Godsticks: The Envisage Conundrum

Godsticks have, with The Envisage Conundrum, reminded me of everything there is to like about progressive music. This bias that I'm confessing is more or less a kneejerk against all the time I spent listeni...

Gross Ghost: Brer Rabbit

I found an interview with Gross Ghost singer/guitarist Mike Dillon on resoundmagazine.com, from back in September—my hopes must've shot up the moment when, asked what makes his band's music unique, Mr. Dill...

Dinosaur Eyelids: Conflagration

New Brunswick brings to mind a certain kind of sweaty, angry, punk-tinged basement experience, the kind cops can't wait to shut down—those shows are alive and well, yeah, but apparently there's a lot to hea...

Big Harp: Chain Letters

Think of The Strokes, and then imagine them as flesh-made human beings with emotions rather than the porcelain party-dolls you just pictured—then, imagine them putting something out on Saddle Creek. That mi...

The Soft Hills: Chromatisms

I'm a sucker for “pretty songs,” the kind of tracks that ought to play an ambient second fiddle to a life-affirming moment on Six Feet Under or something. The Soft Hills, hailing from famously-downtrodden S...