Album Reviews

Early Winters “Early Winters” EP — Album Review

Made up of U.K.-bred singer Carina Round, Canadian artist Justin Rutledge, L.A. producer/musician Dan Burns and Zac Rae of the band Pedestrian, Early Winters’ self-titled five-track EP is made up of tunes that provide movies with the great background music for its most sentimental or epic moments. Or least that’s what I thought as I […]

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Beans “End It All” — Album Review

As a true hip-hop head who misses the slick rhyme styles from the ’90s instead of this fluffy, fake sh*t that has attacked the airwaves and infiltrated our ears, I’m always excited to hear fresh albums from MCs who haven’t sacrificed their craft for the sake of gold chains. With that said, Beans’ latest LP, […]

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Julianna Barwick “The Magic Place” — Album Review

As more of a dance, electro and indie fan, Julianna Barwick was my first introduction to experimental a cappella music. Her latest release, The Magic Place is something absolutely unreal and of angelic graces reminiscent to a female version of Gregorian chants. Her nine-track LP provides a sense of celestial magic, and can definitely help […]

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Porcelain Raft “Gone Blind” EP — Album Review

Gone Blind is a four-track EP that leaves you wanting more…more of the beautifully melodic tracks composed by Mauro Remiddi, the mastermind behind Porcelain Raft. With an already interesting background (he was scoring Italian short films at the age of 20, to reinterpreting classic songs and national anthems at a North Korean festival, to forming […]

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Malachai “Return To The Ugly Side” — Album Review

Bristolian duo Malachai (formerly Malakai; they had to change their name since the US rapper of that moniker objected) are back with their sophomore effort, Return To The Ugly Side.  A totally different “trip” from their 2010 debut of The Ugly Side of Love, the new album provides listeners with a very interesting musical journey. […]

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Toro Y Moi “Underneath The Pine” — Album Review

A friend introduced me to the very talented Toro Y Moi when he suggested I check out “Still Sound,” Underneath The Pine’s first single. After the first five seconds I was immediately hooked and wanted more of the soulful funk sounds. Ever since that day, that track has been my go-to iPod jam for hectic […]

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Darwin Deez, Self-Titled Debut — Album Review

After reviewing Darwin’s Wonky Beats Mixtape, I was sure that Darwin Deez was going to be a mix of funny lyrics mashed with a bit of hip-hop, pop, electro, rock and just about five other music genres thrown in for good measure. However, Darwin Deez (Darwin Smith) surprised me with his debut album…in a very […]

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La Sera :: Self-Titled Album Review

La Sera at the Echoplex – Photo by Ivette Orenos for Grimy Goods Out with the old, in with the new. Vivian Girls’, Katy Goodman, has been out-and-about touring indie venues in celebration of her La Sera self-titled debut. Even with all the indie blog love they’ve received that past few months, the 12-track album […]

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Dom “Sun Bronzed Greek Gods” EP — Album Review

With a title that stirs up images from Greek mythology, Dom’s EP, Sun Bronzed Greek Gods provides fans and listeners with some great fusion of indie pop, rock and a couple of synths thrown in for good measure. The Worcester, Massachusetts-based quartet’s seven-track EP is actually a remastered/remixed version of a previous debut, but there […]

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Mogwai “Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will” – Album Review

It’s hard not to laugh a little when you say the title of the new Mogwai album out loud, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. Or maybe I’m just easily amused. After hitting play on their follow up to 2008’s The Hawk is Howling I start to flip through the little picture book the […]

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