Best New Music
Within the first ten seconds of Grey’s sophomore album Outer Heaven, you can tell everything has changed. When Shehzaad Jiwani’s voice enters, it feels though maybe you’ve played another band entirely. What a difference two years makes.
Jiwani said the mellow feel of first track “Cruelty” juxtaposes the song’s lyrical darkness. That theory can be applied to all of Outer Heaven. In a recent Spin article, Greys reference bands like Portishead, Talk Talk an
Dealing With The Weird
Fucko sounds like Brianna Collins (Tigers Jaw) laying down vocals for Basement. That's how amazing Sarah Desmarais marries her vocals to the grungy sound this Boston three-piece break out. With musical structures that further nods to bands like Sainthood Reps and Adventures, you're in for quite a kick if you're looking for buzzy guitars and heavy slabs of distortion -- all with melodies that'll make '90s flannel-wearers feel tingly again.
Dealing With the Weird combines a lot of
From Caplan To Belsize
Muncie Girls’ debut is full of heavy hitting poppy and indie songs all at once. Their debut album, From Caplan to Belsize shows just what the band is capable of with indie punk songs full of smart lyrics and catchy quips. The album has a perfect balance of what a solid band should sound like with a solid balance of songs to create a great debut. After a few smaller releases and fresh off a tour with Such Gold, the trio delivers ten new songs that hit the eardrums just right.
The Coathangers do not give a fuck now, nor have they ever. But what started as a joke seamlessly developed into a credible band. With Nosebleed Weekend, the trio delivers tighter, stronger and more confident songs than ever before.
On their first experience recording outside Atlanta (and in Los Angeles), The Coathangers still play primarily garage punk but lace it with other influences, most noticeably surf rock riffs (and in one instance a destroyed squeaky toy). Singer/guitar
Dance Gavin Dance
Tree City Sessions
Anyone catch another apology letter from Jonny Craig? Yeah, looks like once more, his antics usurp his talent. And it's great to see that Dance Gavin Dance don't have that baggage anymore. Reason being is that to be quite honest, they've struggled since Tilian Pearson took over as lead. It felt like they were making him live up to the ghosts of Craig and Kurt Travis, which really led to their later records like Acceptance Speech and Instant Gratification registering way off the
The White Album
I’ve never picked up a Weezer album with the intention of disliking it. Every collection in their catalogue I’ve aurally entered with childlike optimism. For a while, it was emotionally crushing. But on Everything Will Be Alright in the End, Rivers Cuomo and company began a pseudo comeback. That album, for the most part, was enjoyable and rather cohesive (as opposed to say Hurley or The Red Album or Make Believe or…you get it.)
Weezer, or The
Deftones have always been a different kind of beast. Timeless, engaging and riddled with intensity. So good that even their weaker material stands a cut above the rest. They've been through a rough couple years, dealing with loss and re-energizing that passion that lit the '90s and 2000s up; and in the face of all this adversity, they've overcome. Resoundingly. I likened them to a relentless animal and as Gore reiterates, it's a raging bull. Running at you full-steam ahead, seeing red and
Explosions in the Sky
Explosions in the Sky's sixth album is one that surpasses everything that came before. Audacious statement but if you thought music like The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place couldn't be topped or rivaled, then think again. The Wilderness is as dense and emotionally powerful as you could have hoped for. It honours what they did in the past but feels like a step forward into a new sunrise.
Whether you're freaking out over them on the Street Fighter 'Rise Up' promo or recallin
Bacteria Cult is the collaboration between Mike Patton (Faith No More, Fantomas, Mr. Bungle, a million other projects) and Norwegian composer John Kaada. Previously, the pair worked together on a live album and 2004 studio effort, but Bacteria Cult seems to be where there is atrue cohesion between the pair.
At its onset, the album is built around Kaada’s atmospheric structures. Kaada seems to be a fan of cinema, with his works taking cues from Morricone, Bernstein, and H