Contributor Limelight: Maggie Zukowski

Contributor Limelight: Maggie Zukowski

Maggie Zukowski is a motorcycle ridin’, cat fosterin’, pink-hair rockin’, kick-ass SLUG designer. … read more

Local Reviews: B-Side

Local Reviews: B-Side
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This debut album from B-Side (Bryant Masina) is well produced and his concepts sound fully formed. His cadence flows nicely over the beats, which are just as much R&B and reggae as they are hip hop.  … read more

Local Reviews: Budnick

Local Reviews: Budnick
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I was immediately drawn to this local pop-punk EP for three reasons: 1. The band is named after the red-mulleted prankster from the classic kids’ TV series, Salute Your Shorts, 2. Closing track “Who Wrote Holden McNeil?” is a reference to both Screeching Weasel and Chasing Amy, 3. The cover art by notable punk artist Cristy Road is pretty rad.  … read more

Local Reviews: Burnell Washburn

Local Reviews: Burnell Washburn
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Underground local star Burnell Washburn has graced the 801 with his new EP, An Apple a Day, a soul-medicating compilation of indie production, urban storytelling and poetic positivity. Burnell has hit a passionate stride with the predecessor to his upcoming August LP.  … read more

 
 
Local Reviews: Burning Olympus

Local Reviews: Burning Olympus
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Words Taken From Books caught me off guard in a good way. These five songs are lustrous and captivating, with a spacey, dream-rock vibe and just enough grunginess. Vocalist Devin Powell is successfully emotive and visceral, while the band handles the rest with lo-fi texture and intriguing rock patterns. … read more

Local Reviews: Discoid A

Local Reviews: Discoid A
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Good god damn, this thing is fun! What started as an “acoustic D-beat” band has morphed into a full-blown loud machine. Recorded with one mic, this release encompasses an astounding 37 songs in 36 minutes, and it is one of the dirtiest punk rock recordings I’ve ever heard.  … read more

Local Reviews: DJ Shanty

Local Reviews: DJ Shanty
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The master of the turntables for local hip hop legends The Numbs has not been idle since 2011’s Soulburn release. The production of Megatherium, an instrumental beat album, is halfway between classic video games, breakbeats and world music with buzzed-out bass behind tight snare and rich woodblock and tom drum hits.  … read more

Local Reviews: Nick Foster

Local Reviews: Nick Foster
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When I played the first track from Nick Foster’s Total Data, it seemed erratic, busy and slightly irritating—“Just Pick Yes” made me want to just say no. It has a mix of samples put together without fluidity that made me feel like my ears were being drilled by infomercials. I decided to give the album a second chance and listen to it with a completely open mind, so I smoked a doobie and pressed play. … read more

Local Reviews: Stark Raving Mad

Local Reviews: Stark Raving Mad
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I always vomit a little when bands pull that “Oh, we’re not like other bands” thing, so Stark Raving Mad, who tout a manifesto like “Easily Defined, Easily Defeated” and piece hunks of ska, Gainesvillle melodies and cowpunk into a raucous punk sound, should have me blowing bruschetta all over my damn room … but I’m not. You see, for all their musical deviations, they’re rooted pretty heavily in all things traditional. … read more

Local Reviews: Summerteeth

Local Reviews: Summerteeth
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After putting out their EP How I Got in the Room last December, Summerteeth apparently made a quick trip back to the studio, as they released their second full-length album, Lurking Danger, this past February.  … read more