Antony and the Johnsons – Cut the World

Perhaps for many of us, the opening introduction into Antony Hegarty’s passionate music was on the initial strands of life of “Hope There’s Someone.” Although he and his Johnsons had already developed a rich following with their self-titled effort, I Am A Bird Now flourished with emotionally-vested, brilliantly-composed forays into the human heart … [Read more...]

Here We Go Magic – A Different Ship

The wondrous aspect about music, including the artists and bands that create it, is that those imagined sounds don’t necessarily need to be reproduced. For years, people complained that Radiohead would never make another The Bends; then for years, everyone whined Radiohead would never make another Kid A; and most recently, it’s about everyone … [Read more...]

The War on Drugs – Slave Ambient

No one ever said music had to be about one specific medium, with no prospect for branching out. I mean, if we took music and really tried to conform it into something both rigid and controlled then there’d be no room for it to breathe. So, when someone can channel both the forlorn voice of Tom Petty and the bare roots exposure of singer-songwriters … [Read more...]

Here We Go Magic – The January EP

Sometimes the birth of new music is so fortuitous that there seems to be a small batch of high quality music still missing. The follow-up, or counterpart if you will, to last year’s critically-acclaimed Pigeons, The January EP is definitely the makings of a progressing, still evolving and growing band. Although there are remnants left in the subtle … [Read more...]

Antony and the Johnsons – Swanlights

Although we’ve come to know him as a modern workhorse, Antony Hegarty has always been able to keep his work with the Johnsons that much more invigorating. Whether he’s remixed mainstream artists or assisted on electronic records, albums like I Am a Bird Now and The Crying Light were always adorned with particular touches you couldn’t find … [Read more...]

Antony and the Johnsons – Thank You For Your Love EP

Music is often aggressive, in-your-face and coming at you at a furious rate. Antony Hegarty’s music with Antony and the Johnsons is anything but that; his gentle, angelic voice being one of music’s most sincere voices. But one thing’s for sure, his music follows the belief that it should be continuous and constant, always changing and revolving but … [Read more...]

Yeasayer – Odd Blood

As much of a surprise as Yeasayer was in 2007, looking back in retrospect, there is no doubt just how impressive they were in that they were able to combine so many elements of music into one sweeping plate of delightful food. It was a lot to consume and yet, they tidied it all up with an enchanting presence of craft and songwriting – not to … [Read more...]

Throw Me The Statue – Creaturesque

Throw Me The Statue is officially a band, now that the project has grown from the one-man bedroom-pop stylings of Scott Reitherman to include drummer Jarred Grimes and multi-instrumentalists Aaron Goldman and Charlie Smith. And, while the production work of Phil Ek (The Shins, Built To Spill, Band Of Horses) has helped integrate the new players and … [Read more...]