Short Takes on 2 EPs and 1 Album

Little Boots – Business Pleasure EP Little Boots, AKA Victoria Hesketh, strips it back on her latest EP, peddling 4 mid-tempo electro-pop songs that sound like they’re in the demo stage of production.  Maybe too many producers spoil the sonic broth (Com Truise, Jas Shaw of Simian Mobile Disco, and Chris Carmouche), except this time around it’s … [Read more...]

Alt-folk/indie rock band Waterfall Wash releases debut EP in January

Waterfall Wash is a quirky, catchy mesh of folk, gospel and indie rock. The five-piece lets steel guitar and autoharp coexist alongside colorful layers of synthesizer, glockenspiel, and three-part vocal harmonies. Waterfall Wash lands in the spectrum of Big Star, Local Natives, and Talking Heads. "Visions"With a nod to Chicago's indie jazz … [Read more...]

Western Education – Let Your Secrets Out

Earlier this year, Western Education released their debut album Let Your Secrets Out. The quartet, which was formed by lead singer Greg Alexandropoulos at UMass, describe their band as “A modern indie-dance blend of The Killers, Interpol and Muse”.  It's about time to check out this Lowell based band. Both album opener "Peace" and closing songs … [Read more...]

Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy – Songs from the Real World Vol 2 (Commissioned Songs)

Steve Kilbey (of The Church) and Martin Kennedy (of All India Radio) have teamed up again, producing a 2nd batch of warm and enjoyable commissioned songs, each crafted to the thematic specifications of the client.  The lyrics and tone of most of the tunes emphasize the joy and fulfillment of familial bonds and human connection.  Relationships of … [Read more...]

Dangerous Muse – “Fame Kills” video

Mike Furey has unveiled a ‘spectacular Spectacular’ (to borrow a phrase from Baz Luhrmann’s  Moulin Rouge) for “Fame Kills” under his music project moniker Dangerous Muse.  The original song debuted in 2011 and is a thrillingly epic electro-synth track that is achingly melancholic and dreamily romantic – and totally danceable.  “Fame Kills” … [Read more...]

Interview with Hopscotch

Hi Angela!  It’s so good to touch base with you about your super-fine and super-chill recently released Archer EP and Remixes.  What label is it on and what has the reception to it been like? This project went out 100% for free from no label at all. This one was all about the fans, and for a chance to collaborate with a broad range of other … [Read more...]

Interview with Dream Boat

Greetings Page and Dan! I’ve had the good fortune to hear your upcoming sophomore album, The Rose Explodes, in its entirety, and wow, what a sublimely swoon-worthy beauty… It will be released via Cloud Recordings and Arrowhawk in September. What are the vibes like for you during this interim? Page: Thanks for the complement! We are already neck … [Read more...]

Interview with Flowers

Hello Rachel!  It’s such a delight to catch you at this moment in time while you’re preparing for your debut album release this fall.   You’ve had the good fortune of being noticed online where you posted some of your demos early on, which led to touring Europe with the Pains of Being Pure at Heart.   Was it a shock to go from studio (Well, … [Read more...]

Q&A with Watoo Watoo

Salut Michaël!  I’ve been spinning your lovely recent album, Un Si Longue Attente, and for some reason the phrase “jolie-pop” springs to my mind… Since you and Pascale are both natives of France, maybe you understand what I mean by that terminology.  Your music is pleasing and inviting, despite the occasional bleak lyrics. Do you think the … [Read more...]

Calling All Astronauts – “It Could Have Been Lust”

“It Could Have Been Lust,” the sixth and final single for Calling All Astronauts' 2013 debut Post-Modern Conspiracy is a fitting end to the life cycle of the band’s introductory LP. In comparison to most of the songs from that album, which abruptly begin and end with a similar fit of guitar riffs, drums and keyboards, “It Could Have Been Lust” … [Read more...]