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Review: SWMRS album it burning with passion

By | Feb 24, 2019

After Oakland-based punk-rock group SWMRS signed with New York City–based record label Fueled By Ramen and released its record label debut and overall third LP, “Drive North,” the band has returned to the punk scene with its follow-up, “Berkeley’s On Fire.”
The band itself initially got attention because of its drummer, Joey Armstrong — Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s son — but “Berkeley’s On Fire” combines eccentric tracks that blend together a multitude of punk, alt-rock and surf-rock elements, giving the band a separate, personal identity.


Review: “Rainswept” is a deluge of visceral visuals

By | Feb 20, 2019

A rich landscape of beautiful, rolling hills is quickly followed by the silhouette of a man in his window — then a heart-stopping bang leads to peaceful silence.


Review: “High Flying Bird” shoots and scores

By | Feb 19, 2019

The new Netflix film “High Flying Bird,” which was shot completely on an iPhone, delves deep into the relationship between sports and the politics of the United States’ capitalist society.


Review: “Quiet Signs” is an intimate look into singer’s universe

By | Feb 11, 2019

It’s easy to listen to Jessica Pratt and forget the world around you.


Review: “The Prodigy” is nothing special

By | Feb 11, 2019

What happens when a cold-blooded serial killer reincarnates into a newborn baby’s body?


Review: “Freedom’s Goblin” is free of faults

By | Feb 4, 2019

In his 10th studio album, “Freedom’s Goblin,” Ty Segall joins fuzzy guitar with electronic funk.


Review: “amo” ultimately succeeds despite various drawbacks

By | Feb 3, 2019

English rockers Bring Me The Horizon initially came into the music scene as a death metal band, but almost 12 years after the release of their debut LP, “Count Your Blessings,” they are far from their heavier beginnings.


Review: Alice Merton album “Mint” leaves a bad taste

By | Jan 27, 2019

Alice Merton broke onto the music scene in 2016 when she went straight to the top of the charts with her powerful single “No Roots.” Merton also released two other singles, “Why So Serious” and “Funny Business” in 2018.


Review: Jimmy Eat World’s ‘Integrity Blues’ strays from roots

By | Oct 25, 2016

The band’s newest album, “Integrity Blues,” leans away from its emo-rock roots and distinguishes itself with a couple more experimental tunes.


Review: Kings of Leon ‘WALLS’ succeeds with stunning sound

By | Oct 25, 2016

Most of this album shows off the band’s true potential since they returned to their roots and produced an album of substance and depth.


Review: ‘Remember Us to Life’ accents Spektor’s vocal skills

By | Oct 17, 2016

Spektor’s method of manipulating the dynamics and moods of her songs, gives them a playful feel and demonstrates her technical musical prowess.


Review: Synthetic sounds disappoint in Guster’s new album

By | Jan 21, 2015

Straying from their characteristically indie sound, Guster produces lackluster synthetic vibes in “Evermotion.”