Localized: Magic Mint

Localized: Magic Mint
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Magic Mint, the solo-project brainchild of local musician Andrew Shaw, might seem like an axiomatic extension of Shaw’s four-piece band, Color Animal, but it’s not. Self-described as “the marriage of looping and pop music,” Magic Mint presents a psych-pop sound with a few intentional nuances that give Magic Mint its euphorically retroactive sound. … read more

Review: The Besnard Lakes – A Coliseum Complex Museum

Review: The Besnard Lakes – A Coliseum Complex Museum
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It’s no secret that The Besnard Lakes have an affinity for the supernatural and even look to it for inspiration. Yet, what sets A Coliseum Complex Museum apart from the band’s previous work is its openness in addressing the group’s relationship and overarching obsession with nature and the occult. … read more

Graveyard: You Can’t Invent Music Again

Graveyard: You Can’t Invent Music Again
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Innocence & Decadence is Graveyard’s fourth studio album and undoubtedly their tightest and most focused effort to date. The album features myriad tenacious bass rhythms redolent of Priestess circa 2006, layered with subtle references to proto-rock bands of the ’60s such as Blue Cheer. … read more

Soft Limbs: “Playing Shows Is Dangerous”

Soft Limbs: “Playing Shows Is Dangerous”
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By retaining a sense of DIY that hearkens back to the music scene in the Pacific Northwest circa the late ’80s and early ’90s, Soft Limbs manage to seamlessly thread together melodies rich with eclectic instruments such as the vibraphone while incorporating calculated synths, looks and bossa nova–inspired percussion. … read more

Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper: Breaking The Familiar Silence

Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper: Breaking The Familiar Silence
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I can tell what questions Eric Earley, lead singer-songwriter of the alt-country outfit Blitzen Trapper, has been asked previously. … read more

Def Leppard play USANA with Styx and Tesla

Def Leppard play USANA with Styx and Tesla
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If the Def Leppard, Styx and Tesla concert at USANA proved anything, it’s that rock n’ roll knows no limits when it comes to its fans. … read more