Posts Tagged ‘rock

BLACK GOLD – Rush

February 24, 2009

The duo releases their full-length debut. The two members are Eric Ronick (Panic at the Disco, Ambulance Ltd.) and Than Luu (Rachel Yamagata, shushshush, M. Ward). They play electropop/rock/dance with male vocals. At times, they do sound like a 2009 version of the Bee Gees, which is a huge compliment coming from someone who grew […]

SAM ROBERTS – Love At The End Of The World

February 23, 2009

This is the Canadian’s third studio album. He won Juno Awards in 2004 for Album Of The Year and Rock Album Of The Year, thanks to his debut album, We Were Born In A Flame (He also won for Artist of the Year that year). It’s not a surprise that he has received such accolades, […]

THE VON BONDIES – Love Hate And Then There’s You

February 19, 2009

The Detroit four-piece returns with their third studio album and first release since 2004’s Pawn Shoppe Heart. They play rock music with a punk attitude and swagger, though their sound is definitely more rooted in rock than punk. They are pretty cool, and hopefully they will be known more for their music than for the […]

THE KINETIKS – Aye Aye Aye Aye [EP]

February 18, 2009

They’re a quartet of young lads from Dublin, Ireland. This is their second EP. They have an indie/garage rock sound similar to bands like the View, the Libertines, the Kooks, and the Rakes. There are some really great songs on this (“Lightbulb” is especially good), but in order to capitalize on this promise, they’ll need […]

FauntsFeel.Love.Thinking.Of.

February 13, 2009

They are from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and this is their second studio full-length album. They play excellent pop/indie rock with a heavy electronic influence to make music that feels like you could float away on the sound waves. Perfect for late nights, early mornings, or any time in between. Very pleasant on the ears, nothing […]

Nickel EyeThe Time Of The Assassins

February 12, 2009

Debut for the solo project of The Strokes’ bass player, Nikolai Fraiture. It’s much less rocking in comparison to The Strokes; this has more of a singer-songwriter/folk vibe to it. Fairly decent, though no track stands out too much. I prefer fellow Strokes member Albert Hammond, Jr.’s solo output. http://www.myspace.com/officialnickeleye

The Blizzard of ’78Book Of Lies

February 10, 2009

They are from the Boston area and this is their second LP. It’s good stuff! Indie rock that combines a variety of influences, sometimes alt-country, sometimes using horns, sometimes sounding like U2 circa their Boy album, or even sometimes reminding me of Elvis Costello and the Attractions. I like these guys. http://www.myspace.com/theblizzardof78 http://www.tbo78.com

Cut Off Your HandsYou and I 

February 9, 2009

They are from Auckland, New Zealand, and this is their debut album. They are pretty good, they play post-punk/rock in the same vein as a band like Franz Ferdinand. If Hot Hot Heat had followed up Make Up The Breakdown, their album with the song “Bandages” where they sounded like they wanted to bring back […]

Frank TurnerLove Ire & Song

February 4, 2009

He used to be in the English hardcore band Million Dead, but now he plays acoustic punk rock. Love Ire & Song is his second solo full-length though he has released some other EPs, a DVD, and a compilation as well. Imagine a more punk, angrier Billy Bragg and you’d have this guy’s music. http://www.myspace.com/frankturner […]

KeanePerfect Symmetry

February 2, 2009

The third album from the English trio. Though still a piano-rock band, their sound is a lot more muscular than on their good, albeit very wimpy, debut. Very slickly produced, the album reminds me of the U2 song ‘City Of Blinding Lights,’ one of the songs I still take the time to listen to off […]

The ParlotonesA World Next Door To Yours

January 31, 2009

They’re a quartet from South Africa and this is their newest album. Slickly produced pop/rock that reminds me quite a bit of the new Killers album. That being said, they’re pretty good, but they need more of an edge if they don’t want to be the next band supplying songs for television dramas (but they […]

The Weather MachinesBones and Brains EP

January 30, 2009

Really nice poppy rock music with male vocals. Breezy and light, with 70’s pop influences. Good stuff. The opening track, “Parts Of Speech,” has handclaps! Recommended if you like A.C. Newman and Fancey. http://www.myspace.com/theweathermachines http://www.theweathermachines.com

