"...No one was more surprised than Jared Boulanger when Waterloo Records cut him a $600 check for his record collection. The Sour Note figured they'd take most of it, but not every last piece..."
"...Latest LP It's Not Gonna Be Pretty rules the roost – dense, sincere indie pop for the Garden State generation. "I'm not afraid to say that this album will be the best record I'll ever put out," admits singer-songwriter Jared Boulanger..."
"...Five LPs in five years with a few EPs mixed in between. No wonder Jared Boulanger, chief orchestrator behind the regularly remolding Sour Notes, has gotten the hang of a mixing board..."
"...Provided with tracks from the locals’ upcoming releases, the Finest Sour 7-inch and Darkest Sour LP, Hackett chose “Ride It Out” to soundtrack with visuals. Bandleader Jared Boulanger’s only input: cross French New Wave cinema with Darren Aronofsky...."
"...Songwriter Jared Boulanger must keep Brill Building hours. Last year, the Sour Notes issued its engaging full-length debut, Received in Bitterness, chased with a 7-inch single..."
"...In one year, Jared Boulanger's Sour Notes formed, released 2008's inspired The Meat of the Fruit EP, toured, recorded this first LP, and then went back into his home studio for more recording. We should all be so productive..."
"...Rounding into the decade mark, the Sour Notes are now veterans of the local indie scene, and fifth LP Darkest Sour highlights both the trio's tightness and range. "Clock Strikes Twelve" chimes familiar at the outset, driving guitar into the poppier bounce of "Today, I'll Buy No Sorrow." The band grooves best on straight-ahead power-pop such as "Stay Close," frontman Jared Boulanger's vocals playing off Yola Blake's as "Loose Leaf and Bleak" torques more psych and "Small Hints" floats in dreamy shoegaze..."
"...Sour Notes 11pm, Cheer Up Charlies What began as a bedroom project for singer-songwriter Jared Boulanger has blossomed into a band of serious intent. The Austin quintet's fifth LP, 2014's Do What May, features a wall of sound and synths, yet never strays too far from its pure pop aspirations..."
"...The Sour Notes(Sat., 11:30am, Orange Stage) Genteel psych led by guitarist Jared Boulanger, who sings optimistic bedroom poetry over buoyant effects and synths...."
"...7:30pm, Soho Lounge The Sour Notes' indelible pop hooks curling around Jared Boulanger's angst-edged vocals build a tension in the sextet's continually expanding sound that's led them to the top of Austin's indie scene. Fourth LP Last Looks courses with even more elaborate arrangements, balancing female vocals that offer deeper shades to the heavier guitars and more robust grooves..."
"...Pop-power trio Marmalakes bashes out its slow, sultry "White Height" in some alt.universe meeting of Ben Kweller's Radish and the Punch Brothers' Chris Thile, while the Sour Notes get brassy on a Fountain of Wayne-like goose bump cruise. Jared Boulanger needs to cut loose at the crescendo of this otherwise tease to the group's upcoming full-length. Hüsky Düdes(Bombay Cove Records)..."
"...The Sour Notes could be the indie equivalent of the Little Engine That Could. Over the past two years, the local pop outfit has issued a relentless array of full-length releases and singles, each slowly but surely gaining momentum behind frontman Jared Boulanger's cinematic lyricism and Shinsian sensibilities..."
"...Bookends "Too Smart for Me" and "Come on Pilot" have slots waiting on VH1. (Okay, maybe Fuse.) Where the hell did the Sour Notes come from? Jared Boulanger's new fourpiece rips out the gate with jaded pop gem The Meat of the Fruit..."
"...20, 8pm, at Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd. A. John Boulanger..."
"...Only a single video from one of our in-house pop/psych favorites the Sour Notes? Oui, but it's a burner. Frontman Jared Paul Boulanger's My SXSW diary a couple months ago is also worth revisiting...."
"...“We can’t afford a publicist because we’re all pretty broke,” explains Jared Paul Boulanger, guitarist for the Sour Notes. “So it’s nice to have fairy godmothers like the Red Bull team working hard to push us and secure us more opportunities.”..."
"...12 at Arthouse at the Jones Center (700 Congress Ave) as part of Graham Hudson’s exhibit, Rehearsal at the Astoria. As frontman Jared Paul Boulanger notes in the accompanying video, “This high rate of productivity is expensive.”..."