Andrew Martin

I love music more than you may ever understand. I love sharing that with you on this website. My name is Andrew Martin and I'm here to show you your new favorite bands, one review at a time. I've been reviewing albums and listening to music religiously for 12 years. I hope you like what I have to say.

I grew up in a little town called Littleton, Colorado, and found myself immediately attached to the musical offerings of a small uprising scene called "Emo."  In high school, I decided to start messing around with Dreamweaver and created a site that eventually saw some 50,000 unique daily visitors called EmotionalPunk.  EP covered the uprising of some bands you may have heard of...like Taking Back Sunday, My Chemical Romance, and The Used; and harbored a scene catering to emo pioneers like The Get Up Kids, Bright Eyes, Cursive, and American Football.

Alas, as time does, it became increasingly clear my tastes were changing, and it became time for reformation.  I launched The Music, The Message in late 2009 with the hopes it would become an essential resource for independent music.

The Music, The Message as you see it today is a further realization of the dream I've had to create something beauitful, complete, and open.  Focusing on the music, I truly hope to share my obsession with music with you, and rest assured if you keep up, you'll find some of your new favorite bands here.

I'm always open to suggestions and personal interaction, so feel free to drop me a line anytime.

Here's to a bright TM,TM into 2011.

Andrew's Favorite Artists

MuteMath, Thrice, The Lonely Forest, Glassjaw, American Football, The Republic of Wolves, Rival Schools, Local Natives, and M83.

Lately, I've been listening to a lot of Mansions, Jeniferever, and Radiohead.

Andrew's Quick Plugs

  • Transit’s new EP might be short, but it’s awesome. Bendable guitar riffs and familiar, catchy vocals…A blast from the past. Hope these guys release something more soon.

  • Spacey, technical guitar noodling and buried vocals reminiscent of bands like American Football. Listen to the anthemic “I’d Rather Listen to Weston” here.
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  • By Surprise sound like a more accessible Bear vs. Shark with inviting, huge choruses and exciting guitar energy. Read more to listen to “Realometer.”

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  • I strongly recommend you listen to the beautiful, catchy, and dark electro indie that is Phantogram. Click here to watch the video to Mouthful of Diamonds.
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  • Wow, this new Moving Mountains song is absolutely incredible.  Listen to “Tired Tiger” here. I can’t wait for Waves, out May 10th on Triple Crown.

Posts by Andrew

Helen Earth Band finish recording sophomore LP

May 27, 2014 by Andrew Martin

Helen Earth Band have finished recording their sophomore LP. I cannot be more excited to hear this record!

Over the Ocean

February 27, 2013 by Andrew Martin

Over the Ocean have posted a new song entitled “Riverbed” on Soundcloud. The song appears on the band’s new album “Be Given to the Soil” which will be released exclusively on gatefold double vinyl on April 2nd.  A first pressing of 100 copies on Clear with Dark Green Haze double […]

Circa Survive: Violent Waves

Circa Survive: Violent Waves

August 10, 2012 by Andrew Martin

With every other Circa Survive release, I waited anxiously, without fail, for a taste of the new music, my excitement growing exponentially until the album was finally playing in its entirety on my speakers. Irony struck with the sudden announcement, and also short wait I had with Violent Waves; the […]

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The Panic Division: Eternalism

The Panic Division: Eternalism

January 31, 2012 by Andrew Martin

To call me a fan of The Panic Division would be a massive understatement. Whether it’s their loop-driven, aggressive pop anthems on debut “Versus” or the 80’s-influenced “Songs from the Glasshouse,” The Panic Division have a sound that’s accessibly refreshing. Colton Holliday is the songwriter and mastermind behind the Panic […]

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Jealous Sound in Jan

November 6, 2011 by Andrew Martin

Apparently, the new Jealous Sound record is going to be out at the end of January on The Militia Group. I spoke with a member of the Velvet Teen at a show here in San Francisco on Friday and he said the record is darker than the initial LP. I […]

Vote for the Chain Gang of 1974

September 13, 2011 by Andrew Martin

Everyone should vote for the Chain Gang of 1974’s new video to appear on MTV. Click here to vote. You can vote as many times as you want.  If you want an easier link to access to vote from (so you don’t have to reload that whole page), just go […]