Drazy HoopsInto The Red

January 29, 2009

His seventh full-length. It’s singer-songwriter pop/rock with alt-country influences. He has a deep voice, in the same vein as Nick Cave/Tom Waits/the dudes in American Music Club and The National. It’s nice pleasant music. Guitarist Sean Eden has also played with Luna. http://www.myspace.com/drazyhoops http://www.drazyhoops.com

The Takeover UKIt’s All Happening

November 27, 2008

Four lads from…Pittsburgh! This is their debut EP. They are awesome. They play upbeat rockandroll that has powerpop influences and a sprinkling of punk thrown in for good measure. Great stuff. They remind me of Locksley. Spin this! http://www.myspace.com/thetakeoveruk http://www.rykodisc.com/thetakeoveruk/bio

Past LivesStrange Symmetry

November 25, 2008

Features ex-Blood Brothers members Jordan Blilie (vocals), Morgan Henderson (guitar/keyboard), and Mark Gajadhar (drums), as well as ex-Shoplifting member Devin Welch (guitar), who at one point, was also in the Blood Brothers. The result is a band that sounds very similar to the Blood Brothers – “experimental” rock with post-hardcore influences and angsty high-pitched male […]

The (International) Noise ConspiracyThe Cross Of My Calling

November 21, 2008

Their fourth studio full-length album. They’re Swedish so my review isn’t even necessary; put it on, press play, you know it’s gonna be good! But if you need more info, they play rock/pop/punk/garage-punk. Their sound is more polished on this record than it was in the past. Their guitarist is named Lars, the drummer is […]

Snow PatrolA Hundred Million Suns

November 18, 2008

This is the fifth full-length for the band whose members hail from both Scotland and Ireland. They have experienced a massive increase in their fanbase due to the single “Chasing Cars” off of their last album, Eyes Open. Their sound can be classified as poppy alt-rock that is fit to be played to an arena […]

Thing OneYou’ll Be Fine

November 17, 2008

Hailing from New Jersey, they started out playing hip-hop but they have since evolved into an electropop/dance/rock band. There are still some hip-hop influences as well as some soul and funk influences, but their main objective now is to get you dancing, and they do a damn good job. I saw them live and their […]

Eagles Of Death MetalHeart On

November 14, 2008

Shit, goddamn…these guys rule. The third album for Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme, they continue their same style of upbeat rock/garage/glam that is most definitely influenced by the records that the Rolling Stones recorded during the disco era. Nothing too serious, just dumb rock music, which means that you should like it. For a good […]

Tom GabelHeart Burns EP

November 13, 2008

Tom is the frontman for the Gainesville, Florida punk band, Against Me!. Though this is officially his first solo EP, Against Me! began as his solo project, so it’s not unfamiliar territory for him. He maintains the political and protest songs of his bands, offering commentary on the world around us. This release maintains the […]

Bloc Party – Intimacy

November 5, 2008

The British quartet presents their third full-length album. Their first album was full of catchy angular rock/post-punk; the second album saw them branching out a bit, experimenting with new rhythms and electronics, but maintaining most of the good qualities that their first album possessed. On Intimacy, however, they feel like a pretentious band that shows […]

Sebastien GraingerSebastien Grainger And The Mountains

October 29, 2008

This is his debut solo album. He is best known for his work with the drum-and-bass dance-punk duo, Death From Above 1979. He continues to play upbeat dance rock/punk on this album, but for the most part, it is less abrasive and more accessible than DFA1979. In fact, this album really rocks. It is recommended […]

The So So GlosTourism/Terrorism

October 28, 2008

They’re a quartet of young dudes from Brooklyn, and they play rock/punk/garage. The singer reminds me of The Hives’ Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist. They have a bit of a DIY/lo-fi feel to them. They are really cool but, unfortunately, the singer likes to say “fuck” so there’s not too many radio-friendly songs. Of course if you […]

Kaiser ChiefsOff With Their Heads

October 27, 2008

The five lads from Leeds return with their third album. They continue to combine Britrock, mod, pop, post-punk, new-wave, and rockandroll influences into their music. While the songs aren’t as immediately catchy as the ones on their first album, Employment (see: “I Predict A Riot”), they display a more muscular sound that even incorporates different […]

Ryan Adams And The CardinalsCardinology

October 24, 2008

You’ve probably heard of Ryan Adams. The prolific songwriter returns for a new album with his band, The Cardinals. This will be their third official album together, though The Cardinals also played on Ryan’s 2007 solo album, Easy Tiger, and an EP, Follow The Lights, in addition to their work on the full-length albums Cold […]