Album Review: Garbage / Strange Little Birds

Published by JB on June 25, 2016 Release Date:  June 10, 2016 Album Review: Garbage / Strange Little Birds 7/10 “I rail and I ache, at the monsters and the demons. I’ve wrestled with for eons, and I want to destroy” by Shirley Manson from ‘Empty’ off Strange Little Birds Garbage’s sixth album and only10


Album Review: Kristin Kontrol / X-Communicate

Published by JB on May 19, 2016 by Jeff Becker Album release date:  May 27, 2016 Album Review: Kristin Kontrol  X-Communicate (8/10) Moving boldly from the garage to the dance floor. “Your unhappiness offends me”, sings the new Kristin Kontrol; formerly the gothic beauty bandleader of the Dum Dum Girls.  “Didn’t I swear to be transparent?” is the10


Album Review: Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

Published by JB on May 13, 2016 Album release date:  May 8, 2016 Album Review:  Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool 8/10 Radiohead challenges us.   Again. Somewhat surprisingly eschewing any resemblance of their rock and roll DNA, Radiohead adds to their increasingly complex catalog with their most personal album to date, A Moon Shaped Pool.10


Concert Review: STRFKR & Com Truise & Fake Drugs at Woolys in Des Moines, IA. – May 6, 2016

Published by JB on May 7, 2016 Review: STRFKR & Com Truise & Fake Drugs at Woolys in Des Moines, IA. – May 6, 2016 A blitzkrieg of soaring synthesizers, bubbly bass guitars (well, I did see one) channeled with head-bobbing, mid-tempo grooves and some occasional indecipherable, inconsequential lead vocals provided the raucous atmosphere at Woolys in Des10


Concert Review: Chairlift with Starchild – The Fine Line Cafe – Minneapolis, MN – April 1, 2016

Published by Jeff Becker on April 2, 2016 Chairlift with Starchild & The New Romantic – The Fine Line Cafe – Minneapolis, MN – April 1, 2016 Caroline Polachek's sleek and sultry delivery mesmerized a well-behaved, bubbly, head-bobbing, over half-filled Fine Line Cafe crowd that (according to Patrick Wimberly) was graced with the hypnotic, dance floor10


Album Review: Chairlift – Moth

Published by JB on March 30, 2016 Release date: January 22, 2016 Album review:  Chairlift – Moth 7.5/10 Polachek goes on display again and rises above the pop masses Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly make up the dynamic Chairlift duo and they continue to leap over the delta that exists between pop made simply for10

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Concert Review: Polica at First Avenue – Minneapolis – March 4, 2016

Photography and review courtesy Joe Stadele for TWTHS.  Photos may not be used without consent and credit.  Published March 7th, 2016.   After two nights of performance’s through out Minneapolis, Polica marked the “official: release of of their third album, United Crushers, to a very sold out First Avenue.  Fans throughout the Twin Cities had ample opportunity10


Album Review: Yuck – Stranger Things

Published by JB Released February 26, 2016 Yuck – Stranger Things (8/10) It says a great deal for a band that is only three albums deep into their catalog to be described as both the old-Yuck and the new-Yuck. From borderline shoegaze to beautiful (and classic) indie rock.  But that's precisely what happens when Yuck's brief musical landscape10


Album Review: Memoryhouse – Soft Hate

Published by JB on March 3, 2016 Release date:  February 9, 2016 "Sarah, say you'll go home You've been dead And I can't forget" Album review:  Memoryhouse – Soft Hate (8/10) With the interweb bringing us band after band tip-toeing on the periphery of either soft pop, dream pop, ethereal pop, light shoegaze, chamber pop10

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Concert Review: Wolfmother with Deap Vally at First Avenue – Minneapolis – February 24, 2016

Photography and review courtesy Joe Stadele for TWTHS.  Photos may not be used without consent.  Published February 28, 2016.   Wednesday night’s sold out performance at First Avenue was testament to Wolfmother’s strengths and the importance of live performance.  From Deap Vally’s stomping buzzsaw drones to Andrew Stockdale’s testosterone laden riffage, Wednesday night was all about the10


Album Review: Savages – Adore Life

Published by JB Release date:  January 22, 2016 Savages – Adore Life ( 7/10) “What is the point To cry for life To cry about love To wait for her To wait for dying I can’t wait” from ‘The Answer’ by The Savages. “I’ll go insane” wails the mighty and bold Jehnny Beth; the leading10