Review: Woods – With Light and With Love

Review: Woods – With Light and With Love
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Brooklyn “do everything” folk band Woods return with a bright album full of quaint little pop songs with no edges and hooks so sugary they make Teenage Fanclub look like The Ramones. Woods are probably the least freaky of the “freak folk” acts, but definitely the most consistent (as long as Devendra Banhart keeps making shitty albums).  … read more

Local Review: Richard Tyler Epperson – Hourglass

Local Review: Richard Tyler Epperson – Hourglass
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This mix of often sweet-sounding acoustic guitar and multi-layered instrumentation is definitely pop-radio ready. … read more

Review: Kepler – Attic Salt 12”

Review: Kepler – Attic Salt 12”
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It sounds like every mellow-rock and indie band in the last 25 years congealed into one unimaginative band. Maybe part of it was because I had to fuck around with a record player for 30 minutes to be able to play it.  … read more

Review: Popstrangers – Fortuna

Review: Popstrangers – Fortuna
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Compared to their first album, Antipodes, Popstrangers are really living up to the “Pop” in their name. I want to stress that I said, “compared to.” … read more

 
 
Review: ACxDC – Antichrist Demoncore

Review: ACxDC – Antichrist Demoncore
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Having established themselves as a nascent pillar of the California punk n’ hardcore community with a smattering of splits, EPs and insane live shows (check the Google machine for their set in Pomona 2011), ACxDC’s full-length debut offering might literally be their opus to masochistic, satani-violence with a conscience. … read more

Review: Wye Oak – Shriek

Review: Wye Oak – Shriek
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Like many of their musical contemporaries, Baltimore’s Wye Oak are embracing new modes of music-making and shying away from guitar-based rock structures to favor synthetic sounds and electronic textures.  … read more

Local Review: Spörk – Spörk 2.Ö

Local Review: Spörk – Spörk 2.Ö
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Sometimes good things come in twos, and the second release by local self-proclaimed “stoner rock” duo Spörk—the embodiment of synthetic, petroleum-based fast-food flatware—the musical equivalent of what passes for “journalism” in frontman Bill Frost’s television-addicted, sarcasm-singed, tube-top addled mind… … read more

Review: King Dude – Fear

Review: King Dude – Fear
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TJ Cowgill, aka King Dude, caught my attention with 2011’s Love, a spacious pagan folk record examining themes of death, nature and Lucifer’s light. Now, joined by drummer Joey D’Auria and session musicians, Cowgill supplements Americana and Brit-folk explorations of existential fear and imminent demise with a completely unexpected musical mode—punk rock n’ roll. … read more

Review: R.M. Hendrix – Urban Turks Country Jerks

Review: R.M. Hendrix – Urban Turks Country Jerks
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No, this isn’t an LDS-themed Jimi Hendrix cover band, though if you’re a Utah native, that probably doesn’t sound too odd. What we’ve got here is a mixed bag of indie rock, shoegaze and … gulp … psychedelia that casts a wide arc from nostalgia days to here and now. … read more

Review: Amen Dunes – Love

Review: Amen Dunes – Love
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Love is songwriter Damon McMahon’s latest release as Amen Dunes on Sacred Bones Records. … read more