A Weather – Everyday Balloons Album Cover Review & Interview

Sarah Winchester is a multi-talented gal. After graduating from MassArt in Boston, Winchester has embraced a life rich with art and music. On the art side, Winchester paints, draws, and makes linocuts, while satisfying her musical side through A Weather and her personal project; Team Love put out her digital EP, The Northeast Kingdom Demos, which is available as a free download through the Team Love Library. Read on, as Winchester discusses the approach she took towards crafting the artwork for A Weather’s Everyday Balloons, and find out why the band’s sparse musical grooves are fitting for such an airy cover. Listen to “Spiders, Snakes” – DOWNLOAD MP3 How did you become involved in designing the album cover? I am

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Cheat Sheet – Songs To Yawn To Album Review

While Cheat Sheet hails from Michigan, there is something about the duo’s smoggy, laid-back songs that muster the dazed vibe of sunny Southern California. The noisy chaos and merged vocals on tracks “Customer Disservice” and “Expansive Ghosts” add lots of energy to the debut entitled, Songs To Yawn to, which fans of bands like No Age, Japandroids and Tera Melos might dig — but Cheat Sheet has yet to hone its very own sound. There are a lot of different ideas on the album, and it is not hard for a listener to lose interest when the sounds change direction. Where “Customer Disservice” is complex and clamorous, the following, “Community Chance,” is more of a lazy summer day track. It

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Pocket Panda – Self-Titled Album Review

Listening to the 5-song EP from Seattle’s Pocket Panda is kind of like the first time that you see your older brother cry. You discover that burly men with deep voices can get sentimental too. With the band member count clocking in at seven, Pocket Panda is a conglomerate of various influences and talents. Mixing orchestral movements with indie rock, instrumentation ranges from cello to bassoon and piano. Every track starts with a soft, alluring intro, but the tranquility is slightly interrupted by the unexpected raspy vocals of Eric Herbig. It takes a while to get used to the contrast between the vocals, which are usually matched with hard rock or folk music, and the delicate instrumentation. For the most

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My Disco – Little Joy Album Review

If you’re expecting a traditional dance party from Australia’s My Disco, you’re expecting wrong. My Disco takes the tasteful, throbbing repetition used so well by bands like Clinic — or more recently, Suuns — and amps up the percussive elements tenfold, while deconstructing the songwriting into minimal bits. My Disco is the drum circle, Psychic Ills’ version of dancey art rock, a meandering band that has little or no concern for traditional songwriting structures. Most of the tracks on Little Joy — which sounds far from “joyful,” by the way — can be broken down into a few notes and sounds. Listen to “Closer” – DOWNLOAD MP3

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MYTY Konkeror – I miss the future. Album Review

MYTY Konkeror is a thoroughly dirty rock band. Even the first song off of I miss the future. is rock and roll with a firmly entrenched mucky, southern, ‘I don’t give a shit’ attitude. The band owes a bit to the gloomy temperament of bands like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, but with more attitude behind it. The three-piece sounds like quite a bit more. Grand arena rock riffs blast in and blast out of “‘Sus Envy” as the vocals drawl along, minus the blasts of anthem-driven choruses. A band can’t be this loud and this big and not play to power chord driven cliches; it’s what makes arena rock so popular! But MYTY Konkeror doesn’t completely buy into this very

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Fenech-Soler – “Demons” Music Video

Smoke and flowing capes are always lovely, but the real champ in this video, in my opinion, is the wonderful color palette of greens, reds, and purples, which scramble together in low light to create muted silhouettes. Yum!!!

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