Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: Sideways To New Italy [Album Review]
Jun05

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: Sideways To New Italy [Album Review]

Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverSideways To The New ItalySub Pop Records [2020] Avoiding the sophomore album slump is a monumental task for any group that had a successful debut like Melbourne-based band Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. Hope Downs (2018) had the college jangle at times like R.E.M., which then combined with the raw rock of The Replacements. This guitar indie rock was a breathe of fresh air two years ago. Now...

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Thao & The Get Down Stay Down [Album Review]
Jun03

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down [Album Review]

Thao & The Get Down Stay DownTempleRibbon Music [2020] After 2016’s A Man Alive release Thao Nguyen lost interest in her music and the group as she struggled with multiple life issues. The good news is that she has returned with the groups fifth album Temple and it probably represents one of the most personal albums of her career. The other good news is that Thao & The Get Down Stay Down are one of those artist that just...

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Catholic Action: Celebrated By Strangers [Album Review]
May19

Catholic Action: Celebrated By Strangers [Album Review]

Catholic ActionCelebrated By StrangersPalo Santo Records [2020] There is something rejuvenating about Glasgow’s Catholic Action and their style of guitar rock. On their sophomore album, Celebrated By Strangers, the band extends their more guitar driven debut with some synthesizers and finding more of a beat that is very in line with fellow Glaswegians Franz Ferdinand. Right from the opening song, “Grange Hell (South London...

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Gleemer: Down Through [Album Review]
May12

Gleemer: Down Through [Album Review]

GleemerDown ThroughOther People Records [2020] If you are looking for a record to sit down with and just absorb then I highly recommend the new long player from Fort Collins, Colorado group Gleemer. The band has refined their earlier indie rock sound with more driving and pulsating riffs combined with a shimmering shoegaze here that boils over track after track. Down Through finds its strength from the warm voice of guitarist/vocalist...

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Cathedrale: Houses Are Built The Same [Album Review]
May08

Cathedrale: Houses Are Built The Same [Album Review]

Cathedrale Houses Are Built The Same Howlin’ Banana Records [2020] Houses Are Built The Same is the third LP from the French post-punk group Cathedrale. Where I have found their previous releases slightly more gritty, Cathedrale have grown into a much tighter force on this album with clean edge guitars, focused vocals and a multitude of foot tapping numbers. I would easily place Cathedrale’s sound with modern groups like...

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