Rilo Kiley-Rkives (Rarities Collection)

It’s been over five years since Rilo Kiley’s last album, Under The Blacklight, was released. In the years following Jenny Lewis has put out two solo records and one with her boyfriend Johnathan Rice. Blake Sennett and Jason Boesel have continued their work in The Elected, releasing a very good album in 2011 called Bury Me In My Rings. 2011 was also the year that … Continue reading Rilo Kiley-Rkives (Rarities Collection)

Gold Motel-Gold Motel


When Greta Morgan returned to her hometown of Chicago from LA, she brought with her the sun-drenched pop feel that would become Gold Motel. Quickly gathering musicians to fill out the band, and they put out their debut EP just a few months later. Since then they’ve had an impressive touring record, playing festivals all over the US, as well as some shows in the UK with Hellogoodbye. Somehow I’ve managed to ignore their ever-growing popularity over the last two years, but I’m here to tell you that I’ve been missing out-and maybe you have been too.

Having read a little bit about the band before I heard this record, I had some ideas about what to expect and they were pretty close. I’d describe the band like a sunny Camera Obscura (a band that I love). Gold Motel’s self-titled album is like the antithesis to My Maudlin Career. Where the scottish group can find themselves mired in pessimism, Morgan and co always sound optimstic, even in the most trying of times. The jovial guitar licks and Morgan’s voice, which reminds me of a less acidic Jenny Lewis, keep the mood up, even when things do get down, like the track “Counter Clockwise.”

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Fanfarlo-Room Filled With Lights

At the beginning of the year I made a list of twelve bands that I thought should be on your radars for the coming year. Of those bands, I admit, some are friends that I feel are underexposed. Others were bands that I personally love, but feel they need to create a bigger fanbase before they’ll be ready for the next level of success. Fanfarlo … Continue reading Fanfarlo-Room Filled With Lights

Mates of State-Mountaintops

┬áMates of State have been around making quality records for a while now, so coming out with a new release that keeps up the tradition is welcome, but not surprising. What is surprising is how similar their material is becoming. I hadn’t noticed until I listened to this record for the tenth time, but it’s basically the same as Re-Arrange Us or Team Boo. What’s … Continue reading Mates of State-Mountaintops