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The Pinheads – Is This Real

Sometimes you don't have a lot to say about a record because it's a straightforward album. Such is the case with The Pinheads' Is This Real. I'll try, anyway. Here's a quick shout out to Force Field PR for curating a cool roster of artists that they send to music blogs like this one. This was unprompted, by the way. ...

Dave Buker & the Historians – It Moves In the Dark

With a title like It Moves in the Dark, I found myself anticipating this release more than perhaps I would have otherwise—not to say I wasn't looking forward to it, rather that my intrigue was piqued. There are a few characteristics in music that get me automatically excited. One of them is an element of darkness. Another ...

If you know us, these picks won’t surprise you [single reviews]

Danger Scene - "Poison": Existential songs that make you dance; that's kind of Danger Scene's forte. The brothers from Franklin, TN have neither been pretentious nor been out to reinvent the wheel. They release hard hitting dance pop, and the hooks seem to be getting stronger and stronger. "American Dream" was a fun banger ...

My Epic – Violence

Reacting to a one of my all time favorite bands in a review feels like a tall order—an order that I'm putting upon myself, but nevertheless an order. How fitting that this release might be the most angst-ridden thing My Epic has ever released? It mirrors what I feel in trying to respond to this adequately. I mean, it is ...

Local Natives – Violet Street

Sometimes music paradigm-shift moments happen to me in the most mundane of places. One of those moments was purchasing Local Natives' Hummingbird and listening to "You and I," the opening track. I was in bed, on the bottom bunk of the Tompkins Ministry House in Old North Columbus, near venues like Kobo (RIP), Ace of Cups, ...

Pikefruit – Sprig

If you wanted a Sylvan Esso record with vocals reminiscent of a dream-pop Kacey Musgraves, Sprig might be your jam. This album has an allure that is hard for me to resist. It overcomes most shortcomings the EP has—the main one being that sometimes the flow feels odd. I can't tell if that's on purpose because of odd time ...

Judah & the Lion – Pep Talks

Listening to the opening tracks of this album take me back. Specifically to New Year's Eve this year. I heard this exact introduction live in Bicentennial Park in Nashville. My friends weren't exactly digging the fusion sound of Judah and the Lion, but the "yeah, yeah, yeah, ohhhh's" of "Quarter-Life Crisis" echoed in my ...