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Angsty dream pop from The Dream Eaters makes for a memorable listen

I knew I was in for an adventure when I looked at the track list for The Dream Eaters' We Are the Curse and found a track titled "Astral Asshole." The group has roots in Brooklyn, Boston, and Vancouver Island, BC. So each band member carries a bit of that grey weather into the music. Being seaside helps too. That ...

Pensively fun songs [single reviews]

Lo Tom - "Overboard": "You really messed me up" is a brutally honest way to begin a song. Yet, it isn't a line that's altogether terribly surprising for a band that consists of members of Pedro the Lion and Starflyer 59. Jason Martin's trademark guitar tones and David Bazan's emotive vocals are unsurprisingly standout ...

An off the cuff response to Machine Gun Kelly’s “Bloom”

I'm not one that usually goes after hip hop records. So this reviewer is going to get out of his comfort zone with what could be a baptism-by-fire experience. I'm gonna listen to Machine Gun Kelly and react to the songs. Stream of consciousness style. Here we go! "I am the gunner!" That's quite the statement to kick off a ...

Little Dragon vibes with Columbus, for sure

The Little Dragon show at the Newport Music Hall was an impulse show. I've been vaguely aware of the band for a long while. Also, vaguely interested. Also, vaguely had a hunch they'd put on a heckuva live show. I didn't make plans in advance because of Steadfast Festival looming in the near future, but I decided on Monday ...

I don’t know who Dolores is, but I like this Bummers EP.

When I think of the local music experience. Bummers comes to mind. Some of my favorite local music memories have been associated with this band. Notably, one time I saw this band play on the floor in the Ohio State Student Union. The environment was intimate, unique, and the band's sunny surf rock tunes warmed us all up on ...

Corroded – Defcon Zero

Alright, time for me to get out of my comfort zone. In my previous review, I mentioned gravitating toward music that is "vibe-y." Well, here I am writing about a metal group I had never of until received a PR email. Wanna know a secret? We discover lots of music via publicists! Shocking, right? But Spotify and my musical ...

Get off your couch and jam these [single reviews]

Phangs - "Always Been U": Phangs, one of Nashville's rising pop personalities, may have just teased one of the longest build ups to a single I've seen. I think it will pay off though, judging from how "Always Been U" delivers on both the "it gives me the feels" and "whoa nelly that's a banger" fronts. Phangs has slowly been ...