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Cloud Nothings: Attack on Memory

Cloud Nothings: Attack on Memory

When Dylan Baldi first became a presence on the radar of most listeners just over a year ago, he appeared to be yet another of the endless number of nostalgia-obsessed, Tumblrized indie musicians. Like most, he had something worthwhile, or at least relatively enjoyable, to toss in the zeitgeist: a record glossed with his own […]

Cass McCombs: 01.17.2012

Cass McCombs: 01.17.2012

Though Alt-Country has exponentially grown in popularity over the last several decades, it has rarely seen artists capable of pushing its boundaries while remaining decidedly within them. Even the very avant leanings of Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, generally regarded as the sub-genre’s creative apex, has been accused of representing more the preternatural evolution and singular […]

Heat Dust: Heat Dust EP

Heat Dust: Heat Dust EP

Though this latest wave of genre-excavating indie music has yielded a rather admirable group of technically competent, revisionist garage rock bands, these musicians – much like any number of psychedelic, freak folk, electrofunk and lo-fi throwback artists – are creatively bound as much by the necessity of honing authentic onstage personas as they are by […]

Lovey Dovies: 12.05.2011

Lovey Dovies: 12.05.2011

In music circles, “hiatus” can be a really nasty term.  More informative than the realization that a local band hasn’t played a gig in while but somehow also more discomforting that a formal breakup announcement, hiatuses would represent an awful purgatory if they didn’t usually imply much worse. Those of the “unofficial” kind often become […]

Glish: Blast Off

Glish: Blast Off

Only seconds after the aerated opening notes of “Legs In Space” jounce from their speakers, it’s evident that Glish is attempting to breathe new life into an otherwise stale musical vista with a detailed attention to textural convention. Echoed, wiry lead guitars overlay a bouncy barely-there rhythm section, ghostly stargazer lyricism and cymbal-heavy drums that […]

Cloud Control: Bliss Release

Cloud Control: Bliss Release

Australians have always seemed to run a strange horse in the race of the hipster-driven aughts. Though arguably having a heavy hand in shaping and defining modern indie pop with acts like Architecture in Helsinki, most Aussie bands since then – whether by systematic design or their own disinterest and ineptitude – have failed to […]

Brass Bed: 11.11.2011

Brass Bed: 11.11.2011

You’d think that with their admirable success over the past three years, Brass Bed would be just a little complacent with themselves. However, even after having had the pleasure of sharing the stage with the likes of indie big wigs The Walkmen and releasing last year’s shimmering chamber pop epic, Melt White, the on-stage demeanor […]

Big Rock Candy Mountain: 11.02.2011

Big Rock Candy Mountain: 11.02.2011

Although they’ve been off of the local live circuit for a few months, it should be no surprise to anyone that the members of Big Rock Candy Mountain have had no trouble picking up where they left off. Michael Girardot is a constantly-working artist, splitting time between his front man duties for BRCM and keyboard […]

Giant Cloud: Bloom And Decay

Giant Cloud: Bloom And Decay

Perhaps the most beautiful thing about Bloom And Decay, New Orleans stewards of shimmering astro-pop Giant Cloud’s semi-posthumous final album, is how instantly comfortable it feels even upon first listen.  With only 2010′s delightful – but tiny – Old Books EP available for public consumption as the band relentlessly toured until their mid-2011 breakup, the […]