Album Reviews

Times New Viking – “Dancer Equired” — Album Review

Make no mistake about it; though the new Times New Viking (TNV) release Dancer Equired is sonically miles different than their back catalog, Dancer Equired is by no means a sell-out.  Those familiar with TNV’s earlier work might be surprised by the shift in focus from raw pissy energy to songcraft but these guys still […]

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Hot Band Alert: Thao & Mirah “Thao & Mirah” — Album Review

The first song on an album can tell the listener a lot, especially if that listener isn’t too familiar with the artist. It can be the one determining factor whether song number two gets played or not—or even if the album will get a full listen. For Thao & Mirah’s self-titled debut, 11-track LP, the […]

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Panda Bear “Tomboy” — Album Review

Animal Collective’s, Noah Lennox is still musically feeding the animal within us all under his Panda Bear moniker’s latest effort (and highly anticipated I might add) Tomboy. The 11-track release is filled with experimental rhythms and very tribal-like effects/sounds meshed with some highly interesting, choir-like vocals. To create a successor to 2007’s highly-acclaimed Person Pitch […]

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Ponytail “Do Whatever You Want All The Time” — Album Review

Do Whatever You Want All The Time … sure, I’d love to! Ponytail’s latest release is another example of how free-spirited the band is. Their seven-track album is literally a bowl of musical jumbo that can’t be described, or even classified, as a particular genre. Apparently, the Baltimore quartet have always been a bit experimental […]

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Winds of Plague – “Against The World” – Album Review

If there is one thing that Winds of Plague excels at, it is continuously blurring the lines between metal and hardcore. Their new album Against The World is another showing of how well they can accomplish this. The six-piece hailing from California shows that, though uncommon, symphonic elements can be successfully presented in a deathcore […]

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Low “C’mon” — Album Review

It’s been three years since Low released Drums and Guns, and now the trio is back with their latest title C’mon. Apparently, it’s the shortest title of any Low album since they first originated in 1993. C’mon is actually a very lax album filled with ten tracks of low-key melodic songs. Comprised of a husband […]

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Hot Band Alert: The Venus Illuminato “Children of the Earth” — Album Review

The Venus Illuminato…it rolls off the tongue quite gracefully, don’t you think? I know it immediately sparked Renaissance-like images in my mind, as if it’s the name of a secret society or something. While I might have romanticized the band’s name a bit, their music is equally as intriguing. Known to frequently play around L.A. […]

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Funeral Party “The Golden Age Of Knowhere” — Album Review

It’s amazing to see the evolution of a local band as they go from random gigs to talk show performances. I remember hearing L.A.-based Funeral Party at a local bar in East L.A. (Eastside Luv to be exact) and now the trio are touring the globe. What really attracted me to their music was their […]

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Holy Ghost! “Holy Ghost!” — Album Review

As a HUGE fan of Holy Ghost!’s music before their self-titled debut album came out, I immediately devoured the 10-song LP as soon as I got it. This is definitely one of those albums you can play from start to finish, which is VERY rare these days. In a singles-based world, where you’re hot one […]

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Generationals “Actor-Caster” — Album Review

Not too familiar with the Generationals, I didn’t know what to expect from their second release Actor-Caster. But once I heard the first few songs, I was instantly hooked to their feel-good pop/indie/electro sound. I swear, I saw sunrays shinning down with each track…it’s that upbeat! Let’s just say that it’s one of those albums […]

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