Beans: Boots N Cats [Album Review]

BeansBoots N CatsFuzz Club Records [2024] Album Overview: At last, Beans has returned! Boots N Cats marks their third album, the follow-up to 2020’s All Together Now. Frontman Matt Blach, who also plays drums for the Murlocs, thought their third album should have a different approach to making music. Boots N Cats is an album … Read more

Choncy: 20X MULTIPLIER [Album Review]

Choncy20X MULTIPLIERFeel It Records [2024] Album Overview: Choncy is a four-piece punk band hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio that has just released their sophomore album, 20X MULTIPLIER. Following their 2023 debut, Community Chest, also on Feel It Records, Choncy continues to carve out their niche in the punk scene. Recorded at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville … Read more

Boeckner: Boeckner! [Album Review]

BoecknerBoeckner!Sub Pop Records [2024] Album Overview: Boeckner! is the debut solo album by Dan Boeckner, the Canadian indie rocker known for his work with bands like Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits and Operators. It finds Boeckner exploring a more personal and raw musical territory, blending all of his experiences with fresh elements of synth, … Read more

Kim Gordon: The Collective [Album Review]

Kim GordonThe CollectiveMatador Records [2024] Album Overview: The Collective is Kim Gordon’s follow-up to her 2019 solo debut album, No Home Record. Produced by Justin Raisen (Lil Yachty, John Cale, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Charli XCX) and featuring additional production from Anthony Paul Lopez, the album explores themes of communication, commercialism, and sensory overload. It diverges … Read more

Charles Moothart: Black Holes Don’t Choke [Album Review]

Charles MoothartBlack Holes Don’t ChokeIn The Red Records [2024] Album Overview: Black Holes Don’t Choke marks Charles Moothart’s fourth full length and his official transition from the CFM moniker to his proper name, reflecting a new chapter in his musical resume. The album, released via In The Red Recordings, is a collection of ten tracks … Read more

Meatbodies: Flora Ocean Tiger Bloom [Album Review]

MeatbodiesFlora Ocean Tiger BloomIn The Red Records [2024] Album Overview: Flora Ocean Tiger Bloom is Meatbodies’ latest album, marking a significant progression from their previous works. The record serves as a testament to frontman Chad Ubovich’s tumultuous yet transformative personal odyssey over the last several years, encapsulating themes of redemption, reinvention, and the human condition. … Read more

Torrey: Torrey [Album Review]

TorreyTorreySlumberland Records [2024] Album Overview: Ryann and Kelly Gonsalves formed Torrey in 2018 while living in San Francisco. Both their Sister EP (2019) and 2021 debut LP, Something Happy were recorded and self-released by the band, featuring clean, shimmery jangle pop. Torrey’s self-titled sophomore album and Slumberland Records debut moves that needle somewhat as it … Read more

Split System: Vol. II [Album Review]

Split SystemVol. IIGoner/Drunken Sailor/Legless Records [2024]   Album Overview: With members of the killer Australian garage punks Stiff Richards and Speed Week among their number, not to mention singer Jackson Reid Briggs (which has some great solo albums as well), Split System returns with a punch for their sophomore album Vol. II. The record features … Read more

Pissed Jeans: Half Divorced [Album Review]

Pissed JeansHalf DivorcedSub Pop Records [2024]   Album Overview: Half Divorced is the 6th LP from Pissed Jeans and the follow-up to 2017’s Why Love Now. In the description for the album, lead vocalist Matt Korvette says, “Pissed Jeans is truly like an art project for us, which is what makes it so fun.” This … Read more

Mannequin Pussy: I Got Heaven [Album Review]

Mannequin PussyI Got HeavenEpitaph Records [2024] Album Overview: I Got Heaven is Mannequin Pussy’s latest album, released on Epitaph Records. It marks a departure from their previous works, delving into themes of desire, loneliness, and navigating an unforgiving world. The album expands their indie radio-friendly side with stylish maturity while maintaining a hardcore edge that … Read more

Rip Van Winkle: The Grand Rapids EP [Album Review]

Rip Van WinkleThe Grand Rapids EPSplendid Research [2024] Album Overview: Rip Van Winkle was originally announced as a mysterious Robert Pollard project. Now, with its release, we know a bit more about the EP as several members of Joseph Airport—Ben Perry (guitar), Joe Patterson (bass), and Jason Short (drums)—round out the band, with Pollard, of … Read more

Hooper Crescent: Essential Tremors [Album Review]

Hooper CrescentEssential TremorsSpoilsport Records [2024]   Album Overview: Essential Tremors is the sophomore album from Brunswick, Australia’s Hooper Crescent. It marks a significant progression from their debut, Object Permanence (2020), and showcases their melodic, off-kilter sound through 11 tracks of sonic experimentation and playful songwriting. The album comes off fresh from their polished studio environment … Read more

Rick Rude: Laverne [Album Review]

Rick RudeLaverneBest Brother/Midnight Werewolf Records [2024] Album Overview: Laverne is the third studio album, and the first in six years, by the New England-based band Rick Rude, which was released earlier this month through Best Brother/Midnight Werewolf Records. It follows the band’s tradition of homemade rock ‘n’ roll, embodying a sense of closeness and camaraderie … Read more

