All posts by Benjamin Ricci

  • Record Review: Holy Grail

    Holy Grail Crisis in Utopia San Diego, CA “Guitar Heroes” Holy Grail parties like it’s 1991. This heavy metal quintet focuses on throwback thrash riffs...

  • Record Review: Galvanized Tron

    Galvanized Tron Galvanized Tron Omaha, NE “Refreshing hip-hop from the Heartland” Galvanized Tron (or Robert Jefferson if you’re nasty) has been freestyling since 1991, and...

  • Record Review: Emily White

    Emily White The Resolution EP Chicago, IL “Doing it yourself gets it done right” Emily White, a self-described indie folk singer/songwriter from Chicago, presents her...

  • Record Review: Ed Masuga

    Ed Masuga Let Me Tune My Heartstrings Berkeley, CA “Vintage blues and contemporary folk” As far as contemporary music goes, Let Me Tune My Heartstrings...

  • Record Review: Damon Moon and the Whispering Drifters

    Damon Moon and the Whispering Drifters The Holy Noise EP Atlanta, GA “Dixie Damaged” Staking a claim in the crowded Southern-gothic half-acre is a risky,...

  • Record Review: Cloud Nothings

    Cloud Nothings Cloud Nothings Cleveland, OH “Fuzzed-out, blistering guitar driven bedroom pop” Cloud Nothings is the moniker for Cleveland’s music school dropout Dylan Baldi. His...

  • Record Review: Brooke Fraser

    Brooke Fraser Flags Wellington, New Zealand “The soundtrack to the next iPod commercial” This album feels like the soundtrack to a meaningful movie (“Orphans, Kingdoms”),...

  • Record Review: Bad Books

    Bad Books Bad Books New York, NY “It’s okay to be sad if you sound this good” When two beloved artists come together, their respective...

  • GEAR REVIEW: Fender Blacktop Jazzmaster

    From our December print issue. The new Mexican-made Blacktop Jazzmaster looks like a beautiful reissue of a Fender fan favorite. Sometimes though, looks can be...

  • Austin City Limits Roundup

    We had so much fantastic coverage of the annual Austin City Limits festival that we couldn’t fit it all in the magazine. Here is another...