In the 20 years since Death Cab for Cutie made their debut with 1998's Something About Airplanes, the band has had their ups and downs: indie cred that built to mainstream success, followed by a couple of lackluster albums with dwindling sales and, most recently, the departure of a core member. With the release of their ninth … Continue reading Death Cab For Cutie Drive Down the Middle of the Road with Thank You For Today
Hannah Van Loon, aka Tanukichan, is not exactly reinventing the wheel on her debut LP Sundays, as much as she's modifying it. She creatively toys with shoegaze and dream pop, with plenty of indicators to give one the inkling that, while this is clearly familiar territory for the Oakland-based musician, it may be only a temporary … Continue reading Album Review: Tanukichan—Sundays
Father John Misty, né Joshua Tillman, is a talented guy. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer, producer...the guy can do it all. Unfortunately for him (or, more accurately, for the listener), simply being able to write and perform a song doesn't automatically make it compelling. While there's nothing inherently bad about the songs on God's Favorite Customer, … Continue reading Album Review: Father John Misty—God’s Favorite Customer
A dreamy, dissociative collection of lamentations written by ingenue (b. 2000) Lindsey Jordan. It shows potential – it’s replete with a distinct guitar effect and an unabashed melancholy – but if lo-fi ballads aren’t your bag, you’re going to find this quite boring. Nonetheless, we look forward to seeing what comes next from Ms. Jordan. 7/11 … Continue reading Album Review: Snail Mail—Lush
A curious thing happens upon listening to Floating Features, the new album by Washington transplants now living in Los Angeles, La Luz. What seems on the surface to be a bit of a throwback to the surf rock of the 60s—think The Ventures, The Beach Boys, and Dick Dale—turns out to have as much in common … Continue reading Album Review: Floating Features by La Luz—Not Your Parents’ Surf Rock
Jeff and Jobe give their picks for Song of the Year for 2015, 2016, and 2017, plus Jobe's review/reaction after listening to Radiohead's OK Computer, music from Turnstile, and San Diego's Nolander is featured in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight. Check out Episode 5: Song of the Year for the Past 3 Years, out now!
Jeff and Jobe offer up their top 3 albums of 1993, plus music from Whores and Calexico, and Space Bus in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight. Check out Episode 3: Top 3 Albums of 1993, out now!
Energy is an incredibly valuable commodity in live music. Virtually impossible to manufacture, it's either there or it's not, and generally speaking the crowd will gladly let you know which. Most often a crowd is won or lost depending on the energy the band exudes on stage, and Saturday's show at Kansas City's newest venue, … Continue reading Concert Review: New Politics/DREAMERS/The Wrecks 02/24/18—The Truman, Kansas City, MO