The Fluids-No Kidding!

A new band is born every 2.8 seconds in New York City. Many of them have the same parents, so they end up sounding similar and get lost in the noise. The only way to stand out is to be a little different, and The Fluids excel at avoiding traditional rock values. There’s something unnervingly intense about their music that makes it impossible to stop … Continue reading The Fluids-No Kidding!

Sound & Shape-Peasants

It’s been 3 years since Sound & Shape’s last release, Bad Actors. The Nashvillians return with Peasants on March 24th. The 5-song EP is another step up for the rock band who have been working their way toward mainstream popularity for almost a decade. Peasants is easily their most accessible work, with passages reminiscent of everything from Queens Of The Stone Age to Steely Dan. … Continue reading Sound & Shape-Peasants

Molehill-“Hearts On Fire”

Chicago rockers Molehill have released the first of three singles coming out over the next few months that will make up their Hearts On Fire EP. The title track premiered on 50Thirdand3rd‘s website yesterday. The protest anthem feels very in-step with the times, and I’m all for any songs that stand behind the #Resist movement. Molehill has always been a band who knows what they … Continue reading Molehill-“Hearts On Fire”

Slothrust-Everyone Else

It’s been a couple years since I was singing the praises of Slothrust’s debut, Of Course You Do. That grungy instant classic ended up in my top 10 of 2014, and the band’s latest release is looking to repeat or better that offering. Everyone Else improves in almost every conceivable way over Of Course You Do. Leah Wellbaum’s guitar sounds better, the lyrics are better, … Continue reading Slothrust-Everyone Else

The Romantic Comedy-Let’s Be Sad Together

  Sometimes bands don’t make it. Even the really good ones have a hard time breaking through and getting heard. So it always warms my musical heart when someone who didn’t make it decides to give it another go. From the ashes of The Great American Novel came the band Lame (based for a short time in LA), now (in NYC) known as The Romantic … Continue reading The Romantic Comedy-Let’s Be Sad Together