The Canadian rock duo Japandroids have always been equal parts precious and precocious. Their debut album Post-Nothing was powerfully lo-fi, featuring a rigid two-instrument-two-voice delivery system that knocked twee songs into the upper decks with the fury of a hardcore band. Their worldview was beautifully summed up in the band’s first epic, “Young Hearts Spark Fire”, which featured the beautiful refrain of: “I don’t wanna worry about...Read more
Ty Segall is back with his first self-titled record since his 2008 debut, which should tell you that this is a restatement of basic principles: dispensing with overdubs and recording instead with a full band, this is an album that comes marching out of the gate, grabbing you by the front of your shirt and then playing the most heavenly rock your ears have heard in many a month. And that's not even half the story.
Things kick off with Break a Guitar,...
When you lose your band and you lose your significant other, what do you do? Anyone who has asked themselves this should listen to Allison Crutchfield's solo debut, 2017's Tourist in This Town, where she demonstrates the difficulties and the necessity of picking up and moving on. Crutchfield was a member of the indie rock band Swearin' and romantically involved with guitarist and bandmate Kyle Gilbride; when things went sour between them, it wasn't...Read more
Priests fit into a storied tradition of politically motivated punk bands from Washington, DC, but the group sets itself apart from the city's haphazard hardcore heroes with this thematically and stylistically focused LP. Nothing Feels Natural addresses personal autonomy and responsibility with precision, even as songs like "Appropriate" disintegrate into spare, ominous segments.It makes sense that a band concerned with power dynamics would be so rigorous...Read more
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