Keel Her – self-titled

Keel Her - self-titled

With a home-recording productivity rate to rival Robert Pollard, the prolific Brighton-based Rose Keeler-Schäffeler has furnished the musical world with a large body of work in a relatively short space of time.  Until now though, her output under the Keel Her alias has been scattered across Soundcloud streams, Bandcamp downloads, limited edition … [Read more...]

Acid Fast – Rabid Moon

Acid Fast - Rabid Moon

Somewhere about a half-decade after punk-rock went mainstream, a renaissance of sorts took place. Where bands like Green Day, NOFX, The Offspring, et al had saturated the market with their fuck-all ethos – a new crop of upstarts sought to marry their well-worn four-chord propulsion with a little more intellect, a little less angst, and a bit more … [Read more...]

Guided By Voices – English Little League

Guided By Voices - English Little League

With 2012’s trilogy of LPs from the reformed ‘classic-era’ Guided By Voices, Robert Pollard undoubtedly exceeded expectations for the band’s recording comeback.  The challenge for 2013 is to prove that the GBV reunion is no fleeting detour from his other projects but a living, breathing and ongoing entity.  Pollard has also set the productivity bar … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 3 EPs

Blood Red Shoes - Water EP

Blood Red Shoes – Water EP http://v2music.com/ http://www.bloodredshoes.co.uk/ Laura-Mary and Steven muddy the waters with a harder, fuzzed-out sound on their latest EP, an emphatic nod to hard rock and garage rock styles.  The inherent exuberance and defiance found on their earlier output is bogged down on Water by a sludgy sonic brew … [Read more...]

Q&A with Grave Babies

Photo Credit: Angel Ceballos

Hiya Danny!  Your new album Crusher is out in late February and it’s your debut for the Sub Pop sub-division Hardly Art.  You’ve previously released a cassette/vinyl album, a 7” single, and an EP on other labels.  How did you end up with Hardly Art? Hardly Art put out our last release which was our EP and the 7" ("Pleasures") before that as … [Read more...]

Guided By Voices – The Bears For Lunch

Guided By Voices - The Bears For Lunch

With the delivery of two new albums and a slew of tie-in singles so far this year, the reunification of the classic Guided By Voices line-up has already proved itself as far more than just a cash-grab from sentimental indie-rock fans of a certain vintage.  Thus, with reunion record number three the modest objective is just to keep up the momentum … [Read more...]

Ty Segall Band – Slaughterhouse

Ty Segall Band – Slaughterhouse

In a year where Ty Segall has already devoted one prior release with White Fence and promises a solo effort in the fall, he opted to record an album of impressive noisy rock with his touring band. And instead of trying to make it seem as if Segall is channeling the Stooges, a la Funhouse, the house that Segall has created is yet another one down a … [Read more...]

Guided By Voices – Class Clown Spots A UFO

Guided By Voices - Class Clown Spots A UFO

Having quickly rediscovered Robert Pollard’s artistic mojo and democratic credentials through the likeable and inventive Let’s Go Eat The Factory LP earlier this year, the reformed early-‘90s line-up of Guided By Voices returns rapidly to keep the creative camaraderie momentum rolling.  And roll Class Clown Spots A UFO certainly does.  Whereas its … [Read more...]

The Mallard – Yes on Blood

The Mallard – Yes on Blood

On “I Listen to the Lyrics Last,” a song buried deep in the heart of The Mallard’s debut Yes on Blood, the shaky, rundown feel of the jaded guitar paired with grungy production depicts a stuttering ode to garage rock. Taking the bold grains of a jangly guitar and 70s inspired vocals that recall the late Janis Joplin, The Mallard take much of rock’s … [Read more...]

Best Coast – The Only Place

Best Coast - The Only Place

Bethany Cosentino’s love affair with California is not exactly clandestine.  From the name of her band to the inclusion of the state’s likeliness on two consecutive album covers, the BestCoast frontwoman’s obsessions with all things Golden State is so profuse that it practically rivals the Beach Boys.  In fact, it’s pretty much a given that if you … [Read more...]