HARD Tour was hard to take…

At 33 years old I never have delusions that I will be the ‘young’ one at the show.  Moving to Denver and being exposed to it’s 16+ music venues, I got used to hanging with the ‘kids’ pretty quick.  Most of the time, I have no problem with it.  I grew up in San Diego and if it weren’t for… Read more →

Active Child – Curtis Lane

Active Child – Curtis Lane It seems like every time I show an interest in an act that has electronic elements, I find out they are labeled chillwave.  Kinda getting sick of that label.  I’m not even sure Active Child fall into that category like some suggest.  I think I would call it indie choir boy. Anyway, it’s good. Active… Read more →

The Books – The Way Out

The Books – The Way Out More a collage of found sounds than actual music, The Books newest album is perfect for headphones while trying to fall asleep.  It will cause your dreamworld to become a rabbit-hole of epic proportions. The Books – A Cold Freezin’ Night Reviews: Prefix 9/10 A.V. Club A Dusted Read more →

Future Islands – In Evening Air

Future Islands – In Evening Air Baltimore-based Future Islands have been labeled post-wave, future shock, synthpop, etc.  I would just call them experimental.  But whatever you want to call them, they put on a great live show opening for Dan Deacon last year and have put out one of the most interesting albums I’ve heard in awhile. Future Islands –… Read more →

Hole – Nobody’s Daughter

Hole – Nobody’s Daughter I’m almost embarrassed to recommend this album.  I have no love for Courtney as a person, but I was a fan of Hole back in the day and this album (even though it’s not really Hole) sounds great.  Sometimes it’s nice to hear a straight-up rock album. Hole – Skinny Little Bitch Reviews: NOW 4/5 A.V.… Read more →

Deer Tick – The Black Dirt Sessions

Deer Tick – The Black Dirt Sessions John McCauley has one of those voices you will either love or hate.  I happen to love it.  Black Dirt might not live up to Deer Tick’s first two releases, but it is one of the strongest folk/alt-country releases this year. Deer Tick – When She Comes Reviews: Paste 8.2 AbsolutePunk 81% Dusted Read more →

Blitzen Trapper – Destroyer of the Void

Blitzen Trapper – Destroyer of the Void Portland, Oregon’s Blitzen Trapper newest album continues the journey away from experimental and toward straight-up alt-country.  This probably won’t be topping any lists this year, but it’s another strong release from a band that is consistently good. Blitzen Trapper – Heaven and Earth Reviews: A.V. Club B+ Pop Matters 8/10 Adequacy Read more →

4X: Extreme Essentials

Nightbringer – Apocalypse Sun Some heavy black metal from right here in Colorado. Nightbringer – Serpent of the Midnight Sun Reviews: Infernal Masquerade 5/5 Mishka Bloglin B Metal Psalter Ludicra – The Tenant You’d never know that this San Francisco-based black metal band is fronted by a female lead singer. She growls and screams with the best of her male… Read more →