Review: COMA – In Technicolor

Review: COMA – In Technicolor
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It seems to me that the new trend among electronic artists is to include classical instruments in their production. In the opening song “Hoooooray,” COMA uses an accordion as well as other traditional instruments to create a slow and funky sound that gives electronic music a refreshing twist.  … read more

Review: JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound – Howl

Review: JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound – Howl
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You know, I’m a fan of groups that have a “throwback” or “revivalists” label, I just beg that the product you serve up stands tall and offers something stellar. Howl, the third album from Chicago soul revivalists, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, however, does not.  … read more

Review: Lantern – Below

Review: Lantern – Below
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This Lantern does not burn brightly—drenched in atmosphere, this dirge-meets-speed/groove death metal record is one of the better records you will hear all year. … read more

Review: Luke Winslow-King – The Coming Tide

Review: Luke Winslow-King – The Coming Tide
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When it comes to contemporary roots music, the easy route is to punk things up—play it faster or with an edge—but roots music transcends time and period. Luke Winslow-King walks that fine line between slavishly authentic and radical change just for the sake of change.  … read more

 
 
Review: Polly Scattergood – Arrows

Review: Polly Scattergood – Arrows
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What a refreshing and novel concept for an album in 2013: songs of heart break and loneliness without any cloying traces of hip-hop or rapping on them.  The very talented Scattergood bares her heart completely for her sophomore album and that young, … read more

Review: Various Artists – Steampunk Experiment: Mechanical Cabaret

Review: Various Artists – Steampunk Experiment: Mechanical Cabaret
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Steampunk Experiment: Mechanical Cabaret = S. Maharba x Men In Burka
This album is a beat junky’s playground. As soon as I hear the buzzing bass and tweaked Eastern strings of “Sweet Talk,” I can think of multiple ways to sample the music. … read more

Review: Daughter – If You Leave

Review: Daughter – If You Leave
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If You Leave starts off with a grand and bold introduction with the song, “Winter,” and that intensity remains pretty consistently throughout the 10-track LP. Lead singer Elena Tonra has a voice as haunting as Fiona Apple as her voice croons with a load of depth to her despair. … read more

Review: Jonny Manak and the Depressives – I Am Not A Bum… I’m A Jerk

Review: Jonny Manak and the Depressives – I Am Not...
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Johnny Manak and the Depressives = The Von Bondies + The Dead Boys + The Ventures
Before the first track of I Am Not A Bum… I’m A Jerk ended, I held the vinyl’s cover next to the DVD case of Steve Martin’s The Jerk to confirm their visual likeness.  … read more

Review: Man… or Astro-man? – Defcon 5…4…3…2…1

Review: Man… or Astro-man? – Defcon 5…4…3…2…1
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This album marks the first time since 1997’s Made From Technetium that Alabama’s favorite sci-fi/surf combo has put out a record with original guitarist Star Crunch.  … read more