Taking on a cover album by one of the biggest legends in country music is an impressive feat. Doing it tastefully is a whole other story. Matthew Houck, or Phosphorescent as he is more commonly known, is an accomplished musician in his own right, with...

Scott Pinkmountain (formerly Scott Rosenberg) apparently used to be a somewhat hot-shit Bay Area avant-garde composer/free jazz saxophonist, but then decided that by immersing himself in that music, he'd forgotten the importance of good songwriting. And so this transformation from free-form composer into burgeoning songwriter...

Chico Fellini's publicists compared their new self-titled disc to the music of bands like PJ Harvey, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Pixies, and David Bowie. Strange as it may sound, Chico Fellini somehow really could be a hybrid of those seemingly unrelated bands. They have...

On first listen, I can already picture Stencil. They're likely a bunch of dudes, each with progressively longer beards. A couple are wearing beanies, and the rest are wearing button up shirts, with the sleeves slightly rolled up -- once over, to be exact. One...

Recently, I was listening to a Leftover Cuties track when my mother, who barely knows anything about modern music, commented that the track was reminiscent of music from "the past." That blanket statement that might seem rather uninformative initially, but musically disinclined as she is,...

Recently, essayist Eric Grubbs wrote a book entitled POST: A Book About the Influence of Post-Hardcore 1985-2008. In the book, Grubbs profiles several bands, including genre stalwarts like At the Drive-In, Jawbox, Fugazi and Sunny Day Real Estate. If that book were to continue, Seattle/Tacoma-based...

Last year marked the first year in which we compiled a top five albums of the year, as deemed by nine Redefine staff writers. Remarkably, no albums were doubled up. It proved that Redefine staff writers have diverse tastes, and that their tastes run the...

For fans of synthy pop-punk, The Escape Frame is immediately likeable. For me, the aforementioned subgenre is only likeable in small doses. Strangely, however, something about The Escape Frame rubbed me the right way right off the bat. Their sound is admittedly at times rudimentary,...

I'm From Barcelona have generated a good amount of buzz in the US since their tour last year. While this is their sophomore release, following their 2007 debut, Let Me Introduce My Friends, this record marks their first album for high-regarded label Mute and their...

A journey to the sea sometimes is a ritual -- an escape from the responsibilities and tribulations that lurk around every corner in the big cities. For school kids, a trip to the sea is almost a requirement for the perfect summer vacation. For a...