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Hayley Williams – Petals For Armor

Honestly, I never was a big Paramore fan. Don't yell at me! I just never really devoted a lot of time to this band. But I have always been aware of the bigtime fandom surrounding them—especially that of Hayley Williams. My inner scene kid preferred bandss like Anberlin, Underoath, and Flyleaf. As I aged, I swung ...

O’Brother – You and I

O'Brother are one of those groups that have shaped me as a music reviewer and listener, dating back to 2012 when I saw them open for Thrice (I hope I'm remembering the year correctly). They are the band that became synonymous with the term "wall of sound" for me. You and I is their latest output, one that is sweeping, dark, ...

Konradsen – Rodeo No. 5

There's a familiarity to the vocals of Konradsen that have me thinking as soon as the first of these 5 chill tracks stars playing. It hits me that the vocal style is roundabouts that familiar "indie girl" sound that emerged in pop in the early 2010s. Now, before you get on my case for throwing shade, let's look at the ...

Tigerwine – Nothing is for You

Tigerwine released a record that really has been suiting my mood these past few days. Like everyone else, I have cabin fever, and I've been sitting around thinking "I'm so tired of this f***ing virus!" You laugh at the asterisks, but I'm a goody two shoes, what can I say! The sonic journey of this record is a metaphor for ...

Diet Cig – Do You Wonder About Me?

Diet Cig are a duo that have taken indie rock by storm since their inception in 2014. And their heartfelt lyricism and burgeoning riffs intertwine to create a musical experience that hooks the listener into a sweet submission. You’d expect these well designed, catchy, driven songs to be produced by a quintet rather than ...

we are not desolate [single reviews]

Jónsi - "Exhale": Jónsi, the frontman for ethereal post-rock masters Sigur Ros, has released a song that feels at once forlorn and calming. The song has production that demands to be experienced on a quality sound system. The song, trademark for anything Jónsi/Sigur Ros, has a slow buildup. The climax in this one is ...

Bonelang’s SAINTMAKER is an alluring enigma of a spiritual journey

Hey guys. Ryan G here. If you know me and we've had a conversation about music in the past couple of years, I've probably mentioned Bonelang. That might be an overly generous estimate, but ever since mid-2017 they've had a ubiquitous presence on my personal musical radar. I have Brandon Hughes, a guy Chris Montooth (a sound ...