Active Child: You Are All I See

Active Child: You Are All I See

September 12, 2011 by Andrew Martin

Active Child’s blend of ethereal, harp-driven electro beats and moody beats is at once intimate and orchestral. The “Curtis Lane” EP was and is a timeless display of creative songs that encounter dark, yet hopeful moods and beauty. “I’m In Your Church At Night,” the lead track on the EP, […]

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Sainthood Reps: Monoculture

Sainthood Reps: Monoculture

July 14, 2011 by Andrew Martin

Any band featuring the cousin of Jesse Lacey from Brand New is going to draw some expected attention.  The mysterious existence and sudden release of a initially weird single, the title track “Monoculture” is less than expected, however.  Still, the hype built and, at last, Monoculture, the album, is here–and […]

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The Dangerous Summer: War Paint

The Dangerous Summer: War Paint

July 14, 2011 by Andrew Martin

“Reach for the Sun,” the last full-length from these nostalgic pop-rockers, is, without a doubt, one of the most consistent records in its caliber.  Endless pop hooks are matched with blissful production values.  It’s a record that is at once timeless and reflective, filled with wonderful lyrics and a rejuvenating […]

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City and Colour: Little Hell

City and Colour: Little Hell

June 2, 2011 by Andrew Martin

Dallas Green is a singer and songwriter successfully filling all of the criteria found in any great artist. His poignant, sorrowful music is filled with observations, stories, and characteristically melancholy melodies.  Little Hell his third effort, is as expected, still just as heart-wrenching and moving as his predecessors, but with […]

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Mason Summers Release Date

May 27, 2011 by Andrew Martin

MASON SUMMERS new album, entitled “Who Wants The Future?” will be available June 7th. You can listen to some tracks from this female-fronted punk band right here.

Death Cab For Cutie: Codes And Keys

Death Cab For Cutie: Codes And Keys

May 19, 2011 by Andrew Martin

“And if you feel just like a tourist in the city you were born, then it’s time to go…there’s so many different places to call home” rings almost perfectly true for Death Cab For Cutie.  The Cab is commonplace in any devoted hipster’s collection or any Twilight Movie Saga tween’s […]

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New Abandoned Pools Song

May 3, 2011 by Andrew Martin

Abandoned Pools are back and have a beautiful new song you can listen to right here.

Taking Back Sunday Tour

May 3, 2011 by Andrew Martin

Taking Back Sunday are going on tour. See the dates here.

Moving Mountains: Waves

Moving Mountains: Waves

April 26, 2011 by Andrew Martin

Moving Mountains are a band would proudly stand next to and hold their own against the greats of the late 90s/early 2000s. Bands like Sunny Day Real Estate, Appleseed Cast, Further Seems Forever, and Thursday come to mind. It was a better time for music.  It was a refreshing, rejuvenating […]

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Dredg: Chuckles And Mr. Squeezy

Dredg: Chuckles And Mr. Squeezy

April 18, 2011 by Andrew Martin

One cannot deny that Dredg are a band who are continually surprising their listener-base; their weirdness is borderline intolerable.  The irony of it all lies in the fact that, once a band known for their experimental, crafty, and anti-trend musicianship, Dredg seem to have decided to take on an entirely […]

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Into It. Over It Acoustic Session

April 7, 2011 by Andrew Martin

Watch some amazing live videos from Into It., Over It right here.

Mute Math album update

April 5, 2011 by Andrew Martin

Finally, an update can be read on Mute Math’s website regarding their forthcoming record. I can’t wait.

Mansions: Dig Up The Dead

Mansions: Dig Up The Dead

April 5, 2011 by Andrew Martin

Christopher Browder is one busy guy. If I’m counting right, he’s released some 50 songs in the last 3 years or so in one form or another (many are remixes, acoustic, or reworked versions of existing songs).  Admittedly, some of his songs were remarkable while others were a bit redundant; […]

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Live Local Natives – Incredible Performance

April 5, 2011 by Andrew Martin

See an incredible performance of Local Natives “Who Knows, Who Cares” right here.

