Pile on the Focused Confusion of Their New Album, Green and Gray

Originally published on pastemagazine.com If you’ve found yourself at a show in a grubby Boston basement in recent years, you’ve probably heard of Pile. People in that corner of the world speak of the band with the kind of reverence usually reserved for hometown legends like Pixies or the Lemonheads. They’ve been the subject of entire … Continue reading Pile on the Focused Confusion of Their New Album, Green and Gray

The World is Finally Ready for Duster, the Droning Space Cadets of Yesteryear

Originally published on pastemagazine.com The music of the band Duster is hard to classify. It’s been called many things, but none of these classifications have managed to stick all that well. There’s more natural propulsion behind Duster’s music than slowcore contemporaries like Codeine and Bedhead, and it’s more spaced-out than artists like the Microphones or Built … Continue reading The World is Finally Ready for Duster, the Droning Space Cadets of Yesteryear

Live Review: LVL UP are the boyband America needs in the 21st Century

Originally published on Vanyaland   LVL UP are the great American boyband. Or, at least, that’s how they jokingly described themselves at the start of their set at the Middle East Upstairs on Thursday (October 5). After a few doses of their distinctive brand of fuzz rock, not one member of the spirited crowd would disagree. Bolstered by a pair … Continue reading Live Review: LVL UP are the boyband America needs in the 21st Century

Pixies shape the sound of alt-rock with “Come On Pilgrim”

  They did not know it yet, but in 1987 a whole generation of soon-to-be disciples of the unnatural side of rock were awaiting their awakening. When the Pixies released their clamorous debut Come On Pilgrim late that year, legions of unsuspecting fans were introduced to a brand new world of jaggedly beautiful noise, demonic possession, and illicit sexual … Continue reading Pixies shape the sound of alt-rock with “Come On Pilgrim”

Crumb deliver woozy, jazz-inflected indie rock on standout Locket EP

Originally published on Vanyaland: http://www.vanyaland.com/2017/07/10/new-sounds-crumb-deliver-woozy-jazz-inflected-indie-rock-on-standout-locket-ep/ After two years of traveling back and forth between New York and Boston to meet up and record, Crumb will finally be settling in Brooklyn this summer. But not before the quartet, which met and formed at Tuft University in Somerville a few years back, delivers one excellent parting gift in a new … Continue reading Crumb deliver woozy, jazz-inflected indie rock on standout Locket EP

Review: Pinegrove articulates youth, introspection, and experience on “Everything So Far”

Everything So Far, the recently reissued debut from the ragged Montclair, New Jersey rock outfit Pinegrove, is more of a compilation than an album. Its whopping 21 songs account for over five years of work that was previously spread over multiple small releases until Boston label Run For Cover Records compiled and released it online … Continue reading Review: Pinegrove articulates youth, introspection, and experience on “Everything So Far”