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Hot New Music: Handsome Furs “Sound Kapital” — Album Review

For some reason, husband and wife musical teams always create good shit. Maybe it’s the chemistry that’s already naturally there? Or it could be the opposite, with fights and hot make-up sex acting as the catalyst of such electrifying tunes. Whatever the case is, the Canadian duo of Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry that make […]

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Hot New Music: Son Lux “We Are Rising” – Album Review

There is a small restaurant at the meeting of Manhattan’s East Village and Lower East Side that specializes in making meals that mix tastes that don’t normally go together: sausages and oysters, fish paste and liverwurst – you get the idea. The idea sort of scared me but also sort of intrigued me.  In fact, I […]

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Hot Band Alert: The Postelles Self Titled — Debut Album Review

The Postelles’ self-titled debut album is drenched with bubbly and addictive ’50s rock ‘n’ roll vibes intertwined with a bit of ’60s pop—all with a modern twist. In an odd way, they sort of resemble an early Weezer (from their Blue album), but are more upbeat. The Postelles is full of a sort of first […]

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Hot New Music: Those Darlins “Screws Get Loose” – Album Review

Have you ever met a girl that you were so envious of because of her good looks and super cool persona? The kind of chick that exudes a badass, I-don’t-give-a-fuck confidence and tends to play like a boy, but is all women? Tennessee rockers, Those Darlins, are all that and a bag of chips! And […]

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Hot Band Alert: Braids “Native Speaker” – Album Review

For all the music bloggers that like to make those popular lists of bands to watch in 2011, here’s one to add to your roster: Braids. We’ve been extremely hyped on Braids ever since we received their tracks, “Lemonade” and “Plath Heart” in 2010. And when we found out they were playing a show here […]

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Hot New Music: Saadi

Syrian-born, Boshra al Saadi (Saadi), is one hot new artist hailing from New York you’re going to want to keep your eyes on. Aside from being totally foxy, she has this very cool detached yet sultry voice that at times sounds a bit possessed. It may sound kind of creepy but it’ actually really hot. […]

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Hot New Music: “Riposte” by Buke and Gass – Album Review

Quirky and unusual are two words to describe the duo of Buke and Gass. Their name alone is enough to slap them with such labels (though the pronunciation of “byook” and “gace” helps curb thoughts of bodily functions… a little.) Yet, they become a whole lot more fascinating when you discover the basis for the […]

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Hot New Music: Singing Ax” by J. Tillman – Album Review

So, I had this friend … One of his favorite and most commonly used tactics for picking up ladies at various taverns was to tell them that he was the drummer of some semi-popular/obscure band. The examples that come to mind are Blues Traveler and G. Love and the Special Sauce. Did it work? Sure […]

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Hot Band Alert: “Pink Graffiti” by Secret Cities – Album Review

When terms like “dream pop” get thrown around, usually it draws the mind to synth-y airy music that still has a catchiness about it. Layered and elaborate this pop can often get so swept up in experimentation and its own psychedelic haze that it becomes mundane without some hallucinogenic drug trance on the listener. Yet, […]

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Hot New Music: “Dan Sartain Lives” by Dan Sartain – Album Review

Visions of swilling whisky on a simmering hot day sitting on a porch with cowboy boots tapping are conjured at moments of Dan Sartain’s latest. Other moments lend towards the beatnik beats of the ‘60s with an undeniable swinging swaggering and attitude. Sartain sets a mood, and while it’s not modern or innovative, it’s precise […]

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