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: Institute – Catharsis

Review: Institute – Catharsis
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Institute Catharsis Sacred Bones Street: 06.09 Institute = The Dead Boys + Gang of Four A thin-toned, catchy guitar riff begins “Perpetual Ebb,” the first track on Catharsis, and it

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: I’m In You – Trust

Review: I’m In You – Trust
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I’m In You keep the guitars to a minimum, only using them for texture, giving the album a new wave feel like the darker songs of New Order filtered through Metronomy. For me, the album peaks in the middle with “Disclosure,” a track that would easily fit on the Drive soundtrack. … read more

Review: Ills – Hideout From The Feeders

Review: Ills – Hideout From The Feeders
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This album mixes aspects I’m fond of—catchy progressions matched on bass and guitar that give the rhythm a thickness I could move to—with aspects I could leave behind, like vocals that sometimes sound a little too much like Isaac Brock, for example. … read more

Review: Holograms – Forever

Review: Holograms – Forever
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Forever uses the upbeat power of nearly unbroken speed to avoid any clashes with boredom while finding identity through unique vocals. … read more

Review: Heaven’s Gate – Transmuting

Review: Heaven’s Gate – Transmuting
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I’ve felt starved for feminine vocalists in the upbeat lo-fi community up until Transmuting. Heaven’s Gate mix reverberated guitars and non-stop ride cymbal with a voice between the sustained notes of Best Coast and the tone of Siouxsie Sioux. … read more

Local Review: Pentagraham Crackers – Live! From the Palace of Payne

Local Review: Pentagraham Crackers – Live! From the Palace of...
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Pentagraham Crackers Live! From the Palace of Payne Chthonic Records Street: 05.31 Pentagraham Crackers = Dan Sartain + The Mr. T Experience   The fluid tempo and mood in Live!

Local Review: Nostalgia – Self-Titled

Local Review: Nostalgia – Self-Titled
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It’s not often that a baritone voice sticking to a few sustained notes hooks me. It’s more rare when the band comes from Utah County.
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Local Review: Mortigi Tempo – Bob Your Head Suzie

Local Review: Mortigi Tempo – Bob Your Head Suzie
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Bob Your Head Suzie begins heavy, with overdriven guitar bass and what sounds like pounded, low-end piano on a track called “Air Raid” that has vocals so buried it comes off as instrumental. … read more