Review: Man Man – On Oni Pond

Review: Man Man – On Oni Pond
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Man Man is one of those bands that nobody “kinda likes”—you either love it or hate it. We recognize the band for their ability to carve inexplicably aesthetic rhythms with a dynamic of makeshift percussive instruments condensed with frontman Honus Honus’ cathartic squawking.  … read more

Review: NØMADS – Free My Animal

Review: NØMADS – Free My Animal
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NØMADS are a two-piece consisting of bassist Nathan Lithgow (from My Brightest Diamond and Inlets) and drummer Garth Macleavey, both of whom are set on maximizing the most sound with their limited size—and doing it all in a single take of recording. … read more

Review: Thee Oh Sees

Review: Thee Oh Sees
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hese days, it seems John Dwyer only knows life from within the walls of his abundant pet projects. His dabbling with Thee Oh Sees caused the band to beget 12 albums since 2004—virtually nominating Dwyer as the Nikolai Tesla of contemporary garage/psyche.  … read more

Review: Kite Party – Come On Wondering

Review: Kite Party – Come On Wondering
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Kite Party are one of the few recent emo post-hardcore bands to surface from the underground shortly after the genre’s demise. Even though the divide between lovers and loathers of the music probably died with its popularity in the mid 2000s, Come On Wandering has enough stylistic integrity to make music snobs start bickering over Sunny Day Real Estate again. … read more

Review: Victory

Review: Victory
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Robert Fleming is the multi-instrumentalist behind Victory. He touts a 60s Brit rock sensibility and sports a rockabilly pomp—two promising signs for any music reviewer. Sadly, Victory is Music is indicative of neither. Don’t get me wrong, Fleming could pass as an authentic Britt Daniel sound-alike and can strum a hollow-body exceptionally, but it’s hard to notice at first, since every single song on the album is scrubbed and drenched with kitschy production.  … read more

Review: Japanther – Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bart

Review: Japanther – Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bart
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Japanther are one of those long-running Brooklyn duos who are typically heralded by music snobs for their heavyhandedness in lo-fi synth ostinatos and inability to stay rooted in one particular stylistic element for a whole album’s length. … read more

Review: The Thermals – Desparate Ground

Review: The Thermals – Desparate Ground
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Clearly, it doesn’t require a lot of thought to conclude how The Thermals’ long-term survival can be attributed to the singer’s lo-fi punk-saddled rhetoric. Things have been pissing in Hutch Harris’ Cheerios since 2002. Now, his current flavor of the week is relationship drama. … read more

Review: Red Temple Spirits – Self-Titled

Review: Red Temple Spirits – Self-Titled
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Red Temple Spirits have been around for a long time, but you wouldn’t know unless you were already a fan.  … read more

Review: True Widow – Avvolgere

Review: True Widow – Avvolgere
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True Widow = The Jesus and Mary Chain / Goatsnake + Codeine … read more

Review: Mr. Gnome – Heart of a Dark Star