I Love Everything About The Aces’ Under My Influence

I Love Everything About The Aces’ Under My Influence

When I stumbled across The Aces earlier this year, they felt like HAIM, if the HAIM sisters had spent less time listening to Wilson Phillips and more time listening to New Found Glory. Their songs are undeniably summery and their hooks are undeniably catchy. The short version: If you care about pop music, you should [...]

The Queue: Head Automatica, Lights and Michelle Branch

The Queue: Head Automatica, Lights and Michelle Branch

The Queue is a recurring excuse for me to talk about songs or albums in short form. This week I examine a catchy Head Automatica track, my slow-growing love for Canadian pop star Lights and a great finale from Michelle Branch. Let’s investigate. Head Automatica – "Laughing at You" Head Automatica's 2004 debut Decadence is, [...]

The Guilt of Bad Albums

The Guilt of Bad Albums

By the time Third Eye Blind released Ursa Major in 2009 it had been six years since the band's last album (2003's Out of the Vein) and nine years since the band's last substantial hit ("Never Let You Go"). The only people who cared about Ursa Major were the people who cared about Third Eye [...]

Stress Listening: Third Eye Blind’s Screamer and Secret Machines’ Ten Silver Drops

Stress Listening: Third Eye Blind’s Screamer and Secret Machines’ Ten Silver Drops

Like a lot of you, I often turn to music for escape when I'm stressed. I'm less interested in the science of why we do this than I am in the choices we make of what to listen to. Broadly speaking, classical music should offer the most stress release but—even though there are a handful [...]

Shelter in Place, Pt. VIII: The Aces’ When My Heart Felt Volcanic

Shelter in Place, Pt. VIII: The Aces’ When My Heart Felt Volcanic

Like every other card carrying millennial, I was disappointed when HAIM delayed their upcoming third album, the aptly titled Women in Music Pt. III, due to concerns arising from COVID-19. Is there nothing that this novel coronavirus cannot ruin? The pain of this delay is made all the greater by the album's absolutely killer first [...]

Shelter in Place, Pt. VI: Violent Joy’s Self-Titled Debut EP Is the New Envy on the Coast Record I Wanted

Shelter in Place, Pt. VI: Violent Joy’s Self-Titled Debut EP Is the New Envy on the Coast Record I Wanted

Until the COVID-19 pandemic altered the entire global landscape, I had planned to post this quick album review on March 19th but then this novel coronavirus began to take over my corner of the world and I had some strong opinions that needed venting. Needless to say, the concert discussed in this review has long [...]