Somerville duo Spot Collins’ album, Birch Beer is a stripped-down collection of folk-punk songs. The “punk” label may not be so apparent at first in the face of Spot Collins’ quiet, acoustic sound. But listen to the evocative lyrics, listen to the little twists going against the folk norm. Each song tells a single, encapsulated story, many of them presenting glimpses of life as a musician, especially “Jackie O. In Heat” or “Pretty Girl at the Punk Rock Show.” The simple, sparse instrumentals leave the spotlight on the raw, plaintive vocal line, adding to the overall intimate nature of the album. Overall, Birch Beer sounds weary, but happy, like someone picked up a guitar in the living room as the party’s winding down.
It is very easy to relate to Cody Masters. His Goodies Mixtape is an irresistible collection of songs about relationships beginning, ending, possibly never existing, and all the baggage that goes along. The emotion of the lyrics is balanced out by upbeat melodies and well-placed power chords, resulting in an album of solid pop punk just waiting to make us all nostalgic for high school. Continue reading
G’Ra’s debut album “Goes to College” consists of songs created when he was a member of A Spike Lee Joint in Washington D.C. A 450-mile move and a cease-and-desist letter from Spike Lee later, G’Ra is favoring Boston with his brand of highly intelligent, tongue in cheek pop punk. Continue reading