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“Sea of Cowards” by The Dead Weather – Album Review

Many physical signs indicate someone is pumping a badass piece of music into their headphones. There is the head bob or thrash. There is the glazed-eyed jam session with head sway, and of course, the silent sing-along with air drumming (or guitar-ing). But perhaps there is no greater compliment to a piece of headphoned rock […]

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“Martian’s Bloom” by Linfinity – Album Review

Photo: Erin Patrice O’Brien One part folk, another punk and even more rockabilly make this alt-country album from Linfinity a standout in today’s electro-mesh market. “Martian’s Bloom” is definitely one of those hard-to-categorize albums. And while usually, this would be a down point, Linfinity maintains cohesion while genre jumping mostly due to lead singer, Dylan […]

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“Swim” by Caribou – Album Review and Tour Dates

Switching sounds from album-to-album, first as Manitoba then post lawsuit as Caribou, Dan Snaith has for the most part been on the mark, with every album driven by catchy hooks and stellar production. The short answer to the question is that Caribou’s latest record “Swim” is good. Very good. What is noticeably disappointing, though, is […]

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“Born and Thrown on a Hook” by Drink Up Buttercup – Album Review

As I look back at the high hopes I had for our SXSW coverage, I grow more annoyed about the lame photographer I had on my hands who rather shoot photos of “popular” bands and even mainstream bands (Snoop Dogg) as opposed to following direction with my priority top picks. Unfortunately, Philly’s hot indie quartet, […]

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“One Life Stand” by Hot Chip – Album Review

Let’s stop for a moment and consider the art of keeping it real. Many claim to do it, few actually do. Hot Chip keeps it fucking real and you only need to look to their latest album, “One Life Stand” to see that. There’s something old school about keeping your album to ten tracks, and […]

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“We Animals” by Monogold – Album Review

The latest EP released from the Brooklyn-based band, Monogold, has subtle charm mixed with a little monotone. On first, second and even third listen; the album didn’t make a strong impression. However, a listen deeper with a more patient ear detects and begins to appreciate the layered complexity and embrace the whispery, dream-like vocals. Monogold […]

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“Stir the Blood” by The Bravery – Album Review

When listening to any band it’s usually pretty easy to quickly call out influences and make the “sounds like” comparisons. With their third album, The Bravery explores the darker side of the synch-rock world taking cues maybe a little too directly from other bands. You are gonna hear some Cure, and Killers, throw in a […]

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“Luna” by The Aliens – Album Review

I’m spiraling on a sound-wave of musicianship with a harmonica on my way through a gliding rock tune called “Bobby’s Song.” This 10-minute musical track is broken down into various branches of stylistic blends from the 60s past with touches of modern wonder. By the 3rd minute it breaks down to a mystical flute/pipe tune […]

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“Eskimo Snow” by Why? (Album Review)

A year and a half after releasing the acclaimed “Alopecia” LP, WHY? returns with their fourth album, “Eskimo Snow.” You won’t have any trouble making out Yoni Wolf’s honest lyrics in “Eskimo Snow.” With a sincere and at times detached voice, Wolf’s words roll off his tongue in an inviting manner where you just can’t […]

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“Break Up” by Scarlett Johansson & Pete Yorn – Album Review

Quick as a “one pump chump,” Scarlett Johansson & Pete Yorn’s new album “Break Up” is short and sweet. With nine tracks of fun, heartfelt duets, Yorn’s enchanting vocals are the definite player in this album while Johansson cruises along the sidelines just waiting to get called in for some action. I’d actually like to […]

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