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The Japanese House – Good at Falling

There's a lot that can be extrapolated from an album entitled "Good at Falling." The most obvious response I can think of is that it invites contemplation on how to get through trials gracefully. Life, by nature, is messy. Yet there is a beautiful narrative that ties everything together in the end. The dreamy, melancholy ...

songs worth staying up late for [single reviews]

Tame Impala - "Patience": We all knew it was coming. With Tame Impala all over the summer festival season, Kevin Parker returns with a psych-pop gem primed for summer. Will those opening piano chords be as iconic in my mind as the opening licks of "Let It Happen"? I'm skeptical. But I know I really enjoy this. Like, I really ...

Picks from the Cobra [single reviews]

In Winds - “Blindsided”: There is an entire generation that remembers Dashboard Confessional when it was just Chris Carrabba and his guitar. That was Dashboard at its best. Well if you remember that version, In Winds is here to fill that need. Dan Amaro is on to something great with his newest project, and I can’t wait ...

Ghost Soul Trio – Too Many Futures

I've always been more about the feeling of the song than the words. People have told me in the past that they can't listen without absorbing all the words. I'm the opposite. With that in mind, Ghost Soul Trio's Too Many Futures feels like it was written for me. It combines influences of some of my all time favorite bands: ...

Heart-rending bops and more [single reviews]

Justin Stone - “Slow Down”: “Welcome to the fast life” Justin Stone muses, perhaps to himself, perhaps to the listener. Maybe it’s both. The rapper just landed a spot supporting I Prevail on tour, so it will be interesting to see how pensive tracks like this one resonate with the dedicated hard rock fans of that ...

LIILY Can Fool Anybody In This Town Into Thinking This Isn’t Their Debut… Even Though It Is

Every now and then a new band comes along, seemingly out of nowhere, which blows me away. Sometimes it’s from a Spotify playlist; other times it’s as a sponsored post in my Facebook newsfeed. Quite honestly, I don’t even remember how I stumbled across LIILY, but from the moment I first heard “Toro,” I knew there ...

HOMESHAKE goes Business-Casual with Pragmatic Paradox Helium (LP)

It took me a while to get into Peter Sagar’s recording project HOMESHAKE.   I have always enjoyed the mood of his instrumentals, but for the most part, his overly-casual vocal approach seemed to leave me wanting more.   There were several occasions where I would download one of his albums, listen to it a ...