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A first-listen response to Grizzly Bear’s “Painted Ruins”

I once met someone whose two favorite bands were Grizzly Bear and Anberlin. I remember being fascinated by that dichotomy, and then a few weeks later seeing Grizzly Bear open for The xx at what was then the LC Pavilion (now Express! Live). Since that show I've always felt I've never really given the band the time they ...

Booty&theKidd grooves well on “Victoria’s Living Room”

Want to groove in a chilled out yet still funky way? Check out these reimagined live versions of a trio of Booty&theKidd songs. I suppose that "fleshed out" might be a better way to label these songs as the group has added a full band to back up their already enjoyable sound. But, have you heard of an 8-piece hip hop/jazz ...

ALBVS-BEAUTIFUL/CHAOS

Let’s get this out of the way now, this is me out of my comfort zone. While I have done a few other reviews that were as well, this is way out of my comfort zone. As I don’t tend to listen to pop or electronic music. So what in tarnation am I doing reviewing an electro-pop act? Well, I will tell you why, it’s good, ...

Sri Lanka’s A Village in Despair wreaks havoc on self titled EP

How many times have you heard "black metal" and "Sri Lanka" in the same sentence. Have you ever? Now you have, and you can thank the band A Village In Despair for that opportunity. I normally write about indie pop and alternative releases on here so tackling a black metal band from a part of the world I know little about ...

Is Arcade Fire’s “Everything Now” self-indulgent on purpose?

It's been interesting following the saga of the rollout of Arcade Fire's new LP, aptly titled Everything Now. An ad campaign lampooning capitalism (ironic, given how much a band of Arcade Fire's size and stature benefits from capitalism), a review satirizing Stereogum's Premature Evaluation review series, and more. Now, ...

TheCircus brings old school swagger to the new school pop on self-titled debut

If you've followed TU for awhile, you may have seen a name, Jon Atwell, pop up a few times. Last year, we liked his single "Black Cat," so much that it made our "Founder's 100" list at the end of the year. The singer-songwriter has re-emerged this year alongside his pal Spencer Knefelkamp with a creation that brings a ...

Today, I bring to you a band that wears its heart on its sleeve….

Today I bring to you a band that wears its heart on its sleeve. A band that has an emotional connection to each word written their songs. When I first met these guys, it was a show they shared with us and had no idea what to expect. I remember asking them what kind of music they played and their response was “Sad ...