Review: Gringo Star – The Sides and in Between

At first listen, Gringo Star’s latest album The Sides and In Between is a cacophonous yet delightful mixture of sounds. The band themselves summed up this sound perfectly as “echo-slathered, doo-wop indebted indie gems; psychedelic garage bangers, gritty R&B shuffles and spaghetti-western weirdness.”  They are hard to put a finger on, but are without a […]

Zammuto – Anchor Tour

It’s sometimes easy when listening to electronic-infused musical pieces, to envision a laboratory-like setting where these tonal tunes are born. Yes, the sporadic bleeps on “Great Equator,” a track from Zammuto’s newly released Anchor are robotic in nature, but it is nature and all its organic surroundings that seem to inspire fantasy and gorgeous creativity […]

Childhood – Lacuna

When a band’s first release is “highly anticipated,” their fans have already clung to their sound, connected to the signature melodies, and memorised lyrics to the first few songs that initially emerged from bedroom sessions. Thus is Lacuna by Childhood, the London four-piece that wooed unknowing ears attending The Great Escape last year and packed […]

Thunderhank – Thunderhank E.P.

Right in time for the season when nature is blooming, emerging from the frost and frozen winter, is the debut E.P. from Los Angeles duo, Thunderhank. Comprised of five flowing tracks, blossoming with welcoming beats and lazy, veiled vocals, the E.P. is the follow up to their popular first emergence song, “Tracker.” (the band has […]

Temples – Sun Structures – SXSW 2014

Much has been made recently of the blooming success of the British four-piece Temples; accolades from the most compliment-stingy media outlets both stateside and in their native U.K., many referring to Temples as the band that finally concoct the classic 60-70s Brit-rock formula while still bringing a fresh sound to British rock & roll.  Even […]

Cheatahs – Cheatahs

Cheatahs’ self-titled debut finds the UK-based quartet working within a slim range of genre styles, but with no specific one that defines the sound of the record. Even so, there is a very familiar line that strings throughout the entire listen.  Predominantly ruled by a driving, 90’s post-punk vibe, with a hint of ambient shoegaze, […]