Label: Third Worlds LLC Genre: Industrial Hip Hop/Punk Reviewed by: Steve Ibanez The polarizing and violent noise mutilators return with a double album; the first disc containing warped Bjork vocal samples and the second taking on a more traditional (if you can call it that) punk feel featuring guitar from Nick Reinhart of Tera Melos. Musically chaotic and bursting at the seams, play this if you don’t give a shit about if your listeners will like it or not.
Mitski - Bury Me At Makeout Creek
Label: Don Giovanni Genre: Punk Pop Reviewed by: Steve Ibanez Initially released last year on a limited run through mini label Double Double Whammy, Don Giovanni has swooped in to distribute her work more widely. Mitski’s music would be beautiful bare and acoustic (her voice is enough) but she has the incredible talent of using her arsenal of sounds as a complement to bring it to new creative levels. Grungy guitars sludge along and Halloween-y synths make unexpected appearances. Great songwriter that will continue to gain recognition...
The Skints - FM
Label: Easy Star Records Genre: Reggae/Dub Reviewed by: Steve Ibanez We tune into 103.Skints as DJ Mr. Versatile spins these Londoners, who making some authentic sounding reggae music. The best tracks feature vocals from special guests (MC Horseman, Tippa Irie). Bass is phat, the occasional skippity of guitar delay is a nice touch. Groove on.
Label: True Panther Genre: Singer Songwriter/Pop Reviewed by: Steve Ibanez What it boils down to is that this dude writes damn good songs. With the majority of the production handled by former Girls member JR White, the instrumentation is crisp, warm, and sounds like he’s playing in your room. This is pop perfection; every chorus is a banger. Paul is definitely a major influence...
Swervedriver- I Wasn’t Born To Lose You
Label: Cobraside Genre: Shoegaze / Dream Pop / Alt Rock Reviewed by: Len Comaratta First album since 1998! They aren’t as abrasive as their 90s work, but they still have the same fire in their belly.
Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth - Epicenter
Label: Clean Feed Genre: Post Bop / Modern Jazz Reviewed by: Len Comaratta Craig Taborn and Gerald Cleaver!! And TWO tenors! Chris Creek and Tony Malaby. So freakin’ good. Follow up to their debut Deluxe. This is a true super group that together creates a cohesive whole, resulting in grand collective statements of driving, ethereal beauty.
Ryley Walker - Primrose Green
Label: Dead Oceans Genre: Folk Jazz Rock Reviewed by: Steve Ibanez A sprawling jam of feathery folk rock songs arranged by guitar connoisseur Ryley Walker. Acoustic guitars spindle over piano chords that swirl into psychedelic live jams that reminisce the old classic rock bands they may take influence from. Some nice music to start the spring off with.
Lady Lamb the Beekeepers - After
Label: Mom+Pop Genre: Folk Rock Reviewed by: Steve Ibanez Aly Spaltro aka Lady Lamb layers her gorgeous voice over jangly folk rock songs that also incorporate the bite and bop of surf rock. Very hooky rock music that could be made if you combined Angel Olsen with Wavves. Kinda derivative musically, but her voice brings it to another level.
Will Butler - Policy
Label: Merge Genre: All sortsa rock Reviewed by: Steve Ibanez Brother and bandmate of Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler, Will is known for his wild and unceasing energy during his primary band’s shows. Here on his debut solo album, he brings some of that fury into the songs themselves. It’s pretty diverse musically, ranging from bouncy (5), to thrashy (6), to ballad-like (3). His goofy voice reminds me of Violent Femmes.
Twin Shadow - Eclipse
Label: Warner Bros. Genre: Pop/New Wave Reviewed by: Evan House George Lewis Jr.’s generic response to his preceding bunch of highly acclaimed works. The grandeur of the perceived soundscape is washed out entirely by flashiness and gaudiness. Although mentionable, catchy moments exist on “Eclipse”, the album appears to be more of a release lacking the necessary supplemental pressure.
Screaming Females - Rose Mountain
Label: Don Giovanni Genre: Punk Rock Reviewed by: Ben Conlon I heart chick lead singers! A three part band that is well composed. Fast guitars with catchy licks that can get heavy at times
and can get your feet tapping if your into that kind of stuff. Marissa Paternoster, ze lead singer & 2012 spin guitarist 77th greatest guitarist of all time has a girthy ;) voice with an inflection style that sort of reminds me of a more masculine sounding Coheed and Cambria lead singer Claudio Sanchez . She probably would be good at singing sea shanty's or funeral dirges but there's no money in that (R.I.P my career). This release sounds a little bit clearer and more polished than previous releases. Also their from the Jerz so they get a big thumbs up from me.
Label: Exploding In Sound Genre: Post-Hardcore Reviewed by: Steve Ibanez These guys played recently in the town over from mine, a sleepy little Connecticut town populated mostly by retired folks. They set up in a tiny guitar shop/lesson spot that basically serves as a daycare for the teens and preteens of the neighborhood. I went across the street and bought a mint chocolate chip ice cream cone and came back and watched their set.
of Montreal - Aureate Gloom
Label: Polyvinyl Genre: Glam Rock Reviewed by: Courtney Wilson This is the 13th studio album from of Montreal, and it’s the second one to feature Kevin Barnes’ new band. The opening track is probably the best one because the others seem to be lesser versions of older and better tracks from previous albums. However, the lyrics on this album are interesting and Barnes adds an emotional pizzazz to all of them. It is still definitely worth a listen.
Tom Brosseau - Perfect Abandon
Label: Crossbill Records Genre: Folk Reviewed by: Steve Ibanez The delicate pitter patter of acoustic guitar opens up the record as Brosseau speak-sings of his relatable yet exaggerated tale. As a child, losing your mother at the store and staying hidden in the clothes rack until the store closes down and no one is left... The guy is from North Dakota, and the album gives off that classic “American” vibe. Recorded all with one mic with no mixing. Wild.
Sonny & The Sunsets - Talent Night at the Ashram
Label: Polyvinyl Genre: Psych Pop Reviewed by: Jacob Wilbanks A smorgasbord of sounds and guests (Kelley Stoltz,Shayde Sartin) illuminate Sonny & The Sunsets 5th album, originally intended to be a collection of short movies that would play together as a feature film. Effervescent songwriting and bubbly melodies keep it light & playful; he even converses with a dog at one point. Nice harmonies, an enjoyable listen.