Review: The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

Review: The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream
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Perhaps you’ve never gotten into the Bon Ivers and Fleet Foxes of the world. Fair enough: They tend to be a bit precious. That said, if you check this one out, you might be pleasantly surprised. … read more

Review: Picastro – You

Review: Picastro – You
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This album embodies everything I love about experimental music. You communicates what I like to call “black folk.” … read more

Review: The Menzingers – Rented World

Review: The Menzingers – Rented World
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Well, The Menzingers have delivered another album that the disgruntled and eccentric youth can tap their feet and bob their heads to. … read more

Review: Ikebe Shakedown – Stone By Stone

Review: Ikebe Shakedown – Stone By Stone
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Ikebe Shakedown are part of a growing contingent of musicians dedicated to replicating the feel of classic recordings. They do a good job, and it’s a noble goal, too. … read more

 
 
Local Review: The Lazy Waves – Wavetable

Local Review: The Lazy Waves – Wavetable
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Indie electro-pop is the en vogue subgenre at the moment and that is totally OK with me. The Lazy Waves’ latest EP combines a lot of the genre’s best traits, things like space-age synth sounds backing earthy lyrics and vocals, to create this solid four-track EP. … read more

Review: White Suns – Totem

Review: White Suns – Totem
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White Suns encapsulate destruction par excellence with Totem. One may first recall works like Jane Doe with opening track “Priest in the Laboratory,” with its contra-time signatures and cacophonous electric-guitar malfunctioning and anti-chords—it’s sporadic, broken movement. … read more

Review: Patrick Sexx – The Shadow That Took Shape

Review: Patrick Sexx – The Shadow That Took Shape
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Patrick Sexx created an album that sounds like a coloring book from an alternate reality. The title track has a slow synth accompanied by an upbeat chorus of backing vocals, which create a friendly atmosphere that sounds like a waking dream. … read more

Review: Metatag – Transmission

Review: Metatag – Transmission
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Metatag’s tape cover bears a strong resemblance to Joy Division’s classic, Unknown Pleasures, if it were isolated and magnified a couple hundred times. … read more

Review: Insomnium – Shadows of the Dying Sun

Review: Insomnium – Shadows of the Dying Sun
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Continuing to build their stronghold of melodic death metal, Finland’s Insomnium offer up their sixth full-length record without a ton of surprises and with all expectations met. … read more

Local Review: MoneyPenny – Self-Titled

Local Review: MoneyPenny – Self-Titled
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If I wasn’t a decade removed from being 17, I’d probably be jamming to this pop punk album in my beat-up Chevy Lumina with a vanilla ice from Top Spot and my best friend, but I’ve since upgraded to a Subaru, pour-overs, a husband and post-whatever. … read more