Monster Machismo – Aye Aye Porcupine

“You can’t judge a book by its cover”? I totally disagree with that statement, at least in the context of this review. YouTube and boredom can definitely lead you down some interesting paths. Therefore, I decided to do an experiment of sorts. I type into the search bar “best indie bands” and I am immediately hit with hundreds if not thousands of … [Read more...]

Dozens – Dozens EP

This Chicago trio have taken a page out of Radiohead’s playbook and are offering their latest release as a download on their website for whatever you are willing to pay, although payment is optional. I suggest the songs are worth at least as much as something you would pay for from iTunes. The 5 tracks on this self-titled EP contain elements … [Read more...]

The Da Vincis – See You Tonight

Barely high school seniors from Mississippi, the members of The Da Vincis are quite remarkable from a background standpoint. It's also pretty remarkable that they make such mature sounding music. These aren't the sounds of teenagers hacking away at cheap guitars, but rather of a dusty, bossa nova group, with loads of piano, breezy synths,  jangly … [Read more...]

Led Bib – Sensible Shoes

Sun Ra was one of the most controversial and influential jazz musicians of all time. During his life, the bandleader, poet and piano player ended up making over one hundred albums and thus, ranked him as one of the most prolific recording artists of the 20th century. You can take any of his albums, any of them, and study, analyze and critique it … [Read more...]

Hi Red Center – Assemble

It’s easy to review an album when you love it, and it’s nearly as easy when you hate it. When you’re unsure, however, even after repeated listens, you’re bound to start a review discussing how hard it is to write. Hi Red Center is tough to categorize, their music tough do describe. And Assemble is an album that can be tough to listen to. That’s … [Read more...]