Review: NØMADS – Free My Animal

Review: NØMADS – Free My Animal
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NØMADS are a two-piece consisting of bassist Nathan Lithgow (from My Brightest Diamond and Inlets) and drummer Garth Macleavey, both of whom are set on maximizing the most sound with their limited size—and doing it all in a single take of recording. … read more

Reviews: The Precious Lo’s – Self-Titled

Reviews: The Precious Lo’s – Self-Titled
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The Precious Lo’s have established themselves as Circle Research, a DJ/production unit from Toronto. I can understand a pair of DJs wanting to try their hand at songwriting. My head naturally bobs to their down-tempo funk beats, but it’s the vocals that make me feel like I’m listening to the robot from Short Circuit trying his hand at R&B. … read more

Reviews: Turchi – Can’t Bury Your Past

Reviews: Turchi – Can’t Bury Your Past
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The beauty of the blues is that it’s so simple and raw that it can convey anything from anybody. It’s not playing different chords—it’s that one can play the same chords that have been played forever, and still play them with one’s own pain with one’s own soul. Turchi play a gritty, textured style of the blues, which, at times, is pretty remarkable … … read more

Review: Pixies – Indie Cindy

Review: Pixies – Indie Cindy
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Well, it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: a new Pixies album. … read more

 
 
Reviews: Vertical Scratchers – Daughter of Everything

Reviews: Vertical Scratchers – Daughter of Everything
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Vertical Scratchers are a two-piece band made up of ex-Brainiac and Enon guitarist John Schmersal and former Triclops! drummer Christian Beaulieu. This is the debut album for the duo, and it stands as a testament to the heartwarming, poetic rock direction that Merge Records seems to be embracing with their new releases. … read more

Review: Prong – Ruining Lives

Review: Prong – Ruining Lives
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One might imagine following 2012’s Carved Into Stone—Prong’s most acclaimed and commercially successful album since the landmark 1994 record Cleansing—would put some pressure on the band. … read more

Review: The Forty Nineteens – Spin it

Review: The Forty Nineteens – Spin it
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Blasting out with an ‘80s styled, pop-doused, garage-rock assault, The Forty Nineteens bring something different, yet very familiar, to the table. It is almost easy to overlook the notable tracks worth their weight during the initial listen. … read more

Reviews: Wild Ones – 
Keep it Safe

Reviews: Wild Ones – 
Keep it Safe
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This album is sure to be a great summertime hit. The first song, “Golden Twin,” is catchy, and they maintain that interest pretty solidly throughout. … read more

Reviews: Sweet Apple – The Golden Age of Glitter

Reviews: Sweet Apple – The Golden Age of Glitter
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J Mascis’ signature geetar-wailing paired with John Petkovic’s (Cobra Verde) trembly vocals results in a glistening, ’70s-esque powerpop juggernaut …  … read more

Reviews: Rodrigo Amarante – Cavalo

Reviews: Rodrigo Amarante – Cavalo
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The feel of this album is enchanting and ethereal. Portrayed through several songs being sung in Portuguese, it is also present in the richness and vibrancy of Amarante’s songwriting. … read more