"The B-Side Players make music without borders or boundaries. On Fire In The Youth, their seventh album... they continue exploring the multifaceted grooves of Latin America and the Caribbean, incorporating the sounds of Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico and Brazil with funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop rhythms." - Jam Base
"B-Side Players had been giving the revolution a groove for almost 15 years... music like Rage Against the Machine meets War with a heavy injection of son and some other Latin flavors... it(s) apparent that the Bob Marley method of wrapping rebellion in smooth tunes is in effect. With Fire in the Youth, the B-Side Players are making bitter pills easy to take. Anyone who loves revolutionary music will be seduced." 4 stars - All Music Guide
Bajo Turbato, featuring Chris Black (violin) and Gabriel Sullivan (Bajo Sexto and kick drum), sounds like a kick drum full of cats tumbling down Vesuvius. It's instrumental, highly improvised Gypsy/Klezmer/Mariachi/Flamenco music...great stuff!
"Balmorhea play textural post-rock with a classical influence. This quintet utilizes plaintive strings as well as a host of other instruments to create a delicately layered and pastoral sound... Balmorhea's various albums have all had pleasant moments, but Constellations (their latest) goes some way toward being one of the best if not the best the group has yet released." 4 stars - All Music Guide
"Instead of going for the quick cinch or the grand statement, the quintet focuses its sound. Eschewing the need for frequent climaxes, Balmorhea practice patience across the group's most satisfying LP to date." 7.9/10 - Pitchfork
"Constellations is an album drastically and magnificently out-of-step with the modern world. But it’s more than just the acoustic instrumentation or the classical compositions that are as likely to revolve around a piano as a guitar. True to its title, there is a vastness to these melodies that harks back to an age when silence was not so difficult to come by, an age before the stars had been shouted down from the sky by the gleaming eyes of our industrialized urban centers... This is an album that is as much pre-rock as it is post-rock." 4/5 - Tiny Mix Tapes
Band of Annuals is a great act that will resonate with fans of Whiskeytown, Court + Spark, Cowboy Junkies, and Richmond Fontaine. Nice stuff!
"For nearly four years, Band of Annuals have been bringing a devastating combo of heartbreaking alt-country earnestness and perfect pop-hook craftsmanship to stages across America. Their extensive tour schedule has allowed them to share the stage with acts like: Daniel Johnston, Neko Case, Pinback, Limbeck, The Mother Hips, Two Gallants, Brothers and Sisters, Mute Math and many more along the way... Band of Annuals have taken a break from the road just long enough to release Let Me Live, their latest full-length album on Kilby Records. The record is brimming with the cry of a pedal-steel, beautifully crafted vocal harmonies, and inspired lyrics... Let Me Live is full of gems that should be discovered and shared!" - Spectre Music
"Band of Annuals Repondez... The alt. country album of the year has gone unnoticed seemingly, by everyone." - IndieRockReviews.com
"Band of Horses plays an engaging blend of high, lonesome indie rock informed by insurgent country. A high profile slot in April opening for Iron & Wine - Band of Horses' friends and labelmates on Seattle's Sub Pop Records - has helped the group begin to cultivate a following..." - Creative Loafing
Like recent '80s retro-metal act the Darkness, Bang Camaro pay homage to acts like Def Leppard, Dokken, Ratt and Quiet Riot. However, their stage show is more like The Polyphonic Spree in that they feature a chorus, yep... a METAL chorus. These guys have been getting a lot of attention, playing MTV parties showing up on Guitar Hero, and word is their live show is one hell of a good time!
"On any given night, there might be 18-25 members of Boston's Bang Camaro onstage during a show, with 15 consistent 'lead singers' and a backing band with two lead guitarists... Bang Camaro believes in two core values - catchy guitar riffs and memorable choruses - which is why it generally does away with superfluous elements like verses and bridges. Onstage, the crew is a haywire all-male choir, fist pumps and hand claps and the occasional black eye all figuring into the mix." - Billboard
"Breaking Artist: Bang Camaro burn rubber reviving '80s metal... (they) lovingly pays homage to the big-hair metal they loved as kids with anthems built out of chugging riffs, wailing guitar solos and choruses (no verses!) sung by not one, not two, but upwards of 17 lead singers." - Rolling Stone
"Bang Camaro is doing something different with rock music: lyrics without verses, solos without bridges and singing without a lead singer. Best of all, Bang Camaro is unique without being unfamiliar. The band's songs are made up of guitar solos, choruses and little else. The solos tend to be long, the choruses short. This strange take on lyrics is taken further by the band's roster of 10-plus singers, who all sing at the same time. This combination of simple lyrics with so many voices in unison gives songs a catchy, communal appeal that a lone singer could not produce... Great!" - Austin 360
"Bang Camaro is unarguably an experience best served live: it's hard to watch twenty-five self-professed Dudes onstage, rocking out and spraying beer, and not get caught up in the moment." - Performer
"Bang Camaro is Guitar Hero" - New York Daily News
Before its name was changed in 2003, at the behest of New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, Route 666 ran the rugged spine of Banjax Country. North from Phelps Dodge Strip Mine at Morenci, Arizona, across the Zuni River, up to Gallup and onto Cortez, a gematria arose, a numerology of township and range, meridian and sector, allotment and purchase. Buried in the hardpan soil and carried in its dust, like valley fever, the Banjax sing of a west stripped of revisionist mythology.
“If Les Savy Fav didn’t have the ‘too cool, art school’ vibes and The Black Keys weren’t perfectly mainstreamed you’d have Bantam Foxes... it’s sort of refreshing to hear a band that keeps things a little more straightforward.” - Lions and Vultures
"Bantam Foxes... Sweetheartmakes me want to pick up Hunter S. Thompson and drive to Mexico in a convertible. Its psychedelic fuzz mashup vibrates my headphones. It slows down and then whallops you when it picks back up." - iheartNOLA
“If the twentytens are the new ’90s, then Bantam Foxes is poised to take over the world... an ideal mash of the alt-rock and indie genres." - Berkeley Place
Barefoot on Bumblebees is the Chicago-originated two-piece indie-folk band. As a traveling duo, they move around the country settling in a city for only a short amount of time before moving on - a kind-of extensive tour. They should resonate with fans of quirky indie-folk and lo-fi.
"Barely Free... a St. Louis institution of experimental music meeting hip-hop in a politically charged middle-ground... Barely Free's live performance tunes your brain into a jagged, convoluted frequency where tones are bent at will and vocal samples segue from one thought into another." - Wrong Division