Local Review: Eliza Wren – Selections in Time

Local Review: Eliza Wren – Selections in Time
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Eliza Wren Selections in Time EW = Radiohead + (Fiery Furnaces – total bizarrity) + Tom Waits As melancholy and complex as scarcity musicianship can muster, Eliza Wren ‘s (new

Review: Rosetta Stone – Adrenaline Deluxe

Review: Rosetta Stone – Adrenaline Deluxe
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Rosetta Stone Adrenaline Deluxe Cleopatra   In the late 80s, goth had become a bombastic beast that for better or worse was bent on imploding. It had grown from the

Local Review: Thrashcorps – Self-Titled

Local Review: Thrashcorps – Self-Titled
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Thrashcorps Self-titled Thrashcorps = Danzig + Apocalypse Theater + Carnaval + Ichi the Killer There’s something really untamed, scary, twisted and sick about Thrashcorps’ (formerly Absinthe) brutal take on the

Review: Erasure – Nightbird

Review: Erasure – Nightbird
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Erasure Nightbird Mute   On Erasure’s last release, Other People’s Songs, Vince Clark and Andy Bell sounded tired. Their bag of tricks had been spent, reducing them to an album

 
 
Local Review: Toob Top Shakur – Live Demo

Local Review: Toob Top Shakur – Live Demo
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Toob Top Shakur Live Demo Toob Top Shakur = Circle Jerks + Sonic Youth Convincing old-school punk rock post-2000 never sounded so 1982. Toob Top Shakur from Fort Collins is

Review: Billy Idol – Devil’s Playground

Review: Billy Idol – Devil’s Playground
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Billy Idol Devil’s Playground Sanctuary   Having placed himself in a self-imposed exile, the majority of the last decade was decidedly Idol-less. Billy was off losing himself in cyberpunk culture

Local Review: Quiet Colors – Self-titled demo

Local Review: Quiet Colors – Self-titled demo
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Quiet Colors Self-titled demo Quiet Colors = Circa Survive + Armor for Sleep Quiet Colors comes off like an Equal Visions band with their melodic-emo-with-punk-overtones mix. The music’s cloudy-darkish, but

Review: Ffa Coffi Pawb – Am Byth

Review: Ffa Coffi Pawb – Am Byth
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Ffa Coffi Pawb Am Byth Empyrean   Before Gruff Rhys was mesmerizing the world with Super Furry Animals, he and a cast of characters who would go on to play

Local Review: Purr Bats – Bionic Fresh Moves

Local Review: Purr Bats – Bionic Fresh Moves
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Purr Bats Bionic Fresh Moves State of Deseret/Rest 30 Purr Bats = Purr Bats They’re incomparable, sorry. Salt Lake’s best dour synth-disco-spazz band that will kill you with humor while

Review: The Dead Science – Bird Bones in the Bughouse

Review: The Dead Science – Bird Bones in the Bughouse
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The Dead Science Bird Bones in the Bughouse Absolutely Kosher   The drummer plays in a jerky, attacking motion that reminds me of Tori Amos. The vocals are hushed, falsetto