Local Reviews: Lord Mandrake

Local Reviews: Lord Mandrake
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The Best of All Possible Worlds proves that Lord Mandrake is both talented and interesting, but the album’s overall execution leaves something to be desired. Spooky delayed guitars and reverb vocals lazily flow over each song and each track blends nicely into the next, but the songs all sound too similar and nothing really grabs your attention.  … read more

Local Reviews: OK Ikumi

Local Reviews: OK Ikumi
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This is the second release of OK Ikumi’s mini CD series. Nano, created using a Game Boy and a program called Nanoloop, sounds amazing. Just close your eyes and hop into any Nintendo video game (preferably ones from the Classic Nintendo that you had to blow on the games and hope to magic the game started).  … read more

Local Reviews: Rope or Bullets

Local Reviews: Rope or Bullets
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Sometimes I think bands are making music for the sole purpose of driving people to stand closer to speakers, with the result of never hearing anything again. Sadly, my dinky computer speakers are not that powerful.  … read more

Local Reviews: Secret Abilities

Local Reviews: Secret Abilities
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After seeing Secret Abilities live, I can at least say they are consistent with their music. Most bands excel in one setting or the other. Secret Abilities are the same talented blah live or recorded. From crazy dance riffs in “Can’t Stop” to a disgustingly sweet “Love and A Parking Lot.” … read more

Local Reviews: Ok Ikumi

Local Reviews: Ok Ikumi
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Trying to think of all the technical things that go into this is mind destroying.  … read more

Local Reviews: RuRu

Local Reviews: RuRu
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An open, starry night and a brilliant fire would do nicely while listening to Isaac Russell’s soothing voice. With powerful lyrics (similar to those of Joshua James) and strong vocals used in “Bark at Ghosts,” Russell seemed to have something new and grand to add to the growing folk scene. … read more

Local Reviews: Against the Season

Local Reviews: Against the Season
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I had a very hard time getting through this CD. I’m sure there are plenty of people out there waiting to hear female vocals delayed over generic “rock” guitar riffs, especially if they are played on the radio every half hour.  … read more

Local Reviews: Bramble

Local Reviews: Bramble
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Adventure, love and exploration are a few things we remember and look forward to as parts of summer. From the first track, “Fruit of the Moon,” Bramble takes hold of the pieces of summer and creates a wonderful full sound of acoustic medleys and eclectic percussion. … read more

Local Reviews: The Continentals

Local Reviews: The Continentals
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Rhino is a well-constructed album full of elegance that shouldn’t go unnoticed. The swirling synth and dreamy delay guitars create an idea of fading nights meant only for wishing for more time. … read more

Local Reviews: Drew Danburry

Local Reviews: Drew Danburry
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Drew Danburry is one musician I have always been fond of. His music is carefree, fun and over the years, though he releases new albums, he holds a lot of the same pleasantry. … read more