Here and Nowhere Else is the definition of garage punk rock. Cloud Nothings, known for its fuzzy, screeching guitars and loud, fast vocals continue that trend here. It is an album that sticks to the basics, one or two guitars, a bass and drums with vocals, yet is still rich and tires out the listener with its rapid pace.
Following in the line of the Smiths and Joy Division, Protomartyr uses a variety of styles and instruments to complement melancholy lyrics, not overpower them. Drawing influence from the British post-punk movement and garage rock, Protomartyr’s Under the Color of Official Right is a grungy, yet polished, punk record.
From the first note to the final note in Perfect Pussy’s 23-minute debut, Say Yes To Love, the band never slows down. Fuzzed out, shouted lyrics paired with guitar static and manic drumming create a sound that’s explosive.
Schoolboy Q Oxymoron ???? Rap From the very beginning of his new album, ScHoolboy Q lets you know who he is: a gangsta. Oxymoron, the second album from the L.A. rapper, is a modern reincarnation of West Coast street rap.
St. Vincent St. Vincent ????1/2 Rock Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, has combined her electric rock roots with a multitude of other influences to create an album with a remarkably distinct sound.
Broken Bells After the Disco ????1/2 Rock Shrouded in doubt after three long years of waiting, the rock duo Broken Bells is back with its second full-length LP, After the Disco. And while remnants of the group’s style from its self-titled release still remain, major shifts in the band’s artistry are evident.
Change is one way to define the 11th edition of WKNC’s Double Barrel Benefit, an annual fundraiser put on by the N.C. State student radio station to help fund its operations for the upcoming year.
In a culture that celebrates shallow, pump-it-out music, the Grammys propelled that trend, handing out awards to artists who follow the formula for radio success instead of those pioneering new territories.
Young the Giant Mind Over Matter ???1/2 Rock On its sophomore album, Mind Over Matter, Young the Giant begins to drop its indie-pop aesthetic from its self-titled debut for a polished rock sound.
Damien Jurado Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son ???? Folk Damien Jurado is known for making unique records, and that trend continues on Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son. In his Johnny Cash-like voice, Jurado croons about the process of finding oneself.
Carbon Leaf Constellation Prize ???1/2 Rock Constellation Prize is Carbon Leaf’s contribution to the growing genre of Southern folk rock.
Sleigh Bells Bitter Rivals Rock Bitter Rivals, the third release by Brooklyn noise pop duo Sleigh Bells, shows the band reaching new heights in its music.
Roman Candle Debris ???? Rock After a three-year break, former Chapel Hill band Roman Candle is back with its fourth full-length LP, Debris.