Hot Lava Monster, The End Cometh (self-released)
Galaxy Chief, Dreadnoughtus (self-released)
There are just enough authentic touches to give it a human heartbeat underneath the programming.
Les Merry Chevaliers, Punque Vivant (self-released)
Bruised Fruit, the sprawling debut from Columbia indie rock quartet Hold Fire, feels at times like a distillation of millennial indie rock as it brims with the eager melody and bursting dynamics of perennial favorites, without sacrificing the idiosyncrasies that mint cult-favorites.
Is it still retro rock when some of the musicians involved have been playing around Columbia in various bands almost since it was new wave? In the ears of the listener, at least, the sounds on Lost In Time certainly place The Transonics squarely in the early-’80s college radio era. Chiming guitars, martial beats, gutsy female vocalist — it’s all there for your next Brat Pack or Valley Girl theme night.
On Axattack’s new EP, Feasting on Violence, the instrumentals are firing on all cylinders throughout. The trio, singer/guitarist Alec Edelson, bassist Anthony Oliver and drummer Chris Crass, are an absolutely lethal unit on the four songs, playing with power, precision, volume and velocity.
E.Z. Shakes, Summer Cut (Pow Pow Sound)
Quinn Cicala, Talkin’ to Breathe (Shibby)
Welcome to the era of Hootie 3.0. It’s complicated.
Pray for Triangle Zero, Ark (Tri City Rec)
Quark Lepton, Beachcop (self-released)
Teiji Mack, Lavenders for Ty (self-released)
Dead Spring, Being Kind on Purpose (self-released)
MNRVA's Black Sky (self-released)
The Disquiet's Kingdom (self-released)
Ashley Wright and the Vance Gap Ramblers, too good to be true (self-released)
Hopscotch is hurricane-proof — at least when it’s a glancing blow.
This was Hootie Madness.
Harry & the Hootenannies, Farewelcome Home (self-released)
The Raconteurs, Jacuzzi Boys; Township Auditorium, Columbia; Aug. 20, 2019
The Witness Marks' The Witness Marks (self-released)
Goldenhostage, Learning for the quiet merge (self-released)
A Spot on the Hill, A Need That Runs Too Deep (self-released)
Pray for Triangle Zero, Do You Have the Software? (self-released)
New York Disco Villains, Love Ballads, Vol II (self-released)
Vortex of Old Men, Vortex of Old Men (self-released)
St. Pat's in Five Points; Columbia; March 16, 2019
Weezer, Pixies; Colonial Life Arena, Columbia; March 10, 2019
P!NK; Colonial Life Arena, Columbia; March 7, 2019
None Before, Summer Hate Winter Love (Upper Echelon)
Fleetwood Mac; Colonial Life Arena, Columbia; Feb. 22, 2019
James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt; Colonial Life Arena, Columbia; Feb. 18, 2019
When I Say Jump, Separation Anxiety(self-released)