Posted September 24, 2011 by Matthew

The night started at Big Belly Deli, where we split a sandwich and a pizza (yeah, we go for the gusto) before heading to Avalon for some fortifying libations. I had a tall Russian pilsner and Laura had a Franzinkaner. They were playing Dark Crystal on the monitors, AGAIN. When it became appropriate, we crossed […]

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Posted August 17, 2011 by Matthew
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Although Detroit-via-Ann Arbor R&B crooner Mayer Hawthorne would never admit his sultry jams often owe more to the Bee-Gees than the Motown bands he so obviously adores, that doesn’t mean said jams aren’t impeccably tailored slices of pure pop escapism. Juxtaposing newest single “A Long Time” to old VHS footage of “The New Dance Show”, […]

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Posted August 9, 2011 by Patrick

Think Boards of Canada. Now think José González. Now combine the two. Now add some other stuff. Somewhere in there lies the work of Speros Constantine Kokenes, better known as Kinisi. His work ranges from soft indie pop to ambient electronica and glitchy downtempo. The hypnotic guitar melodies and soft, yet vibrant drum patterns are […]

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Posted July 28, 2011 by Matthew
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The day after spinning New Animal’s magnificent self-titled record for the first time, I received a message in my inbox from Kris, one half of the Atlanta duo. The message was simple and direct, thanking me for listening and pointing me to the band’s facebook page, which was full of last-minute show announcements and […]

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Posted July 6, 2011 by Matthew

  I’m profoundly irritated at those who believe musicians working with electronic tools somehow lack the skill and creativity of their “old-school” analog counterparts. This is a uselessly narrow perspective: technology has assisted musicians in creating, performing and disseminating their craft quite literally since the dawn of time, and while the tools may change the […]

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Posted June 27, 2011 by Patrick

It’s always nice when one up and coming band introduces you to another. This is exactly what (previously posted) Givers did for me this weekend. Pepper Rabbit, a psych-pop 3-piece from Los Angeles is perfect for some summer evening tunes. It’s ‘poppy’ enough to dance and it’s ‘psychy’ enough that it doesn’t sound like every […]

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Posted June 21, 2011 by Matthew

Beat Connection‘s “mini-album” Surf Noir first emerged as a free download on the group’s Band Camp last July. Such a calculating title near the tail end of what seemed like a truly endless indie rock summer did the band no favors, and aside from a few respectful plays I slept on it, burnt out on […]

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Posted June 14, 2011 by Patrick

True up-and-comers, Givers, have an innate knack to create the catchiest of melodies found in the indie-rock scene today. Hailing from Lafayette, Louisiana, their music is full of psych-like textures, evolving rhythms and glimmering guitar patterns that are sure to make you feel warm inside. They are currently on tour in support of their first […]

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