The Inevitable mixes together the best part of Pinback co-founder Armistead Burwell Smith IV's head nodding pop sensibilities, with The Black Heart Procession's Pall Jenkins somber imaginings. Welcome back!
Happy surprises are the best, like when I was a kid I punched a kid in the face and for some reason or another I didn't get in trouble, that was a happy surprise. Musically, Enlou are the happiest surprise of my year and I'm prematurely voting for Body Of Water as the best EP of the year. Everything about these songs are near perfect, I could see anyone enjoying this album from indie snobs to full blown country addicts.
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.
excerpt: "Blame it on punknews, blame it on the Gaslight Anthem, blame it on the leaked Against Me! record or any Hold Steady record." "this "new wave" (pun totally intended) of Bruce Springsteen-influenced punk is starting to run its course."
I have friends that could loosely be described as Dillinger Escape Plan fanboys. To them, everything the prog/grind/hardcore outfit touches turns to gold. Me, I think they are pretty good, but I've never found the gateway song that makes it easy to enjoy all of their music.
Between the skilled musical composition of Greg Kurstin and the honey sweet vocals of Inara George, this duo has set the bar once again when it comes to covering classics.
Every guitar line, drum beat, key note, and bass run is masterfully constructed to form a story book of songs that is easy to get lost in and ripe for wild imaginations.
You know that moment in your favorite John Hughes film where the guy and the girl FINALLY get together? That one magical time when the music gets louder and the lips and joy and the …you know, the everything just all comes together? You know that moment? That is The Mary Onettes new album “Islands.”
I believe there's always a moment when you are about to embark on a journey or a trip, or when you sit down to watch a movie or listen to an album when you realize whether or not you will like what you are about to get involved with.