creates a punk-inspired brand of sample-heavy electronic music constructed with abrasive yet textural synths that collide with aggressively banging beats and a dark aura for a sound both modern and reminiscent of 90’s electronica on their stunning sophomore album, The Air Conditioned Nightmare, out now via Sub Pop.)   


Wednesday, April 01, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Death Cab For Cutie – “No Room In Frame” (Check out the biting, bittersweet opening track from DCFC’s long-awaited and highly-anticipated new album Kintsugi, out now via Atlantic Records.  The new album finds the band in a newfound state of transition as founding member and producer Chris Walla has left since finishing the album and this is the first album written since Ben Gibbard’s divorce.  The music relies on synths and electronics a little more than before, with New Order-like textures but Ben’s distinct voice and melancholic yet poppy melodies remain for yet another solid album to add to their canon.)

Prong – “Banned In D.C. (Bad Brains Cover)” (This week the veteran NYC post-metal trio led by Tommy Victor released Songs From The Black Hole, an new album of cover songs via eOne Music / SPV Records.  On it they pay homage to some of their punk rock peers and influences by putting their own signature hybrid hardcore-punk and thrash-metal spin on songs from Fugazi, Black Flag, Killing Joke, Hüsker Dü  and Sisters Of Mercy among others.  Heard here is their unique take on the iconic Bad Brains track, “Banned In D.C.”.  The album is also highlighted by a pretty faithful yet more metallic version of Neil Young’s epic, “Cortez The Killer”.)

Van Dale – “Speak Yellow” (In order to display their infectiously catchy, fuzzy Weezer-loving alt-pop melodies, the Columbus-based trio - featuring members of Way Yes - released their excellent self-titled debut album this week via Fleeting Youth Records.  The standout single heard here with its head-nodding rhythm and noisy fuzzed-out guitars; sounds like a nostalgia-laced nugget from the mid-90’s, when MTV still mattered and actually played videos.)