Category Archives: indie

Review: Lanterns – Apocalypse Youth

Label: self-released Released: July 19, 2008 What would happen if the unabashed rock of the Who and the spunky power-pop of Cheap Trick took a drive down the twisting sharp turns of post-punk? Lanterns. If there is one quality that persists their Apocaplypse Youth EP, it would loud. Loud in the way mastered by big rock bands like the aforementioned… Read more »

Review: Copper Sails – Hiding Place

Label: self-released Released: January 13, 2009 Copper Sails seems like one of those bands that could be poised for the big time. I mean, this thing they’re doing worked for Coldplay, didn’t it? Hiding Place is carefully thought out, constructed and performed. They steal form all the right indie and alt bands on both sides of the Atlantic. The melodies… Read more »

Review: The Dark Romantics – Heartbreaker

Label: Lujo Records Released: September 9, 2008 In the early 80s, Wall of Voodoo made some dark, moody and strangely captivating music out of a peculiar meeting of post-punk, synth pop and the roots of rock n roll. On Heartbreaker, the Dark Romantics find themselves at the same point where these influences flow together and they make music that is… Read more »

Review: Sharks and Sailors – Builds Brand New

Label: self-released Released: August 1, 2008 Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, so the physicists say. You cannot effectively defend your position without understanding the opposition, so the orators say. You cannot know up without down, dark without light, good without evil, so the philosophers say. Ours is in many ways a world defined and understood in terms… Read more »

Interview: Cory Gray of Carcrashlander

Formerly in the sadly underknown Desert City Soundtrack, Cory Gray’s current endeavor is Carcrashlander. This is a band so good that even I can forgive their love of Randy Newman. Their self-titled debut came out earlier this year on Parks and Records. I got the chance to talk with Cory about the past, present and future (and the piano versus… Read more »

Review: Annabel – Now That We’re Alive

Label: self-released Released: Summer 2008 My wife is a great cook. When she makes something, it tastes great, but it also looks great. She tells me that the appearance is important, that the appearance shows that she cares about what she’s prepared for us to eat. I may never have thought of that had she not brought it to my… Read more »

Toyota Yaris and Urban Outfitters announce latest Free Yr Radio concert dates to benefit independent radio

The Secret Machines, Dave P, Dan Deacon, and Tokyo Police Club added to concert series lineup Seattle, WA – July, 25 2008 – The Free Yr Radio campaign, created by Toyota Yaris and Urban Outfitters to generate awareness and support for partner independent radio stations, today announced three additional concert dates that will benefit independent radio stations in Philadelphia, Omaha,… Read more »

Annabel – Summer of Fun Tour (July 23 – Aug 02)

* Tour of Southeast with Delay begins today * In support of debut EP Now That We’re Alive Beginning today, Annabel (Kent, OH) is hitting the road for a little southern lovin’ in support of its well-received debut EP Now That We’re Alive. Playing an infectious brand of indie pop laced with feverish melodies, Annabel balances it all with post-punk… Read more »