Be Calm Honcho- Honcho Dreams

written by: Kendall Klitzke on June 10, 2014

Be Calm Honcho is SoCal cool with its first full length, Honcho Dreams. The quartet hails from the Bay Area, the San Fernando Valley, and Lafayette, L.A.—a fact that vocalist Shannon Harney, drummer Mikey Carrera, and multi-instrumentalists Jacob Landry and Alex Weston seem to be very proud of. The Crossbill Records release is a hodge-podge of […]

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Crow Bait – Sliding Through The Halls Of Fate

written by: Kendall Klitzke on May 31, 2014

Something not terrible is happening on Long Island and it’s called Crow Bait. Their full-length debut, Sliding Through The Halls of Fate, is part classic Long Island punk and part Replacements, all with a little ’90s alt-rock flair. Since 2011, Chris Arena (Sister Kisser, American Hellfire Club), Mike Bruno (Iron Chic, Wax Phantom), and Sal Fiteni (Sister […]

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Reuben And The Dark – Funeral Sky

written by: Kendall Klitzke on May 21, 2014

Hold off on puns about sandwiches in the shadows when mentioning Reuben and the Dark’s masterful debut album, Funeral Sky. The folk record is a striking collection of anthems and dirges fueled by the indelible chemistry of frontman Reuben Bullock and his brother and percussionist, Distance Bullock. The Calgary four-and-sometimes-five piece—multi-instrumentalists Shea Alain and Scott […]

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The Menzingers – Rented World

written by: Kendall Klitzke on May 6, 2014

The opening track, “I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore,” says it all. The Menzingers are another year older and another year wiser with their fourth album, Rented World. The record is a solid follow-up to the much-lauded On the Impossible Past. It’s crisp, thrashing, and a little melodramatic, but hey, quarter-life crises are tough. […]

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Days of Abandon

written by: Kendall Klitzke on April 29, 2014

Known for their often anthemic shoegaze, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s latest full-length may raise a few eyebrows. Days of Abandon through Yebo Music is a deviation from Pains’ soaring sound and lacks the power of Belong and their self-titled album. Pains, often described as indie and noise pop, isn’t using effects pedals […]

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Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else

written by: Kendall Klitzke on April 25, 2014

It seems like the boys of Cloud Nothings are all grown up with their newest release, Here and Nowhere Else. Produced and mixed by John Congleton (Modest Mouse, the Walkmen) and released by Carpark Records, Cloud Nothings’ third studio album hasn’t lost any steam. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Dylan Baldi, bassist TJ Duke, and drummer Jayson Gerycz are […]

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Pink Mountaintops – Get Back

written by: Kendall Klitzke on April 22, 2014

Want to get to know rock ’n’ roll in the Biblical sense? Look no further than Pink Mountaintops’ latest record with Jagjaguwar, Get Back. Stephen McBean probably didn’t intend to make “The Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Primer” in creating this album, but he unwittingly assembled a smattering of songs that takes on rock in its […]

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Denney and the Jets – Mexican Coke

written by: Kendall Klitzke on April 10, 2014

“You see, my problem is self-control,” isn’t so much a lyric from “Hooked” as it is a confession on Denney and the Jets’ debut LP, Mexican Coke. Chris Denney, vocalist and guitarist, touts the persona of musicians of old, the class of stars burdened by the trifecta of drugs, recklessness, and talent. Along with his Jets—Joey […]

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Tweens – Tweens

written by: Kendall Klitzke on April 2, 2014

“Your sweetness is killing me/Mean, mean/I want you to be mean/I want you to be mean to me,” shouts Bridget Battle, frontwoman of trash-pop trio Tweens. “Be Mean” is from the Cincinnati threesome’s precocious debut album with Frenchkiss Records. The self-titled full-length touts a collection of party jams oozing with teen melodrama and a whiney […]

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Saintseneca – Dark Arc

written by: Kendall Klitzke on March 26, 2014

Saitnseneca brings simultaneously novel and familiar songs on its newest release, Dark Arc. Channeling everything from Neutral Milk Hotel, to Bob Dylan, to the Violent Femmes, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Zac Little, along with Maryn Jones, Steve Ciolek, and Jon Maedo, crafts both a sad and blissful album largely about loneliness. Dark Arc defines the space between light […]

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Howler – World of Joy

written by: Kendall Klitzke on March 13, 2014

Jordan Gatesmith croons, “I don’t want to be rich, or famous no more,” in “Here’s The Itch That Creeps Through My Skull.” The Smiths-inspired ditty hails from Howler’s second studio album, World of Joy with Rough Trade Records. The indie-rock group from Minneapolis, Minn. is composed of Gatesmith on lead guitar and vocals, Ian Nygaard on guitar, […]

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