GREAT EXPECTATIONS | The Radio Dept.

Artwork & Words by David D. Robbins Jr. Upcoming Album: Clinging to a Scheme •  Release Date: April 21, 2010 The Radio Dept. has been around for almost two decades. The music on their breakthrough album, 2006’s “Pet Grief”, was a euphoric night on barbiturates — sounds filling the cloudy ether with piano and synth…

BOY WITH THE YELLOW BALLOON | Twin Shadow

IT’S BROOKLYN, BABY: There are a number of trends going on here. First, the Brooklyn music bonanza is in full effect. (Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear, Yeasayer, Battles, School of Seven Bells, Dead Leaf Echo, TV on the Radio, Glass Ghost, The Antlers and now Twin Shadow). Second, the moniker is officially back. Third, a number…

BELOW THE SURFACE | Phantogram

EARFUL OF DIAMONDS: You may not know what they’re called, but you’ve probably seen a phantogram before. A phantogram is an optic distortion that works on how the eyes use perspective to interpret depth-of-field, changing 2-D images into 3-D. I’m guessing Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel, of the band Phantogram, view their music in a…

ICY GAZE | Snow In Mexico

Snow In Mexico is a band made up of two members, Massimiliano Cruciani  and Andrea Novelli. They make lovely down-tempo shoegaze — and luckily for “their bated breath” readers, you can download their new EP for free at their website.  (Make sure to donate some cash too.) The music caught my ear, and so did…

BAND TO WATCH: Letting Up Despite Great Faults

Odd name, great music: The band’s name is “Letting Up Despite Great Faults.” Think the shoe-gazing  fuzz of Postal Service. Try the song “I Know You’re Drowning, but I’m Tied.” It’s a title Julian Cope would love. This band’s new LP will create a buzz like TheXX has this year. Love the album art. If…