Album Review: Cold Reading – ZYT

February 3, 2020

Precision has long been one of the favorite descriptors the world uses when talking about the Swiss, and Lucerne, Switzerland-based indie rock quintet Cold Reading certainly don’t break the mold set-forth by the neatly ticking clocks their ancestors meticulously crafted.

Their newest concept album, a three-part guitar-drum-bass-keys opus called ZYT is literally an homage to the concept of time in it’s lyrics and musical composition (and the title if you speak Swiss German). But the long-running Swiss ideology Cold Reading also exemplify on is that of staunch autonomy and independence.

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Don’t Keep It Like A Secret: Built To Spill Comes To The Mish

July 10, 2019

Built To Spill was ultimately grouped in with the “Northwest sound” from the outset, a result of being signed to Up Records. Although they left and signed with Warner Bros., they managed to retain their independence. After eight albums, the Doug Martsch-led group are still a mainstay in the indie rock world.

“The main key is, of course, luck. But there’s also the fact that I am so simple, I don’t get bored playing these songs over and over again,” Martsch jokes.

Built To Spill play The Mishawaka Amphitheatre July 26.

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Album Premiere: Bellhoss – Geraniums

June 3, 2019

Geraniums, Bellhoss’ debut record, premieres today via BandWagon Magazine!

The ennui of this 7-song bummer-rock collection engages without dragging it’s heels; a credit to Becky Hostetler’s honest, forward-leaning twang which distinctly brightens up the mid-tempo telecaster sway throughout, bringing to mind Pinegrove, ALVVAYS, and even Kurt Vile in feel and frankness.

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Leave It To The Beeves: Erie Rock Trio’s Release ‘Adam And Beeve’ Brings It

May 13, 2019

The band needed a name. Matthew Sease pulled the biggest book from his mom’s shelf, opened to a random page and pointed to a word. “The.” That wasn’t going to work. Now properly named, The Beeves will be hitting the Fox Theatre May 17 in Boulder to release their first album Adam and Beeve. Their sound mixes punk, 60s mod, and country – and it comes out like an exorcism on stage.

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Cold War Kids – The Best Versions Of Themselves

June 1, 2018

Cold War Kids are a force of nature in popular music. With six full-length albums and several chart-topping hits including the song “First” which peaked at number one on the U.S. alternative charts, the label of indie rockers hasn’t applied to them for years. For lead singer Nathan Willett, looking back on his career (and looking forward) the name of the game is being the best versions of themselves they can be.

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One Flew West – Explicitly Themselves

February 1, 2018

Tried and true emo-honesty comes off OFW’s chest in spades, but the truth is, more and more of Northern Colorado is all ears. Shout-y open-throated hooks throughout the EP evoke images from its release show last month at The Bluebird Theater, packed with hoodied disciples bopping and shouting along.

“One thing we tried really hard to convey on this EP was the energy of our music that we display at our live show” OFW says. “A big part of that was incorporating gang vocals into the recording. We always get the audience to sing along when we play live and we wanted to harness the energy that comes with that into a recorded song.”

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