Mount Moriah display their southern mountain roots in full. "Bright Lights" at times sounds like a female-fronted Allman Brothers. Some twang escapes on "Younger Days". And the album closer, "Telling the Hour", has the dark, gothic feel of a misty cemetery. Some of the...
Music Genre: Rock
I loved YL's debut, and I love this, his second album, even more. Much more adventurous and fuller sounding, yet it continues to highlight his unique vocals and ear for building compositions to the point of collaspe.
This is my one of my favorite albums of 2013 so far. Sure they ransack every sound from the late 60s and early 70s (most obviously Sgt. Pepper era Beatles and the Velvet Undergroud) but they do it well and with a freshness that doesn't leave you feeling swindled.
I like Andrew Bird, but to be honest, I've been a bit ambivalent to his most recent albums. They're good but they don't have distinctness from one to another. This EP thankfully shook me out of this rut with its infusion of country sounds both original and adaptations, trading his...
Of all the emerging young psychedelic bands, these Australians are my favorite. Some songs are mellow, blissed out affairs, others are much more driving, and most have a great mix of both. It takes multiple listens to fully appreciate each instrument's contribution and the...
In a year full of band with a lot of rah-rah wannabe folkiness ala Lumineers & Of Monsters and Men, Lord Huron takes a more (and appreciated) laid back approach. The songs are upbeat but quiet with a Graceland quality to them. A solidly pleasing debut.
Once again, Grizzly Bear has made a fantastically slow-burning album that deftly infiltrates your brain in an almost subliminal way.
I love Dirty Projector's last album, Bitte Orca, but this one is slowly taking over the top spot in their catalog. These folks have some amazing licks and harmonies to match. I had the pleasure to see them live a few weeks back and was left simultaneously slack-jawed in awe...
A friend described this as "Americana music from fairy tales." Perfect.
With their jangly folk music, Page France has been one of my favorite underground discoveries in the past few years. Full of their characteristic ethereal writing and catchy melodies, this album may stand as their swan song as they have recently disbanded.
You can listen to the whole EP in less than 20 minutes, but this is delirious and enthralling indie rock that I can't get out of my head long after those 20 minutes are over. Tokyo Police Club is "like a swift kick in the pants followed by a raucous dance party" or so says their bio. Can't get...
This is one of the best albums I've heard in a long time. Great music, a fun sound and just an all around good album. Plus, you've gotta love a band with lyrics like "we formed a band, look at us we formed a band."
Matisyahu, a Hasidic Jew, gets into the groove with this amazing live album. Like most reggae, there are religious overtones but this album has the potential to appeal to a broad audience, even the Yiddish tracks. Passionate, soulful and fun.
An inspired album from one of the greatest post punk bands of all time. Ballads, hardcore, pop and punk are all covered on this diverse, angst-filled wonder.
Musical poetry that I can listen to again and again. If you don't like it the first time, give it another listen, this one will grow on you.
Mesmerizing, experimental rock filled with bold rhythms that you can feel. This album will get to you deep down with the graceful chaos of voices and discordant guitars.
This Island is a more slick and polished sound from Le Tigre, whose older work used a raw sound to their advantage. I prefer the raw sound but I definitely enjoyed this punky electronic pop that ranges from kitschy and fun, like their remake of "I'm So Excited," to catchy and political, like "...
Social commentary combined with inventive electronica evoking the style of 80s bands like The Cure make this album old and new at the same time. Upbeat, fiery and hypnotic.
Singer-songwriter Sam Beam has created a wondrous album with slide guitar, percussion, and backing vocals. A lush and personal work of quiet remorse.
Chutes combines the musical styles of folk, electronica, metal and even a little rockabilly to make an album worth listening to again and again.
This little known gem was the first post-Beatles recording of John Lennon and it's a powerful and moving testament of a man fed up with celebrity and Beatlemania. A true classic.
Arguably the band's masterpiece, OK Computer has far ranging styles yet is cohesive and very listenable. One of the greatest rock albums ever produced from one of the best bands around today.