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Tiny Reviews: New Releases 3/23/18

Tiny Reviews: New Releases 3/23/18

First impressions are often the best, so each week we bring you a brief rundown of what is, and isn't, worth your precious damn time after spending oh-so-little time with the latest in music

Delivered with a heavy dose of snark, here come this week's picks.


Sleigh Bells @ 9:30 Club - 2/14/2018

Sleigh Bells @ 9:30 Club - 2/14/2018

If there’s any band that has perfected the aural attack, it’s Sleigh Bells. Starting with their 2010 album Treats, they treated listeners with a sound that the mainstream had not experienced to that point - a mash-up of guitars turned up way past the point of distortion, hip-hop beats, and cheerleader-like vocals from Alexis Krauss. The niche they carved starting with their 2010 debut album Treats is still one that they can lay claim to, including with their most recent release, the 2017 mini-album Kid Kruschev. While it’s easier to discern Krauss’s vocals with their more recent releases, the band hasn’t lost the rage that made their debut album so irresistible and unforgettable. They turned that energetic rage into a spectacle at their sold-out show at 9:30 Club.


Best of 2017: Matt's List

Best of 2017: Matt's List

2017 was a pretty intense year all around, but there was still time for lots of music. For me personally, it included covering bands that I had never dreamed I'd get to photograph, crossing many entries off from my bucket list of artists to see, and even traveling overseas for several festivals. Choosing the "best" shows from among the numerous ones that I attended and covered for ChunkyGlasses was a daunting task, not least because I'm pretty selective about which shows I'll even do, meaning that I rarely see a bad one. Still, there were several that definitely stood out as being the best of the best.  Here are my picks for my top ten shows (and festivals) of this year.


Sunflower Bean @ Rock and Roll Hotel - 11/12/2016

Sunflower Bean @ Rock and Roll Hotel - 11/12/2016

Sunflower Bean are still a very young band, but they’ve been making a name for themselves for the past several years at home in New York City, being named the “hardest working band” in the city by Oh My Rockness in 2014. Their first EP, Show Me Your Seven Secrets, came out early last year and showcased a heavy, psychedelic sound, with churning hard rock grooves and distorted vocals. The band followed up in February of this year with their first full-length, Human Ceremony, a much more refined affair that took them in the direction of indie pop, with Johnny Marr- and Robert Smith inspired guitar work and Lush-inspired vocals (and the occasional hint of The Velvet Underground) throughout much of the record. In a surprise release in September, the band put out another four-song EP, From the Basement, containing covers of The Modern Lovers, Neil Young, Spiritualized, and T Rex. There’s little doubt that the trio has a vast knowledge of music between them, and they want to play all of it. In many ways they’re still finding their own sound, but even watching this growth is an exciting ride.