Review: 3:33 – Bicameral Brain

Review: 3:33 – Bicameral Brain
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While listening to this, I realized I had been taken on a journey into deep ambient darkness. The sounds of rain, thunder, hollowed echoing of the drumbeats, sizzling snare and pulsating bass had carried me into a sort of void. … read more

Review: Dosh – Milk Money

Review: Dosh – Milk Money
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Experimental electronic music seems to be kind of the trend lately among newer artists, but that doesn’t always mean it’s the best music. Dosh deliver an album that, while it has a good quality of sound backing it, is not something I could see becoming big. … read more

Local Review: The Obliterate Plague – The Wrath of Cthulhu

Local Review: The Obliterate Plague – The Wrath of Cthulhu
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The Salt Lake City death metal band that’s always persistent and consistently good has finally officially recorded some tunes for the masses. Founding members Alexander Jorgenson and Alex Gomez have picked a collection of tracks from the band’s earlier era that never got any proper recording treatment and gave them the deluxe workup in an oh-so-good way. … read more

Review: Piñata Protest – El Valiente

Review: Piñata Protest – El Valiente
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Opening with a 45-second intro declaring Piñata Protest “los mas chingones de la musica norteña punk,” El Valiente certainly delivers on that description.  … read more

 
 
Review: Ludovico Technique – We Came to Wreck Everything

Review: Ludovico Technique – We Came to Wreck Everything
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Aesthetic Perfection took “Dead Inside” and helped it transcend from industrial to synth-pop, leaving me in audio bliss. E-Craft let the vocals shine through in “Heal My Scars” and mixed in their own style of futuristic synth sound and a simplistic beat. … read more

Review: Seams – Quarters

Review: Seams – Quarters
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Quarters utilizes crisp, unadorned beats that snap and pop in crystal-clear hi fidelity. These simple chord progressions and beats are then added on layer by layer with buzzing synths and serrated arpeggios until the sum eventually outweighs its parts, but not without leaving a golden thread back to the beginning. … read more

Review: Black Books – Self-Titled

Review: Black Books – Self-Titled
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Black Books write big songs confined to small places. There is an epic and anthemic quality to Black Book’s cloistered little pop songs: a driving, pulsing urge to express something too huge for words written in broad brush strokes of soaring choruses and the diffused light of atmospheric passages oozing out of guitars and synths that blend ambient colorings into vital, crunchy power chords. … read more

Review: Drew Price’s Bermuda Triangle – Friends And Family

Review: Drew Price’s Bermuda Triangle – Friends And Family
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I wasn’t exactly excited to listen to this album, mostly due to an underwhelming description on the press release, the presence of several new LPs on the “to listen” shelf—and a Breaking Bad episode on the DVR—but I’m glad that I did. … read more

Review: Night Birds – Born To Die In Suburbia

Review: Night Birds – Born To Die In Suburbia
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Night Birds, however, seem like the kind of band that could turn on you at any second—a snotty, fast-paced brand of punk that, yes, is reminiscent of ’80s-era bands, but they do so much more than just ape a certain period of hardcore punk.  … read more

Review: Heavenly Beat – Prominence

Review: Heavenly Beat – Prominence
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Prominence expands on the downtempo aesthetic of Talent by incorporating darker, introspective lyrics into the same exuberant sound. Peña’s airy falsetto floats through the tracks here, cozying up with lush loops of nylon strings, steel drums, and New Order–styled harmonica. … read more