Haiku From Zero | Cut Copy

Haiku From Zero | Cut Copy Album Review by James Kendall Cut Copy return with their best album since 2008’s In Ghost Colours. Haiku is a fun album full of jams that don’t let up at any point; the whole album just really works front to back. My favorites are: “Standing In The Middle of The Field,” Read more about Haiku From Zero | Cut Copy[…]

Sleep Well Beast | The National

Sleep Well Beast | The National Album Review by James Kendall “Forget it, nothing I change changes anything I won’t let it, I won’t let it ruin my hair.” – Matt Berninger on “Walk It Back.” The National’s latest album sees the band letting loose a little from their conventionally heavy-laden, melancholy sound. There’s still plenty Read more about Sleep Well Beast | The National[…]

A Deeper Understanding | The War On Drugs

A Deeper Understanding | The War On Drugs Album Review by James Kendall The War On Drugs’ latest release, A Deeper Understanding, is a sonic journey through-and-through. The album does not let up from the opening notes of “Up All Night” to the closing jam session that is “You Don’t Have To Go.” The last Read more about A Deeper Understanding | The War On Drugs[…]

Painted Ruins | Grizzly Bear

Painted Ruins | Grizzly Bear Album Review by James Kendall Grizzly Bear returns with Painted Ruins, the latest in their ever-growing catalog of decent albums. This album proves to be another good release from them with several standout tracks but is accompanied by plenty more “Okay” tracks. Checkout my review of the album from Edge Essentials Read more about Painted Ruins | Grizzly Bear[…]

2016 Atomized | The Raveonettes

2016 Atomized | The Raveonettes Review by James Kendall “Every month throughout 2016 we’ll be dropping a freshly recorded track. Taking you on a ride, potentially schizophrenic & disjointed, potentially cohesive and related,” said the Raveonettes about what would later become their latest album, 2016 Atomized. I would say it is all of the above; a solid Raveonettes Read more about 2016 Atomized | The Raveonettes[…]

Staff Picks November 2015!

Welcome back to Staff Picks! It has been a (long, long) while since the last Staff Picks update, so we hope that these amazing albums make up for it. Rococode – Panic Attack by Dylan Blankenship, News Reporter This is a quirky little something from the delightfully named Rococode, a boy/girl duo hailing from Vancouver Read more about Staff Picks November 2015![…]

Midnight Snack | Homeshake

Nearly every promotional album that KRUA receives comes with an insert or sticker extolling its virtues. I do my best to ignore these often-deceptive, always-flowery pseudo-descriptions and form a complete judgment of the album by myself before looking at it. I happened to glance down at a sticker this week and nearly choked on the Read more about Midnight Snack | Homeshake[…]

Silicon – Personal Computer

Technology. Communication. Emoji. The main ingredients of Silicon’s “Personal Computer” mirror the obsessions of today’s youth. Necks constantly bent down, looking at their phones in anticipation of a notification, a lifestyle which Silicon simultaneously lives and mocks without mercy. R&B and electronic are fused consistently throughout “Personal Computer” with funky bass lines and simple yet Read more about Silicon – Personal Computer[…]

Hembree – New Oasis

Have you been looking for an EP that completely encompasses the majority of KRUA’s music library? Well if you have, this is what you’ve been looking for. Hembree’s EP “New Oasis” provides a relatively broad range of musical styles within the context of modern indie rock, and it does so in an incredibly short amount Read more about Hembree – New Oasis[…]