Album Reviews

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Hot New Music: Neon Indian’s VEGA INTL. Night School — a delicious disco odyssey 

It’s usually never appropriate to judge a book (or album for that matter) by its cover, as the painstaking artistry of its contents are to be little more than complimented by its outer sleeve. But we’re only human, so from the moment you lay eyes on VEGA INTL. Night School, with its 70’s stylized portrait […]

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Recommended: Le Butcherettes’ new album “A Raw Youth” — rebel music for all ages

Le Butcherettes have come barreling down the door with their latest album A Raw Youth, which drops tomorrow, September 18 via Ipecac Recordings. Their previous record Cry Is For The Flies was an emotional rollercoaster, and while the band has lost none of that signature intensity, on A Raw Youth, the overall feeling is more […]

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Reviewed: Beach House “Depression Cherry” — a lush and sensual wonderland

It’s easy to forget that it’s been over a decade since Beach House first stepped onto the indie music scene with their self-titled debut. But after the critically-acclaimed Bloom, French-born Victoria Legrand and Baltimore native Alex Scally were believed to have completed the four-part cycle of the band’s hypnotizing evolution and peaked. But like a […]

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Recommended: Sharkmuffin’s debut LP “Chartreuse” is 20 minutes of punk-grunge heaven

Grimy Goods have been fans of Brooklyn punk outfit Sharkmuffin since we caught wind of them early last year and presented their knockout show at The Satellite. When we learned that the duo of Tarra Thiessen (vocals, guitar, theremin, pocket piano) and Natalie Kirch (bass/vocals) were set to release their debut full-length, Chartreuse on August […]

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Wolf Alice officially arrives with debut full-length “My Love is Cool”

London rockers Wolf Alice have been on our radar since making their L.A. debut at Bardot in January, and excitement for their debut album My Love is Cool has been buoyed by subsequent standout performances. The album dropped June 23 off Dirty Hit/RCA Records and it was well worth the wait. With a sound often times reminiscent of the best […]

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Recommended: Listen to Blood Candy’s debut EP “Dead Moon”

One of our 13 L.A. Bands to Watch in 2015, shoegazers Blood Candy released their debut EP Dead Moon earlier this month — and damn, was it worth the wait. A bit of My Bloody Valentine meets the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, this four-piece has been playing shows together since March of last year. Their reverb-heavy guitars meshes […]

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New Music: Brooklyn’s SIDEASIDEB shine with brooding and beautiful experimental shoegaze

For those that love the marriage between post-punk and dream-pop, you’ll dig on the aurally pleasing sounds of Brooklyn’s experimental group, SIDEASIDEB. The band led by Matthew Sire (vocals, production) and Christopher Ray Nunez (guitars, bass, arrangements) just released their EP Evergreen Rust this past May and it’s quite the lovely listen. With soothing melodies […]

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Recommended: Michael Rault “Living Daylight” — a lovesick record full of infectious garage and vintage power pop

As the last kiss of spring dries out and you sit dreaming of summer backyard bar-b-q-s, you should really plug-in and take a listen to Michael Rault’s debut full-length Living Daylight to get yourself in the summer frame of mind. Rault comes from our neighborhood to the north, Canada, wearing high top old skool vans […]

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Jacco Gardner “Hypnophobia” — a master blend of vintage reminiscing and contemporary styling

Photo by Nick Helderman As I put my ear buds in to let the music fill my ears I am instantly transported. I am walking down a street in Paris on a blissfully beautiful spring day. The sun warms my face as I watch people sip coffee, eat crepes and whiz past me on bicycles. […]

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Recommended: Fool’s Gold New Album “Flying Lessons” & Interview with Luke Top

Whittled down to a quartet, Los Angeles Afro-pop infused indie outfit Fool’s Gold, may have the least amount of band members than ever before but they are really getting down to the good stuff, the cream filling if you will, of their unique sound. Their third album, Flying Lessons (ORG Music), is scheduled for a limited release […]

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Recommended: Will Butler rises from Arcade Fire shadows with stellar solo debut ‘Policy’

Though he plays a complementary role in the massive success of his band the Arcade Fire, the younger Butler sibling steps out of the shadow of his older brother Win, to great things on his debut solo album Policy. While he plays keyboards and sometimes drummer for the world renowned band, he shows in his […]

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Recommended: Tomás Pagán Motta shines on debut solo album

Often times, solo records from lead singers are problematic. Often losing the chemistry that made a band special is lost and often times, a vocalist free from compromise make self indulgent records that lose the things that made them great. For a few years now, Singer/songwriter Tomás Pagán Motta has been making professional but less than […]

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With their new album “Control”, Milo Greene ditch folk for pop with mixed results

In the future, published work deconstructing the indie years by whatever contemporary author most appropriately embodies Chuck Klosterman (Working title: Festivals, Molly and Polka Dots,) there will be a chapter entitled “What Mumford & Sons Hath Wrought.” That chapter will, among other things, try to pinpoint when Mumford was excitingly relevant (Tiny Desk Concert, Little […]

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Fall in Love with Sleater-Kinney’s New Album “No Cities to Love”

Indie rock trio Sleater-Kinney last left listeners with the spectacularly dark, edgy and gut-wrenching album The Woods back in 2005, before they went on an indefinite hiatus the following year. Some of the band’s riot-grrl rooted previous releases like Dig Me Out and The Hot Rock had already been on the peripherals of my musical radar. […]

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