Atlas Genius – Through the Glass EP

Atlas Genius

If you’re new to the musical journey of Australian band Atlas Genius, welcome to a feel-good narrative powered by healthy doses of DIY passion, rapturous melodies, and massive strokes of good fortune in the all-encompassing social media age. In an era where it’s more unlikely than ever before that major labels will sign new bands, [...]

Smoke & Jackal – EP 1

Smoke & Jackal

With a year’s worth of free time from touring and recording with Kings of Leon, bassist Jared Followill teamed up with Mona frontman Nick Brown to make booze-fueled, off-the-cuff recordings with a desire to create their own soundtrack. The Nashvillian duo named themselves Smoke & Jackal after spending eight nights in Brown’s basement with bottles [...]

Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams

Lord Huron 1

Lord Huron’s Lonesome Dreams is quite possibly the most fully realized, full-length debut record 0f 2012. Its highs come organically – in touch with the truest, most heartfelt emotions of man, and they are delivered with pristine beauty and an emphasis on the glory of nature. Lord Huron have an uncommon talent for creating songs [...]

Matt & Kim – Lightning

Matt & Kim's Lightning

Lightning, the fourth album from the hyperkinetic Brooklyn duo Matt & Kim, finds the pair firing on all cylinders to do all the things that have made them a fan favorite since their eponymous 2006 debut . Over the course of ten songs, Matt & Kim stomp the pedal to the medal to chase pop [...]

Muse – The 2nd Law


I’m sorry, I just need to take a quick breather here before we can begin. Okay, in… Out… Calm, soothing thoughts. Phew, I’m ready. Let’s do this. So Muse have been a pretty funny bunch the last couple of years. I’d be hard pressed to name a band half as big as Muse that so [...]

Green Day – ¡Uno!

Green Day

Here is your mission should you choose to accept it (provided you are 21 years of age and not on the clock): blast Green Day’s ¡Uno! with your preferred alcoholic beverage in hand as you read this review. Now, throw back a swig every time Billie Joe fires off a four-letter bomb over the course [...]

Rough Trade Shops Bella Union 15: 15 Years of Bella Union Records

Bella Union

To honor its impressive roster of musicians and loyal customers, Bella Union has teamed up with Rough Trade Shops to celebrate Bella Union’s fifteenth year as an esteemed independent by compiling a 34-artist, 144-minute collection culled from the label’s quietly rich history. The artists here have never been million-sellers (Fleet Foxes’ self-titled debut in 2008 [...]

Nick Ferrio & His Feelings – Introducing Nick Ferrio & His Feelings

Nick Ferrio & His Feelings

Nick Ferrio is a country singer-songwriter from Peterborough, ON who has played bass for The Burning Hell for the past six years. Now, Ferrio is venturing out with a solo effort of exquisite country songs under the cleverly named (and inarguably fitting) backing band moniker of Nick Ferrio & His Feelings. The nine songs that [...]