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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: 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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Grouplove “Never Trust a Happy Song” – Album Review

Grouplove at MINI Countryman Wanderlust (Malibu) – Photo: Dominoe Farris-Gilbert Everyone in the world should listen to Never Trust a Happy Song. This is the title of the debut full-length by the Los Angeles ensemble, Grouplove. This album is a blissful jewel of ripe sounds and sugary vocals coated to perfection. We’ve covered Grouplove numerous times and […]

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Hot New Music: Beirut “The Rip Tide” – Album Review

We all want to secretly (and now maybe not so secretly) date Zach Condon, front man of Beirut. Their new album The Rip Tide was just released on August 30 via Pompeii Records (Zach’s record label) and it is here to woo you with its well orchestrated arrangements and genuine lyrical truths. Just give in, […]

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Hot New Music: The Ettes “Wicked Will” – Album Review

If your head doesn’t bang and your body doesn’t tremble and shake like the shock of 1,000 volts  when you hear The Ettes’ new album Wicked Will, then there is clearly something wrong with you.  To the corner with a dunce cap you go because this album effing ROCKS. If you don’t realize it in […]

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Hot New Music: “Mariachi El Bronx (II)” – Album Review

While most bands tend to fear the sophomore slump, Mariachi El Bronx have taken this dreadful trend by the balls and flung it out the window. With the release of their highly anticipated follow up, Mariachi El Bronx (II), the men have fine tuned and crafted their Mariachi skills and lyrical content to perhaps even […]

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Hot New Music: Theophilus London “Timez Are Weird These Days” — Album Review

The highly anticipated debut release from Brooklyn’s Theophilus London lives up to the hype — and then some. Totally exceeding expectations, London’s album title is even on point! There’s no denying that Timez Are Weird These Days, and he perfectly sums up this point in one eclectic, yet amazing, 11-track album. With hip-hop at its core, […]

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Hot New Music: Las Kellies “Kellies” – Album Review

Sparking their third studio album off with a zombie surf-punk, organ infested intro,” Las Kellies set the tone for an unusual album full of delectable twists and turns. The fiery threesome from Buenos Aires, Argentina power through Kellies, their 14-track LP dousing your ears with feral garage riffs, exotic dub and a variety of post-punk […]

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Hot Band Alert: Bleached (Former Members of Mika Miko)

Former Mika Miko members (and sisters), Jessica and Jennifer Clavin have taken their ’77 punk style and have formed their new band, Bleached. The edgy sisters bring forth that Ramones powerpop flavor sprinkled in with some vintage psyche sounds. Their new single “Think of You” is one catchy diddy with a very classic punk sound. You […]

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Sebadoh “Bakesale : Deluxe Edition” – Album Review

As it turns out evolution is not as we thought. It’s not as simple as monkeys turning into men. Hundreds of thousands of years ago. A few kinds of humanoids existed at the same time and only one of them evolved into humankind. There were, many evolutionary dead ends and only one kind of pre-hominid […]

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