Album reviews for those of us who meet certain “clockularly challenged” requirements.

Album reviews for those of us who meet certain “clockularly challenged” requirements. Have an album submission? Email it to us at


Ivory Circle // Isosceles EP
Release Date: Apr 14, 2015

Ivory Circle is a local indie troupe on the way to a bigger and brighter future. The quintet purees equal parts alternative rock, dance and dream-scaped ballads on the “Isosceles EP” to lend it an overall feeling of timelessness. What’s best is the addictive power behind Connie Hong’s vocal dexterity, which demands immediate attention. This is one more suited for a romantic night in with loved ones. Or cats, cats could also be considered loved ones on so many levels.

Adam Cayton-Holland // Backyards
Release Date: Apr 7, 2015

With the recent signing on to TruTV’s roster for his “Those Who Can’t” comedy sitcom — alongside fellow The Grawlix partners Ben Roy and Andrew Orvedahl — we’ll likely be losing as much face-time with Cayton-Holland performing here in town, which is why it’ll be nice to hold on to “Backyards” while we unapologetically weep into the darkness because of the loss. Chock full of semi-appropriate prom jokes, toilet humor and “obligatory race stuff,” the new comedy album from Cayton-Holland is superb.


Pimps of Joytime // Jukestone Paradise
Release Date: Apr 21, 2015

To all future bands now and forever: Heed this extremely valuable advice. Pay attention to what name is given to your crew; it matters. With a name like this, there’s few ways to avoid at least one listen. Aside from the perfect title, Pimps of Joytime have the innate ability to stand tall in a guitar-wave of rock distortion, then immediately flip the script to supply a needed force of funk. “Jukestone Paradise” soothes the irritating itch of an otherwise bland industry routine.

Flash Bastard // Wild
Release Date: Apr 14, 2015

Anyone with a penchant for acts like Neon Trees or Fitz and the Tantrums are highly encouraged to pick up Flash Bastard’s new collection of fun. The group meanders around a high-tempo, synth-drenched disco vibe, but bites enough into the rock sandwich it negates all cheesiness. There’s plenty here to satisfy a placement in summer playlist, too. If nothing else, bump our favorite track “Stutter On” to get the best idea of what they’re about before going full on download.