Elder Brother is the indie rock side-project of Kevin Geyer (The Story So Far) and Dan Rose (Daybreaker) with in-studio assistance from Matthew and Charles Vincent (The American Scene). Drifting far from the aggressive and simple pop-punk that The Story So Far has come to perfect, the duo’s debut LP Heavy Head showcases the songwriting prowess of Geyer and Rose in a more relaxed environment. The record is unexpected and mostly brilliant, with a few standout tracks that almost instantly require repeat plays.…
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For a long time, I didn’t understand the hype that surrounded the Brighton-based metalcore act, Architects. I was first introduced to the group back in high school, and though I didn’t hate the music they were producing at the time, it did little for me in comparison to more established bands battling for the same niche. There were some cool breakdowns here and there, and the occasional helping of well-placed melody, but otherwise, in my opinion, the outfit seemed incapable of rising above genre stereotypes.
Over the …
Artist: La Dispute
Album: Rooms Of The House
Label: Better Living
You never know what to expect from Grand Rapids, Michigan quintet La Dispute. Over the course of two full-lengths and several EPs the band no one has ever been able to categorize into a single genre have built a career by doing exactly what they want. Their desire to create great, lasting art is superior to many of their peers, and it’s because of their tiring pursuit of that great work that we have been blessed with so many engaging listening experiences to date.…
Album: Guilty of Everything
Label: Relapse Records
Release date: March 4, 2014
Last week I had the pleasure of reviewing Nothing’s stellar debut LP, Guilty of Everything. With the record earning a 9.5, I was more than excited to get my hands on the deluxe vinyl. Truly the only way the album should be listened, the vinyl experience only heightens Nothing’s keen ear for melody, melancholy, and everything miserable.
Filling the dark corners of my basement, the room which held first loves, first heartbreaks, and the slow realization of how incredibly disappointing the world above could be, …
Film: 300: Rise Of An Empire
Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green
Directed by: Noam Murro
When 300 marched into theaters back in 2006 it ushered in a new era in action filmmaking that would be quickly be plagued by shoddy knockoffs. At this point it’s hard to remember exactly how many films have used the ‘slow things down right when the best moment of action occurs’ trick, but we all have Zack Snyder, Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, and 298 other soldiers to thank for that. Now, six years later, two of those three have moved on to bigger things and …
Film: The Bag Man
Directed by: David Grovic
Starring: John Cusack, Robert De Niro, Rebecca Da Costa
There was a point in John Cusack’s career where it was pretty clear what he was doing: cashing in his checks from starring in massive blockbusters (Con Air, America’s Sweethearts, 2012) so he could fund his passion projects (Grosse Pointe Blank, High Fidelity, War, Inc.). It seemed like a winning strategy, and I wish I knew what went wrong over the past few years as I no longer have any idea what in the hell he’s doing.
The Bag …
Artist: The Smith Street Band
Song: “Don’t Fuck With Our Dreams”
Album: Don’t Fuck With Our Dreams
Label: Poison City Records
There’s voices in this world that can speak endlessly without saying anything, and then there’s voices that can say everything with a simple turn of phrase. Undoubtedly Will Wagner is gifted with the latter, and on “Don’t Fuck With Our Dreams,” Wagner’s familiar, heavily-accented and weathered drawl is in fine form, turning a few lines and a simple melody into an emotion drenched five-minute journey through the last two years of The Smith Street Band’s existence.…
Genre: Pop Punk
A couple summers ago, I started a pop punk band. We spent three painfully hot months practicing in a house with walls covered in New Found Glory flags and gig posters, writing generic songs that probably ripped off The Wonder Years even more than we realized at the time. After about six shows, we faded out and went on to other endeavors, but that band and that time will always hold a special place in my heart. I bring this up because every time I spin Cycles, the latest EP by Westfield, …
Artist: Ivy LeagueTX, Turnover, Maker, Such Gold
Album: Ivy LeagueTX / Turnover / Maker / Such Gold – Split 7″
Genre: Pop-Punk / Alternative
Label: Broken Rim Records
In what may be one of the raddest split line-ups in recent history, Turnover, Maker, Ivy League, and Such Gold have banded together to release a split chock full of punk tinged rock. Through Broken Rim Records, each respective band gets their chance to indulge into the musicianship they have at hand.
Ivy LeagueTX have the pleasure of opening the work for us, leading us in with a brooding introduction that is …
Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.
This week, Angie puts a spotlight onJason Downs’ comedy career. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comedian Jason Downs joins the recent run of high-quality comedy released by Rooftop Comedy with his new album, Excessive Talking, in this week’s Stand-Up Tuesdays. Recorded at San Francisco’s The Punchline, Downs unleashes a high-energy torrent of hilarity from start to …
Album: Guilty of Everything
Genre: Shoegaze, Punk Rock
Label: Relapse Records
As some mornings I fight against existential crises, I can somehow calm myself down knowing that the enclosed thoughts within my head, held in by my bone and the muck of my nervous system are experienced by the neighbor I talk to too little, or my Aunt who has slowly crept out of my life. The bonds I had as a child are slowly fading, conversations with best friends somehow become more formal, and the walls of my house that kept me enclosed away during high school …