Category Archives: Album Reviews

John’s Brown Shoes, Colorblind

        I have had the pleasure of watching this band grow from the first show where the members were all petrified on stage and asking for my…

Weird Al Yankovic, Mandatory Fun

 It’s been three years since Weird Al’s last album, Alpocalypse, was released. With his newest album he shows that he’s still got it. Mandatory Fun takes a stab at some of the…

Robin Thicke, Paula

With his seventh studio album released on June 30, Robin Thicke is out to woo a very special lady: his ex-wife. Naming the album after her and having every song…

Miniature Tigers, Cruel Runnings

With three EPs and a fourth full-length album recently released, Miniature Tigers play Russian roulette with the ghosts of relationships past, but in the most loving way. Cruel Runnings is…

Brick + Mortar, Social Studies

Anyone listening to Brick and Mortar might as well be playing Rock Band. Whether that person is musically talented, virtually tone-deaf or beat resistant, air-drumming is the knee-jerk reaction to…

Pretty Little Country Singer

If you haven’t been living under a rock these past few years and have any contact with any girls ages 10 to 20, you probably have heard of Pretty Little…

Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal

“Most freedom is deceiving / If such a thing exists,” claims Parquet Courts. And yet, toward the end of “Sunbathing Animal,” Andrew Savage’s trademark blurt-singing voice declares (at the rate…

Conor Oberst, Upside Down Mountain

Conor Oberst has a brilliant way of evoking youth, only without the pimples and living with your parents. That’s not to say that Oberst’s music is youthful in the hyper-conscious,…

Ghost Beach, Blonde

The name for a band has never been more appropriate than for this group. Ghost Beach’s songs have a way of staying with the listener well after they’re over, as…

Coldplay, Ghost Stories

As the wise Neil Sedaka tells us, breakin’ up is hard to do. A rift in personal affairs is hard whether you’re Taylor Swift with her bitter break-up ballads, Ben…