HAIM – Days Are Gone

written by: Elyssa Czynski on September 23, 2013

HAIM is a trio of sisters from Los Angeles, and its debut album Days Are Gone sounds like The Roches made an album influenced by new wave and R&B simultaneously. HAIM’s indie-pop sound is funky, rich, and wicked unique. The female rock powerhouse sings love songs, but with musicianship that puts Taylor Swift to shame. […]

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Crystal Stilts – Nature Noir

written by: Elyssa Czynski on September 19, 2013

Crystal Stilt’s new album Nature Noir is a mopey, psychedelic rock-n-roll daydream. “I woke up with the spirit in front of me,” vocalist Brad Hargett sings on opening track “Spirit In Front of Me.” The introduction sets the album’s hazy mood. This album from Crystal Stilts includes some newer sounds—strings are included on several tracks, such as “Star […]

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Disappears – Era

written by: Elyssa Czynski on September 11, 2013

Quiet, synth-y chords and a series of guitar picks are a quick breath before the music picks up and distorted vocals come in on Era. It’s the fourth album from Chicago band Disappears, and its opening track “Girl” is an explosive start to an otherwise dark, hypnotic album. Era is full of lengthy tracks, most of which […]

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Foy Vance – Joy Of Nothing

written by: Elyssa Czynski on September 7, 2013

Foy Vance’s second album, Joy Of Nothing, is quite mature; it sounds like the release of a seasoned musician. His poetic songwriting is what stands out the most, accented by his unique voice. Joy Of Nothing is Vance’s debut album after releasing several EPs and single tracks since 2006. It features high-profile appearances from Ed Sheeran […]

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Earl Sweatshirt – Doris

written by: Elyssa Czynski on August 28, 2013

Since his first mixtape in 2010, Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt has been a little mystery in hip hop. He took a mother-induced hiatus to Samoa following the mixtape and three years later, he has released his first studio album, Doris. The album is full of sinister beats that Earl sleepily raps over. Sonically, Doris is one of […]

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Rookie of the Year – Canova Presents: The Goodnight Moon Part II

written by: Elyssa Czynski on August 24, 2013

Rookie of the Year’s fifth album, Canova Presents: The Goodnight Moon Part II, is a sequel to the 2006 album The Goodnight Moon. Rookie of the Year’s independent release is full of peppy pop-rock with an air of teenage angst and romance. In the beginning, it’s fun, high-energy music, but after six songs, the good […]

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Daniel Kirkpatrick and the Bayonets – Alibis

written by: Elyssa Czynski on August 15, 2013

Daniel Kirkpatrick and the Bayonets’ debut album Alibis sounds like an updated version of Elvis Costello’s glory days. Similar guitar strums, kicking drums, and funky organ grooves make each track a bluesy rock tune with an old-school vibe. Daniel Kirkpatrick is the lead vocalist and guitarist. Drummer Spencer Booth and bassist Jordan Cassidy, who both […]

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Sam Phillips – Push Any Button

written by: Elyssa Czynski on August 11, 2013

Sam Phillips’ musical career has followed an interesting path. She started as a Christian artist under her birth name, Leslie Ann Phillips, then after four albums, rebranded herself as Sam Phillips, the alternative rocker. Push Any Button is the tenth album since her reinvention. Sonically, Push Any Button is a quirky album. The guitar strums make […]

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Sombear – Love You In The Dark

written by: Elyssa Czynski on August 2, 2013

Sombear, aka Minneapolis native Brad Hale, known for his work with Now, Now, produces a debut solo album that sounds like a hip, pop music video game. Each beat is carefully crafted and distinct from the others, but collectively, they make an album that is enchanting. Hale’s skill lies in the production. He has admitted […]

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Cults at Subterranean on July 26, 2013

written by: Elyssa Czynski on July 27, 2013

Cults has maintained some of their hype since their initial debut, and unfortunately was a little disappointing when performing at Subterranean on July 26.

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Flyleaf – Who We Are

written by: Elyssa Czynski on July 26, 2013

Who We Are, the new EP from Texas-grown rock band Flyleaf, features four live tracks and a studio track featuring Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D. It’s also the first set of recordings with Flyleaf’s new lead singer, Kristen May. The first track, “Something Better,” features Sandoval’s vocals and borders on a duet. The two voices complement […]

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Heaven – Telepathic Love

written by: Elyssa Czynski on July 24, 2013

In late 2010, drummer Mikey Jones (The Big Sleep, Swervedriver, Snowden) and singer/guitarist Matt Sumrow (Dean and Britta, The Comas, Ambulance LTD) decided to start a project together. With the additions of bassist Luke Hayden Senkbeil and keyboardist Ryan Lee Dunlap, the band Heaven was created. Telepathic Love is the debut album from the New […]

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