Bear Hands

Bear Hands may not be my first choice for a band name, but I guess it helps this Brooklyn quartet stand out a bit from other bands.  The band first formed in 2007 when Dylan Rau was going through a crazy time with his love life and was inspired to write a ton of new […]

Class Historian by Broncho

Class Historian is the catchiest song on the album, actually one of the catchiest songs released this year.  Yes, it has a silly stutter sound as the main hook in the chorus, but it’s nicely done.  There’s also a great guitar riff that accents the stutter and drives the song forward.  Lindsay’s mumbled and echoed […]


This band may be the first band I’ve featured that hails from Oklahoma; Norman to be more specific.  The now trio (previously a quartet) is comprised of guitarist vocalist Ryan Lindsay, guitarist Ben King and drummer Nathan Price.  They released their second album “Just Enough Hip To Be Woman” a few months ago.  The band […]


Phantogram is a NY duo whose music could be described as electro rock with a touch of psychedelic and shoegaze that also incorporates some very effective use of stutter beats.  In fact, this band’s music is really differentiated by their use of stutter beats.  Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel formed Phantogram 7 years ago.  They […]

Trainwreck 1979 by Death From Above 1979  

This was their first single that they released this summer prior to the album coming out.  The song starts out with Keeler’s trademark bass sound which bounces along driving the song forward.  Grainger’s vocals start off with the line “I was born – on a highway – in a trainwreck – with a heart – […]

The Physical World by Death From Above 1979  

“The Physical World” picks up where DFA’79 left off to some degree, and you see that especially in a few tracks including their first single “Trainwreck 1979”.  However, the guys are a bit older now, more mature and settled down with families.  Plus, now they’re playing on their own terms and have no problems saying […]

The Third Annual California Music Industry Summit

The third annual California Music Industry Summit took place at Laney College on June 8-9th. I couldn’t speak for how many people showed up on the first day, but when I made the trek to Oakland on its second day, I found myself pretty damn amazed by the turn out upon arrival. However, it was […]