Author archive for Dillon Riley

  • Speedy Ortiz – Real Hair [EP Review]

    By Dillon Riley on February 8, 2014
    Call it the Pitchfork effect. Over the last year or so it’s been pretty damn hard to ignore the “newly fertile” Massachusetts scene’s best kept secret Speedy Ortiz. With serious chops earned from a couple of  years on the house show circuit, the Northampton fuzz-rock quartet’s P4k feature before the release of their immense debut Major Arcana felt wholly justified. […]
  • Weekend with Nothing @ Great Scott [Show Review]

    By Dillon Riley on January 30, 2014
    Any knowledgable reader of this here blog probably knows the deal on Brooklyn-by-way-of-Oakland shoegazers Weekend, but let’s do a brief recap. After dropping a dark, damp, and heavy Mary Chain-baiting debut LP, the former Bay Area stalwarts jumped ship to Brooklyn where they reinvented themselves as a moody post-punk troop. Where Sports relied on thick, syrupy guitars to highlight the […]
  • Weekend with Nothing @ Great Scott [Show Preview]

    By Dillon Riley on January 10, 2014
    Brooklyn-via-Oakland post-punk crew-and we may add Metrojolt faves-Weekend are currently on a North American tour with hotly-tipped Philly shoegazers Nothing in further support of their fantastic sophomore LP Jinx, which we reviewed right here. Weekend had a pretty big year in 2013 as Jinx earned plenty of positive reviews and the band toured around the world behind it, playing headlining dates […]
  • Joanna Gruesome- Tugboat (Galaxie 500 cover) [Track Review]

    By Dillon Riley on November 24, 2013
    This is the type of thing indie nerds like me dream about: an up-and-coming band with a thrilling debut LP taking a crack at indie rock great and largely succeeding. It’s bad enough I’ve been spinning, or in this case streaming, Cardiff-based spazz rock quintet Joanna Gruesome’s terrific freshman release Weird Sister since they blew up at CMJ a few […]
  • jdv plus – 重量 (weight) (Album Review)

    By Dillon Riley on November 5, 2013
    Jaime de Venecia, a 21-year-old music major at Connecticut’s Wesleyan University crafts a dreamy, downtempo blend of r&b and ambient sound he dubs “feelings +” under the guise jdv plus. A Wes transplant originally from the Philippines, Venecia adds plenty of Filipino imagery to his work. His debut LP, 重量 (weight), is an entrancing take on the sort of ghostly […]