Album Reviews

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Album Review: CHVRCHES – “Love Is Dead”

By: Jessica Nakamoto –     Since the release of their second album nearly three years ago, Scottish synthpop band, CHVRCHES, have been busy dropping breadcrumbs of sorts to eager fans. With a steadfast determination to protect their moody-punk meets cheery-pop identity against unwanted prodding, the trio have worked as solitary musicians and enacted a somewhat … Continue reading

Album Review: Courtney Barnett – “Tell Me How You Really Feel”

By: Jessica Nakamoto –       At only 30 years of age, Courtney Barnett has already reached the prized status of an international icon. Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, this singer/songwriter’s signature bold mash-up style has been a fiery catalyst for her blossoming career. In just six short years, Barnett’s racked up an impressive musical pedigree … Continue reading

Album Review: Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – “Sparkle Hard”

By: Sasha Lindsay –       After a four-year wait, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks’ new album, Sparkle Hard will be released on May 18th via Matador. And here’s an added bonus – a ten minute short-film, Sparkle Hard: The Movie (available now), which features a behind the scenes look into Malkmus’ creative process in … Continue reading

Album Review: The National Reserve – “Motel La Grange”

By: Tucker Pennington –     Despite refining their sound in the bars of Brooklyn, The National Reserve’s music is indebted to genres that span the country. Wurlitzer pianos and electric organs are combined with bluesy guitars creating a timeless Americana combination. The songs of Motel La Grange (out May 11th via Ramseur Records) ebb and flow through … Continue reading

Album Review: Jon Hopkins – “Singularity”

By: Jessica Nakamoto –       Time and time again, Jon Hopkins has found himself in good company. Whether it was working closely with big names such as Coldplay, Brian Eno, or King Creosote, there was a clear indication of talent in the works when it came to this British phenom. However, it wasn’t until … Continue reading

Album Review: Dashboard Confessional – “Crooked Shadows”

By: Patrick Bales –     Nine songs make up Crooked Shadows, the new record from Dashboard Confessional (out Feb. 9th via Dine Alone), seemingly one for each of the years since the band’s last full-length release. The album is a welcome return to form for the band, particularly in the eyes of their rabid … Continue reading

Album Review: Panda Bear – “A Day With The Homies”

By: Lucy Sky –     Animal Collective co-founder Panda Bear (aka Noah Lennox) is back with his first taste of new music since his 2015 EP Crosswords in the form of a limited édition 12-inch entitled A Day With The Homies (out Jan. 12th via Domino) Lennox contributed to Daft Punk’s 2014 Grammy Awards success, … Continue reading

Album Review: Queens of the Stone Age – “Villains”

By: Alyssa Bardol –      Queens of the Stone Age frontman, Josh Homme, has done it again. With the release of their seventh studio album titled Villains, the band has likely made themselves contenders for album of the year. Producer Mark Ronson, who’s to thank for smash hits like Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” and Amy … Continue reading

Album Review: Fifth Harmony – “Fifth Harmony”

By: Alyssa Bardol –        It’s hard to believe after listening to Fifth Harmony’s third, self-titled studio album that this is the same internationally renowned girl group that skyrocketed to platinum success only two years ago with the Teen Choice Awards’ 2015 Song Of The Summer “Worth It.” After founding-member Camila Cabello split from … Continue reading

Album Review: Danny Brown – “Atrocity Exhibition”

By: Emmett Robinson Smith –     Danny Brown is a member of the handful of hip-hop artists teetering on the mainstream, but never quite going over. He’s prevalent (and important) enough to earn recognition from pockets of the masses and strange enough to attract adoration from critics and hip-hop heads. The tone of his voice alone … Continue reading