ALBUM REVIEW: Pure Comedy by Father John Misty

Acclaimed singer-songwriter/notorious internet troll Father John Misty (Josh Tillman) has an inclination towards daring statements. His unpredictable antics are the antithesis to the intricate craft of his songwriting. Listeners everywhere, please disregard his interviews and have a listen to what he really has to say through his music. In his latest record Pure Comedy, Father John Misty finally acknowledges the weight of his persona, and makes some bold pretensions regarding our consumerist obsessions. 14852

EP REVIEW: The Shapes by Miami Horror

Melbourne’s Miami Horror have been selling their slick and fashionable “indietronica” since the release of their 2010 debut Illumination, a staple in modern electronic pop. Their second record, 2015’s All Possible Futures, was more mellow and meditative, demonstrating a refreshing new color in the group’s sonic palette. Their latest EP, titled The Shapes, is a more playful effort, adorned with assorted 80’s pop elements and funk flair. 14734

Album Review: Wilco – Star Wars

Chicago band Wilco have released their latest effort entitled Star Wars. The 70’s inspired record was released by surprise last week, and it is available for a free download on their official website. It will be released on CD on August 21st, and on vinyl on November 27th. 11845

ALBUM REVIEW: The Magic Whip by Blur

2009 saw Blur reunite its original lineup, including guitarist Graham Coxon, who left the band in 2002. Since then, the band has been pressured by fans and the media to release new material. It is understandable, considering how their last record, 2003’s Think Tank, while interesting, at times felt more like a work of Damon Albarn’s than of the group, particularly due to Coxon’s absence. Perhaps what their fans wanted is some proper closure, or just to see these four make great music once again. 11383

ALBUM REVIEW: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit – Courtney Barnett

Melbourne’s Courtney Barnett has garnered much praise from critics and listeners since she first burst into the music scene back in 2012 (check out her recent performance on Ellen, who gushed about the singer, saying “I love her so much”). The singer-songwriter’s style is wordy, as she explores common situations through humor and cynicism. A signature Barnett tune usually features her deadpan vocal delivery of clever run-on lyrics detailing ordinary events, and her stellar lo-fi inspired guitar playing. 11167

TRACK REVIEW: Let it Happen by Tame Impala

2012’s Lonerism, the critically acclaimed and Grammy nominated sophomore record of Australia’s Tame Impala, further explored and improved the neo-psychedelic style found on their debut LP Innerspeaker. Since then, Kevin Parker has collaborated with Mark Ronson on his latest project, the star-studded Uptown Special, and a third Tame Impala record has been greatly anticipated. This week, they released Let it Happen, a one off song, free for download on their website. 11038

TRACK REVIEW: “Go Out” by Blur

Following a cancelled gig in Japan, Blur, one of Britain’s most cherished acts of the last two decades, decided to go into studio and record some fresh material. Not long after this, Damon Albarn proudly announced the band’s plans to their Hong Kong audience in May of 2013. This moment sparked the fire that led to Albarn being suffocated with numerous questions regarding a new Blur record, all to which he ambiguously replied. 10925

ALBUM REVIEW: Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance by Belle and Sebastian

Sweet and melodious songs narrating tales of youth and innocence are Belle and Sebastian’s signature. With each record this band has released since its 1996 debut, band leader Stuart Murdoch has patiently and comfortably mastered his craft. Little by little, the band has explored with sonic elements of other musical styles to amplify the stories behind their songs. All of those experiments have ultimately led them to take a slight leap of faith on their ninth LP, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance. 10769

Upcoming Releases of 2015

2015 has begun! Now it is time to get excited about what this means for music. Last year was one of ambition and innovation, still 2015 is already building up some of its most anticipated records. 10753

ALBUM REVIEW: Sucker by Charli XCX

"You said you wanna bang? Well, FUCK YOU, SUCKER!" Those are the first words you hear on Charli XCX's new record, Sucker. It is quite appropriate, setting the tone, making sure you don't dare underestimate her or forget her name. The new wave and post-punk influenced tunes are modernized through her brash and provocative charm. This follow up to 2013’s well-received True Romance has the star putting herself out there for a larger audience. Known for her collaborating with Icona Pop and Iggy Azalea, Sucker gives the singer a chance to give herself an even bigger name. 10717

