Interview | Introducing…Little Silver

It must have been, oooh, hours now since we last discovered a new band from Brooklyn. Next off the production line are Little Silver, a husband-and-wife pairing who have recently released an EP of covers, Dress Up. Normally we tag…

Album | Giant Giant Sand – Tucson

Tucson, the latest release from Howard Gelb-organized music collective Giant Sand (a group expanded here to become ‘Giant’ Giant Sand), is balanced, coherent, and aesthetically consistent. The aforementioned adjectives may not sound like a glowing review, but, in fact, those…

Album | Catherine AD – Reprise

With a handful of EPs under her belt an a mini live album, Communion, to which the NME attached cult status, Catherine AD has built up a fair amount of expectation for her debut full album. But that project got…

Album | Dent May – Do Things

Dent May emerged in 2009, an endearing geeky-looking crooner toting, in his own words, a magnificent ukulele. Three years on, he is back with a studio full of synths, ready to burrow his way into your summer soundtrack. The straightforwardly-titled…

Album | Duke Special – Oh Pioneer

Having made his name with wonderful baroque pop, Duke Special – AKA Peter Wilson – took a diversion with 2010’s The Stage, A Book And The Silver Screen, a triple album featuring the soundtrack for a production of Brecht’s Mother…

EP | All We Are – We Hunt

Liverpool-based trio All We Are sound so instantly accomplished that I’m a bit taken aback that I’ve never heard them before. Their latest EP, We Hunt, opens with ‘Trainspotting’ and a beguiling guitar riff reminiscent of Nirvana’s ‘Come As You…

Album | Boy – Mutual Friends

Mutual Friends, by pop-songstress duo Boy, is smooth and sweet; ‘This Is The Beginning’, ‘July’ and ‘Army’ are warm and pleasant, worthy of a true boyband ballad, but their sound gathers life and force with ‘Little Numbers’, which has much…

Interview | Introducing…Changing Horses

From out of England Richard Birtill and Francesca Cullen have taken flight as Changing Horses, recording their debut record in Nashville with Chris Donahue, a man who can list Emmylou Harris and Elvis Costello on his resume. It’s been a…

EP | The Allah-Las – Tell Me

I’m pretty responsive to any band with the label ‘psychedelic garage surf’ so it didn’t take long to get into the debut EP from Californians the Allah-Las. And ten listens later I am still captivated by this record. While psychedelic…

Album | Ali Marcus – Americana Hotel

With her eighth album Americana Hotel, the first since 2009’s Great Migration, Ali Marcus is putting the emphasis on storytelling. From the opener, ‘The Ballad of Helen and Bernie’, which tells the tale of Marcus’ grandparents eloping amidst the struggles…