Review: The Pack A.D. – Do Not Engage

Review: The Pack A.D. – Do Not Engage
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The follow-up to 2011’s Unpersons, Do Not Engage again finds The Pack deep inside the blues-rock universe with some sharp, tight guitar riffs and soulful, rough-spun vocals from Becky Black and driving rhythms from Maya Miller. … read more

Review: Mt. Royal – Self-Titled

Review: Mt. Royal – Self-Titled
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“More” has a certain Peter Bjorn and John feel and is a little more upbeat, though vocals stay in the shadows. “Yes Your Majesty” has great bass that travels over casual synth backings and lazy slide guitar. “Mockingbird” has nice acoustic strums over snappy, quick-paced drums—it reminds me of closing credits for a 007 movie.  … read more

Reviews: Elf Power – Sunlight on the Moon

Reviews: Elf Power – Sunlight on the Moon
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Elf Power are excellent at crafting psychedelic sounds that mesh every possible influence from the ’60s, all while dancing on the edge of pop and still retaining a warm, lo-fi buzz that adds patina to the production sheen. … read more

Review: Purple – (409)

Review: Purple – (409)
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Purple = Deap Vally + The Distillers + No Doubt + At the Drive-In … read more

Reviews: Migrant Kids – Self-Titled

Reviews: Migrant Kids – Self-Titled
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Migrant Kids’ debut doesn’t redefine anything, but they’re adept at creating relaxed, layered atmospheres of sound that build from stark keys to triumphant choruses.  … read more

Review: Shark Week – Beach Fuzz

Review: Shark Week – Beach Fuzz
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Shark Week = The Growlers + The New Electric Sound  … read more

Review: PORCHES. – Slow Dance in the Cosmos

Review: PORCHES. – Slow Dance in the Cosmos
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PORCHES. have a sound that includes a little folk, a little rock, ample keys and a touch of soul.  … read more

Review: Plateau Below – Still Paradise

Review: Plateau Below – Still Paradise
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“Eris” opens this album with the driving mantras and quiet anxiety you heard from Modest Mouse on the Lonesome and Crowded West, though Plateau keeps it rounded with an almost Syd Barrett-esque psychedelic flourish. … read more

Review: Whitewash – Shibboleth

Review: Whitewash – Shibboleth
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Whitewash = Piper at the Gates of Dawn–era Pink Floyd – Radiohead … read more

Review: Neighbours – Prime Numbers

Review: Neighbours – Prime Numbers
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Neighbours really suckle the teat of Motown and 70s soul. From the opening bass-lines of “Tell the Truth,” Neighbours give you danceability.  … read more