Ty Segall – Emotional Mugger

written by: Kayla Kinney on February 18, 2016

Ty Segall releases a new record nearly each year. Whether running solo or alongside the Ty Segall Band, he has over eight studio albums to his name since 2008. This is a prolific number for a 28-year-old. Segall adds another record to his psychedelic catalog with Emotion Mugger. Now backed by his musician friends called “The Muggers,” he welcomes a Stooges-esque […]

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AKASE – Graspers

written by: Kayla Kinney on January 31, 2016

Bands are usually spurred by friendships with other musicians. They get together and jam, and then they either come together or fall apart. Longtime friends DJ Harry “Midland” Agius and singer/multi-instrumentalist Robbie Redway stuck together, and they’ve since released a record that isn’t made very often because two music-loving friends created it with a clear vision. Techo, house, and soul combine worlds […]

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Beta Males – joy

written by: Kayla Kinney on December 28, 2015

In the The Beta Males’ latest release, joy, Tory P-Lopez succumbs to hopelessness and loneliness as he skirts his way through a horrible relationship. But when Lopez is at his most vulnerable, the record becomes a powerful experience for the listener — and, as for Lopez, the record becomes a revelation of the love that was never meant […]

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Bern & the Brights – Heart Wide Open

written by: Kayla Kinney on December 13, 2015

Every now and then, an indie artist emerges to complete stardom — launching from 100-person shows to selling out 2,000 seat theaters in front of their biggest fans. Bern & the Brights are restlessly balancing on the fine line between indie darlings to full out celebrities. Bern & the Brights is back for their fourth EP, Heart Open […]

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Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us

written by: Kayla Kinney on November 16, 2015

It seems like the title of Beach Slang’s new album The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us explains so much about how we, as humans, wander around the world and try to find our people. The folks listening to The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us need […]

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Deerhunter – Fading Frontier

written by: Kayla Kinney on November 8, 2015

Dream pop and shoegaze music have infiltrated indie music recently. With veteran bands like Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine reuniting, along with the success of more recent bands like Beach House and No Joy, the dream isn’t over. The psychedelic band Deerhunter from Atlanta, GA is back with Fading Frontier, an effortlessly chill return to their genre. […]

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Soddy Daisy – Trashtopia

written by: Kayla Kinney on October 23, 2015

Soddy Daisy’s Facebook description wrote that their genres include space, whiskey, Mexican jumping beans, and “partytimes.” If this makes no sense to you either, that’s good, because it shouldn’t. Soddy Daisy’s whole aesthetic, from their self-proclaimed descriptions to their debut LP Trashtopia’s album cover of garbage and booze, is a bundle of randomness. But they execute unpredictability well. They […]

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Le Tour – Terra Eyes

written by: Kayla Kinney on October 8, 2015

Le Tour is a very dedicated band. While vocalist and guitarist Patrick Campbell lived in Detroit, he commuted to the band’s headquarters in Chicago to record Terra Eyes during a thankless and particularly brutal winter. If the stress and exhaustion that poured into the songs on Terra Eyes isn’t obvious, well, you must not be paying […]

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Kevin Devine/Tigers Jaw – Devinyl Splits No. 3

written by: Kayla Kinney on October 8, 2015

The indie rock veteran Kevin Devine has been keeping himself busy with plenty of projects this year, including his Devinyl Splits series where he collaborates with other indie musicians for a two-song EP. In the third and most recent installment, Devinyl Splits No. 3, Devine and the band Tigers Jaw from Scranton, PA cover two very popular […]

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Fresh Snow – Won

written by: Kayla Kinney on September 7, 2015

From beginning to end, Fresh Snow’s album Won ranges from beautifully crafted arrangements to straight-up noise, a title the band wears proudly. Won is filled with moments of delicately constructed instrumental ballads and, conversely, hectic flashes of deliberate panic and disarray. Fresh Snow is, above all things, an instrumental band. Relying on musicianship instead of vocal melodies or […]

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Beach House – Depression Cherry

written by: Kayla Kinney on August 29, 2015

From beginning to end, Beach House’s new album Depression Cherry proves to be a powerful beast that encapsulates the band’s laid back, introspective ambiance. Beach House gives the listener another set of beautiful melodies that feature breathtaking, resonant sounds only possible from the minds and souls of singer/keyboardist Victoria Legrand and multi-instrumentalist Alex Scally. Together, Legrand […]

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Gardens & Villa – Music For Dogs

written by: Kayla Kinney on August 27, 2015

It’s rare when musicians can financially support themselves solely on their art. And Gardens & Villa’s songwriting duo, consisting of singer/guitarist Chris Lynch and keyboardist Adam Rasmussen, gave up most everything except for music. Their noble efforts are explored throughout their new album of eclectic pop songs, Music For Dogs. The album not only offers catchy chords and rhythms, but also layerings […]

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