Music Reviews

Fall Concert Review: Grouplove, the Knocks, and Saints of Valory

posted on Nov.10, 2013

Saints of Valory, the Knocks and Grouplove rocked out at Kendall Hall this past Saturday. The Saints of Valory, the first opener played some songs from their album Possibilities which was released over the summer. Their hit song, Neon Eyes, was received well by the almost sold-out crowd. They also covered Royals by Lorde which got the crowd excited. The band, which acknowledged their relative anonymity, surely picked up some new fans. The second opener, the Knocks is composed of Ben Rottner and James Patterson. Coming on after The Saints of Valory got the crowd on their feet, The Knocks started fast. But their poor vocals (horribly unclear), soon got a large portion of the crowd to return their seats. Their hit song, Dancing With the DJ, features a catchy hook, but unfortunately, left the two men dancing with themselves. Grouplove came on after the lackluster performance by the Knocks. The Los Angeles based group, played their hits, including Tongue Tied, Shark Attack, Slow and Itchin on a Photograph. The band played with a lot of energy. There were many times where you could find lead singer and guitarist, Christian Zucconi spinning in circles or playing guitar lying on the ground. The band released their newest album Spreading Rumours in September and it was well received. Overall the night was a good one for music lovers or for people who went to the concert looking for a good time.

– Joshua Fidler

Assistant Music Director’s Album Reviews

posted on Mar.11, 2013


“Miracle Mile”
Hailing From: Portland, OR
Release Number: 3rd
Genre: Chill Electronica
Label: Polyvinyl
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The Joy Formidable

“Wolf’s Law”
Hailing From: North Wales, UK
Release Number: 2nd LP
Genre: Alt Rock
Label: Atlantic Recordings
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Tegan and Sara

Hailing From: Alberta, Canada
Release Number: 7th
Genre: Pop Rock
Label: Warner Bros. Recording
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Pascal Pinon

Hailing From: Iceland
Release Number: 2nd
Genre: Ethereal Dream Pop
Label: Morr Music
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Music Director’s Album Review Roundup

posted on Feb.22, 2013

Amor De Dias
“The House At The Sea”
Release Number: 2nd
Hailing From: London and Brooklyn
Genre: Chamber Pop
Label: Merge

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra

“Unknown Mortal Orchestra II”
Release Number: 2nd
Hailing From: Portland, OR/Auckland, NZ
Genre: Experimental Psychedelic Pop
Label: Jagjaguwar
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Elin Ruth
“Elin Ruth”
Release Number: U.S. Debut (5th album intl.)
Hailing From: Mönaterås, Sweden
Genre: Folk Rock (with some doo-wop influence)
Label: Divers Avenue Music
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Veronica Falls
“Waiting For Something To Happen”
Release Number: 2nd
Hailing From: London, England
Genre: Fuzz Pop
Label: Slumberland
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“Wonderful, Glorious”
Release Number: 10th
Hailing From: Loz Feliz, California
Genre: Lo-Fi Rock
Label: Vagrant
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Album Review: Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra – Theatre Is Evil

posted on Sep.15, 2012

Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft OrchestraAmanda Palmer.
“Theatre is Evil”
Release Number: 3rd

Hailing From: New York City, New York
Genre: Caberet Rock
Label: 8 ft. Records

What can I say about Amanda Palmer? You know how pop stars today are described as edgy because they got a tattoo, put out a controversial album, or did something unexpected? Well, if that’s true then, Palmer is over the cliff. If other artists kiss girls on stage, she kisses fondles them and then ties them up and gags them (yes, this actually happened). She made a name for herself as one half of the punk cabaret duo, the Dresden Dolls, singing about rape and back-alley abortions. All of these things, combined with her cabaret style is what makes her so unique and exciting.

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Album Review: Passion Pit- <em>Gossamer</em>

posted on Jul.23, 2012

Passion Pit
Hailing From: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Release Number: 2nd
Genre: Dance Electropop
Label: Columbia/Frenchkiss Records

It’s been three years since Passion Pit released their highly acclaimed, full length debut Manners. Their tracks were used in everything from cell phone commercials to television shows. Now they are back with Gossamer, a slightly more mature and sadder take on the same style its predecessor embodied. It is these qualities which, although they bring the overall feel in a slightly different direction, make Gossamer the stronger album of the two.

In fact, a look into lead singer Michael Angelakos’ life makes their accomplishment with their sophomore album that much more impressive.

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