Lissie – Catching A Tiger

Lissie – Catching A Tiger The debut full length from the singer-songwriter from Rock Island, Illinois who recently covered KiD CuDi‘s Pursuit of Happiness is not as good as her live shows, but it does have some great material mixed in with the good. We fell in ‘like’ with Lissie when she came to Denver to open for Ray LaMontagne. … Read more →

Against Me! – White Crosses

Against Me! – White Crosses Even though I understand the backlash against this band, I can’t help but like them.  I’m sure if I was into Against Me! when I was 15 I wouldn’t be able to handle their crossover into the mainstream.  But I only discovered them a couple years back and I like their folk-punk/alt-rock sound, even if… Read more →

Zola Jesus – Stridulum EP

Zola Jesus – Stridulum EP The new(er) EP from the singer/songwriter from Phoenix is a dark one.  You will have no doubts that Zola Jesus was logical choice to open for Fever Ray on her recent tour. Zola Jesus – Night Reviews: PopMatters 7/10 Pitchfork 8.1 One Thirty BPM 84% Read more →

Nachtmystium – Addicts: Black Meddle, Part II

Nachtmystium – Addicts: Black Meddle, Part II Not your father’s black metal…or is it?  This album seems to be influenced more by Trent Reznor and Roger Waters than it does by Varg Vikernes or the corpse-painted Norwegians.  These guys from Illinois are labeled psychedelic black metal, but I swear some of these songs are downright danceable.  Definitely not for everyone,… Read more →

Stars – Five Ghosts

Stars – Five Ghosts Another super dramatic offering from the Canadian band Stars.  I don’t think they will ever be able to top 2005’s Set Yourself On Fire, but I also don’t think they will ever release anything I don’t like.  You just can’t beat the tragedies that play out between Amy Millan and Torquil Campbell. Stars – I Died… Read more →

Robyn – Body Talk Pt. 1

Robyn – Body Talk Pt. 1 Hands down the best thing to happen to dance pop this decade (sorry Gaga), Robyn writes perfect pop songs with just enough edge to keep her on the hipster radar.  You’ll find her on the blogs, Pitchfork, Stereogum, as well as the dancefloor. Robyn – Dancing On My Own Reviews: Pitchfork 8.5 Slant 4/5… Read more →

Ólafur Arnalds – …And They Have Escaped The Weight Of Darkness

Ólafur Arnalds – …And They Have Escaped The Weight Of Darkness Call it classical, call it neo-classical, call it instrumental or experimental….call it soothing and beautiful.  Not being a fan of  most instrumental music (I like the stories told in lyrics too much), something about the newest release from 23 year old Ólafur Arnalds keeps drawing me in.  What is… Read more →