Review: Corespondents – Land of the Low People

Review: Corespondents – Land of the Low People
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Now I don’t want to come across as turning my nose up at this record, but Land of the Low People just goes too far. It seems to be experimental for experiment’s sake—make this Utah boy just don’t get it, but each of these 15 instrumentals has very little to latch on to. Jazz and country elements sound great when they’re played, but then they are bent into something unrecognizable (or, in most cases, enjoyable). The strange fact is that I can tell it took a lot of talent create this record, I just can’t imagine anybody electing to let this thing play for longer than 10 minutes or so. … read more

Review: Night Birds – Maimed For The Masses

Review: Night Birds – Maimed For The Masses
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These New Jersey punks nailed the snotty sound of early ‘80s hardcore punk. … read more

Local Review: Lucid 8 – American Eyesore

Local Review: Lucid 8 – American Eyesore
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Lucid 8’s debut full-length is a testament to the influences the band members cite as their musical inspiration. … read more

 
 
Review: White Fence – Cyclops Recap

Review: White Fence – Cyclops Recap
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Lou Reed and his bunch made noise-rock famous in the late ’60s with their first album. Their second release, Loaded, was full of sunny melodies, excluding the raucous white noise. The man behind White Fence, Tim Presley, has created an album that plays like a fusion of the aforementioned albums, with a little “Crimson and Clover” and a hint of Western. … read more

Review: Teen – Carolina EP

Review: Teen – Carolina EP
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This five-song EP is just as impressive as TEEN’s sophomore full-length, In Limbo, from last year. The Brooklyn girls have strayed from their Shangri-Las-meets-psych vibe and have moved into a more diverse, rock-oriented direction. … read more

Review: Age of Taurus – Desperate Souls of Tortured Times

Review: Age of Taurus – Desperate Souls of Tortured Times
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Three years after their promising debut, Age of Taurus return to bring down the heavy hammer of doom. Desperate Souls of Tortured Times might take some time to sink in, but once you give in to the unrelenting rhythm of its leaden dirge, there’s no going back. Very few modern metal bands are brave enough to draw comparisons to doom metal giants Candlemass, and fewer still do justice to the classic sound. Yet Age of Taurus seems to have hit on a unique sound, both heavily influenced by the golden age of doom metal and bravely departing from tradition. … read more

Review: David Bowie – The Next Day

Review: David Bowie – The Next Day
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I still remember pulling Ziggy Stardust from the vinyl sleeve, the phrase “TO BE PLAYED AT MAXIMUM VOLUME” challenging me from the lower corner of the back cover. Every second of “Starman” forevermore altered my musical outlook. That said, I was skeptical as hell when I heard Bowie was releasing another album. Mainly because it’s been a decade since his last release, but also because his last album, Reality, fell a little short (in my opinion). Fortunately for us all, The Next Day meets the high expectations that Bowie sets by being, well, Bowie. … read more

Review: Of Feather And Bone – False Healer

Review: Of Feather And Bone – False Healer
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There is heavy music, and then there’s heavy music that makes you want to put your fist through a wall. Of Feather and Bone’s False Healer is one of them. … read more

Local Review: Omeed the Nag – Status

Local Review: Omeed the Nag – Status
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Omeed has a nice Aesop Rock sort of gritty feel to his voice, but he does this half-rap-half-sing-song thing that sounds silly. Status isn’t a bad album, but it sounds no different and no better than the same cookie-cutter hip hop that we’re all so tired of. … read more