Review: Ty Segall – Manipulator

Review: Ty Segall – Manipulator
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Ty Segall = Ziggy Stardust–era David Bowie + The Beatles + Fuzz … read more

Review: King Tuff – Was Dead

Review: King Tuff – Was Dead
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I usually think that reissued records are stupid and lazy, but goddamn, I’m glad King Tuff did it. … read more

Review: Meatbodies – Self-Titled
Review: Teen – Carolina EP

Review: Teen – Carolina EP
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This five-song EP is just as impressive as TEEN’s sophomore full-length, In Limbo, from last year. The Brooklyn girls have strayed from their Shangri-Las-meets-psych vibe and have moved into a more diverse, rock-oriented direction. … read more

Review: Ultimate Painting – Self-Titled

Review: Ultimate Painting – Self-Titled
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Ultimate Painting = The Velvet Underground + (Pavement / Pinback) … read more

Review: The Copy Scams – Copy & Destroy

Review: The Copy Scams – Copy & Destroy
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I would have really liked this band when I was a shoplifting, dumpster-diving 19-year-old. Alex Wrekk, author of Stolen Sharpie Revolution and the Brainscan zine, fronts this novelty band that plays lo-fi pop punk songs about zines—a must-listen if you like DIY punk shit. … read more

Review: Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Review: Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues
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Though there are a few stinkers, Transgender Dysphoria Blues actually isn’t horrible. “Drinking With The Jocks” and “Osama Bin Laden As The Crucified Christ” kick ass like the Eternal Cowboy and Searching days, and “Two Coffins” is the most paralyzing song I have heard in a long time.  … read more

Review: Liars – Mess

Review: Liars – Mess
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The band is now adept in the electronic manipulation they flirted with in WIXIW. Mess moves beyond the yearning of WIXIW and offers an alternative—a cheerfully dark counter to tradition and the world at large. … read more

Reviews: TEEN – The Way and Color

Reviews: TEEN – The Way and Color
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I knew TEEN would evolve beyond their psychedelic girl group sound—last year’s Carolina proved that. I wasn’t expecting something this good, though. The first track, “Rose 4 U” is familiar enough, but the next one, “Not For Long,” begins to meld ‘90s R&B–style vocal harmonies, modern beats and instrumentation, and spacey textures that are singular to this record and the band itself. … read more

Review: Wye Oak – Shriek

Review: Wye Oak – Shriek
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Like many of their musical contemporaries, Baltimore’s Wye Oak are embracing new modes of music-making and shying away from guitar-based rock structures to favor synthetic sounds and electronic textures.  … read more