Jeniferever – Silesia

Jeniferever – Silesia

April 3, 2011 by Andrew Martin

Jeniferever is a band who play music I have self-coined as “sadpop.”  Orchestral, beautiful swooning melodies and spacey, atmospheric guitar textures envelope singer Kristofer Jönson’s beautiful vocals. I’ve listened to “Spring Tides,” their last effort, constantly for the last few winter seasons; the album stands alone as one of the most […]

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By A Thread: Self Titled

By A Thread: Self Titled

April 2, 2011 by Andrew Martin

Bands like these are rare these days; they’re reflective of an era long passed. By A Thread combines blistering and crunchy guitar melodies, energetic and emotional vocal delivery, in a manner similar to Samiam and Sense Field. The band combines the sounds of later period Samiam and the earlier, darker […]

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Thursday: No Devolución

Thursday: No Devolución

April 1, 2011 by Andrew Martin

When I think of Thursday, I always think of the days of Island Records, when Thrice and Thursday were simultaneously signed and released their “radio” records, eventually to leave the majors and go back to doing music that is and always will be their own. “Vheissu” and “A City By […]

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The Lonely Forest: Arrows

The Lonely Forest: Arrows

April 1, 2011 by Andrew Martin

Raw, untamed melodic rock is rare in these days, and The Lonely Forest might perfectly indicate the sound of the Pacific Northwest. It’s a sound that’s authentic and real, simple and ordinary, and all at once charged with a sense of familiarity and energy.  What their last LP, “We Sing […]

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My Body Sings Electric: Changing Color

My Body Sings Electric: Changing Color

April 1, 2011 by Andrew Martin

My Body Sings Electric are no ordinary group of musicians. They love music–not only when they’re on stage. A few words with any of these guys and you’ll feel their affinity for music almost instantly. And while yes, I am close with these guys and have a huge amount of […]

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The Republic Of Wolves: Varuna

The Republic Of Wolves: Varuna

November 17, 2010 by Andrew Martin

The Republic of Wolves are one of those bands that you’ll never forget.  Their haunting music has enchanted me for some time now. Maybe it’s the fact that I have a certain affinity for music of a time passed; it’s most likely I have a soft spot for whispery, breathy […]

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Valencia: Dancing With A Ghost

Valencia: Dancing With A Ghost

October 12, 2010 by Andrew Martin

With a slew of comparisons and expectations from some increasingly poor tastemakers in the scene, I was ultimately excited to hear the new Valencia record, “Dancing With A Ghost.”  Admittedly, I’ve lately been yearning for a sound that sounds almost dated and familiar, not one that is necessarily fully refreshing […]

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Bad Books: Self Titled

Bad Books: Self Titled

September 29, 2010 by Andrew Martin

As is often the case with collaboration projects, the trade off is that each song sounds like a b-side from the originating artist.  Bad Books is no exception to this rule. The songs where Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra takes the lead sound genuinely like Manchester Orchestra songs, and Kevin […]

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Happy Body Slow Brain: Dreams Of Water

Happy Body Slow Brain: Dreams Of Water

September 8, 2010 by Andrew Martin

Matt Fazzi is no stranger to musical endeavors.  I’ll never forget seeing him and Facing New York play in a crowded, tiny excuse for a venue in Southern California, filled with a sense of intimacy and energy I knew was rare in this (well, that) day and age.  Albeit I […]

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Ugly Colors: Perfect As We Are

Ugly Colors: Perfect As We Are

April 21, 2010 by Andrew Martin

Portland, Oregon technical rock group Ugly Colors got their start some years ago under the moniker Eli Keller.  Since then, the band has singlehandedly climbed the ladder to become one of my favorite (if not my favorite) bands.  Technical, challenging, but accessible and catchy as hell, Ugly Colors are here […]

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Crime In Stereo: I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone

Crime In Stereo: I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone

February 1, 2010 by Andrew Martin

When “…Is Dead” was released, it became apparent that this group of underground heroes was on their way to create music that pushed the boundaries and limits of traditional Long Island post-hardcore.  Still – they weren’t quite there yet, and the album lacked consistency; while about half of the album […]

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