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Adeline Hotel Delivers Uniquely Brilliant Americana Record with It’s Alright, Just the Same

The first line of Adeline Hotel’s newest release, It’s Alright, Just the Same is a roundabout expression of devotion. “I’ve got time of yours to waste,” Daniel Knishkowy sings, “you don’t know it yet but just you wait.” The track, called “Oh Well,” is a tender ballad with a two-minute ending which I consider to […]

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The Kills make their chilling return with bluesy, slow-burner Ash & Ice

There’s always existed a dichotomy of blurred influences at the center of The Kill’s inflammatory garage-rock, one that has rotated steadily around the tastes of Florida native Alison Mosshart and British guitarist Jamie Hince. Like fellow UK rockers Savages and newcomers Wolf Alice, the duo’s female-led badassery has flowed directly from their knack for cooking […]

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Pollyn offers deep-cuts of vintage electronica on new album Distress Signals

Electro-pop outfit Pollyn have been cutting their teeth in the Los Angeles’ underground for over two decades, so it should come as no surprise that with four albums now under their belt, the trio have undoubtedly mastered the unruly nature of their witchy electronica. Bristling with vintage samplings, propulsive marches of synthetic percussion, and Genevieve Artadi’s ethereal monotone, […]

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M83 break away from their teen dream fairytales with new album Junk

When French electronic band M83 announced it had returned to the studio, I felt a carefully measured level of excitement rise within me. On one hand, I had the promise of new material from Anthony Gonzalez, on the other, they had the insurmountable task of creating an album that would exist in the shadow of Hurry Up, […]

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Weezer return to the sunshine of their youth with tenth studio album, “The White Album”

Weezer has been making music for a long, long, long time–so long that I haven’t known a world without a Weezer album. Their self-titled debut was released three days before I was born and they’ve been pedaling out their audacious take on rock nonstop ever since. But within that massive discography, it’s always been the string of […]

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Yeasayer abandons synth-pop for the psychedelic-gospel with New Album “Amen and Goodbye”

If there ever existed such a thing as a modern art album, Amen & Goodbye, Yeasayer’s fourth studio attempt, would undoubtedly be it. As eloquently bewildering as ever, the New York experimental rock outfit successfully disembark from the restrictions of melodic, synth-pop constructions as they explore the fringes of their bizarre expressionism. Caught somewhere between the […]

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Open Mike Eagle takes on the world and wins with New Album “Hella Personal Film Festival”

As his moniker might imply, Chi-town transplant Open Mike Eagle crafts improvised, “art rap” of his own design–hammering out a niche for himself and sparking the most exciting underground hip-hop album of the year in the process. Hella Personal Film Festival is in itself a mighty collaboration between Eagle and British producer Paul White, but […]

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Miike Snow
Miike Snow end hiatus and chase noisy pop-progressions with iii

It’s been over four years since indietronica outfit Miike Snow released their last full length album Happy to You, and longer still since the Swedish trio unveiled the deliciously hypnotizing licks of “Animal” and “Black and Blue” for all the world to enjoy. But lengthy periods of hiatus can be dreadfully commonplace when your band […]

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British songstress Låpsley ascends the heights of rhythm and blues with debut Long Way Home

No matter how eclectic you believe your music tastes to be, everyone has that one genre that one almost unconsciously develops a mild annoyance to. Part of being apart of this world includes being asked what kind of music you listen to–most of us always offer up the same answer: “A little bit of everything, except…” We all have at […]

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Animal Collective entreat fans to adrenaline-rush of experimentalism in Painting With

Animal Collective has always been a crowd skewing band. That isn’t to say the Baltimore trio haven’t developed a devout following over the years–but if you’ve ever played, say, Strawberry Jam, for a friend who’s never heard it before, their reaction ranges from giddy enthusiasm to cringing terror. That’s because, while there are a lot […]

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Ra Ra Riot make their triumphant return with the lushly enchanting Need Your Light

When the lofty electronica of Beta Love first made its way through the airwaves, the break that was made from Ra Ra Riot’s once indie-baroque dynamic was a deafening one. For all intents and purposes, the album was considered a rough transition; to critics, it was a betrayal of their nearly perfectible reconciliation of orchestral […]

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St. Lucia
Reviewed: St. Lucia’s “Matter” is sure to have you dancing

With Brooklyn-based synthpoppers St. Lucia churning out tunes, Phil Collins – you can stay retired. St. Lucia has perfected the tropical synths and heavy percussion sound that Collins became known for in the ‘90s after defecting from Genesis. It’s been two-and-a-half years since their debut album When the Night dropped. After seeing them a half-dozen […]

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Stream The Echo and The Sound’s new album “Buffalo Mouth” packed with scorching rock ‘n’ roll

Los Angeles duo The Echo and The Sound, composed of drummer Doug Jewell and guitarist/vocalist Brian Rich, are bringing the noise full blast, shredding through twelve tracks of scorching rock n’ roll on their new double EP Buffalo Mouth, a record they describe as “stop, drop & rock n’ roll” and which is destined to be officially […]

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Recommended: Keep Shelly In Athens push boundaries with new album “Now I’m Ready”

Photo Credit: Niki Topouslidou With each new release Athens, Greece duo Keep Shelly In Athens continue to push their own boundaries just a little bit further than before and that’s certainly the case with their sophomore full length Now I’m Ready, released October 16th via Los Angeles label Friends of Friends. While downbeat electronic is still the primary […]

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