New Music

= Sentridoh III by Lou Barlow + the missingmen – EP Review

There is a climactic scene in one of those Yimou Zhang movies where the two warriors close their eyes and envision how the epic battle will play out. Quite honestly, when you add the missingmen (guitarist Tom Watson and drummer Raul Morales) up with new songs and reworkings from “Emoh” and “Goodnight Unknown,” you could […]

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“Champ” by Tokyo Police Club – Album Review

On “Champ’s” opener “Favourite Food,” Tokyo Police Club’s (TPC) Dave Monks opens on his subject’s home in a hospital where scratched knees, black eyes and plaster casts are included. Mature and slow growing, the guitar-strummed balladry may be as far from the delivery of the wide-eyed Canadian creators of ‘06s frantic roll-along “Cheer It On” […]

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“White Crosses” by Against Me! – Album Review

Even the most amateur music historian knows that punk rock has gone through various incarnations over the years. The early gritty punk of bands such as the Ramones and the Sex Pistols gave way to subgenres like oi, hardcore and the currently popular, pop punk. Pop punk itself has undergone various stages since it’s introduction. […]

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Hot Band Alert: Peggy Sue at Spaceland – Photos & Review 6/22

UK threesomes are always quite a special treat (and no I’m not talking about the naughty kind between the sheets). Eclectic blues-folk trio, Peggy Sue graced LA with their very cool tunes last Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at Spaceland. With serene vocals beautifully accented by a variety of instruments from numerous guitars, percussion, accordion and […]

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“History From Below”by Delta Spirit – Album Review

People keep talking about how awesome Long Beach is, you know, besides the flea markets and the aquarium. There’s some fantastic music coming out of Long Beach including Delta Spirit who have been blowing my mind with their latest album “History From Below,” which was released on June 8, 2010 via Rounder Records. Grab Delta […]

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“Total Life Forever” by Foals – Album Review

It’s been two years since Foals’ debut album, “Antidotes,” garnered success with their danceable, kinetic math rock.  With the release of their sophomore album, “Total Life Forever,” on June 15, 2010 through Subpop Records (US), the five piece Oxford band shows a departure from the jittery math rock sounds of “Antidotes” and instead delivers a […]

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“We Are Born” by Sia – Album Review

I try not to be one of those people that just loves the hit, but I can’t help it sometimes. I’ve been adoring Sia’s “Buttons” off her 2008 album “Some People Have Real Problems” since the first time I heard it, and the creepy awesome video only makes me love it more. Her latest studio […]

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“Before Today” by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Album Review

Push play and you’ll take off into pure awesomeness. What am I talking about? I’m talking about Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti debut 4AD album “Before Today.” When I say take off, I am referring to the plane buzzing intro of the first track “Hot Body Rub” which sets the mood for a spaced out ride […]

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Future Breeds” by Hot Hot Heat – Album Review

Putting together album number five has to be an interesting task for a young band that scored some success early on with a single song, but never garnered a wealth of mainstream attention. Innovation and creativity are necessary, but the band can’t swing too far away from the sound they cultivated over four other albums. […]

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The Creators Project Featuring the Work of Diplo

Kicking off this summer, The Creators Project, is the first event of its kind, highlighting Creators’ art and music through multimedia installations, panel discussions, workshops, and an assortment of live performances delivered by some of your favorite musicians. As a series of five global conferences, NY will host the inaugural Creators Project on June 26, […]

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