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The band is testing their limits and attempting to push themselves but that effort might not be enough to save the album for many.
From the opening bursts of “Hurricane” to the airy end notes of “Salt and Shadow”, it’s clear that the real beauty of the album exists in the fact that this is Thrice being Thrice, and that authenticity is what makes this such a fantastic record.
Holy Ghost is a short, sweet, and honest affair from a band that seems to have an endless bag of tricks that they pull from every time they record.
Russ is joined by El Pelican drummer Joe Hightower to talk about his band and a plethora of other local favorites. Featuring music by Mise, Andru Gomez, Mother Yeti, Karmaeiic, and yes, El Pelican.
The warm and inviting sound of the 60s is perfectly executed by the Los Angeles group, which leads to one of the more impressive and confident debut albums of 2016.
While The Blue Album fit comfortably into the PBR&B landscape, It Is has more in common with early R. Kelly than with the Weeknd.
Audiohammock creator Russ Bashaw sits down with senior staff writer Bryan Hamaker and the two discuss all things Radiohead in this dialogue centered episode.
Breaking down a Guided by Voices album is an interesting enterprise given the band’s prolific nature.
Growing at an exponential rate for all the right reasons, Boise's Treefort Music Fest packs in a multitude of diverse bands and artists into a downtown area bred for good times. Here are a few of our favorite moments from Treefort 2016.
((Ray Lamontagne + My Morning Jacket) - The Black Keys) / Pink Floyd = Ouroboros
It Calls On Me, the second solo album from former MMOSS mastermind Doug Tuttle, is a masterwork in tranquility and relaxation.
Wake Up Applauding is the heaviest, and most gnarly release from Castle Face Records, and potentially also from 2016.
If you wanted a perfect representation of your modern day rapper, look no further than Open Mike Eagle. While he has great emcee chops, he isn’t a rapper who is going to overpower the listener with food for thought lyricism or incredible high energy. He’s the type of emcee who wins listeners over with his humor and wittiness while also exploring deeper issues in different ways than his contemporaries.
What if David Byrne had been obsessively listening to The Contortions while writing Remain in Light? On Eraser Stargazer, Guerilla Toss try to answer that question.
You can literally feel Kevin Morby traveling on Singing Saw and it's hard not to put down what you're doing to try and go out and find him to share the experience.
Ever since Josh Dibb, aka Deakin of Animal Collective, announced a kickstarter to raise money for his solo debut six years ago, fans have been pining for any news about the music.
Explosions In the Sky is often the first point of contact between casual music listeners and the post rock genre.
Deftones notches another jewel in their crown, reigning supreme as the kings of alternative metal.
When you look at any band that has been around as long as Weezer you'll see some truly masterful albums and some that everyone is better off forgetting.
Charles Bradley has further solidified the return of soul music to the mainstage.
Billed as "neon flavored outtakes from a 6th album that doesn’t exist yet, Black Moth Super Rainbow unleashes some interesting, yet challenging electronic soundscapes.
The Internet era has proved immensely helpful in creating a platform for independent artists to easily share and hype their music. However, this ease of publicity has acted as a double-edged sword. For every Chance the Rapper, there are thousands of Soundcloud struggle rappers whose voices drown in the cluttered sea of modern day hip hop.
When Macklemore and Ryan Lewis dropped The Heist in Fall of 2012, it was apparently polarizing, yet managed to anchor itself in Hip Hop success and lore almost overnight. The production value was huge, the story behind the album verging on legendary, and the general public reacted positively to the Seattle duo’s lovechild. Interestingly enough it seemed that many if not most of the conversations involving The Heist at the time dealt with its impending follow-up.
Many of the songs on Painting With have a certain tangible quality about them, which can be a good and bad thing. Part of the magic of Animal Collective’s earlier work was their ability to transport you into their own worlds that they create in their music.
Russ and Anthony preview the annual Treefort Music Festival down in Boise. Music from Aesop Rock, Quilt, Thundercat, Radiation City, Deep Sea Diver, and more!
Roughly a year removed from the critically acclaimed To Pimp a Butterfly (TPAB), Kendrick Lamar is supplanting himself as hip-hop’s finest with each passing day. Whether being featured on Kanye West’s latest project, delivering an iconic Grammy performance, or winning a Grammy for Hip Hop album of the year; Cornrow Kenny isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Lord knows he’s not going to let us forget it either.
Throughout Plaza, finding meaningful human contact in literal and figurative meeting places serves as the through line during the band’s ruminations on insomnia and the melancholy of everyday life.
A fitting album that reflects on Kanye’s life through his multiple personas.
Anthony interviews Orlando, Florida rock band A Wolf in The City about how they chose their band name, their EP Heavy, their recording process, and how they afford to keep playing music by holding down interesting day jobs.
Undoubtedly, Is the Is Are is, for better or worse, a more colorful album than its predecessor.
Russ, Bryan, and Anthony set up shop and talk about all the vinyl albums they picked up during the holidays before checking out music from Khruangbin.
Emotional Mugger feels like the start of a new era for Ty Segall. Instead of continuing the Bolan inspired glam-garage of the excellent 2014 album Manipulator, Emotional Mugger uses Devo as its main influence to create a new and exciting sonic pallet for Segall to work with.
As objective as one can attempt to be when examining David Bowie’s 25th album, Blackstar, the context of the release is impossible to ignore.
Russ chats with John Andrews, the drummer for indie psych quartet Quilt, the piano player for indie rockers Woods, and of course he has his own band, John Andrews and the Yawns.
As 2015 winds down we look back at an incredible year in music. Join us for Courtney Barnett, The Wheelers of Oz., Jamie XX, Sufjan Stevens, Thee Oh Sees, and more!
The Wheelers of Oz expect to release new music early next year, which combined with the incredible confidence and success of Revivalised, make them an incredibly important band to watch in the rapidly expanding garage-psych scene.
The accessibility of Newsom’s sympathy-of her characters and melodies- is her admission that she is just as fragile. This sympathy is perfect, because Newsom songs have always felt more loving, like she is an arm length away from giving a hug but her words keep her at a distance.
Dust and Disquiet fails to do anything truly reinvented, but it also doesn’t need to. Songwriting steals the show here, as this effort stands out as one of the best albums that the genre has spawned in recent years.
Tons of new music on this episode starting with Australian rockers The Wheelers of Oz., downtempo electronic artist Emancipator and his new album, and the up and coming single from Texas folk rockers Cross Record.
Natasha Kmeto shows that she’s not just a flash in the pan. She’s the real deal in upcoming electronic music.
Starting with "All In Here", Seven Seas establishes a smooth groove that carries on for a solid 60 minutes, no small perpetuation given the nature of the genre.
Co-ed indie rock duos are nothing new. The White Stripes, Beach House, Purity Ring, Matt and Kim, Best Coast, the list goes on. Maybe it’s a passing fad, like the sibling groups that were so popular in the 60’s and 70’s, or maybe there is something truly special about the dynamics that two people can bring to the table.
Join Declan, Dylan, and Russ as they check out music from singer/songwriter Zachary Cale and experimental electronic collective Den Sorte Skole.
While Indians & Cowboyws certainly won't be everyone's cup of "insert culturally relevant drink here", there's no denying that it sounds like nothing else you'll hear this year.