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“So I Ate Myself, Bite by Bite” by Dreamend – Album Review

Looking at the title of Dreamend’s new album, and adding the knowledge that it was lyrically inspired by the writings of a serial killer, the last you’d expect is the accompanying tunes to be lush, light and almost happy. This unexpected juxtaposition of upbeat music against very dark-themed lyrics makes “So I Ate Myself, Bite […]

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“Fortress” by Miniature Tigers – Album Review

Photo: Wei Shi “Rock & Roll Mountain Troll,” “Egyptian Robe,” “Lolita,” “Coyote Enchantment” these are the names of my favorite things …  and also titles of songs on the new Miniature Tigers album “Fortress.” The album starts with the magical tingly sounds of the song “Mansion of Misery”… damn this is some happy go lucky […]

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“Release Me” by The Like – Album Review

With the digital music revolution and crate digging at an all-time high, it is safe to say that almost any new band is derivative. In fact, it is probably safe to argue that all music is derivative in nature, but there is a not-so-fine-line between derivative and a straight cop. The latter rarely being successful […]

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“The Suburbs” by Arcade Fire – Album Review

When critics throw around terms such as “perfect,” “unbelievable” and “classic,” call me a cynic, but my eyebrow instantly raises in a questioning manner. The standards for which to call an album any of those words are so subjective, it’s hard to reconcile in my brain calling any modern musical tunes these trumped up titles. […]

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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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“Silver Tower” by Brenda – Album Review

There are just some things you are always a sucker for no matter what. Well done, guitar-driven pop is one of mine, therefore, Brenda’s debut album “Silver Tower” was right up my ally. Reaching out with the opening track “State Lines,” which features jangly, Stephen Malkmus-esque guitars with DJ Moore’s understated yet propulsive drumming, the […]

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“Expo 86” by Wolf Parade – Album Review

Words: Matt Draper After Wolf Parade’s 2005 breakout success, “Apologies to Queen Mary,” it seemed that every Gen-Y’er with an Internet connection had christened the furry Canadian quintet as ones that would make something “big” ….  they were right. But, rather than a clawed attacking of singles and activity, Wolf Parade instead let us nurse […]

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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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“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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