You’d be forgiven for assuming that Yellow Plate Hotel would somehow be a Neutral Milk Hotel-style indie band.
Duluth News Tribune, 03/06/2014
In 2002, when Beck put out his now-pretty-classic “Sea Change” record, the title seemed apt. It was a somber, depressed, gloriously downbeat album full of heartbreak all wrapped up in gauzy, campfire-warm Nigel Godrich production, and it seemed to signal a new start for the man who wrote “Loser.” It wasn’t a total and complete shocker, as Beck had released the relatively reserved “Mutations” a few years earlier, but it was a bit jarring at the time to hear a whole album of sad singer-songwriter stuff from the well-known goofball.
Duluth News Tribune, 02/27/2014
The Fender Rhodes keyboard really is a thing of beauty, isn’t it? And it’s all over Red Mountain’s debut album for Duluth’s Chaperone Records, lending a warm glow to the proceedings. It feels like a nice way to set oneself apart from the guitar-led bands that usually are out there roaming the rock and roll prairie.
Duluth News Tribune, 02/20/2014
Kozelek, on his new album as Sun Kil Moon, is a guy on the wrong side of 45 taking stock of his life in song form while stripping away all pretense and all metaphorical devices to reveal his true self without all the fake rock-star/folk-hero image-building that usually accompanies music of his genre.
for the News Tribune, 02/13/2014
Sara Thomsen’s fifth album succeeds at times, and at others, the message overcomes the messenger.
for the News Tribune, 02/06/2014
The first solo album from Dazy Head Mazy frontman Will Bauermeister isn't bad, but it suffers from a number of nagging issues that make it hard to entirely recommend.
for the News Tribune, 01/30/2014
The album from The Andreas Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo makes the listener feel like he or she is sitting in a Japanese garden.
for the News Tribune, 01/23/2014
Batteryboy might have something going here, but there’s room for that one killer track with a knockout chorus that doesn’t quite seem to exist on this album.
for the News Tribune, 01/16/2014
Singer Preston Gunderson's music is a shining example of the positive-bro archetype in modern pop and rock — the obnoxiously upbeat, clean-cut, happy-to-be-here, I’m-not-trying-to-score-but-don’t-mind-if-I-do kind of dude who is running rampant all over current pop culture.
for the News Tribune, 01/09/2014
The career-retrospective anthology is one of those major milestones for a band.
for the News Tribune, 01/02/2014