Review: MGMT, ‘MGMT’


Alt-Rock’s Trippiest Band Keep on Trippin’ Three Albums In…  MGMT⎪ MGMT⎪Columbia ⎪⎪ US Release Date: September 17, 2013 Juicy J recently released an album entitled Stay Trippy.  True to it’s title, it was most certainly trippy, amped up by its consistent references to the excesses of the hip-hop lifestyle: drugs (lean, weed, mollies) and girls. …

Live Stream: Grouplove @ Red Bull Sound Space


What better than a live performance from your laptop, smartphone or tablet when you can’t actually go see one? Nothing! (that’s a rhetorical question) Los Angeles, California based Indie rockers Grouplove bring their unique talents to the Red Bull Sound Space  live on Thursday, August 29, at 1:00 P.M. PST (yes that’s today!)  As a music enthusiast/…

Review: Vampire Weekend, ‘Modern Vampires of the City’


Vampire Weekend • Modern Vampires of the City • XL • Release Date: May 14, 2013 Members: Ezra Koenig (guitar, vocals), Rostam Batmanglij (guitar, keys); Chris Baio (bass); Chris Tompson (drums) New York indie-band Vampire Weekend might have been the coolest Ivy Leaguers ever when their  2008 self-titled debut arrived. Single “Oxford Comma” was the ‘talk of the town’ when frontman Ezra…

Review: The Flaming Lips, ‘The Terror’


The Flaming Lips⎟ The Terror⎟ Warner Brothers⎟⎟ US Release Date: April 16, 2013 Band members: Wayne Coyne; Steven Drozd; Michael Ivins; Kliph Scurlock; Derek Brow Producers: The Flaming Lips; Dave Fridmann; Scott Booker Background Grammy award winners (Best Engineered Album Non-Classical, etc.) The Flaming Lips are veterans at their craft – making neo-psychedelic experimental/alternative rock…

New Music: Jake Bugg, ‘Jake Bugg’


Jake Bugg ⎜Jake Bugg ⎜Mercury ⎜US Release Date: April 9, 2013 / UK: October 15, 2012 Producers: Iain Archer; Mike Crossey; Matt Prime; Jason Hart; Crispin Hunt Jake Bugg released his U.S. self-titled debut album on April 9, 2013 (via Mercury).  Bugg is a very different artist from the most popular British imports in similar age –…

Review: Phoenix, Bankrupt!


Phoenix ⎜Bankrupt! ⎜Glassnote ⎜US Release Date: April 23, 2013 Members: Thomas Mars; Laurent Brancowitz; Christian Mazzalai; Deck d’Arcy Alt-rock band Phoenix grew substantially in popularity with 2009’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.  Further raising the French band’s stock was a Grammy win for Best Alternative Music album. 2013’s Bankrupt! hence gains some anticipation behind it, even if…

Exploring New Music: STRFKR, Miracle Mile [Polyvinyl, 2.19.13]


As a musician and as a musical critic, I think it is extremely important to NOT “box yourself into” being one thing.  What that means is that I feel the complete musician, the complete critic, and the complete writer must be open-minded and willing to go outside of their comfort zone or merely try new things….