New EP from We Are Ardent

We Are Ardent, an alternative rock band hailing from Canada, is gearing up to release its 2nd EP, Bright Shadows From Dark Lights, on November 20.  Brothers Josh (guitar, vocals) and Justin (drums) Brazeau, Kat Kerley (vocals, kalimba), and Matt Dalton (bass) were nominated for 3 Niagara Music Awards in 2014 and on Bright Shadows From Dark Lights … [Read more...]

Western Education – Let Your Secrets Out

Earlier this year, Western Education released their debut album Let Your Secrets Out. The quartet, which was formed by lead singer Greg Alexandropoulos at UMass, describe their band as “A modern indie-dance blend of The Killers, Interpol and Muse”.  It's about time to check out this Lowell based band. Both album opener "Peace" and closing songs … [Read more...]

Fen – Of Losing Interest

Canadian outfit Fen packs a lot of detail and energy into its fifth LP, Of Losing Interest. The follow-up to 2010’s more somber and acoustic Trails out of Gloom, the record is a powerhouse of staccato guitar riffs, spastic rhythms, and forceful singing. Although not all of its melodies resonant equally and it can feel too familiar at times, the … [Read more...]

Silversun Pickups – Neck of the Woods

According to a recent interview given by Silversun Pickup frontman Brian Aubert, it was the singer’s Topanga Canyon upbringing that informed much of the material presented on the indie rock band’s third LP, Neck of the Woods.  Anyone who’s ever returned to their childhood neighborhood as an adult after a lengthy sabbatical knows full well that … [Read more...]

Annie Automatic – “Call Me Crazy”

French and company are back with the lead-off single from their upcoming EP titled Songs From The Center.  The L.A.-based alt-rock band released rockin’ debut album Don’t Look Down in the summer of 2011, but this new song showcases Annie Automatic’s softer and sweeter side.  While “Call Me Crazy” is definitely a 180 from the rock format, it’s just … [Read more...]

Band of Skulls – Sweet Sour

At the end of the day, there’s an unadulterated titillation at the core of rock and roll to which we will inevitably return.  Yes, there’s solace and satisfaction to be found in the triumphant spirit of chamber pop and the soul-bearing ruminations of folk, but it’s only a matter of time before we find ourselves once again held captive by the … [Read more...]

Mild Mannered – Believeland

In the annals of rock and roll history, no band has thought to call themselves Mild Mannered. Think about that for a minute. It used to be that rock and roll was all about being the biggest and the best.  However, since the alt revolution of the mid 80's, being underwhelming has been something to be.  On their debut, Believeland, Mild Mannered … [Read more...]

P.G. Six – Starry Mind

Direction and a change of scenery can always make for interestingly new facets and focuses. For Pat Gubler’s P.G. Six, taking four years off and beefing up their scenery with an arsenal of veteran musicians has taken on a developing twist to a greater sound. On Starry Mind Gubler re-tools his band with steady musicians that allow Gubler to give in … [Read more...]

Wooden Shjips – West

The basis of manifest destiny was an idea that through spiritual entitlement, the United States was fated to expand all the way west, until land met ocean. A destiny that ultimately proved to be very considerable was driven behind the notion that it was ‘meant to be’. For many, travelling west continues to bear significance simply because once you … [Read more...]

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Mirror Traffic

The modern movement of music is definitely not a bad thing by any means. Sometimes we fail to recognize that as far as musicians are concerned, music is always progressing. Sure, purists choose the vantage that a band’s original music is always the best: if it’s anything after the first few albums, it ain’t as good. This goes the saying for many … [Read more...]