Album Reviews

Lazerbeak “Lava Bangers” — Album Review

Aaron Mader, aka Lazerbeak, has taken time off from his guitar duties in the indie band The Plastic Constellations to drop his second solo LP, Lava Bangers. The producer and artist has had recent success with Doomtree’s No Kings album, which is a hip-hop collective of like-minded artists (or really high school friends) who are […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Hot New Music: Crosses – EP†† – Review

The wait is finally over. Crosses’ second EP†† was self released on January 24, 2012 and is now available as a digital download (deluxe download available too!) on their Website. To access the brilliant, even flowing follow up to EP†, click here. The EP kicks off with “Fron†ier” a track that has Chino Moreno’s voice creeping […]

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Emily Saex |
The Doozer – Keep It Together – Album Review

Sooooooo …… I’ve written and re-written this review about four times now. “Why,” might you ask? Because every time I think I have a bead on The Doozer, I find out something new about him that makes me re-think my earlier position. Below is a quick break-down of Doozer’s pros and cons: Pros The Doozer does a […]

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Hot New Music: Porcelain Raft – Strange Weekend – Album Review

You know that feeling when you stick your arm out of a car window while it’s moving, and make your hand wave and dance though the air stream? If that feeling needed a soundtrack, my suggestion would be Porcelain Raft’s full-length debut, Strange Weekend. Beginning the album with a track called “Drifting In and Out” […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Matt Pryor – May Day – Album Review

Just because it’s the front man from The Get Up Kids, doesn’t mean it’s all emo.  Matt Pryor’s second solo album May Day was just released on Tuesday, January 24, on his label Nightshoes Syndicate.  No dying cats here, just getting back to the basics with a simple, clean, nuanced effort that is both endearing […]

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Emily Saex |
Chairlift – Something – Album Review

Chairlift makes the kind of wistful, effervescent music you might imagine hip astronauts would embrace whilst tending to a flock of multi-colored chrysanthemums. Singer Caroline Polachek, possesses a voice operatic in its beauty but at odds with its identity. Ranging in tone from ‘80s inspired dream pop to newer darkwave/goth, the band is capable of making […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Hot New Music: Matthew Dear – Headcage EP – Review

  If 2011 was the year that dubstep went mainstream, then 2012 just might be the year that old school DJs/dance music moguls begin grabbing the brass ring—or in many cases a mic—and just going for it! This may be the year that DJs start singing and becoming superstars. Matthew Dear (DJ, producer and co-label head of dance music […]

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Hot New Music: Gary Go – Now Was Once The Future — Album Review

  I don’t know about you, but I’m in LOVE with Benny Benassi’s “Cinema” track (both the original and Skrillex’s bass-filled remix). Its vocals are amazing and its romantic theme just melts my heart. I paid little attention to who sang it, but now I’m wishing I did. Gary Go not only sang on Benassi’s […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Seasons – Autumn – EP Review

Highland Park’s Seasons self-released their new EP entitled, Autumn on January 2, 2012. While previous EPs Spring and Summer were released in their respective seasons, Winter (June 2010) and Autumn (Jan 2012)—well, not so much.  Release date logistics/faux paux aside, Autumn is a damn fine EP—strong, sentimental and perfect for any season. Opener “Monday Nights” blasts […]

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Emily Saex |
Best Albums of 2011 – Musician, Skateboarder & Photographer Selections

Even with their super busy schedules and creative efforts, these guys still made time to listen to some new albums this year. It’s definitely not easy to put a Best Albums of 2011 list, especially when you’re not a music blogger or journalist with access to hordes of new music. But these guys made it happen. We […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |