David C. Casey

Lord Huron – Vide Noir

People may be wary of or fascinated by a good transformation story, but the best kind of transformation, one that *everyone* should jump up and down about, is the step-by-step process of an artist honing their sound over the course… Continue Reading →

Critic Review: Alfred Soto of Pitchfork on Twerp Verse by Speedy Ortiz

Just like your favorite bands might drop an album that feels like a contractual obligation or a general swing-and-a-whiff, music critics can suffer from the same malaise. Previously commended by The Niche for his review work on The Cars, Alfred… Continue Reading →

Nostalgia Battle! Olden Yolk – S/T vs. Post Animal – When I Think Of You In A Castle

The crew at Niche Appeal has an ear firmly planted to the ground of music’s past, but to many of us (myself included), certain new bands roll out a rainbow of amorphous Nostalgia Sounds that take us to a place… Continue Reading →

Hiss-Scream Alert! Rolo Tomassi – Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It

Warning: This record features vocal cord-lacerating hiss-screams. If you fear the extremes of the human voice, hide under a blanket now.   Rolo Tomassi could be from anywhere (They’re from Sheffield, England, but try to find proof of that in the… Continue Reading →

U.S. Girls – In A Poem Unlimited

Prologue: I don’t particularly want to be alive right now. #MeToo and its related movements have scorched through the progressive landscape and shone a discomforting spotlight on Straight White Maleness, to which I’m told I belong. “Men suck!” I proclaim!… Continue Reading →

Pop Will Eat Itself: Lissie – Castles & My Wild West

When all kinds of artists are getting labeled as “pop”, it’s easy to forget that “pop” is just the shorthand for “popular music”, a genre that changes with the seasons and preferences of an ever-fickle population. So what about those… Continue Reading →

Ayahuasca Dreamin’: Erika Wennerstrom – Sweet Unknown

All too often, you’re checking out some list of upcoming albums and see a familiar name. Another band leader dropping a solo release. And the typical result? A couple of solid tracks that would’ve been improved by the band’s contributions… Continue Reading →

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