About Ryan Knapp

Ryan too loves all thing music and is unsure what point of view I should write this in.

Happy Diving release “So Bunted” and record EP

This song is the combined feeling of resignation, frustration and exhaustion that immediately follows the exchange 'how are you?' 'good, and you?' 'good.' Which is by no means a [...]

By |June 19, 2015|Comments Off on Happy Diving release “So Bunted” and record EP

Fine Points release first single off debut album

I wish there was a way to translate the beginning of this song into written English – to literally spell out the way the guitar saunters front and center [...]

By |June 17, 2015|Comments Off on Fine Points release first single off debut album

Interview: Bells Atlas release new EP, Hyperlust

There are, and will be, bands whose sole purpose seems to push and pull genre in new directions. But I don't think Bells Atlas is really one of those [...]

By |June 4, 2015|Comments Off on Interview: Bells Atlas release new EP, Hyperlust

Watch Them Are Us Too’s video for “Eudaemonia”

Them Are Us Too is two people, which probably explains the streamlined aestheticism of the song and the self-directed and edited music video for "Eudaemonia". The song and video seem to be [...]

By |May 1, 2015|Comments Off on Watch Them Are Us Too’s video for “Eudaemonia”
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    Built to Spill new album out now, playing Greek Theatre in July

Built to Spill new album out now, playing Greek Theatre in July

Built to Spill started writing songs 23 years ago in Boise, Idaho, and they've played an ever-expanding collection of songs around the world for about the same duration. I [...]

By |April 28, 2015|Comments Off on Built to Spill new album out now, playing Greek Theatre in July
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    Al Lover remixes Jordannah Elizabeth’s “A Prayer for Black America”

Al Lover remixes Jordannah Elizabeth’s “A Prayer for Black America”

Al Lover’s remix of Jordannah Elizabeth’s "A Prayer for Black America" sways along with uneasy optimism, teetering at the intersection of dance, soul, and psychedelia, not unlike the achingly beautiful original. The song [...]

By |April 20, 2015|1 Comment
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    The return of The Flamin’ Groovies 40 years after Shake Some Action

The return of The Flamin’ Groovies 40 years after Shake Some Action

After leaving San Francisco and living in England for four years, the Flamin' Groovies released Shake Some Action in 1976. At the time, the song peaked at number 142 in [...]

By |April 10, 2015|Comments Off on The return of The Flamin’ Groovies 40 years after Shake Some Action

Mikal Cronin shares “ii) Gold”

 
Even if you haven't, you've pretty much heard the first twelve seconds of Mikal Cronin's newest song, "ii) Gold". But not in a tired or trite way. It's more that the pushy riff [...]

By |March 27, 2015|Comments Off on Mikal Cronin shares “ii) Gold”

Guantanamo Baywatch comes to The Knockout

 
Something about the combination of catchy songwriting and a band's willingness to not take themselves completely serious is objectively cool. Guantanamo Baywatch flaunt both these things, and lucky for [...]

By |February 27, 2015|Comments Off on Guantanamo Baywatch comes to The Knockout

Swervedriver to fill Great American Music Hall in March

Swervedriver are playing at The Great American Music Hall on March 6, four days after they release I Wasn't Born to Lose You, their first album in 17 years. They are [...]

By |February 19, 2015|1 Comment
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