Posts tagged ‘alternative rock’

Colored Emotions by Night Moves

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Night Moves ain’t your dad’s rock band…but they could be.  As is indicative of the music of the 70s, Minneapolis’ Night Moves melds country, folk and blues into flashback inducing rock tracks.  Their October 2012 debut album,  Colored Emotions, is the rock equivalent of an outer space saga with an epic, infinite scope and a sense of intimacy that makes you feel as though you can reach out and capture each song in your hands.  There’s a layered grandeur and a gritty, down home feel to Colored Emotions that encaspulates the maturity of a band whose members are only in their mid-twenties.  Night Moves is clearly on to something since they have been steadily gaining popularity, even getting props from the most random of sources like Teen Vogue (I got this information from the band’s website, I swear!!!).  All this proves that Night Moves have rediscovered a sound that people never stopped pining for.  Give Colored Emotions a listen and you’ll find an album  you didn’t even realize you were waiting for.

Best Tracks:

Headlights

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Colored Emotions

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Country Queen

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When & Where:

Laying on the hood of your Pontiac Firebird in a jean jacket watching the stars and talking about how the 8-track is the height of music technology.

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Singular Focus – Super Skeleton by Cuckoo Chaos

Super Skeleton, by San Diego’s Cuckoo Chaos, is undoubtedly one of my favorite songs of 2012.  Not many bands can integrate so many genres as seamlessly as Cuckoo Chaos.  Released on September 18, 2012, Super Skeleton is Chaos’ first track since their debut seven track EP, and sports a psychedelic, reggae-infused intro, a gritty, garage rock guitar solo, smooth, and 50s era West Coast harmonies into a multidimensional track that will have you completely entranced and utterly confused.  Super Skeleton requires a minimum of about 50 listens in order to absorb each delicate nuance woven into the track.  Enjoy.

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Dark Eyes by Half Moon Run

Oh Canada.  Thank you for Half Moon Run and their debut album, Dark Eyes.  Hailing from Montreal, this young, dynamic trio is typically described as the child of any combination of great bands over the past several years…and that description is warranted.  But don’t expect Dark Eyes to be a retread of what you’ve heard in the past.  Dark Eyes satisfies every musical palate, exploring indie, pop, rock, folk and even a bit of classical music while never feeling disjointed or as if the band is trying too hard to give each song its own identity.  Give Dark Eyes a taste and you’ll hear fragile yet unyielding guitars, rounded percussions that hug each song, and harmonies so rich they should pay taxes.

Best Tracks:

Full Circle

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Judgement

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Call Me in the Afternoon

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When & Where:

Dark Eyes makes me want to fashion a pipe out of a block of wood, sit on my porch in a rocking chair, and complain about kids and all their damned texting.

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Plenty of room at Saint Motel

It’s time to celebrate.  Celebrate what?  Who cares.  Find something fast because Saint Motel is ready to party.  Voyeur, the first album from the L.A. foursome showcases Brit style indie pop infused with Spanish and jazz horns, sharp piainos, brash guitars and enough electricity to light up a city block.  Voyeur is like an overinflated balloon on the verge of exploding as each song is brimming with the sincere, dynamic voice of lead singer, A/J Jackson and the garage rock grit of Aaron Sharp (lead guitar), Dak (bass), and Greg Erwin (drums).  Forget Prozac because Saint Motel is guaranteed to lift your spirits with this  boisterous debut.

Best Tracks:

Feed Me Now

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Benny Goodman

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Puzzle Pieces

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When & Where:

Go to an amusement park and blast Voyeur as you run around like a child, rocket up and down on roller coasters and sway back and forth on those tacky, giant pirate ships.

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The Antlers new EP, Undersea, surfaces

The Antlers really need to stop.  I only recently recovered from Burst Apart, the haunting, stunning second album from the Brooklyn trio and now I have to digest Undersea, the band’s four song EP, released on July 24, 2012.  In typical Antlers fashion, Undersea is a menacing, swirling masterpiece, swallowing you into the depths of the ocean.  Moving at a disturbingly steady, slow pace, Undersea drags you slowly down through four songs drowned in sinister horns and synthesizers.  Among the four tracks, Crest is the one that will make you use a nightlight for the foreseeable future.  The straining brass, Peter Silberman’s desolate, commanding voice, and the palpitating synths are sexy, scary as hell, but more importantly, combine to create an enchanting song that seems to echo for hours after the song stops playing.