Indie Bands

The Only Thing That Disappointed Me About Aimee Mann’s @#%&*! Smilers Was the Packaging

The Only Thing That Disappointed Me About Aimee Mann’s @#%&*! Smilers Was the Packaging

Aimee Mann angered some fans 10 years go by focusing on keyboard-equipped instruments for the electric guitar-free ‘@#%&*! Smilers.’ Not me.

Oliver Ignatius, “Citys a Hell” (2018): One Track Mind

Oliver Ignatius, “Citys a Hell” (2018): One Track Mind

Damfino’s Oliver Ignatius captures our imagination on “Citys a Hell,” a moonlighting solo single which moves far afield of his main band’s quirky pop rock.

Joe Merklee – July (2018)

Joe Merklee – July (2018)

Featuring calm and quiet vocals, Joe Merklee’s new EP ‘July’ exudes a deceptive strength, with delicate melodies that really sneak up on you.

Mickey Stephens and the Poor Blue – Wasteground (2018)

Mickey Stephens and the Poor Blue – Wasteground (2018)

Put together by Mighty Shamrocks veteran Mickey Stephens, the Poor Blue’s ‘Wasteground’ is a rootsy, autobiographical tour de force.

Dream Syndicate – How Did I Find Myself Here? (2017)

Dream Syndicate – How Did I Find Myself Here? (2017)

In some ways, the new Dream Syndicate album is understood less as a singular release and better in the context of Steve Wynn’s overall career.

Damfino – One False Move And I’m Yours (2017)

Damfino – One False Move And I’m Yours (2017)

It’s obvious Damfino had a ton of fun in the studio, and their enthusiasm spills right out of the speakers.

Here’s Chippy – Things We Left Behind (2018): Something Else! Sneak Peek

Here’s Chippy – Things We Left Behind (2018): Something Else! Sneak Peek

Hooky hard-rocking tunes, loaded with nifty noodlings, humming with momentum and good timing is where Chip Muellemann’s heart and soul resides.

Desmond White, “Dream Girl” from Glace (2017): One Track Mind

Desmond White, “Dream Girl” from Glace (2017): One Track Mind

“Dream Girl” is a effective gateway to the heart of Desmond White’s ‘Glace.’

The Baron Four – Silvaticus (2017)

The Baron Four – Silvaticus (2017)

The Baron Four have an authentic, mid-’60s garage-punk American sound. There’s just one problem.

The 1957 Tail-Fin Fiasco – Not For Everyone (2017)

The 1957 Tail-Fin Fiasco – Not For Everyone (2017)

What’s the difference between an electric piano and an acoustic one? In the hands of The 1957 Tail-Fin Fiasco, apparently not much, quality-wise.

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