Real Estate: Daniel [Album Review]

Real EstateDanielDomino [2024] Album Overview: Daniel is the sixth full-length album by Real Estate, recorded in nine days at RCA Studio A in Nashville with producer Daniel Tashian (Kacey Musgraves). It marks a return to the band’s roots while incorporating newfound maturity and self-acceptance. The album features 11 soft and tuneful songs that blend the … Read more

Ghost Funk Orchestra: A Trip To The Moon [Album Review]

Ghost Funk OrchestraA Trip To The MoonColemine/Karma Chief Records [2024]   Album Overview: A Trip To The Moon is the fourth full-length album from Ghost Funk Orchestra, the brainchild of producer and multi-instrumentalist Seth Applebaum. An immersive and playful song-cycle inspired by moon missions past and present, fact and fiction, the album adds new elements … Read more

Mary Timony: Untame The Tiger [Album Review]

Mary TimonyUntame The TigerMerge Records [2024] Album Overview: Untame the Tiger is Mary Timony’s fifth solo album, marking her return to solo work after a 15-year hiatus. It explores themes of loss, self-discovery, and resilience, drawing from Timony’s personal experiences, including the dissolution of a long-term relationship and the deaths of her parents. The album … Read more

Levitation Room: Strange Weather [Album Review]

Levitation RoomStrange WeatherONErpm / The Reverberation Appreciation Society / Greenway Records [2024] Album Overview: Strange Weather is Levitation Room’s third album, marking a vibrant new chapter in their modern psychedelic rock journey. It builds upon the Los Angeles quartet’s established cosmic sound while delving deeper into dreamy, lo-fi atmospheres and ’60s-inspired sonics. The album explores … Read more

IDLES: TANGK [Album Review]

IDLESTANGKPartisan Records [2024]   Album Overview: TANGK is the fifth album by the British post-punk band IDLES. It marks a significant departure from their earlier works by embracing themes of love, joy, and gratitude amidst personal and global challenges. The album radiates a sense of defiant empowerment and serves as a communal anthem for overcoming … Read more

Omni: Souvenir [Album Review]

OmniSouvenirSub Pop Records [2024]   Album Overview: Omni has been a band since 2016, but it wasn’t until 2019’s Networker that they really caught my attention. Today, guitarist Frankie Broyles, singer/bassist Philip Frobos, and now full-time drummer Chris Yonker return with the follow-up, Souvenir. According to Sub Pop, this album comes after the band’s longest … Read more

Grandaddy: Blu Wav [Album Review]

GrandaddyBlu WavDangerbird Records [2024]   Album Overview: Grandaddy’s new studio album Blu Wav marks Jason Lytle’s return after a 7-year hiatus. Released via Dangerbird Records, it embraces themes ranging from the beauty of nature to the poignant moments that shape lasting memories. Inspired by a fusion of bluegrass and new wave, the album delivers a … Read more

Cheekface: It’s Sorted [Album Review]

CheekfaceIt’s SortedSelf-Released [2024] Album Overview: It’s Sorted is Cheekface’s fourth album, following their excellent 2022 LP Too Much To Ask. It finds the band in a slightly different place from previous records, with a more cohesive overall connection of tracks, yet still maintaining their hallmark funny-sad-funny lyrical style. The album reflects on questions of individuality … Read more

Ryan Adams: Heatwave | Star Sign | 1985 | Sword & Stone [Album Review]

Ryan AdamsHeatwaveStar Sign1985Sword & StonePAX-AM [2024] Album Overview: There are a lot of opinions floating around about singer/songwriter Ryan Adams and his attempts to rebuild his career. But even a casual observer would agree, this guy is prolific. After releasing an album each in 2020 and ’21, Adams unleashed four of his own imagining in … Read more

David Nance & Mowed Sound: David Nance & Mowed Sound [Album Review]

David Nance & Mowed SoundDavid Nance & Mowed SoundThird Man Records [2024] Album Overview: David Nance & Mowed Sound marks the self-titled debut record of David Nance’s latest group and recording project. Led by Nance on vocals and guitar, the album features a crew of veteran Omaha musicians, including Kevin Donahue on drums, James Schroeder … Read more

Orgōne: Chimera [Album Review]

OrgōneChimera3 Palm Records [2024] Album Overview: Established over a decade ago, Orgōne is a dynamic West Coast 8-piece soul band that draws from diverse influences such as Afrobeat, Southern soul, psych-rock, and raw funk. Their newest release, Chimera, offers a unique and immersive groovy musical experience that transcends conventional soul records boundaries. This record is … Read more

Dead Years: Night Thoughts [Album Review]

Dead YearsNight ThoughtsMy Ruin/Dirt Cult Records [2024] Album Overview: Night Thoughts is the sophomore album by Dead Years, a post-punk trio from Bielefeld, Germany. It follows their self-titled debut LP released in 2022 and presents a intense concept album exploring the theme of the night, its thought circles, and the quest for liberation. Released on … Read more