[BEACHY FEEDBACK] There are about six minutes in the
middle of the Shivas’ new album when the band almost sounds gentle. The
dreamy, Pet Sounds-styled instrumental “Beach Heads” leads into
[SYNTH POP] Despite its ubiquity on Top 40 charts the past
three decades, synth-pop music has rarely felt both modern and sincere.
In the ’80s, the omnipresence of chintzy Casio presets often
[SUBURBAN ART-PUNK] Take it from someone who grew up
nearby: Nothing cool has ever come out of Agoura Hills, Calif. Sure, the
wealthy L.A. suburb has produced its share of nationally recognizable
Escaping Chicago isn’t easy, even for a rambling folk troubadour.
Ryley Walker’s music sounds like the open road. The 24-year-old singer-songwriter’s debut album, All Kinds of You,
is the musical equivalent of a booze-fueled drive through the American
The first few moments of Amen Dunes’ latest record, Love,
may well sum up the band. There’s a gentle, pacesetting guitar rhythm
being chased by another lumbering guitar that can’t quite fi