Varsity – Thanks For Nothing EP

Varsity's EP arrived in my inbox and it's one of these releases that whether you appreciate exactly what the band is about or you just want to say 'that's retro' and move on, but you wouldn't be dismissive if you heard Thanks For Nothing and its six tracks completely. Why? Starting with opening song "New Wave", which adeptly reconfigures the entire … [Read more...]

Casual Sex – Stroh 80 7″

A band with the name Casual Sex ought to turn a few heads and leave the sensitive listener dubious over what sleazy attitude and music they employ. Glaswegians are known for their dry wit and humorous observations of society’s ills: underage drinking, track-suited neds, and of course, shameless one night stands. This Scottish four-piece engage … [Read more...]

Frankie Rose – Interstellar

Sometimes, musical reinvention can be a vexing affair – just check out any piece of Metallica’s 1990s discography.  Diehard fans are still trying to purge their memories of the heavy metal band’s placating power ballads and slapdash forays into alternative rock.  Every now and then though, an aural facelift is nothing short of embarrassing.  Bob … [Read more...]

Future Islands – On the Water

The compelling nature of music is an intriguing expansion. Baltimore-based Future Islands has always been about taking that expansion and invigorating it with an emotional carriage of embellishments. Last year’s In Evening Air was a revelatory discovery for some, including yours truly and now, a mere year later, the band presents another expansion, … [Read more...]

Soundpool – Mirrors in Your Eyes

One of the many aspects about Kim Fields’ voice – and the most obvious one for that matter – is that it sounds softly hushed while still maintaining a breathy lushness that matches her band’s music fittingly well. Soundpool aren’t so much another electronic group because in essence, this is a true band making some gripping, terrific music. While … [Read more...]

Modern English – Soundtrack

When this Essex, England New Wave band was last in a position where it might’ve been considered relevant, the kids were still listening to Joy Division, Gary Numan, and Duran Duran. Lead vocalist Robbie Grey – the group’s only surviving original member - has seen Modern English through modest commercial success, extended dormancy, and numerous … [Read more...]

Chairlift – Does You Inspire You

This album was originally released in 2008, but was re-released in 2009 with two new tracks tacked on, the delightful “Le Flying Saucer Hat” and “Dixie Gypsy”.  The Brooklyn, NYC-based (by way of Boulder, CO) band has gained acclaim and a following for its indie-pop that marries off-beat lyrics, 80s-style instrumentation and song structures, and … [Read more...]

Cold Cave – Love Comes Close

If you’re old enough to remember the underground, new wave, synth-pop genre that emerged in the late 70s and early 80s, or if you’re any kind of indie-rock trend monger/historian and/or music enthusiast like me (which, I’d like to assume is why you’re reading this in the first place), you’d think that the music of Cold Cave (Wesley Eisold, Caralee … [Read more...]

Interview with The Lolligags

Hi Leslie and Ryan!  I've spun your latest EP, Out of Perversity Join Hands, and I love the whole kit 'n' caboodle of your ultra-catchy and darkly glossy electro-dance pop sound (I can't get "Merry Go Round" out of my head and it's been weeks!).  Leslie, your lively vocals resemble a playful and teasing Siouxsie Sioux with crisply layered, … [Read more...]