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...]

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...]

Graveyard of Dreams – Joseph Pagano

It's a rare day when my old man is forwarding me music. It's even rarer still when it's not Led Zeppelin and it is perhaps most rare when it's something that I genuinely like. But today is that day and this is an absolute gem of an EP. … [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...]

12 Songs To Get You To Do Anything

Henry: Like Grouplove's second album, summer promised so much: Late nights, fisherman knits and tan. But I'm pretty sure I'm dying right now. I had two late, late (but awesome, awesome) nights on Thursday and Friday and I think I'm being punished by the universe or something because all I've eaten since Saturday is fruit and juice and it's not working. I literally just fell … [Read more...]