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Your new Vacation(er) music

The other day I fell down the Amazon “You may also enjoy” rabbit hole of suggestion. Relenting to the algorithms of Silicone Valley can occasionally pay off. Interspersed with the four star filler that I wasted my internet on, I came across a band that was truly “bandwidthy” (the term going forward for bands ...

Forget where you were with Ben Howard’s great new album

Ben Howard’s new album I Forget Where We Were (which for an album name, perfectly does the job of stirring the emotions your music invokes) has arrived. Ben is cut from the acoustic/poetic solo cloth that many a shaggy-haired guy with feels and a guitar hail from. His previous album Every Kingdom was a backpacker's ...

Finally, some New Porn(ographers)

The New Pornographers are back to their best, it’s been four years since we had the sounds of these Canadians bringing us their brand of joy. Here’s a list of why you should take a day off to listen to this album, under a tree…. in a park….. feeding dirty pigeons…….. Their name  -  The New ...

Introducing the Kings of Afri-Pop

The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg, the band's big label debut is finally out and available for download on iTunes. The first brush the masses around the country had with this band of three was when they sang about the mysteriously song-worthy Chelsea Blakemore. Everyone clicked with the GQ hipster trio that was pushing ...

Sleeper Agent grows up right on second record

When I first wrote about Sleeper Agent three years ago, I loved them because they matched the loud, energetic, and somewhat runaway noise in my head. "Get It Daddy" is still one of my most-played songs, all this time later. That opening riff is just insanely infectious! But, in my Sleeper Agent relationship, something ...

Pretty Reckless and pretty awesome

When you front a chart-topping international hard rock band and you're 20 years old, people probably underestimate you or are confused by you. When you do these things and you're a lady, you sadly probably get written off even more. I was guilty of these prejudices when it came to thinking of Taylor Momsen, once Gossip ...

The band that Austin gave us

For me, South by Southwest 2014 in all its indie rock glory, mostly involved running from one venue to another to see some lesser-known bands I'd been stalking through this blog for years. But about half way through it, I managed to venture to a gig of someone whose music I'd never heard, but who I'd been following on ...

Get Used To It

Long-time favourite, first time Used album review. The Used were my go to band for angst-ridden, emo-screamo (a genre they dispute belonging to) infused pop-rock (a genre they do not dispute belonging to). Their debut album was a nugget of feelings and power from guys with nothing to lose and everything to gain. ...

2014’s best earworm so far

Meet New York's American Authors. This young band is one of the few cases I've seen lately of the music industry getting behind the push of a new buzz band. Normally, the sweet new sounds of our most repeated song of the year trickle down to us from some random name drop in a magazine, or another blog or writer I ...

Indulging in the mainstream

I bought a Foster The People album last week. For most, this would not be anything near a confession, but for someone who likes her bands to be really excited about reaching the 1000 Facebook fan mark, this was a big one. I bought my ticket to Top 40-ville and jumped into that blasted, dirty thing they call the ...

Warpaint: the all-encompassing musical talent that breathes magic

They work music in components, with the drums often leading their tracks, as if summoning up a trance eclectic guru through their beat before the instruments make waves. Often, their chords feel like a whirlwind, repeating mantras by arranging their chords to play through, instead of above the listener. An all woman ...

Fierce Bad Rabbit turns the Midwest into beautiful modern rock

Fierce Bad Rabbit's new album is like therapy. Well, I've never actually been to therapy (saving it all up for my mid-life crisis), but listening to The Maestro And The Elephant felt beautifully, artistically cathartic. Isn't that catharsis why so many start making art in the first place? How very poetic. FBR is ...

Atlas Genius’ …well, genius debut full length album

Atlas Genius -- fans of the Ayn Rand capitalism bible that is Atlas Shrugged? No. The name came to one of the brother’s, Michael, in a dream, which means his subconscious may be convinced he’s a geographical master, or they just wanted something which sounds really cool – mission accomplished. You don’t ...

Finally! A metal album that hipsters can enjoy

In a world where the only constant is change, embracing it is the one true path to success. How does the old adage go? “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” It’s clichéd for a reason, even if it’s not always entirely true. Here at A Thousand Guitars, we ...

Spectral waltz into The Mantra Above The Spotless Melt Moon

In this day and age, where the fight for inventive music is high in the air, some form of an attempt to break the norm is almost essential. Most rock bands start to sound monotonous after extensive listening, and sometimes I feel quite fed up with music for some time, almost as if my ears need a break. I absolutely ...

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