ALBUM REVIEW: Franz Ferdinand – ‘Always Ascending’

Since their last release almost five years ago, Franz Ferdinand return with a slightly altered lineup on Always Ascending, released February 9th.<!—more—> Not quite fifteen years since Franz Ferdinand made their international breakthrough with the catchy single “Take Me Out”, the band finds themselves in a much different musical atmosphere trying to catch the attention their debut attracted.  The danceable pop rock of the early 2000s, with its clean and crisp guitars and nerdy aesthetics, has certainly evolved into a more electronic territory as many bands from that era spent the last decade meticulously blending the genres with few enjoyable results.

TOP 11 Albums of 2017

A lot of great music was released in 2017 and made it quite difficult to narrow down the field of a list of the top albums of the year. After much deliberation and discussion, we've gathered a list of the top 11 rather than inundate you with a list of 100 albums to cull through. Ranging from the originality of Kendrick Lamar and SZA to the strong outings by Lorde and The War on Drugs, there's something for everyone in our top 11 albums of 2017. 15864

LIVE REVIEW: Nova Tour ft. R.L. Grime Lands in Nashville

Kittens, Graves, and R.L. Grime stopped off in Nashville as part of their Nova Tour, drawing in a packed house despite it being the night after Halloween.  Lauren “Kittens” Abedini started the night off, increasing the energy as the crowd steadily grew.  The L.A. based DJ got her start mixing in college, but before long she was performing at private parties for stars like Usher and opening for Kid Cudi on tour.  Her set up was very minimalist in terms of lights, but did not take away from her laid –back vibe and slightly soulful set. 15808

ALBUM REVIEW: Wolf Alice – ‘Visions of a Life’

London based rock band Wolf Alice released their romantic and noisy second album Visions of a Life September 29th, displaying growth as a band and a step in the right direction from their 2015 debut, My Love is Cool. <!—more—> My Love is Cool debuted the quartet’s distinct sound as a mixture of pop rock and melodic folk style songwriting, but the band has fine tuned the sound and added a deeper contrast of many styles.  The two years between releases were used wisely by the band, intensive touring, organizing charity gigs for refugees, and also performing at a concert protesting the

PHOTO REVIEW: Alvvays – The Mohawk, Austin

Outdoor performances during the fall are nothing to complain about. Breezy air and pink sunsets are a perfect match to any evening, but when tossed in with the angelic voice of lead vocalist, Molly Rankin, and the candy dream tunes of her band Alvvays —talk about satisfaction. It has been three years since the Canadian indie pop band brought us their self-titled debut album, but only a month since the release of Antisocialites, which is without a doubt, no runner-up. Fans just can’t get enough of those summery nostalgic instrumentals blended with their dark and romantic lyrics. Despite the title of

PHOTO REVIEW: Austin City Limits 2017 Weekend One

The first weekend of Austin City Limits 2017 was welcomed with the stereotypical weather as remnants of the recent storms left behind a streak of humidity and mosquitoes. Regardless, the sun was shining and numerous Austinites were prepared for the weather and amazing music ahead of the 2017 edition of Austin City Limits. Headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers and Jay-Z were stacked with the hits that brought back the nostalgia from multiple generations, meanwhile on the flip side, there were many up-and-coming artists that impressed many that included The Aces, Zhu, Royal Blood, Grace Vanderwaal and

ON-RADAR: The Begowatts – Grand Charade

I love good, midwestern rock n roll. Like really love it, almost as much as I love Iron Maiden, Snoop Dogg, or The Sex Pistols. There is just something inherently good about a John Mellencamp song, Ryan Adams lullaby, or Tom Petty (sob) cut. I also found that same Midwestern charm in bands like Husker Du and The Replacements. Just all around great songwriting with no pretensions. 15629

ALBUM REVIEW: The Killers – Wonderful, Wonderful

The Killers burst onto the scene in the early 00s with a fresh sound and approach with a hint to the past. Hot Fuss was a magical ride of 80s inspired pop riffs with a swanky songwriting ability that caused earworms in the brain. Sam’s Town went a little darker, a little deeper, but still with songs that cut to the core. Day and Age and Battle Born came and went, and now here we are still looking, I think, for that next Hot Fuss, which is most likely never going to happen. With a debut album as big as

ALBUM REVIEW: Odesza – ‘A Moment Apart’

Electronic duo Odesza stray little from their comfort zone with their third studio album A Moment Apart, and indeed continue to make comfortable, chill tracks.  Released September 8th, A Moment Apart offers insight into the experience and success that Odesza has gained since their 2012 debut. 15589

ON-RADAR: Junkyardfieldtrip

Lord knows that I am a sucker for sappy, heartfelt, acoustic, Americana. There is something about riding down a two-lane, winding, highway somewhere in bum-fuck Ohio that intersects small towns, villages, and lands with single stop lights for miles. Where there are still hardware stores not called Lowe’s or Home Depot, corner stores that sell bins of tootsie rolls and lollipops, and an actual church at the center of the main street. These towns are few and far between anymore, but there are still many that offer that longing of nostalgia that we all feel from time to time. People

ON-RADAR: Lunar Hand – ‘Magic Hour’ EP

Finding really truly unique pop music is becoming increasingly hard to do with many just taking a shock value angle rather than a musical one. Many are going back in time to the 50s and 60s for musical inspiration, but while unique to this time and place, is really just paying homage to things that have already been done. However, even with that slant on earlier forms of rock n roll, there are still bands that can put their spin on things. One such group is Lunar Hand, a trio of Southern California garage rockers that make moving, jumpy, and