Hang Loose- Alabama Shakes

The aptly named Alabama Shakes serve up a lighthearted blend of blues-inspired roots rock and touch of soul that harken back to The Band, Janis Joplin, Wilson Pickett, The Allman Brothers, and the like. From the first riffs, “Hang Loose” verges on an almost country, gospel-esque medley, with infectious Joplin-like vocals that doesn’t leave one lacking. No, they’re not … [Read more...]

Shattered Me – Bass Drum of Death

WAVVES and Ty Segall had a baby and they’re called Bass Drum of Death. Fuzzed-out, thrashing around, make no-apologies punk rock, this bare bones lo-fi duo have poised themselves to take on a slice of that California surf punk. Taking obvious cues from punk and proto-punk predecessors: Richard Hell, The Stooges, and The New York Dolls, their only drawback is lack of variation. … [Read more...]

Breaking Against the Tide – Craft Spells

Craft Spells is the audio equivalent of an 80s teen dream. If New Order, The Jesus and the Mary Chain, and Cocteau Twins are of your vernacular, these guys are right up your vein - mine included. While their first album, Idle Labor, was decidedly more lo-fi, Nausea is noticeably more refined, put together, and melodic. Perhaps it’s the result of growing up in an arid landscape … [Read more...]

Same Damn Time – Beat Connection

If warm sun rays aren't glossing your face right now, perhaps Beat Connection can help. A 3-piece electronic outfit from Seattle, WA, Beat Connection craft serious dream-laden melodies. 'Same Damn Time' is a heady slow dive into an ethereal summer; an airy, tricked out blend just as melodic as it is futuristic. Straddling that happy medium between chill and upbeat, it's a … [Read more...]

Ode to Viceroy – Mac DeMarco

By now you might be aware of Kurt Vile, Mac DeMarco and Ty Segall as the triumvirate sent to revive the sounds of garage rock’s past. DeMarco is the scrawny, gap-toothed river creature that crawled from the depths of Canada and seemingly slid his jangly melodies into indie folk rock. Lodged in a time warp, DeMarco is like a rambling man from a bygone era. A pinch of 60s … [Read more...]