Review: Bones – Sons of Sleaze

Review: Bones – Sons of Sleaze
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Sons of Sleaze is an appropriate title for this romper stomper of a record. It’s funny how it sounds sloppy as hell but it all congeals into a mess of a crusty death metal record. Its speed is built up on punk and hardcore anthems of old but has the grit of an OSDM record.  … read more

Review: Sherman Baker – Self-Titled

Review: Sherman Baker – Self-Titled
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Is it just me (it usually is), or are our soundwaves over-saturated with quiet, reflective singer songwriters, playing the kind of bland folk that attracts men who use mustache combs and apprentice beekeepers? Sherman Baker might quell this problem. … read more

Local Review: Null – Break The Spell

Local Review: Null – Break The Spell
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This stuff was groan-inducing the first time I heard it, strolling through Zuccotti Park a few years back. (I think I have a hand signal to show how much I like it, too.) … read more

Review: Asheru – Sleepless in Soweto

Review: Asheru – Sleepless in Soweto
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Asheru delivers his vision of global African unity in Sleepless in Soweto, and if it weren’t for the blending of rapid-fire rhymes combined with elements of Afro-beat and American hip-hop, I would have been bored by the amount of R&B present in this album.  … read more

 
 
Review: Snowmine – Dialects

Review: Snowmine – Dialects
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Sounding a bit like an unsigned 4AD band complete with moody, ethereal backgrounds, lush orchestrations and sometimes-coherent-sometimes-not vocals—the Brooklyn quintet certainly distances itself from its contemporaries by creating everything by hand. … read more

Review: Orthy – E.M.I.L.Y. EP

Review: Orthy – E.M.I.L.Y. EP
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Ian Orth’s edits, meant for Austin’s electro dance Learning Secrets, ended up as the four songs on this EP and are typical electro-pop of the moment—but I feel as if there’s nothing super enticing or even pleasantly generic about them (though a Baio remix of the title track provides a nice twist on the EP’s singular sound). … read more

Review: Carlos Cipa & Sophia Jani – Relive

Review: Carlos Cipa & Sophia Jani – Relive
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For those of you who enjoy listening to piano while cramming for that big ass final you have the next morning, this duo will certainly calm your nerves. … read more

Review: The Ska-Skank Redemption – Wicked Bees

Review: The Ska-Skank Redemption – Wicked Bees
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Songs like “Hit ‘n’ Run” and “Age of Wine” resemble the traditional dance-like ska beat. “Minnesota” brings a lot more emphasis on the guitar, giving the song a more raw, punk rock edge to the EP—all while lead singer Dan Christianson upholds clean and emotional vocals similar to that of Billie Joe Armstrong. … read more

Local Review: Perish Lane – Destroy The Skies

Local Review: Perish Lane – Destroy The Skies
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This getup is a strong example of some good alt-thrash-rock in a well-produced and beautifully packaged full length. They write some sweet guitar solos on tracks like “Awaken the Fire” and “Twenty Seven,” but the strongest song on this album, hands down, is “Farewell.” … read more

Review: Birds of Passage – This Kindly Slumber

Review: Birds of Passage – This Kindly Slumber
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 On her latest album for Denovali, Merz steps in front of the microphone and behind the thousand blinking lights of pedals and sequencers to create an album full of elegiac drones and deconstructed neofolk tunes that form out of the ether like a heavy mist across a bog or clouds quietly forming on the horizon. … read more