Eric Schackne

REVIEW: The Winter Sounds – ‘Runner’

REVIEW: The Winter Sounds – ‘Runner’

With a huge archive of music in my head nowadays, a song/band has to change my life a little bit for me to look into them.  Get some headphones.  Listen to The Winter Sounds’ latest musical journey – Runner – with me.  Now, please. Beatufitully bright synths swell to the incessent rhythm of a steady […]

 Eric Schackne

REVIEW: MS MR – “Ash Tree Lane”

REVIEW: MS MR – “Ash Tree Lane”

Whistling feedback keeps your brain searching for the beat, but that’s quenched pretty quickly with a steadily pounding kick drum.  This almost feels like an over-produced track by The XX with it’s the sparing vocals or even an underproduced track by Florence + the Machine with it’s marching feel.  While I appreciate the ideas here, […]

 Eric Schackne

REVIEW: Hidden Hospitals – ‘EP 002’

REVIEW: Hidden Hospitals – ‘EP 002’

For fans of Jimmy Eat World, Thursday and alternative, Hidden Hositals has new music for you.  In their simply-titled EP 002, they aim to show that a band can flip pop structure on it’s head, making a ton of noise in the process.  Knowing very little about them, I’m excited to click play. An alluring […]

 Eric Schackne

REVIEW: Handguns – ‘Angst’

REVIEW: Handguns – ‘Angst’

Angst might be an aptly named LP by Pennsylvania’s own Handguns.  Restless with emotional undertones and straight-forward lyrics, the rest of the instruments fight for their punk influence, giving forth an enjoyably loud listen. “Porch Light” kicks off Angst and proves to be an incessant track.  Whether you’re bobbing to the catchy chorus or kicking […]

 Eric Schackne

REVIEW: Indian School – ‘The Cruelest Kind’

REVIEW: Indian School – ‘The Cruelest Kind’

What if Arcade Fire was less of an ensemble and a little more punk rock?  What if The Strokes decided to play an upright on stage?  What if Audio Karate, a band I’d never heard of changed their name to Indian School and released an EP?  What if you just listen to Indian School’s latest […]

 Eric Schackne

Delta Rae @ El Rey Theatre – 9/22/2012

Delta Rae @ El Rey Theatre – 9/22/2012

I feel embarrassed to admit this, but I somehow let five years go by in Los Angeles before I got to the El Rey Theatre, which is now one of my favorite venues.  While I’ve missed some of my favorite bands when they played there, Saturday’s goal was to solidify a new favorite band.  Four […]

 Eric Schackne

REVIEW: Sick / Sea – Moral Compass

REVIEW: Sick / Sea – Moral Compass

I’m a sucker for a band who has created a congruent album sound that makes it terribly difficult to categorize other than, um…indie rock?  Read through the end of this and I’ll tell you exactly why you should open your ears to Moral Compass, the new five-track EP from sibling-genre-mutants Sick/Sea. Audrey and Cameron Scott […]

 Eric Schackne

Milow The Girl @ Genghis Cohen 9/14/2012

Milow The Girl @ Genghis Cohen 9/14/2012

It’s Friday night, the end of a long week for the workin’ folks or the beginning of the day for most musicians.  In a dimly-lit side room cloaked by a chinese restaurant, Genghis Cohen provides an intimate stage for some of the best up-and-coming singer songwriters and musical talent.  Milow The Girl takes the stage […]