Album Reviews

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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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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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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Swahili Blonde – Psycho Tropical Ballet Pink – Album Review

  Swahili Blonde at the Echoplex – Photo: Matt Fisher OK. There is a LOT going on here. I mean there is a hell of a lot going on here. Swahili Blonde’s newest release Psycho Tropical Ballet Pink mixes elements of krautrock, Afro-beat, psyche, dub, skronk, no wave and I don’t think I’ve even covered […]

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Low Roar – Self-Titled – Album Review

  Leading with a low, organ-esque hum and trailing with pretty, plucky guitar chords that conjure images of foggy moors and unrequited love, you’re welcomed into the lyrical blue heart of super sappy indie rocker, Low Roar and his self-titled debut album released on Tonequake Records. Icelandic transplant via San Francisco, Low Roar (aka Ryan Joseph […]

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Hot New Music: Keep Shelly in Athens “Our Own Dream” – EP Review

Grecian electronica-downbeat pop duo Keep Shelly in Athens (KSiA), should change their name to Keep Shelly in Los Angeles because after listening to their new Our Own Dream EP L.A. is where I’d like them to stay.  The 12” EP will be released in limited silver and white vinyl (500 total copies) as of November 8, 2011 via Forest […]

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Dum Dum Girls “Only in Dreams” – Album Review

Dum Dum Girls have left some of the teenage nostalgia of their 2010 debut, I Will Be behind and are fresh faced with a 10-track dose of pop songs steeped in harsh reality with their sophomore album Only in Dreams released via Sub Pop Records on September 27, 2011. The album kicks off with the punchy “Always […]

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Emily Saex |
Still Corners “Creatures of an Hour” – Album Review

  Maybe its the shadow of Halloween just around the corner, or my new found obsession with American Horror Story, or maybe it was intended to sound like the soundtrack to Suspiria. Regardless Still Corners’ debut LP matches the October vibe of all things creepy. They come from foggy London, baring with them foggy new-wave […]

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