The New Future Islands Record, Reviewed By A Professional Vocalist

Over time, music fans have been conditioned to expect less and less from the vocalists in our favorite bands. Instead of focusing on vocal ability, fun hooks, distracting synths and catchy samples are delivered to amuse us. Auto-Tune, which we found abhorrent 10 years ago, is now accepted as the way things are done. It’s […]

New York via Uruguay, Juan Wauters Releases Debut on Captured Tracks

While Juan Wauters’s foray into music began as guitarist and vocalist of the garage-folk band, The Beets, he’s taking a turn to a new solo career, evident by the February release of his solo debut album, N.A.P. North American Poetry (Captured Tracks). Wauters recorded N.A.P. in a two-year span (2010-2012), at Marlborough Farms in Brooklyn, New York. On […]

Frankfurt’s Young Hare Releases Debut Album

 There’s a small label in Germany called Altin Village & Mine that’s been releasing record after record of high-quality dance tunes (among other genres of music) since 2001. Their latest act is a duo from Frankfurt, Young Hare, that’s celebrating its full-length debut this month. Unbreak My Heart includes nine songs that explore movement and depth […]

A Celebration of Virginia Woolf’s ‘Orlando,’ Via con_cetta and MonoLogue

In less than a month it will be the 73rd anniversary of Virginia Woolf’s death. On March 28, 1941, the famous writer committed suicide by drowning herself in River Ouse near her home Sussex, in the west of England. She’d filled the pockets of her overcoat with stones to counteract any possibility of her floating […]

Marissa Nadler’s July

Read reviews of Marissa Nadler‘s past releases on the Internet and find the often-used adjective “haunting.” “Her vocals are haunting,” people write. I thought about this point while listening to her new record July (Scared Bones/Bella Union) in full for the first time, pondering how the adjective would take its form. [youtube http://youtu.be/oujt6RBhmog] In July, Nadler recalls […]

Spring Offensive Prepares for Debut Album, Tours Europe

Having spent, by their own admission, quite some time putting together their debut album, the band members of Spring Offensive played their first of two album-preview shows in the packed Cellar in the heart of Oxford, England. They’re releasing Young Animal Hearts in March, but fans received an advance copy of the album at the concert, as […]

The Road Less Traveled with Alex Highton

“City life was really kicking us in the balls,” says Alex Highton, as he sips a cup of tea. I wince and nearly choke on my toast. I’m sitting at the singer-songwriter’s kitchen table in the tiny village of Wooditon near Cambridge, and he’s telling me how he left the grime of north London for […]

A Noisy Collective in New York City

In a time of bedroom production and twitter promotion, where bands can be made and broken in the flash of a viral marketing campaign, many might be forgiven for bemoaning the loss of community. Sharing a YouTube link online is, sadly, an experience somewhat removed from the friendly forking over of a self-curated mix tape. […]

FOTOS: Indian Rebound, Vundabar, Phone Home, Joes

The balcony is vacant, the door tightly shut to stave off winter’s air. On this particular night, Shea Stadium looks like just another nondescript building in the row of warehouses in Brooklyn’s Bushwick, but inside, a respectable audience huddles together, rocking to the music as 2013 comes to a close. Appropriately, Joes, brainchild of Harvard student Jason Hellerstein […]