Smith Westerns - "Soft Will"

As the calendar flips through the summer months at an unseemly rate, we must remember to enjoy these leisurely days before they’re gone, and Smith Westerns’ new album “Soft Will” epitomizes this mindset more than any album the band has released yet. Continuing their tradition of laid back pop gems, “Soft Will” finds the band in a more wistful mood than ever, with hooks that seem like they’re practically...

30 Jun 4:10 PM 0 Read More...

Julian Lynch - "Lines

  Recording a folk album from your bedroom is hardly a claim to fame these days, and yet “Lines,” the new record by Julian Lynch, seems to stretch the boundaries of Lynch’s Madison, Wisconsin apartment into a wild wonderland, shimmering with the bucolic joy of summertime. Currently working towards earning a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Lynch channels influences fr...

31 May 6:33 PM 0 Read More...

Jenny Hval - "Innocence is Kinky"

It’s not difficult to find sexuality in the broad landscape of music today, but Jenny Hval’s new record Innocence is Kinky presents it in a uniquely twisted fashion that’s both inviting and somewhat demented. Exploring a myriad of styles that twist soul, garage rock, experimental noise, and pop into a beast all her own, Hval’s new record is an exciting and abstract listen that never ceases to delight. Ins...

03 May 8:13 PM 0 Read More...

Bill Baird - "Spring Break of the Soul"

With school coming to a close and summer break right around the corner, Bill Baird’s Spring Break of the Soul is a record to bring in the bucolic joy of springtime with a twisted attitude. Known for his work with the bands Sunset as well as Sound Team, Baird’s new release is the product of two full years in the studio, culminating in this epic, warped, but delightful dose of summertime splendor. Stretched acro...

03 Apr 5:48 PM 0 Read More...

March ’13 CD of the Month: "Ores & Minerals" by Mazes

A lot of influences come to mind when listening to the new album by Mazes; the squiggly guitar licks of the Pixies, the minimal grooves of krautrock, the loose swagger of the Kinks...but even as the Manchester outfit flares their love for rock bands of the past, Mazes' new album Ores & Minerals showcases an exciting new voice from the garage rock scene, one that is determined to find the common ground between di...

02 Mar 1:52 AM 0 Read More...