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

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: Popstrangers – Fortuna

Review: Popstrangers – Fortuna
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Compared to their first album, Antipodes, Popstrangers are really living up to the “Pop” in their name. I want to stress that I said, “compared to.” … read more

Review: Popstrangers

Review: Popstrangers
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The flavors of Antipodes range from the dark ambiance of Sonic Youth to more recent, surf-influenced indie music like Wavves. The album features prominent bass that constantly moves with the melody while the fuzzy guitars stray, returning to the melody as they please. … 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

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: Human Eye – 4: Into Unknown

Review: Human Eye – 4: Into Unknown
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I’ve been into fuzz for a while now, but the tone of the guitar’s thick, audible padding, scattered throughout 4: Into Unknown, scratch deep—enough to trigger inner-ear ASMR tingles. Throughout the album and especially in “Surface of Pluto,” the wah of the guitar solos sound like they came straight from The Stooges’ Fun House.  … read more

Review: Jonny Manak and the Depressives – I Am Not A Bum… I’m A Jerk

Review: Jonny Manak and the Depressives – I Am Not...
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Johnny Manak and the Depressives = The Von Bondies + The Dead Boys + The Ventures
Before the first track of I Am Not A Bum… I’m A Jerk ended, I held the vinyl’s cover next to the DVD case of Steve Martin’s The Jerk to confirm their visual likeness.  … 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: Pop. 1280 – Imps of Perversion

Review: Pop. 1280 – Imps of Perversion
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The deceptive opening guitar chord of Imps of Perversion hints at another surf album, with its thin echo lingering as a tribal beat backs the chord’s decay. The crunchy bass, synchronized with simple double-time picking on the guitar, cuts in and knocks the surf sound off its board within seconds. … read more