Making Some Paper Noise: Potter Press at Alt Press Fest

Making Some Paper Noise: Potter Press at Alt Press Fest
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Paper Noise, a zine published by husband and wife duo Nick and Erin Potter, is the latest manifestation of the adventurous, collaborative spirit behind their Potter Press. Starting from the traditional DIY aesthetic of a zine, but adding more sophisticated design and printmaking techniques, Paper Noise is a showcase for writers and artists who submit works inspired by mixtapes Nick curates. … read more

Parade: Prism of Experience

Parade: Prism of Experience
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Watching the trailer for Parade, the first feature-length film from writer-director Brandon Cahoon, one gets a sense that something unspoken is behind the spare dialogue, stark scenery and no-frills cinematography, animating the film in a magical way. Talking with Cahoon, I learned that intersecting with the film’s coming-of-age story is the patience of a mature filmmaker, the generosity of a small town and the mystery and melancholy of the desert. … read more

Local reviews: Chris DeVito

Local reviews: Chris DeVito
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Opening track “No Sense of Rhythm” starts this album off promisingly with propulsive drums and taut New Wave guitar, culminating in an arena-era Police-esque chorus.  Considering Chris DeVito learned drums to record this album, it’s impressive how percussion-centered the album is.  … read more

Local Reviews: Exer Ovu

Local Reviews: Exer Ovu
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Exer Ovu, the acoustic music project of Derek Griffith, uniquely combines the energy of acoustic punk with the flamboyance of freak folk.  Griffith has an expressive voice that he uses mostly to good effect, notably on opener “You’re Making Me Nervous,” a minute-long blast of hoarse four-chord punk.   … read more

Local Reviews: Parlor Hawk

Local Reviews: Parlor Hawk
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Hoarse & Roaring is an impeccable record, but whether that’s a good thing depends on the listener.  On one hand, Joshua James did a great job producing (and apparently inspiring the band’s sound).  The downside is that this album sounds like the equivalent of that guy at a party who looks like he spent a little too much time on his outfit—it makes me suspicious. … read more

Land of Talk w/ Suuns @ Kilby 09.26

Land of Talk w/ Suuns @ Kilby 09.26
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Saddle Creek band, Land of Talk and Suuns, both from Montreal, stopped by Kilby Court to play to a somewhat small, but devoted crowd.  There was no local opener, so Suuns went on around 8:00.  

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Phantogram w/ Josiah Wolf @ Kilby 10.18

Phantogram w/ Josiah Wolf @ Kilby 10.18
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Walking up to Kilby Court on Monday night, I saw a crowd standing outside the door.  When I got closer, I realized it was the line to get in.  The show sold out, seemingly because both Josiah Wolf and Phantogram were a big draw, even though the two bands touring together made no musical sense. … read more

Small Black at Kilby Court 11/12

Small Black at Kilby Court 11/12
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As a space heater warmed up the Kilby garage, crowd-pleasing local opener The Heavens and the Earth (aka producer Matt McMurray) came onstage behind an impressive array of electronics hooked together with a grippe of colorful cables. As he started playing a whooshing synth pad, I anticipated a set of Tangerine Dream worship. Then he hit the crowd with a beat and got everyone moving. … read more

Cold Cave @ Urban Lounge on 04.13

Cold Cave @ Urban Lounge on 04.13
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Going into the Cold Cave show, I had a vague idea of what to expect. Having heard a preview of Cherish the Light Years, the band’s excellent sophomore album, I anticipated the band being awkward and quasi-emo like the John Hughes movies the album shares a sensibility with. It turns out this was way off, evident from the moment they walked onstage wearing all black. … read more

Here We Go Magic @ Urban Lounge 05.04

Here We Go Magic @ Urban Lounge 05.04
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 Having recently reviewed Here We Go Magic’s proggy The January EP, I went into this show wondering a couple things: would they be able to reproduce the EP’s intricacies live, and more importantly, would it be any fun? The show ended up surprising me pleasantly, making my original concerns irrelevant. … read more