MARY GAUTHIER – THE FOUNDLING

I listened to this album for a couple of weeks, puzzled by my own feelings towards it. I figure it’s an average-to-good country-folk album. Let … Read more

THE WEAKERTHANS – LIVE AT THE BURTON CUMMINGS THEATRE

At some point in the genealogy of alternative music, post-hardcore became post-post-hardcore, and would-be punks start making accessible, introspective pop music. The Weakerthans are the … Read more

CALLING ALL CARS – HOLD, HOLD, FIRE

Hold, Hold, Fire is a debut album, but these guys are pretty well set up right now. They’ve worked the national live circuit, hard, and … Read more

THE BRUTALS – THE HONEYMOON PERIOD

I’m obliged to begin by saying that guitar-pop albums, especially those jangly, antipodean-sounding ones, are a crippling weakness of mine. My critical Achilles Heel. When … Read more

WAVE MACHINES – WAVE IF YOU’RE REALLY THERE

Wave If You’re Really There is a bit of an indie hodgepodge. I found myself confused as to whether Wave Machines (UK) are a guitar … Read more

EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING – RUSH TO RELAX

Never mind punk history; the essence of Eddy Current is a stupefying night at the pub. 2008’s critically-acclaimed-smash-hit-breakout record Primary Colours focused this essence into … Read more

TUBELORD – OUR FIRST AMERICAN FRIENDS

Tubelord hail from Kingston upon Thames; generically, they’re part of a minor movement in contemporary post-hardcore, ‘math pop’, combining the unpredictable tempo changes, powerful poly-rhythms … Read more

ANGELS BEYOND THE ABYSS – FRANCIS EDWARDS INTRODUCING VETERAN SOUL

The image is profound: forgotten angels, gathered together in song. Literally, that’s what we have here. Vietnam Soul is an Australian Vietnam veterans choir, and … Read more

MIKE MAJKOWSKI – INK ON PAPER

Prepare yourself for strange sounds. Mike Majkowski is a fixture of the Australian jazz and experimental sets; his weapon of choice is the double bass, … Read more

BEACH HOUSE – TEEN DREAM

Teen Dream, the third full-length from Baltimore-based, male-female duo Beach House, hits the nail pretty much on the head. It’s a pop album replete … Read more