Local Review: Ulteriors – Self-Titled

Local Review: Ulteriors – Self-Titled
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With subjects ranging from politics, religion, war and corporate control, Ulteriors have taken heed to the classic punk rock sound, both lyrically and musically as they so proclaim. … read more

Review: Iron Chic – The Constant One

Review: Iron Chic – The Constant One
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“Whoas” and subtle vocal harmonies adorn these major-key pop punk songs that elicit emotion in a heartening way, as if Iron Chic’s M.O. was to purge our negative thinking by way of sonic chemotherapy.  … read more

Review: Mick Turner – Don’t Tell The Driver

Review: Mick Turner – Don’t Tell The Driver
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Don’t Tell The Driver would be the perfect album to ease a panic attack. The instrumentation felt loaded with a Southwestern vibe, making it feel as though I was traveling alone by horseback across the desert landscape, especially in “The Navigator.” … read more

Review: SQÜRL – EP #2

Review: SQÜRL – EP #2
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Coming off a brilliant collaboration with lute revivalist Josef van Wissem, this largely instrumental, sprawling compilation of psychedelic guitar explorations of dissonance and repetition is as good as any Jarmusch film: disconnected, adjacent to popular culture and unmistakably idiosyncratic. … read more

 
 
Local Review: Andrew Goldring – Forgotten Harvest EP

Local Review: Andrew Goldring – Forgotten Harvest EP
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A lot of this album has the casual buzz that was prominent in the early ’90s, though Goldring uses it wisely, favoring more refined production and carefully composed layers instead of the loud, experimental noise you might find in earlier alternative acts (looking at you, Sonic Youth). … 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: Mount Eerie – Pre-Human Ideas

Review: Mount Eerie – Pre-Human Ideas
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Phil Elverum voices everything on the album, his voice ranging from very deep to melodically high-pitched. Though on the surface it may seem simple, Pre-Human Ideas sets out to prove that the electronic can, in fact, be quite natural, and that recomposition doesn’t have to be familiar. … read more

Review: Storm of Light – Nations to Flames

Review: Storm of Light – Nations to Flames
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This album takes a completely different direction with its post-metal influences than I was expecting. Instead of the gentle surges and mellow refrains, Nations to Flames takes you by the collar and shakes you again and again with its unrelenting chaos.  … read more

Review: Melt-Banana – Fetch

Review: Melt-Banana – Fetch
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Fetch will have you scrambling after their lightning-paced rhythms and the frenetic phrasings of vocalist Yasuko Onuki, and Ichirou Agata’s guitar explorations—which are all over the place in terms of the fretboard and effects—that range from video game noises to natural sounds. … read more

Local Review: Anthems – Bridges

Local Review: Anthems – Bridges
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Immediately opening with the aggressive “Bridge Burner,” which uses the imagery of a burning bridge to announce secession from a certain corrupt nation, Bridges is a five-song anthem against political hypocrisy and our national apathy. … read more