Tag: alternative

Vampire Weekend breaks out of genre cliché in new album

Vampire Weekend’s signature sound combines several elements. Punky riffs, indie pop, reggae rhythms and classical compositions collectively inspired by consistent West African percussion. It wasn’t until I listened to their new album, “Only God Was Above Us,” that I could piece this all together and understand what makes their songs […]

Newest fall releases are worth the listen

Photo courtesy of vagueonthehow, Flickr 1.) “In A Spiral” – Phantogram  Alternative  Phantogram is a multi-instrumentalist duo consisting of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter, with a focus on electronic based production, psychedelic pop vocals, and trip hop beats. Their latest single, “In A Spiral,” exhibits all three of those characteristics, […]

Broken Social Scene’s new EP is mediocre at best

Photo courtesy of alii h, Wikipedia Broken Social Scene is a Canadian indie rock band that has been active for almost twenty years now, regularly releasing new music while changing and adding new band members. This band is known for its alternative and experimental sound and it is even more […]

Weezer’s ‘The Black Album’ fails to revamp their style

Photo courtesy of Steve Rose, Flickr Weezer’s underwhelming transition from alternative to pop disappointed both fans and critics for nearly a decade. It was not until this year when the genre-wavering band conquered pop territory for the first time with their cover of “Africa” by Toto. The three-minute throwback shot […]

The 1975’s new album introduces complex lyrics

Photo courtesy of Begona, Wikipedia English alternative synthetic pop band The 1975’s third studio album, “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships,” was released last Friday, Nov. 30. This album is the band’s first self-produced work, and it features fifteen songs after a two year hiatus. It is clear that this […]

Jack White moves into experimental rock in solo album

Photo courtesy of Teresa Sedo, Wikipedia Legendary rocker and indie visionary Jack White released a third solo album titled “Boarding House Reach” that blends rock with hip-hop, blues and spoken word for a unique alternative sound. Up until this record, most of White’s solo releases didn’t stray too far from […]

Dacus dodges sophomore slump in storytelling LP

Photo courtesy of @LucyDacus, Twitter Singer-songwriter, Lucy Dacus, released her second full length LP, "Historian" with 10 tracks following up on 2016’s "No Burden." "Historian" kicks off with “Night Shift," and much like the rest of the songs on the album, it plays out more like a short story than […]

MGMT’s fan base is sure to return for their new album

Photo courtesy of Aurelien Guichard, Flickr You might recognize MGMT from their hit songs, “Kids” and “Electric Feel” that topped the charts after being released in 2007. Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Godwasser released “Kids” and “Electric Feel” while they were still undergrads at Wesleyan University and they were even featured […]

Wombats release fun album for genre newcomers

Photo courtesy of E. Birkedal, Wikipedia The Wombats released their fourth album, “Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life” on Friday,  The Wombats are well known for such songs as “Vampires & Wolves,” “Jump into the Fog,” “Let’s Dance to Joy Division,” and “Your Body is a Weapon.” In 2007 and 2011, […]

Morrissey returns with politically charged album

Photo courtesy of Charlie Llewellin, Wikipedia Morrissey has returned with a bold, politically charged and fiery album titled “Low in High School.” Since the 1980s, the British musician has consistently proved to be a writer and activist who has always had something to say. Morrissey has never shied away from […]