La Sera – Sees the Light

This is a solid, sonically beautiful album by Katy Goodman of the excellent band, Vivian Girls. The only flaw is that Goodman doesn’t stick to the stripped down sound of the first track (“Love That’s Gone”), and instead moves into faster paced, more guitar driven pop, as in the album’s early release, “Please Be My Third Eye.” The problem with her … [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...]

Sourpatch – Crushin’

Sourpatch follows in the footsteps of Vivian Girls with their female-led noise-pop. But let's go ahead and get one thing out of the way. Sourpatch does business very, very similarly to Vivian Girls, so I'll let you decide whether you want to keep reading this or not.... Okay, I like Vivian Girls. They're catchy as hell. But noise-pop (Vivians, … [Read more...]