Vampire Weekend’s first two albums definitely made big splashes in indie, and eventually pop-culture. They made the cover of Spin magazine before their first official release, and gathered a ton of buzz right from the start. While the previous two albums have a lot going for them, Modern Vampires of the City could be [...]
Junip’s sophomore, self-titled album is every adjective that you have come to expect from a Jose Gonzalez project: relaxing, laid-back, peaceful, quiet. While this is far from a bad thing, Junip never seems to be able to rise above these descriptors and become more than easy to listen to background music. That being said, [...]
In 2006, So-Cal band Cold War Kids released their debut LP Robbers and Cowards, an album whose pop driven instrumentals created an unlikely home for lead vocal Nathan Willet’s folky, blues infused singing. This brighter, formulaic sound coupled with the driven delivery and at times disconsolate subject matter and lyrical style garnered a certain amount of [...]
Written by Eric Holmes I went into Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s newest effort with high expectations. How couldn’t I after falling in love with their sizzling psych-pop debut that was jam packed with effortless sounding grooves and catchy, complicated melodies? My attachment to their debut makes their new album, II, that much more frustrating, as there [...]
At The Highdive, Psychic Twin opened this evening with their psychatronic (did I just make that up or is that a real word?) and upbeat tunes, setting the mood for a lovely, lighthearted evening filled with great (and questionable) dance moves and even greater indie music. The trio, consisting of Erin Fein, Brett Sanderson and Jonny Sommer, shared [...]
Unexpected, mind blown, and disoriented were just a few of the thoughts running through my head as I was exiting the High Dive after experiencing the extraordinary musicianship of both The Ambassadors of Ithaca, New York, and Chicago-land’s very own Local H. Saturday night started off with The Ambassadors dusting off all of their instruments [...]
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