For the Record: You’re Gonna Miss It All

By Chad Clemens

March 12, 2014

The word ‘emo,’ with regards to music at least, normally evokes a couple of common reactions for graduates of the American teenage experience.  First, a wave of nostalgia washes over your glazed and jaded eyes, bringing you back to those icky formative middle school years where everyone was horrible...

For The Record: Morning Phase

By Chad Clemens

February 26, 2014

It’s been two decades since Beck penned the anthemic, self-mocking two-lined chorus that (who knew?) would be swallowed heartily by ‘90s frat bros and despondent weirdos alike. Led by “Loser,” his album Mellow Gold immediately garnered praise with eclectic fusions of anti-folk twang, old-school hip ho...

For the Record: Surfing Strange

By Chad Clemens

November 20, 2013

To anyone who has felt the slightest angst throughout his or her formative years — and I know this applies to all of you — great news: pop punk lives on! But I’m not talking Vans Warped Tour here; I’m talking the hard stuff. The good stuff. The ol’ fashioned, ass-kicking tempos venting those...

For the Record: Reflektor

By Chad Clemens

October 30, 2013

If there is one thing the music world could have counted on for 2013, it was that surely, at some point, eventually, Arcade Fire would release a new album. Since 2004’s insta-classic debut Funeral redefined the indie landscape with gusto and grandeur, few things have been more certain than a (roughly) ...

For the Record

By Chad Clemens

October 9, 2013

A little less than two years ago, Drake’s second album Take Care – an 80 minute epic on love, failed relationships and the pressures of budding fame – was released to staggering success. Demonstrating marked growth in maturity and spawning as many singles as the standard Beyoncé album (as well...

For The Record: CHVRCHES

By Chad Clemens

September 25, 2013

The era of indie rock is dwindling. Thirty years or so is a good run, all things considered; but the young teens of today simply aren’t interested in taking the time to hone their six-string skills for the heartthrobs of freshman year creative writing class when more immediately accessible instruments...

For The Record: Waves – Afraid of Heights

By Chad Clemens

April 21, 2013

Punk rock may never die – and it is certainly still alive today – but punk rockers eventually grow up. Way out in southern California, where burnout skaters have been churning out snotty noise rock cuts drenched in distorted reverb and don’t-give-a-f*** demeanors with steady consistency over the...

For The Record: Wondrous Bughouse by Youth Lagoon

By Chad Clemens

March 21, 2013

Intimate communication appears to be a painful endeavor for the modern college student. Indeed, Trevor Powers was a senior at Boise State University when he began writing and recording highly personal tracks under the moniker Youth Lagoon as an outlet for his crippling anxiety and erratic mind. As such,...

For The Record: “We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic” by Foxygen

By Chad Clemens

March 7, 2013

Foxygen’s new release We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic is an album like you’ve never heard before in that, one way or another, it sounds like everything you’ve ever heard before. These two 20-something-year-olds hailing from the comfy suburbs of northwestern Los Angeles County a...

For the Record: Gotye, Making Mirrors

By Leah Lavigne

February 21, 2013

We probably all know Gotye as the guy who sings “Somebody That I Used to Know”—the song that permeated radio, commercials and karaoke nights in 2012. The Belgian-Australian independent artist couldn’t have expected the massive international success of the single, which topped the charts in 26 countries and ...

For the Record: Hands of Glory

By Guest Contributor

November 7, 2012

Earlier this year this brilliant man released Break It Yourself, to which this Hands of Glory serves as a companion. Perhaps less experimental as 2010’s Useless Creatures, Hands features some of Bird’s least erratic vocals and neatest fiddling. He puts a delightful, atmospheric spin on songs b...

For the Record

By Grady Trela

October 25, 2012

The Killer’s new album Battle Born features an interesting mix of sounds that the band has experimented with over the years. Some of the tracks have an art-rock feel whereas others are more pop-oriented. Overall, though, the album feels like a tired rehashing of old clichés, as it lacks a stand-out...

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