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“Sex with an X” by The Vaselines – Album Review

Much can happen in 20 years. For example, the number one song 20 years ago, nearly to this day, was “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice. Now, ol’ Rob Van Winkle is running in the pseudo-celebrity has-been circuit with another reality show about do-it-yourself house repair. Big name rock stars of 20 years ago have […]

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Klaxons at The Troubadour – Photo Gallery & Review

Ever since Klaxons catapulted into the indie new wave scene in 2007 with their Mercury Prize winning debut album, “Myths of the Near Future,” they’ve harnessed a sound that’s difficult to ignore. Three years later now, the London four-piece struck back with their new album, “Surfing the Void,” and played a sold-out show at the […]

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“Hearts On Hold” by Tu Fawning – Album Review

The leaves outside are starting their transformation, the temperatures are dropping and we’ve officially turned that seasonal corner, deep in the heart of Fall. October is a month that welcomes diversity, transition and spooky good times. Thus, it only seems appropriate that the Portland-based band Tu Fawning chose this wonderful time of the year for […]

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“Everything In Between” by No Age – Album Review

Door beating percussive throbs open “Life Prowler,” the welcoming introduction into No Age’s latest, Everything In Between. Their third longplayer (second for Sub Pop), the LA duo Dean Spunt and Randy Randall return with the follow-up to their 2008 Grammy-nominated “Best Recording Packaging” that is: Nouns. “One time is all I need to know my […]

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“Who We Touch” by The Charlatans – Album Review

Wow. This album begins with a startling crash that jolts you into giving it all your damn attention. It burst out like it’s the end of a song that’s already built up to the loudest peak, only it’s just the beginning. I like it. I would think the sound of the song “Love Is Ending” […]

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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: “Silver” by Eternal Summers – Debut Album Review

I have one word for this album: hypnotic. Your experienced music mind might think I’m talking about trippy psychedelic sounds but that is not the case with Eternal Summers’ debut full-length album “Silver.” Some how this duo’s creations make me feel hypnotized with their poppy upbeat tunes. After hitting play I don’t want to write […]

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“No Better” by White Car – EP Review

There’s not a lot of data out there on the elusive and new industrial outfit called, White Car … Processing – please hold. Still processing – thank you for holding. Ah Yes. White Car presents their EP, “ No Better.” Processing: The title track “No Better” takes you to a familiar 80s industrial sequence similar […]

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Hot Band Alert: “Ghost Fits” by Sisters – Debut Album Review

Neither brothers nor sisters, this Brooklyn duo creates rollicking, lazy-boned laments about days gone by. Once opener “The Curse” rattles to attention with rickety alternative-era guitars and youthful drum pats, the peg is as dead on as their Death By Audio ancestry. Core members of the collective that fostered a Brooklyn venue, effects pedal creations […]

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“Interpol” by Interpol – Album Review

Lyrics, vocals, drum beats, hooks, melodies, bass lines and more musical tricks are all components used to evoke emotion in the listener. Sometimes it’s based on a memory or past experience. Others, it based on the raw emotional reaction to our auditory sense. For this reviewer, stating the name Interpol pulls a smile from my […]

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