ALBUM REVIEW: Seeds by TV on the Radio

Several things have changed for art rock outfit TV on The Radio since their last release of 2011's Nine Types of Light. The passing of bassist Gerard Smith seems to have particularly inspired the group to come together once again, this time with a different perspective. Seeds, which came out earlier this week, is their fifth record, and it offers some of their strongest material yet. 10649

TRACK REVIEW: Dead Air by CHVRCHES

The latest installment of the Hunger Games film franchise, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, won’t be out until November 21st. However, a few tracks from its star-studded soundtrack (organized by Lorde), were recently released to promote the film. These include Lorde’s Yellow Flicker Beat, and Dead Air by Scottish synthpop trio CHVRCHES. 10551

TRACK REVIEW: The Party Line by Belle and Sebastian

Adored Scottish collective Belle and Sebastian has been around for nearly two decades now, and in that time they've gained a loyal following. Their last studio album was 2010’s charming Write About Love, and last year they released The Third Eye Centre, a compilation of b-sides and rarities following 2005’s Push Barman to Open Old Wounds. Their upcoming ninth album, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, will see the light of day in January 2015. Earlier this week they premiered the lead single from the record, titled The Party Line. 10501

TRACK REVIEW: In the Heat of the Moment by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

After his turbulent fallout with former band Oasis, Noel Gallagher introduced himself to the world as a solo artist. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ was his brand, and their eponymous debut the voice behind it. The much anticipated record was a rebuttal of sorts, to the first post-Oasis split project Beady Eye, led by younger brother/rival Liam Gallagher. High Flying Birds, though, seems to have been taken way more seriously than the latter, and it proved Noel could do better on his own, singing his own songs. After all, he was the main songwriter in his former group. 10452

LIVE REVIEW: St. Vincent – Miami Beach, FL

One of the most peculiar, yet fascinating acts of their time is St. Vincent, AKA Annie Clark. St. Vincent has been around for a while, gaining a devoted and passionate following thanks to her wondrous guitar playing and tasteful shift of styles within each release. This talented act is currently promoting her eponymous fourth album, through her Digital Witness Tour, which included an October 6th show at The Fillmore in Miami Beach, FL. Compared to big cities such as New York, we usually don't usually get as many exciting acts coming down to South Florida, so it was refreshing to have St.

ON RADAR: Charli XCX

If you still haven't read or heard her name somewhere, you’re sure familiar with one of her songs. From chart-topping collaborations with Iggy Azalea (Fancy) and Icona Pop (I Love It) to landing a hit on her own with Boom Clap (featured on the soundtrack of summer blockbuster The Fault in Our Stars), this 22 year old British pop star has quickly risen into the mainstream. 10312

INTERVIEW: Dave Lerner from Trummors

Indie folk duo Trummors (consisting of Dave Lerner and Anne Cunningham) are currently touring the U.S. to promote their sophomore record Moorish Highway, which was released earlier this June. Their tunes blend psychedelia with two part harmonies and drones, and also feature folk-based instrumentation such as the pedal steel to achieve an overall comforting sound. 10205

ALBUM REVIEW: Tyranny by Julian Casablancas + The Voidz

Is it truly necessary to go over the persona that is Julian Casablancas? Yes, he is the Strokes' crooner who also released a one shot solo record. Still, sometimes limiting people to a few sentences fails to embody all they’re truly capable of achieving. While great, The Strokes are only a fragment of his musical range. Casablancas is a visionary, and one of the most successful talents among his contemporaries. His latest effort, Tyranny (featuring The Voidz) is an important symbol of rebellion, not just from conventions, but from his musical comfort zone. It easily could have turned out as a shallow

MOVIE REVIEW: God Help the Girl

Call him what you want, Belle and Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch knows what he wants. You could say the man lives in a lovely and delightful bubble, but is that so wrong? Much of his mentality is projected onto God Help the Girl, his directorial debut, which he also wrote. 10032

TRACK REVIEW: Cleopatra by Weezer

2014 marked 20 years since Weezer released their eponymous debut record, better known as The Blue Album. This alt. rock outfit has kept their signature snazzy power pop alive throughout the years, and it seems their forthcoming record unabashedly plans on keeping it that way. 9963