Portland, Oregon's Y La Bamba’s fair weathered new album Lupon is easily one of the heavier folk albums you will hear this year. The lyrics by lead singer Luzelena Mendoza are a huge highlight of the album, as they are ripe with meaning.
Thought you might be into listening to his new album all the way through, we were, and still are. Some of you might think this newest set of tracks are a bit over-blown, but I, Bear, feel these are some of his most accomplished and intriguing songs of his already lofty career. It's also good to hear him trying a new direction.
Expectations can only go so far without making us go crazy. Luckily I had no expectations for this album and by doing so made it possible for Invented to take hold as they haven't been able to do since their Clarity days. What I would love to see for the future of Jimmy Eat World. Drop their major label, and lets see what their music can really do. I only think good things could come of it. In the meantime, Invented is an alternative rock masterpiece!
Lancifer says "Mid-way through the album, the tone is changed a bit away from the steady thumping beat, to dabble in a little drum n’ bass and other broken beats. Vocals on Barking are nothing short of fitting and key to setting the tone of the album."
"The guys in The Acorn are nicer than most of the bands you think you like, and are great at playing lots of drums on stage together. Their new album is called No Ghost and it's 11 songs long, or short, if you are into having the glass half empty."
Braid was a highly influential emo/post-hardcore band from Illinois that helped define the genre in the mid to late 90s. The band played four final shows in 1999 before disbanding. They reunited for a reunion tour in 2004 playing US, Canada, and Japan dates. After much demand, in April 2010 Polyvinyl re-issued their first two full lengths as well the Movie Music volumes. I got a chance to discuss with the band their history, DVD release, influences, vinyl collections, those re-issues and so much more.
excerpt: It was refreshing to hear the loose, hyper wordy, anthem rock employed by Craig Finn and co. They seemed to walk the line perfectly between a small, rowdy bar band and a summer festival staple.