Album Reviews

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Recommended Album Review: SISU “Blood Tears”

What began as a drumming career for Sandy Vu from Dum Dum Girls actually turned out to be quite the opposite. Upon the breakup of her former band, Midnight Movies, Sandy began the Los Angeles based synth-pop band, SISU meaning “the strength of will” in Finnish. Although she was unable to launch her creation immediately […]

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Recommended Album Review: Keep Shelly in Athens, “At Home”

Keep Shelly in Athens have been rocking our world since we discovered the downbeat electronic-pop duo from Athens, Greece back in 2011. The duo consisting of sultry vocalist Sarah P. and the mysterious cloaked electronic mastermind, RPR — impressed us greatly with their previous EP Our Own Dream (Forest Family Records). We dug them so […]

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Recommended Album Review: Lonnie Holley – Keeping a Record of It

First off, this is not the typical record that your average, casual music listener is used to — and fo’ sho’, Lonnie Holley has not taken the career path that your normal indie rocker have taken,  but please let me implore you to really take in this music because it is rewarding as fuck. Indirect, […]

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Terry Malts – Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere – Album Review

Bay Area trio Terry Malts are kickin’ out the jams with their sophomore album Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere, which is set to be released on Slumberland Records on September 10. I highly suggest you set your calendar alerts now because they’re killing it once again! Terry Malts’ punk rock spirit and high energy is still […]

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Sleeping States / Holopaw Split EP — Album Review

June is LGBT Pride month and this year was particularly momentous, as it ended with a bang, when DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) was ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court, Prop 8 got the boot and scores of same-sex couples headed to courthouses for their marriage licenses, now that same-sex marriage is legal again […]

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Recommended: Baths – Obsidian – Album Review

Local scenes come-and-go. A group of friends otherwise like-minded creative people come across a similar aesthetic and influence each other to create a community of artists all making music that informs and stimulate each other. That happens every day and it’s the main reason why it’s usually a little weird when you don’t know where […]

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Hot New Band Alert: Bosnian Rainbows

Do you like it when hot chicks and super-fun, talented musicians make albums about your inner-most personal thoughts (even the ones you’ve never really admitted to having, not even to your therapist, for fear that they would report you to a higher authority)? Bosnian Rainbows’ debut album (of the same name) will make you wish […]

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Andy Cato – Times & Places – Album Review
Recommended: Andy Cato – Times & Places – Album Review

Andy Cato, former half of british duo Groove Armada, is breaking out on his own with an extensive new album Times & Places, with material that spans decades. Providing a chronological map of his musical puberty, the 18-track album traces his DJ career from his start in the UK’s squat rave scene of the early 90s […]

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Dead Gaze – Self Titled – Album Review

Dead Gaze aka Cole Furlow is a residing member of the Cats Purring Collective (D.I.Y. music/booking dude ranch featuring fellow artists Dent May, Bass Drum of Death, etc.), and has released tracks on various D.I.Y. labels (Group Tightener, Fire Talk, Clan Destine) since 2009. Things have finally come full circle and a compilation of the […]

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Mikal Cronin – MC II – Album Review
Recommended: Mikal Cronin – MCII – Album Review

When was the last time a power-pop album grabbed the attention of the cool kids? I guess it depends on your definition of power-pop but finding the balance between the sweetness of melody, the universality of a soaring melody and the earnestness of no-hyphen-rock-n-roll has been a difficult balance for artists since the early 70s. […]

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