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

Reviews: Teitanblood – Death

Reviews: Teitanblood – Death
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Even though I’m now a pile of pulverized flesh and bodily fluid as a result, listening to Teitanblood’s latest offering was the best decision of my adult life. The second you hit “play” on your stereo, a carnal swarm of everything capable of kicking ass begins mercilessly bludgeoning you with the filthiest, evilest death metal ever created. … read more

Reviews: Smoke Fairies – Self-Titled

Reviews: Smoke Fairies – Self-Titled
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Calculating and sterile, Smoke Fairies’ eponymous new album opens with an old-school pop song wrapped in a Feist guise, called “We’ve Seen Birds.” A solid song to be sure, though perhaps a bit misleading, as none of the songs afterward reach its delirious heights and joy.  … read more

Reviews: Unicycle Loves You – The Dead Age

Reviews: Unicycle Loves You – The Dead Age
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The Dead Age fills well-titled tracks (names like “Suicide Pizza,” “Face Tattoo” and “Endless Bummer”) with the retro fuzz sound that’s seized the garage scene. The track names alone would be enough to get me to listen at least once. … read more

 
 
Review: Joe Mattzie – This Box Makes Noise

Review: Joe Mattzie – This Box Makes Noise
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First things first: Joe Matzzie has a love for music. The inside of his newest album cover reads, “This record was made with love.” … read more

Review: King Buzzo – This Machine Kills Artists

Review: King Buzzo – This Machine Kills Artists
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Osborne has been King of The Melvins for the past 30 years, and has produced a metric shit-ton of sound, ranging from demonic grunge to obnoxious noise. … read more

Review: Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham – Salvation Town

Review: Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham – Salvation Town
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The sideman, usually with a guitar in his hand, has finally stepped out of his role as six-string slinger for Social Distortion and put together his first solo full-length. … read more

Review: Pacific Mean Time – Self-Titled

Review: Pacific Mean Time – Self-Titled
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There is way too much trying to happen on this album. It sounds like the band wanted to incorporate all the elements that they like from each genre and, unfortunately, it really doesn’t work. While the album is certainly ambitious, it lacks a definitive sound. … read more

Review: Mahalya – Electricspaceagesweetheart

Review: Mahalya – Electricspaceagesweetheart
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Mahalya is a band with a pedigree, but you wouldn’t know it by their discography. … read more

Review: Hunterchild – Self-Titled

Review: Hunterchild – Self-Titled
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Channeling the masters of intimate pop and R&B, Hunterchild perfects the sexy sound without being gross (looking at you, Mr. Thicke). … read more