Phoenix – Alphabetical

French natives Phoenix draw from many different influences on their latest album, Alphabetical. This record is truly a journey, and by the time it’s almost over, you feel as though you’ve landed on another record; one that’s almost completely different from the sound that started off the trip. What this album did was put me […]

Bebel Gilberto – Bebel Gilberto

The famed daughter of bossa nova legend João Gilberto and singer Miúcha, Bebel Gilberto, is from Rio de Janeiro. If only we were all so fortunate! Gilberto has created a sound that reflects the cultural beauty that is Brazil: Portuguese lyrics, congas, jazzy piano and sun-drenched rhythms. Did you really think you would wind up […]

Pushcar – The Social Side of Midnight

I burn, I pine, I perish! Wait, actually I do none of these things while listening to the latest release by (Insert City Name Here)-based duo Jim Saunders and Chris Farrell, The Social Side of Midnight. Collectively known as Pushcar, these two pseudo-rockers don’t really do enough of anything to make a less-than abhorrent record. […]

Rachel Goswell – Waves are Universal

I’ll be the first to admit that most female singers and songwriters drive me nuts because there’s just something about overtly female vocalists that makes it hard to sit through an entire album. For some innate reason, I just would rather listen to a guy sing, which is why I kept imagining I was going […]

Letter Kills – Contortion Artists

Matt Shelton – vocalsTimothy Cordova – guitarsDustin Lovelis – guitarsKyle Duckworth – bassPaul Remund – drums Since forming in 2002, Letter Kills has managed to sign onto Island Records and swing two straight years performing in the Van’s Warped Tour—all without even releasing an album. They do have one, however, entitled The Bridge which is […]