Album Reviews

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Album Preview: Damien Rice’s “My Favourite Faded Fantasy” gets the Rick Rubin treatment

Something as powerful and emotionally taxing as Damien Rice’s first new material in eight years shouldn’t be something that you can access via Spotify. It just feels wrong. Don’t get me wrong, I love Spotify. It is one of the only unnecessary bills I pay monthly. But Rice’s single “I Don’t Want to Change You” […]

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Recommended: Spoon’s new album “They Want My Soul” is a refreshing return to form

Feature by Ziv Biton Curiosity is a funny thing in the modern age. Anything you are wondering about is probably being wondered about somewhere else, and just by reaching in your pocket you can silence the questions. On one such occasion, I was searching Google for information on Spoon’s newest album, They Want My Soul.  Not surprisingly, […]

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White Fence delivers best album yet with “For The Recently Found Innocent”

Photo by Angela Holtzen / Review by Ziv Biton  White Fence, in a very short amount of time, has become the third piece of the prolific trifecta of noise/garage rock that has steadily been budding in Los Angeles via San Francisco. It seems that California rock has been almost totally dominated by this trinity of Thee Oh […]

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Kestrels’ new EP “The Moon Is Shining” is a Glimmering Shoegaze Exhibition

Feature by Ziv Biton  Kestrels established serious buzz with their 2012 release A Ghost History. That release saw the Halifax group experimenting with pop-punk themes with an untraditional sonic scope. But, where A Ghost History at times felt uncertain and convoluted, their new EP The Moon Is Shining Our Way is a focused exhibition of glimmering […]

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Skygreen Leopards’ New Album Soundtracks A Sun-Soaked California Summer

Photo by Jason Quever / Album Review by Ziv Biton  Some summers are rage-fests filled with reckless decisions and hangovers. The eternal summer of Skygreen Leopards may be reckless, but would be too preoccupied with enjoying the sunshine to consider raging. Throughout their newest release, Family Crimes, the California duo create a bleary-eyed aesthetic that is […]

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Kitten’s debut record is full of impeccable sheen and relentless energy

L.A. based band Kitten formed in 2010 and have since released three EPs, Sunday School, Cut It Out and Like A Stranger. The band has come full circle in a short time and are set to release their self-titled, full-length debut on June 24th via Elektra Records. The new album traverses heavily and primarily through ’80s […]

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Hot New Band Alert: Hunterchild — this Indiana duo drips with soul and allure

Sometimes we feel the urge to get away from the daily grind, and escape into the arms of a lover. No lover handy? No worries. You can escape into the loving, musical arms of Hunterchilds‘ self-titled debut. The album dropped May 13 on Temporary Residence LTD and was fine-tuned by co-producer Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Wax […]

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Recommended New Album: White Sea — In Cold Blood

Los Angeles based White Sea has delivered her extraordinary debut album titled In Cold Blood. As the solo project of Morgan Kibby, the foxy brunette always slaying on the keyboard with M83, White Sea’s album debut is a blissful collection of electro ballads and electrifying songs tailored to make you dance. Without a doubt, In Cold […]

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Recommended New Album: Wye Oak — Shriek

Baltimore duo, Wye Oak, aka Jenn Wasner (vocals, bass) and Andy Stack (keys, percussion) are set to release their fourth full-length album, Shriek, on Tuesday, April 29th via Merge Records.  After a heavy touring schedule in support of their 2011 buzzworthy record, Civilian, they found themselves living in opposite ends of the country.  Despite being physically […]

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Recommended New Album: Ghost of A Saber Tooth Tiger — Midnight Sun

Before I even began listening to The Ghost of A Saber-Toothed Tiger’s (GOASTT) new album, Midnight Sun, I was unsure about exactly what I was getting myself into. The name itself intrigued me, and I refused to let the members behind the band influence my taste in their music. I couldn’t sit through the album without […]

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