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...]

Q&A with Second Head

Hey there Emma and Wim – It’s really cool to have the chance to touch base with you both and find out more about your band.  Your latest EP Children of the Revulsion (Love the wordplay!) is out now and it seems to be heading in a more laid-back, thematically cohesive direction than your previous EP Gift Horse and debut album Disease comes in … [Read more...]

EndAnd – The Adventures of Fi in Space

Adventures of Fi in Space is the brainchild of EndAnd, the indie rockers from space (er, Brooklyn). Adventures of Fi in Space is actually two EP’s joined to make one, nine-track album. The first EP is aptly named, Adventure of Hi-Fi in Space and the other, Adventures of Lo-Fi in Space. Starting as a duo between guitarist and vocalist, Daniel Fern … [Read more...]

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...]

UNISON – UNISON

French duo Melanie Moran and Julien Camarena released their stunning self-titled debut album in Europe in autumn of 2011, with Lentonia issuing a U.S. release this past April.  UNISON is composed of storming electro-noir soundscapes swirled with a compelling atmosphere of expansive sonic lulls and topped with Melanie’s sweetly beguiling vocals.  … [Read more...]

Interview with UNISON

Salut Mélanie and Julien!  Thanks so much for doing this interview with me during such an exciting time for you.  Your magnificent self-titled debut album came out in your native France, and the rest of Europe, in September 2011 – and it will be released in the U.S. in April on Lentonia Records.  You are originators of a musical style known as … [Read more...]

Parts & Labor – Constant Future

There is a lot of music that simply seems to lay it on thick. Whether it’s clouding the arrangements with unnecessary chords or sometimes, it’s simply adding guitar reverb for lack of a much more appropriate instrument or tone. And still, there is a great deal of musicians who are carefully adjusting every shift to always be in complete harmony. … [Read more...]

Shipping News – One Less Heartless to Fear

In writing music for This American Life, Shipping News has now been a band for more than ten years. Long-lasting relationships and partnerships always rely on some kind of fragile tension and for the dramatic rock they create, the build-up always comes with a timely release. Though the trials and tribulations they’ve gone through as a band seem to … [Read more...]

Marnie Stern – Marnie Stern

As you’re listening to the fiery storm of “Cinco de Mayo,” one of the tremendous songs off Marnie Stern’s third album, Marnie Stern, you can sense both her passions and desires on the album’s roaring chorus: “You will always be here…” It’s the repetitive line that can be sung throughout; all the time Stern is conducting the drums to engorging … [Read more...]

Women – Public Strain

As much as music appears to be changing, there are many aspects that remain the same. Fundamentally sound music is still, at the core, a foundation that needs to be set and, ultimately, musicianship is the key to that essential element of success. For Canadian band Women, that musicianship was on full display with the nervy, noisy art rock of Women … [Read more...]