Hang Time – Hang Time

A lineup augmentation of disbanded group The Future of the Ghost has come together to bring you an energetic debut of indie fun-time frolic rock. A flyer on Hangtime's Facebook in many way sums up their sound: a recycled but colourful collage that celebrates pizza, Twins and Macaulay Culkin. Having had a year of gigging around Salt Lake City, I'm … [Read more...]

Cursive – I Am Gemini

I Am Gemini, the great Cursive’s seventh album, comes with a twelve page “play” of sorts, which purports to tell the story of twins that are separated at birth. As the press kit breathlessly notes, one twin is good, and the other is evil, “Are they two halves of one whole?” My first reaction was: “what the hell?’ The mystery lessened, a little, … [Read more...]

Best Albums of 2009 (#10 -#1)

10. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz! The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have extracted the essence of 80s synth-pop and refined it by blending in their own arty garage-punk sound and seasoning it with shoegazing swirls and buffing it up with glossy production. The songs pulsate with jagged hooks and sharp, danceable rhythms while Karen O’s crystalline voice … [Read more...]

Dappled Cities – Zounds

Dappled Cities - Zounds Syndey, Australia’s Dappled Cities has enjoyed a devoted following Down Under since its lo-fi debut, A Smile, dropped back in 2004.  With a strong-willed intent to breakthrough stateside, the quintet has seized every opportunity since then to connect itself with American ears.  Beginning with the recording of 2006’s … [Read more...]

Black Feather – Silhouette

When a “back to basics” band pops up on the radar – as the White Stripes and Strokes did earlier this decade – it’s usually taken as a retort to the gluttonous indulgences of groups who are creating music at the opposite end of the spectrum, where high drama and grand gestures happen to reside.  And when the “keep-it-simple-stupid” approach … [Read more...]

Black Moth Super Rainbow Tour Dates

Black Moth Super Rainbow, who have previously toured with Flaming Lips and Aesop Rock, will take their cocktail of visual and aural oddness on the road this summer supporting Eating Us. Daydreamers School of Seven Bells co-headline. Black Moth Super Rainbow Tour Dates * w/ School of Seven Bells Sat. Apr. 25 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Mellon … [Read more...]

Flipsides & Otherwise: FAO #14

The bleak midwinter is a funny time for music critics. With end-of-year polls to devise, the last trickle of one annum’s releases and the advance sniff of the next one’s new wares all colliding with Christmas shopping and seasonal sloth, there’s plenty to be lost around the turn of another twelve months on the planet. Hence, the need to round-up … [Read more...]