Alt

Artist: 
She & Him
Label: 
Merge

So, I know a few people who hate this duo and loathe the singing voice of Zooey Deschanel. The only thing I can seem to ask myself after listening to both albums, even applying some comparison to both of them along the way, is "Why?!"

Sounds Like: 
M. Ward
Name: 
Adam Guerrero
Date Reviewed: 
03/31/2010
Artist: 
Matthew Stubbs
Label: 
Blue Bella Records

What do you get when you cross Chicago and Bruce Springsteen with The Blues Brothers? Well, you get Matthew Stubbs! "Medford & Main" is a horn-blaring, guitar-heavy, melody-driven blues album that sounds nothing like blues. Matthew Stubbs and accompanying band has a solid sound with a solid record. "Soul-drenched Roots & Blues guitar instrumentals". I could not have said it any better. That is exactly true to what this album is. The band is complete with guitar, bariton guitar, tenor sax, bari sax, trumpet, drums, percussion, and bass. This group is off the hook.

Sounds Like: 
Chicago
Sounds Like: 
Bruce Springsteen
Sounds Like: 
The Blues Brothers
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
03/31/2010
Artist: 
Jordan Galland
Label: 
Slush Puppy Music

This CD is AMAZING!!!!!! Jordan Galland is insanely talented. I can't believe I'd never heard of him before; learn from my mistake! Play the crap out of this cd!!!! 

In addition to a regular 4 piece group you will hear piano and brass horns. The lyrics (for the most part) are really interesting. I mean I NEVER pay attention to lyrics... but I couldn't help but notice them on many of these songs. Seriously though, learn this guy's name now because it's going to be all over the place soon. 

Overall 4.5/5

Sounds Like: 
Peter Bjorn & John
Sounds Like: 
The Smiths
Sounds Like: 
Ben Folds Five
Sounds Like: 
Elliott Smith
Name: 
Hurricane Athena
Date Reviewed: 
03/30/2010
Artist: 
Dynamite Walls
Label: 
unsigned

Alright voice and it's catchy. Probably a little too mainstream for some of our shows, but I think a lot of you will like this. Production quality is good enough for airplay.

Sounds Like: 
The Fray
Sounds Like: 
Rascal Flats
Name: 
Hurricane Athena
Date Reviewed: 
03/30/2010
Artist: 
The Bird and the Bee
Label: 
Blue Note Records

The Bird and the Bee put their own unique twist in this tribute to Hall and Oates, and they do it wonderfully.  Their music is deep, contemplative, soothing, and sometimes haunting; but it always sounds beautiful.  Inara George's voice is great.  It possesses a dream-like quality, as it is very smooth and easy.  Though listed as alternative, the record sounds folky, a bit jazzy, and leans more toward an electro-pop vibe.  This is a CD you could pick up and listen to time and time again.

Sounds like: Psapp, Frou Frou, The Submarines, Chairlift

Sounds Like: 
Frou Frou
Sounds Like: 
The Submarines
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
03/24/2010
Artist: 
Boy Eats Drum Machine
Label: 
Tender Loving Empire

The music on this album is surprisingly refreshing.  For the most part, "Hoop + Wire" is very mellow, melodic, fun, and a little jazzy at the same time.  The vocals are allright, above average for a alternative band.  Boy Eats Drum Machine mixes alternative rock style with island flavor, some ska, and a few electronic sounds here and there.  Overall, this is a pretty good record.

Sounds like:  Bearnaked Ladies, Declans Well, Burke and Gass, Reel Big Fish, The Burning Hotels

Top Tracks:
1. Hoop + Wire
2. Constellations

Sounds Like: 
Barenaked Ladies
Sounds Like: 
Declans Well
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
03/06/2010
Artist: 
Shutdown Man
Label: 
self-released

Shutdown Man sounds just like your generic rock band.  The record is decent, but the vocals are nothing special, and there is no x-factor quality that separates Shutdown Man from other bands.  There is not much excitement or emotion felt.  From a song called "You Can't Control Me", you are expecting a lot more anger and rebellious nature than you are getting.  It's nice as background music; something you have playing when you are not really listening to it.

Sounds like:  Smithereens, Vallejo, Robert Palmer

Top Tracks:

Sounds Like: 
Smithereens
Sounds Like: 
Vallejo
Name: 
Charles Misra
Date Reviewed: 
03/06/2010
Artist: 
Self
Label: 
Spongebath Records

So, I've decided to take the time to review this CD again, because it's from one of my favorite bands of all time.  Self were musical geinuses, with a sound that blissfully grows on you immensely the more that you listen to it.  Seriously, it never gets old, only better.  Gizmodgery has a distinct feeling of techno-pop melded with pure happiness, and was recorded using only children's toys.  With offbeat, biting lyrics and a syncopated rhythm, these guys should be on your radar.  Give this a courtesy spin sometime, and you won't be disappointed.

Sounds Like: 
Beck
Name: 
Chris Panzero
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2010
Artist: 
Horizontal Ladies Club
Label: 
Songgram Records

SPIN TRACKS 4 AND 2!!!!!

The Horizontal Ladies Club is a refreshing sound reminiscent of the Kooks and the Beatles....but updated to suit today's audience. Their beats are SUPER catchy (check out #2 and #4). It's the kind of chill stuff that you find yourself uncontrollably bobbing your head to while driving in your car. It makes you all happy and carefree, which is GREAT!
Their album has a great variety too! Lovin' track 4. Electricity, energy, and stay-in-your-head-catchiness of Passion Pit

Sounds Like: 
Spoon
Sounds Like: 
The Kooks
Sounds Like: 
The Beatles
Sounds Like: 
Passion Pit
Sounds Like: 
OK GO
Name: 
Jen Akazawa
Date Reviewed: 
03/29/2010
Artist: 
Shaw
Label: 
Swordfish Records

Continuing with the current indie music trend of placing as many animal names onto their albums as possible, Shaw releases his debut album. I swear, he is the voice doppelganger of Todd Fink from The Faint