Owen’s Alchemy

  Mike Kinsella is Owen. Thus, Owen is Mike Kinsella? Not so fast… I spoke with Mike about Owen, some of his processes as an artist, and what might be up with that other band he plays/played in. Adam: Hi, Mike. First off, I must say, I’m bowled over by The King Of Whys. Congrats […]

TORRES – Sprinter

TORRES is the stage name of Mackenzie Scott and Sprinter is the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter’s second full-length. TORRES has a heck of a backing band on record. Portishead’s Adrian Utley plays guitar and synthesizer and Robert Ellis and Ian Olliver reunite as a rhythm section for the first time since PJ Harvey’s Dry. “Strange Hellos” gets […]

Philip Selway / Weatherhouse / PIAS / 2014

Weatherhouse is the 2nd solo full-length from Philip Selway, better known as the drummer for Radiohead. Selway is quite adept at building atmospheric canvases, manicuring this ballad-heavy record with string arrangements and (unsurprisingly) well-curated percussion. Lush, layered strings are the grounding force on Track 2 “Around Again” (until they build to a near cacophonous rage) […]

T.V. Eye 10/27-10/31

Mon. 10/27 – Wilco on Fallon NBC 11:30 Tues. 10/28 – Beck on Conan TBS 10:50 Sturgill Simpson on Fallon NBC 11:30 Wed. 10/29 – She & Him on Fallon NBC 11:30 Thurs. 10/30 – Spoon on Jon Stewart CC 10:20 The War On Drugs on Conan TBS 10:50 Perfume Genius on Letterman CBS 11:30 […]

LVL UP / Hoodwink’d / Double Double Whammy / 2014

Hoodwink’d is the sophomore album from New York’s LVL UP. There are 3 songwriters and seemingly as many lead vocalists (along with female backing vocals) mixed throughout the record. Hoodwink’d is a slacker record through and through, calling to mind vintage Pavement, GBV, Superchunk and Weezer, as well as retro-leaning peers like Yuck, Parquet Courts, […]

Ex Hex / Rips / Merge / 2014

Rips is the debut full-length from Washington D.C. based trio Ex Hex. The group is fronted by Mary Timony, most recently of Wild Flag and previously of the band Helium. Rips is also a good adjective to describe the sound because Ex Hex is a riffing power-pop force. 3 of the cuts here were released […]