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.
“Where is the best place to dance in California? San Fran-DISCO!” The joke was met with thunderous applause and ear splitting screams. MC Hammer had just finished his set and a frazzled lady was left with the job of controlling thousands of elementary school students who had come to get their “Hammertime” on.
by: Lindsey DeLong - They did a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” to screams. Jollett’s voice seemed made for the song, and I really couldn’t decide which was sexier, watching him skip around in his black leather boots or watching Noah Harmon manipulate his bass like nobody‘s business.
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."
Edward Sharpe looks like Jesus. He kind of acts like Jesus too, and the audience at 94/9's Independence Jam on August 29 definitely behaved as if he WAS Jesus.
"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."
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.
John Byron reviews the bands new Through The Trees EP, here's an excerpt - something like a poor man's Belle and Sebastian.