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Before we head towards the weekend and split from all responsibilities let’s talk about the split between A Day Without Love, who we’re familiar with here at GM, and Uncle/Father Oscar. One half was great musically and the other stole my little heart. So let’s just get to A Day Without Oscar because it’s Friday ya’ll.

First up, our old pals A Day Without Love. I loved the arrangement in “Lost Children.” Musically this track was on point and there are no complaints there. For it and “Broken Bridge” though I felt this sense of ‘90s alternative in the vocals that was neither here nor there. I wanted a bit more, a little more push from them. However, while I was swooning the music of “Children” I was leaning more towards the energy of “Bridge.” Now onto Uncle/Father Oscar and kudos for the name – five cool points if you know where that’s from. “Renee Renee” offered the most rock from this record but it was “Was That a Mistake?” that owned this split. It had personality and the “do wah do wah” parts were stellar.

In the end this record was one part indie, two parts rock and a little punk tossed in the mix. You think you can handle that? Then make sure to head to another tab and check out A Day Without Love and Uncle/Father Oscar’s A Day Without Oscar, out now.

ash-briggs-ep-reviewMonday, oh Monday…I had something planned for you and then I was stuck recovering from a trip to Concord to see Paramore kick ass and Fall Out Boy, well, exist on a stage and sing songs I once regarded as monumental parts of my life. Now it’s Tuesday and Ash Briggs’ self-titled EP is keeping me company as I collect addresses for the 43342 birthday cards that have to be sent out this week. Her acoustic folk plays like older sister of an Allison Weiss record – even though I’m sure in reality Ash is the younger biologically.

Overall every song was wonderfully sung. There was never any strain on Ash’s voice and it came out like a perfect set at a local coffeehouse. There was never a lot of oomph going on in the songs though, hence why she’s like a mature sounding Weiss. It never got playful in the beat, they were all serious toned but each carried a different story. “Me & You” about time getting away from a pair, and my favorite “The Other Side” being about heading towards happiness on your own. The simplicity of this record is what really stood out and while you can hear it in all five tracks, you hear it best in “Hollow.”

Ash Briggs brings you a record full of human emotion packaged in a handful of songs that do a great job at having a similar sound throughout but managing to be individuals. If you like those singer songwriter types who are a bit alternative in their ways, check out Ash Briggs, out now.

the-public-shibuya-crossing-reviewAt 27-years-old I take naps throughout the day. It’s not even 11am and I’ve taken two quick power naps. I have a feeling this is a great representation for how the rest of my week is going to go down. In between the pile of shit I have to get done for pennies and what I’m doing for the pure joy, I’m listening to The Public’s Shibuya Crossing. It’s a full blown punk rock record that reminded me of Broadway Calls – so much so that I may need to dig into my iTunes and listen to them later on when time is free.

The kind of punk that The Public does is among one of my favorite kinds you’d find under that umbrella. It’s not the pop variety that has had my heart since the age of 13, but it’s this more mature, grown man sounding music. It’s definitely not the anti-establishment you’d get with Anti-Flag, but better (to me anyways). You have that grit in “Liquor Store,” the musical attention in “Rivals” and even get a bit light with “Mexico.” However, “The Breaks” is where it’s at and it’s not just because I take them every other hour to play Sega and nap. It was the one that reminded me most of Broadway Calls.

If you like your punk with a bit of maturity and masculinity, then you’re going to want to check out Ohio’s The Public. Don’t be like me and go and take a nap either. Now that you have this information, go on and get your hands on Shibuya Crossing, out now. Then after that, you can head to nap town for a bit.