Album Reviews

Chelsea Wolfe – Ἀποκάλυψις (Apokalypsis) – Album Review

After her 2010 release, The Grime and the Glow, Chelsea Wolfe releases a sullen expression of her inner thoughts, ideas, and intrigue in the recent 2011 album release — Apokalypsis. Many writers have described her music as this Goth and doom meets folk. I don’t see it just like that. There is an intentional dark mood created […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Wax Idols – No Future – Album Review

Oakland based Wax Idols, fronted by and ultimately the core creation of Heather Fedewa, aka Hether Fortune (former member of Hunx & His Punx, Bare Wires and currently playing with CastleFace Records’ Blasted Canyons) released their album No Future on October 25, 2011 on Hozac Records. It’s a punk-fueled smorgasbord of songs, spot on with the […]

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Emily Saex |
MiMOSA — Sanctuary — Album Review

Electronic music is on the rise and even though Oakland-native MiMOSA has been on the scene for a while, the L.A. transplant producer/artist is currently making waves as he furthers his electronic image. Poised as “one of the best new artists” of the year, he’s already played at some massive events such as Electric Zoo, […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Apparat – The Devil’s Walk – Album Review

“Ka Blam!!!” “Oh My God, the roof is on fire. Look out!” “Fuck you, you motherfucker!” If this kind of melodrama is your normal speed, then I think you’re going to find Apparat’s new release, The Devil’s Walk pretty boring. This is a subtle record. So subtle in fact, last night a music-loving friend and I […]

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Heavy Times – Jacker – Album Review

If you are a pizza delivery guy (or in a crappy kidnap comedy flick starring Jessie Eisenberg), Heavy Times new LP, Jacker is the album for you. Clocking in under 30 minutes long, you can listen to the entirety of the album in a single trip and will be so amped from the rush of their […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Spectrals – Bad Penny – Album Review

At first glance Louise Jones, aka Spectrals is a brassy-looking ginger who looks like he was plucked straight out of a J.K.Rowling story. His full baby face is soft and pubescent, and charming in a disarmingly fresh way. Equally enchanting and surprisingly romantic his debut full-length, Bad Penny — released on Slumberland Records is bewitching to say the […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Hot New Music – Esben and the Witch – Hexagons EP – Album Review

Esben and the Witch at SXSW 2011 – Photo: Sandra Burciaga Now this is the kind of music to practice your witchcraft to, perhaps a séance or just some deep meditation (probably the latter). England’s Esben & The Witch are all the mesmerizing dark things you seek outside of this bubblegum-indie pop infested sphere of […]

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Hot New Music: Fuel Box “I” — Album Review

Wow, who ever thought the Netherlands have such authentic soulful vibes? Well, not that they don’t — but the country isn’t exactly known for being major players in turning out R&B/hip-hop/soul artists, but Fuel Box just might change all that. The soulful group, consisting of Remy “Lil’ Bucket” Britsemmer, Josh “Bone Four Oh” Boon and DJ Durian, […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Hot New Music: The Soft Moon – Total Decay – EP Review

The Soft Moon, the musical evil genius of Bay area based musician Luis Vasquez (and performing as a trio plus visuals for live shows) released their Total Decay EP on October 31, 2011. Out on Captured Tracks and available for streaming on Spin.com, this handful of “post-apocalyptic” songs was all too fitting for the Halloween […]

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Emily Saex |
M83 “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” — Album Review

It seems that M83’s newest album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is as epic as Anthony Gonzalez said it would be last year when he first talked about the highlight anticipated follow up to 2008’s Saturdays = Youth. The sixth studio album by the French electro-indie act debuted at number 15 on the U.S. Billboard 200 […]

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