Charlie Hilton – Palana

Released 1/22/2016 6/7 Palana is a delicious synth-pop journey, mixing a variety of influences, ranging from New Wave beats of the 80s, a little of the Doors and of Nico, yet becoming completely singer Charlie Hilton’s own. With help from producer Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Jacob Portrait and Mac Demarco, Hilton created a nearly perfect debut. The opening track,…

Daughter – Not To Disappear

Released 1/15/2016 4/7 stars The sophomore album from Daughter, formed of band members Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella, vies for bitter winter winds and cold hands grasping onto any warmth they can discover. Tonra’s lugubrious voice floats over somber layers of bleak lyrics and reflective instrumentals. Daughter’s “New Ways” opens the album with a windswept…

SAINTSENECA @ THE BISHOP 10/22

Saintseneca is on tour right after releasing their new album Such Things earlier this month. The Ohio band is not a stranger to Bloomington; and their shows are often as electric as the variety of instruments the band pulls on stage. The Sidekicks, another band from Ohio, will open the show; as well as Yowler, a side…

Saintseneca – Such Things

Released 10/09/15 6/7 stars For fans of: Neutral Milk Hotel, M. War Such Things, the third album from Saintseneca, is a slight turn from previous efforts. Guitarist and lead singer Zac Little said in interview with NPR said the band focused on “easy to swallow little pop song pills.” Still, I wouldn’t necessarily classify them as saccharine…

Born Ruffians – RUFF

Released 10/2 2/7 For fans of: Local Natives, Young the Giant Born Ruffians are back with a new drummer and their fourth album, RUFF. RUFF returns to the carefree indie rock the band is known for, that is simple and pop-oriented and easy to please. The track list reads off like a teenager’s diary entries…

FUTUREBIRDS @ The Bishop 10/6

Slowly whispering good-bye to the summer as you trade in your short shorts for flannel and pumpkin spice latte? Well, Georgia-based FUTUREBIRDS will help you out by delivering a psychedelic, country-rock set at the Bishop on Tuesday evening. Tagging along with FUTUREBIRDS is Harpooner – another psych-rock band, straight outta Bloomington, Indiana. There’s just enough…

An Empirical Overview of Father John Misty

Indie darling and ironic commentator Father John Misty has been making headlines these past few weeks, after releasing a mocking single of Ryan Adam’s cover of Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood (in the style of the Velvet Underground) and promptly removing it, explaining on his Facebook page: “Down inside the blob I could see thousands of familiar faces…

Youth Lagoon – Savage Hills Bedroom

Released 9/25/2015 5/7 Stars For fans of: Broken Bells, The National Youth Lagoon’s third album, Savage Hills Bedroom envelopes the listener in a fleeting and tenuous world. Trevor Powers, the man behind the music, created the album after a friend passed away. Uncertainty plays a heavy hand in the melodies and instrumentals; Powers wavers between a high…

The Vaccines – English Graffiti

Released 5/26 2/7 stars For fans of: Jay Jay Pistolet, Drowners, The Wombats, Broken Bells What do we expect from the Vaccines? Some things that remain steadfast are simple lyrics, short run times, and fun beats behind their music. On English Graffitti, the boys haven’t evolved much from their simple garage rock, but they have…