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Posted On Juni 8, 2016By CarloIn Music, Reviews

Pup – The Dream Is Over

I first saw Pup live opening for Cloud Nothings a few years back in a semi open air venue near the Spree in Berlin. I initially went to the gig to see Cloud Nothings. It was a breezy summer evening. Clouds above our heads and a fresh wind going over the Spree next to us. Pup opened the evening and almost blew my hair off. The band made such a racket, they were really tight and garnished their thick guitars with wonderful melodies Rivers Cuomo is looking for since Weezer’sRead More

Posted On Mai 24, 2016By CarloIn Music, Reviews

Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost

The press shot of Modern Baseball that is being distributed as part of the promo and that is headlining this review is a little misleading. It shows the band all happy and smiling. At first sight this might seem appropriate. The band has outgrown its d.i.y. roots. Basements in and around Philadelphia aren’t home to this band any longer. When you look at the expansive touring schedule the band has been through and is again, it is the bigger venues that play host now. After a self recorded debut albumRead More

Posted On Mai 6, 2016By CarloIn Music, Reviews

Captain Planet – Ein Ende

There are some constants in my life over the last couple of years. My parents, my sister, my friends, evening long discussions about the transfer policy of my favorite football club and my love for Northern German punk rock. Next to Turbostaat, Captain Planet are one of those bands that cannot disappoint me. Ein Ende is the name of their latest record. I was traveling the US recently, when I got an email from their label Zeitstrafe (one of the best German punk labels) asking me if I’d be interestedRead More
Rozwell Kid: „New“ EP and European tour Roaring guitars, smashing drums and bubblegum melodies – what sounds like the trademark of Weezer, in the here and now even more applies to Rozwell Kid from West Virginia (which, according to Wikipedia, doesn’t have that much to offer beyond that). The quartet has released three albums since 2011, though none of them attracted much attention over here in Europe – but that might change now. With their last year’s EP „Good Graphics“ just now having been released on (very good-looking) vinyl andRead More

Posted On März 29, 2016By CarloIn Music, Reviews

LIRR – Ritual

A whirring guitar, then a second guitar and all of a sudden bass and drums crash in. It may not sound like the reinvention of the wheel, but LIRR are different and Ritual is a strong statement. Emo and Germany have had a difficult relationship at times. While the US is full of new bands playing basement shows, releasing music through mini labels and working in a tight knit community, Germany hasn’t been that fazed. Don’t get me wrong, there are always a couple of bands that wave the emoRead More

Posted On März 28, 2016By AlexIn Music, Reviews

The Thermals – We Disappear

A new Thermals record is finally out and everybody should get it as soon as possible. It is unlike any Thermals record before it and still undeniably Thermals enough to be unlike anything any other band could record. „We Disappear“ came to me through the complementary wifi at Heathrow airport as I was waiting  for a flight that kept getting delayed. I ended up listening to it six times in a row and the journey it took me on in these three hours (the ten songs clock in at almostRead More

Posted On März 3, 2016By CarloIn Music, Reviews

Låpsley – Long Way Home

Finally it’s here. Låpsley has finished her first full length record. As regular readers of this blog, you should be familiar with the name and the music you can expect. If not, you have either been fast asleep for the past one and a half years, or you have no interest in music. Holly Lapsley Fletcher is not yet 20 years old, but she’s managed to play pretty much every important showcase festival in the past year (Eurosonic, The Great Escape, Reeperbahn) and as much a fan of her asRead More

Posted On März 3, 2016By CarloIn Music, Reviews

L’aupaire – Flowers

It must have been in early 2015 when I find myself sitting in the office of a record company. I’m here to talk about the labels‘ forthcoming releases and have a bit of a general catch up to do. We smoke a few cigarettes, drink a coffee or two and listen to some interesting artists. Towards the end of the meeting I get shown a video of an artist the label just recently signed. They were out with him in California and used the time to shoot a video theyRead More

Posted On Februar 28, 2016By AlexIn Music, Reviews

Nada Surf – You Know Who You Are

This new Nada Surf album is really good. I have been listening to „You Know Who You Are“ every day for weeks and it just keeps getting better. I will say that it is my favorite one since 2002’s „Let Go“. It will be out on March 4 and you should all buy it now! If there is one thing I could change about the album it’s probably the sequencing. I’d have it start with „New Bird“ (which is actually track 4). I immediately loved this one while the actual openerRead More

Posted On Februar 22, 2016By CarloIn Music, Reviews

Pinegrove – Cardinal

The internet only offers some rare finds these days. With it, we seem to be overwhelmed by choices and fall into the trap of listening to the music backed by big money to buy our attention. Without it, I wouldn’t have come across a great little band from Montclair, New Jersey though: Pinegrove. At first it was the voice of Evan Stephens Hall on a song called Angelina, then the energy and lyrics of Recycling and finally the mixture of emo, indie and country sprinkles from Old Friends. I haveRead More