The Rare Grooves (family band) emerged out of the ashes of the recently broken up Widow Babies. Former Widow Babies, Tabor (Drums and Vocals) and Danny (Guitar and Vocals), were joined by Chris (Bass) and are performing nonstop.  The Islander was introduced to the band when The Islander saw them perform at the Smell along with Signals and Heller Keller. While hanging in the ally before the show, the Islander spoke to many of The Islander’s friends, and many of them expressed that they were each respectively entangled in a love affair with this band. Obviously anticipation built up, and when it was time for the Rare Grooves set, ass was kicked. Their show was, a bundle of fun. Danny’s exclusive use of finger picking and Chris’s flowing basslines give the band a very distant “islandy” sound, and Tabor’s simple yet sturdy beats gives the band a refreshingly un-muddled sound. No Garden starts out with a twangy guitar motif and builds from there. In conclusion, The Islander is stoked on Rare Grooves. 

No Garden – Rare Grooves

L.A. Pride


Everything about Moses Campbell is quite good. Their shows are beyond fun, and their album, Who are You? Who is Anyone? (coming out on vinyl 9/3/10), is extremely enjoyable from the first song to the last. First and foremost, The Islander has to say if one ever has the chance to see them, it is completely worthwhile. The energy they project is almost unreal, and they sound equally great, if not better live. Who are You? Who is Anyone? is an extremely original album, with familiar songs. Every song on the album is catchy, easy to listen to, but also interesting. Singer, Sean Solomon’s voice perfectly accents the calm yet energetic instrumental tracks. The Islander has learned from various conversations with different members of the band, that their influences range from Nirvana to Television to Weezer. “Overhead” is a awesome song that displays a lot of what the band does, plus during the intro, guitarist Miles Winter plays a saw with a bow. When at one point in time, each and every song on an album has been your particular favorite, then you know it’s a great album, and The Islander has absolutely felt this way about Moses Campbell’s first release.

Overhead – Moses Campbell



Being stuck on an island is kind of a bummer. If you happen to be in that situation and have wifi, this is the hookup. All kidding aside, we are going to attempt to provide you with fun things to listen to while avoiding insanity. Music is possibly the best way to pass the time, and it’s also pretty tight. At the end of the day, we are just posting and promoting music we enjoy.

What Dreams – Signals