Silverstein: This Is How The Wind Shifts

Post-hardcore has always been a genre that I have not really listened to.  Before I considered the screaming vocals a bit too much to sit down and listen to. I thought that I could never get into that music until recently. After really listening to Brand New’s “Daisy”, I set out to indulge in this…

Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus

Sebastian Silva’s “Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus” is one of the funniest and weirdest movies I have seen this year. It stars Michael Cera as Jamie, an American whose in traveling in Chile. He enlists the help of his friend Champa and his brothers in obtaining a San Pedro cactus so that they could…

90’s Nostalgia: Soundgarden- Fell On Black Days

I heard Soundgarden’s “Fell On Black Days” a few days ago and I completely forgot just how terrific this band is. I quickly set out to check out their entire discography and came to the conclusion that Chris Cornell is one of the greatest singers ever and has a magical touch with every song or…

90’s Nostalgia: The House of Yes

I have been on this binge of Parker Posey films after reading an article that described as the “Queen of Indies”. I set it upon myself to watch some of her films to get a better idea of her as an actress. The film “The House of Yes” definitely showcases her acting ability in a…

Sum 41: Fat Lip

Pop-punk has always been my favorite genre of music. So many bands exploded onto the scene in the late 90’s- early 2000’s that catered to this genre.  I spent my formative years scouring through all these bands and trying to pick out the best of the best. Sum 41 is one of the standout bands…

90’s Nostalgia: Kicking and Screaming

Noah Baumbach’s “Kicking and Screaming” is a fine example of the trials and inability to grow up. The film revolves around college graduates who are trying to figure out what to do with their lives after college. The prospects that they once thought was for them is now gone in the face of reality. “Kicking…

Drake: Days in the East

Over the past few years, it seems like Drake has been on a creative high. Last year’s “Nothing Was the Same” was a stellar album that showcased the different direction that Drake was going for. The album featured more downbeat and moody songs and also had few guest appearances by other artists. The past few…

Built to Spill: I Would Hurt A Fly

I have been discovering a lot of great 90’s music and movies over the past few months and have officially decided to focus on this time period for at least two months while still incorporating current movies and music. The first entry from the 90’s goes to indie rock band Built to Spill.  This band…

Foals: Balloons

I completely forgotten how much I enjoy Foals’ first album “Antidotes”. Its mix of math rock and dance rock work incredibly well. The album from beginning to end is eclectic and energetic. One of the best tracks on the album is ‘Balloons’ with its catchy chorus and intricate guitar work. Check it out.

The Antlers: Palace

I just heard that The Antlers were releasing a new album in June entitled “Familiars”. I have been patiently waiting for this band to release new music for a while. Their last record “Burst Apart” was absolutely brilliant. The first single from “Familiars” is ‘Palace’ which is very emotionally charged like a lot of the…

Lucero: Union Pacific Line

Alt-country band Lucero has become one of my favorite bands. Their songs mix raucous fun with heartfelt pining folk songs. Vocalist/guitarist Ben Nichols is able to switch from a fun-loving party starter to a heart-on-his-sleeve poet. One example of Nichols’ emotional intensity is the song “Union Pacific Line” which has Nichols’ singing about departing from…

Mac DeMarco: Sherrill

I have been listening to a lot of Mac DeMarco’s “2” album over the past few days. I have been hearing so much about DeMarco that I decided to just see what all the hype is about. I have to say that DeMarco actually lives up to the buzz. His music is very lo-fi and…