CD Review: Wild Flag — Wild Flag; Playing Black Cat, October 20 and 40 Watt, October 22

CD Review: Wild Flag — Wild Flag; Playing Black Cat, October 20 and 40 Watt, October 22

Wild Flag
Wild Flag
Merge

By Al Kaufman

Supergroups of any type rarely live up to their hype, but since the hype for Wild Flag was practically non-existent, and since the women in this band don’t care about such petty things, their debut album far surpasses any expectations that may have been garnered. Read more about CD Review: Wild Flag — Wild Flag; Playing Black Cat, October 20 and 40 Watt, October 22

CD Review: Telekinesis — 12 Desperate Straight Lines; Playing The Red Palace, March 12 and The EARL, March 14

CD Review: Telekinesis — 12 Desperate Straight Lines; Playing The Red Palace, March 12 and The EARL, March 14

Telekinesis
12 Desperate Straight Lines

Merge

By Ellen Eldridge

“Let’s start all over, go back to square one” is the line announcing the 12 Desperate Straight Lines release by Telekinesis. Michael Benjamin Lerner actually took the inspiration to buy a bass guitar from the heavy, fuzzy bass in Flin Flon’s A-OK and he used that inspiration to construct four more songs for the release when he returned from a trip to Berlin to find his band had abandoned him. Read more about CD Review: Telekinesis — 12 Desperate Straight Lines; Playing The Red Palace, March 12 and The EARL, March 14

CD Review: Wye Oak — Civilian; Playing Black Cat, March 11 and The EARL, March 13

CD Review: Wye Oak — Civilian; Playing Black Cat, March 11 and The EARL, March 13

Wye Oak
Civilian
Merge

By Al Kaufman

The cover of Civilian shows someone cannonballing into the water. With this, their third CD, Wye Oak jump head first into their role as indie-pop royalty. While their first two CDs, If Children and The Knot, were scaled back, stripped down affairs, Civilian presents the duo in all their rich and layered glory. Read more about CD Review: Wye Oak — Civilian; Playing Black Cat, March 11 and The EARL, March 13

CD Review: Apex Manor — The Year of Magical Drinking; Playing Red Palace, March 21

CD Review: Apex Manor — The Year of Magical Drinking; Playing Red Palace, March 21

Apex Manor
The Year of Magical Drinking
Merge

By Al Kaufman

In 2009, Ross Flournoy’s power-pop Southern California band, The Broken West, parted ways. Flournoy moved to Pasadena and developed a strong case of writer’s block. An NPR Monitor Mix competition, in which he was forced to write and record a song in a weekend, led to “Under the Gun,” which, on The Year of Magical Drinking, is a pop gem that sounds like one of the best things Jeff Tweedy and Wilco never recorded. Great drums, cool guitar riffs, and either about songwriting or chastising a friend or girlfriend for giving up on him when he was down. Or maybe both. Read more about CD Review: Apex Manor — The Year of Magical Drinking; Playing Red Palace, March 21

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