Washed Out Within and Without Sub Pop By Al Kaufman It’s been a long time since a band has been more aptly titled. Imagine a large canvas of electronica. Then imagine someone taking a garden hose to it. This is the type of music that Georgia’s own Ernest Greene, the man behind Washed Out, makes. He […]
Sebadoh Bakesale: Deluxe Version Sub Pop By Ellen Eldridge If anything reminds of the late summer of 1994, a naked baby digging in a toilet does the trick. Sebadoh graces its audience with a nostalgic reminder of its fifth and best-selling album from the season when millions of jaded fans mourned Kurt Cobain’s suicide.
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues Sub Pop By Al Kaufman Like Low Anthem, or their Rainy City compatriots, Cave Singers, Fleet Foxes create tiny bits of baroque, indie magic. Their songs shimmer, shine, and dance in the light. As on their 2008, self-titled, debut CD, the sextet harmonizes like the best Crosby, Stills and Nash songs, […]
Low C’mon Sub Pop By Ellen Eldridge Seeking a sound that hangs low? Low’s new release, C’mon, hits like a thunderstorm’s rain breaks through a hot day’s humidity. The feeling of pregnant clouds expanding to release comes across in the vocals starting with the first track, “Try To Sleep.” To say this album shines would […]
The Vaselines Sex With An X Sub Pop By Ellen Eldridge There exists a certain joie de vivre and an accepted amount of poison, hidden behind a tongue-in-cheek attitude, in pop punk songs and the Vaselines are no exception with the release of their sophomore album Sex With An X over 20 years after their […]
Wolf Parade Expo 86 Sub Pop Review by Ellen Eldridge By the time a band releases its third full-length album, it has had a chance to revel in both experimentation and commercial sounds. With the drum-heavy opening of Wolf Parade’s third release, Expo 86, these four guys announce themselves with the line sung by Dan […]
David Cross Bigger and Blackerer Sub Pop By Ellen Eldridge Bigger and Blackerer, the latest release from David Cross (available May 25 on CD and DVD), encompasses the inane sense of indignant humor for which fans fell in love with Cross in the mid ’90s during HBO’s series “Mr. Show.” For fans who may have […]
San Diego based ambient-music project The Album Leaf is scheduled to perform at the Loft alongside folk-rock artist Sea Wolf on Thursday, May 6. Celebrating 10 years of releasing music as The Album Leaf, Jimmy LaValle, mastermind behind the project, has gone from initial improvised home recordings to having released five complete studio albums, while […]