For The Acorn's latest album, No Ghost, band member Howard Tsui was enlisted to create the album artwork. The chosen cover piece, entitled Spectral Residue, is thematically appropriate, and showcases Tsui's knack to draw influence from the supernatural. To quote Tsui's artist statement about the series: "Abstract shapes and gestural brushstrokes are...

Ambient bedroom pop pioneer Matt Mondanile, aka Ducktails, manages to break into untapped psych-pop territory on his new album, while appeasing those who long for his forgotten demo cassettes. And while Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics takes an impressive step towards the sound of his other band, Real Estate, the album...

Keith Canisius' latest album, This Time It's Our High, starts off as an annoying reminder as to just how much excellent music exists which you will probably never, ever hear about. The burden is almost crippling. At some point, though, you just have to suck it up and delve in...

Over the years, and with each new release, Seattle-based Say Hi seemed to lose a touch of its eccentric bedroom-pop quality. The music remained endearing, but was clearly transforming into something more "grown-up." Luckily, the sole creator behind Say Hi, Eric Elbogen, has managed to bring new life to his...

This mixtape is composed of songs released by Own Records, a small independent label based in Luxemburg (Europe). Despite the diversity of these tracks, we like to believe that you will recognize the thin red line that moves us....

Pretty much any band out there would kill for Earth's success. Dylan Carson and his rag tag group of musicians pretty much created the drone metal sound, only to go on an extended hiatus, and follow-up with a re-tooled country/Americana sound that the band is now known for. It's because...

The debut album from It Sound, Hard Pop For Blue Trees, is a rather visceral experience upon first listen, throwing the listener into a gauntlet of free-form guitar riffs and echoing vocals. It's not that It Sound's music is difficult to listen to -- and as you work your way...

It is my belief that to comment thoroughly on an album, it takes at least five full, uninterrupted listens within a 10-day period. Appropriately, I am sitting down to write my comments on Original Sin, the 2011 INXS reinvention/ tribute album, after my fifth complete listen. I read the...

Like so many one-time buzz bands, Fujiya & Miyagi has one trick, and it used to be able to do it well. The band's brand of lo-fi funk mixed with elements of krautrock did have some high points. Tracks like "Sucker Punch" and "Collarbone" broke the ultra-snide monotony and landed...