The Indy Review
Started by three college friends, The Indy Review seeks to highlight the best new artists and songs across all genres through reviews, recommendations, interviews, and all other music-related content.
There’s a world of great music out there, and we’re here to help you find it.
Bo has a questionable music history. If asked what his favorite songs were growing up, “Kokomo”, “We Built This City” and “We Didn’t Start the Fire” would likely all be included. In the 90’s, he sustained himself on the radio rock KROQ and 98.7 provided. With the advent of the internet, he finally found new avenues to expand his audio palette. He is now a lover of rock, classic rock, punk, ska, folk, Americana, reggae, soul, power pop, Afropop, world music, and is on cordial terms with rap and country. He thrives on discovering new bands before they break, and sharing all the musical goodness he finds with the world. Outside of music, Bo is a writer, painter and award-winning filmmaker.
Desert Island Album: Probably Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits – might as well take a whole lot of greatness with me.
Three Favorite songs: The Replacements – “Can’t Hardly Wait”, The Kinks – “This Time Tomorrow”, and Against Me!’s – “Joy”
Jerrod is always wondering how anyone can have the audacity to publicly draw a conclusion on a particular song or album when the perspective is so wholly subjective and colored by all the reviewer’s experiences sonic and otherwise. But, then he stops the reverie and realizes people might just want to know a bit about something they don’t. So, he takes the time to dive into the endless lists of new music both big releases and small to find something that is new or novel in some way or another. He wants music to challenge him and tends to prefer some cacophony or dissonant music, lyrics, or lyricism. Beyond these digital pages, Jerrod is a adjunct lecturer of academic and professional writing.
Entrenched favorite genres are punk of the hardcore and pop variety, folk, americana and rock that has something going on.
Desert Island Album: Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning – Desert island, alone, forever so– “The sound of loneliness makes me happier” for all those days “The sun [comes] up with no conclusions.” This album released simultaneously with Digital Ash, Digital Urn are Bright Eyes’s best.
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At an early age, César was introduced to a wide range of music thanks to his father’s extensive vinyl collection; mostly made of up Mexican banda and baladas but also so much German polka, traditional Japanese, Western Classical pieces, and a lot of 1960s classic rock. Of this final group, The Beatles quickly reigned supreme and have soundtracked most of his life. From the more contemporary artists, César grew up listening to whatever popular music played on the Los Angeles “alternative rock” station. As is usually the case, it was thanks to a girl in high school and a boy in college who expended his musical world to the indie and punk lands and since then he’s been making up for lost time in the futile, yet rewarding endeavor to listen to all the music.
Desert Island Album:The Beatles – The Beatles (The White Album) – A record stuffed with so many amazing songs, a spectacular array of WTF, and just the greatest musicians ever doing what they wanted because they could and still turn out glorious.