Reviews: Unicycle Loves You – The Dead Age

Reviews: Unicycle Loves You – The Dead Age
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The Dead Age fills well-titled tracks (names like “Suicide Pizza,” “Face Tattoo” and “Endless Bummer”) with the retro fuzz sound that’s seized the garage scene. The track names alone would be enough to get me to listen at least once. … read more

Reviews: The Diemakers – Detroit Recordings

Reviews: The Diemakers – Detroit Recordings
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It wouldn’t be fair to blame the difficulty I had sitting through the six songs of Detroit Recordings on the drums or lyrics.  … read more

Review: What Moon Things – Self-Titled

Review: What Moon Things – Self-Titled
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With a sound perfect for supporting Saves The Day, What Moon Things may have come a little late for me. It’s not that they can’t pull the emo thing off—the songs get stuck in my head with a wave of melancholy like dark, Northwestern cloud cover. … read more

Review: Toupee – Leg Toucher

Review: Toupee – Leg Toucher
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Toupee Leg Toucher Moniker Records Street: 07.07 Toupee = Siouxsie and the Banshees + X + Lost Sounds Whitney Allen, lead singer of Toupee, vocally embodies all of my favorite

Review: The Rebel Set – How To Make a Monster

Review: The Rebel Set – How To Make a Monster
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The ultra-quick single-string picking that opens How To Make A Monster drowns in wet reverb the way The Ventures did it. … read more

Review: The Shackeltons – Records

Review: The Shackeltons – Records
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Records resonates the same essence that Test Icicles did, only after the caffeine (or whatever stronger stimulant) had begun to wear off. … read more

Review: The Hussy – Way With Words

Review: The Hussy – Way With Words
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The same rushed, distorted drumbeat for the EP’s short entirety might be too much without the simple and upbeat melodies played on a cheap-sounding keyboard or Catatonic Youth–style echoed noises—laser beams maybe? … read more

Review: Take Berlin – Lionize EP

Review: Take Berlin – Lionize EP
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Nothing induces a hypnotic state of relaxation like pulses of the gentle, vibrato Wurlitzer notes that fill Lionize. In fact, the dreamlike Wurlitzer, along with a clean acoustic guitar, make up the majority of the album’s instrumentation.  … read more

Review: Soviet Soviet – Fate

Review: Soviet Soviet – Fate
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When Fate begins, the full richness of the music, along with the double-time dance beat, doesn’t prepare me for the voice of Alessandro Costantini. It’s not that his voice doesn’t mesh well with the overall sound—it does. It’s perfect for the crunchy bass that sits on the forefront of the album’s mixes, allowing the guitars to create texture or melodic leads reminiscent of Holograms’ synth work.  … read more

Review: Scraper – Self Titled EP

Review: Scraper – Self Titled EP
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The heavy chainsaw guitars—emitting chord changes at a rate The Ramones might approve of—caught my attention last. … read more