Thea Ryan


Music Review: Other Lives

Living in Oklahoma isn’t exactly everyone’s idea of “cool.” Some might argue that mixing bass clarinet or bassoon with indie rock isn’t either.


VIRGINS show review

There was a lot of positive energy at Chapel Hill’s Nightlight on Tuesday. Whether you’re into thrillingly energetic live shows, avant-garde vocals or joyful Beatles covers, VIRGINS hit all the stops.

Music Review: Youth Lagoon

Attention all daydreamers: Youth Lagoon is the new lo-fi kid on the block, and he’s about to take it by storm. As the season turns and the temperature drops, The Year of Hibernation is the perfect album to keep summer’s memory (whether it be good or bad) alive.

Music Review: Matthew E. White

Compositional mastery and easy-going retro style complement each other in Matthew E. White’s Big Inner, a genre-bending album that struggles to reconcile spirituality and mortality. Dive Verdict: 4 of 5 stars

Music Review: Jenny Besetzt, Only

The debut release by Greensboro’s Jenny Besetzt teems with fluidity, energy and nostalgia. Only is one long, euphoric ode to a lost love — or, perhaps, a love that can’t get lost. Dive Verdict: 3 1/2 of 5 stars

Music Review: Flying Lotus

If Igor Stravinsky were to compose “The Rite of Spring” on a space shuttle in the next millennium, it might sound something like the music that Flying Lotus creates. Dive Verdict: 4 of 5 stars

Music Review: Yeasayer 'Fragrant World'

The biggest problem with Yeasayer’s newest album is the fact that it followed its first two. But those unfamiliar with the Brooklyn trio will find a solid introduction to its idiosyncratic style in Fragrant World. Yeasayer Fragrant World Psychedelic Pop Dive Verdict: 2 1/2 of 5 stars

Music Review: American Aquarium

The latest release by Raleigh’s American Aquarium finds beauty in defeat. Burn. Flicker. Die. is the sixth studio album by the alt-country quintet, although it sounds like the sixteenth. But although bandleader and vocalist BJ Barham thinks he’s past his rock ‘n’ roll prime, the way he expresses this sentiment proves quite the opposite. American Aquarium Burn. Flicker. Die. Alt-country Dive verdict: 3 1/2 stars out of 5

Music Review: The Jason Adamo Band

Those with an affinity for not-so-Southern country and not-too-edgy rock might look for a stylistic space that exists somewhere between George Strait and Jason Mraz — the land of Hootie, Dave Matthews and Sister Hazel. The Jason Adamo Band on the other hand: look elsewhere. The Jason Adamo Band Bricks & Mortar ?Country/rock Dive Verdict: 2 1/2 of 5 stars

Music Review: Alabama Shakes

“Bless my heart. Bless yours, too. I don’t know where I’m going, don’t know what I’m gonna do.” So sings 23-year-old Brittany Howard on the opening track of Alabama Shakes’ debut album, Boys & Girls. Alabama Shakes Boys & Girls Rock Dive Verdict: 4 of 5 stars