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John Frusciante – Enclosure

April 14th, 2014
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Lost In Space

John Frusciante’s musical range is impressive. He’s quit as the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ guitar player twice now, but not without helping to release some of their most popular albums, such as Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Californication and By The Way. He’s collaborated with The Mars Volta and Fugazi member Joe Lally. And he’s always had a love for electronic music, which is a heavy influence on his twelfth studio album, Enclosure, which he literally released into space by loading it onto a Cube Satellite so fans could download an app and track its journey through space. Seriously . Read more…

By Nicole Goddeyne Posted in Reviews

Cloud Nothings – Here And Nowhere Else

April 6th, 2014
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“It’s Over Now, the Way I Was Before”

Dylan Baldi’s musical indie-rock project Cloud Nothings has evolved rather drastically over time. His first two albums were solo projects he wrote in his Cleveland basement using GarageBand. He’d use live musicians at his shows, but didn’t consider using them for recording purposes until his third full-length was released. Now, as a trio—former guitarist Joe Boyer is no longer with the band, so Baldi takes over lead guitar—Cloud Nothings have released their fourth studio album Here And Nowhere Else. Read more…

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BLUFFING – Sugar Coated Pills Of Wisdom

March 29th, 2014
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More Sugar, Less Wisdom

When it comes to band age, BLUFFING are a little baby. The Brooklyn band have been around for two years tops, and are just now getting around to releasing their debut album Sugar Coated Pills Of Wisdom on their even younger record label PaperCup Music, also based in Brooklyn, which was founded just last year. Read more…

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Black Lips – Underneath the Rainbow

March 23rd, 2014
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T-Birds, Titties and Jail Time

The Black Lips have been known to cause a ruckus. The Atlanta garage-rock band has puked and spit on fewer people as the years go by, but that doesn’t mean their rough edges are gone. For their seventh studio album, Underneath the Rainbow, longtime bandmates Cole Alexander, Joe Bradley, Ian St. Pé and Jared Swilley, along with producers Patrick Carney (of The Black Keys) and Tom Brenneck, continue to use the same formula that has made the Black Lips successful. Read more…

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Joan As Police Woman – The Classic

March 14th, 2014
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Joan Wasser Jukebox

Joan Wasser has experienced plenty in her life already. She was adopted as an infant and soon discovered her personality was different than her family’s; she took violin and piano lessons as a child; studied classical music in college and decided to join punk bands to infuse her classical music studies with something else; and she was girlfriend of influential musician Jeff Buckley during his unfortunate drowning in the late ’90s. Several bands and a solo career later, she now writes and plays with her band Joan As Police Woman and has released her fifth album, The Classic. Read more…

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LoveyDove – LoveyDove

February 4th, 2014
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Needs More Cowbell

The musical duo Azalia Snail (her birth-given name) and Dan West have been making music separately for several years. Snail, originally an East Coast girl, relocated to Los Angeles and eventually met West, SoCal born and raised, to create their musical project LoveyDove in 2012. Signed to a small record label called LA’s Fine Records, they’ve released their self-titled debut folk-pop album to, well, basically no reviews at all. Read more…

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Marram – Sun Choir

January 22nd, 2014
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Dedicated to the Untouchables

Scottish organization Transgressive North are a community of artists: performers, writers, poets and musicians. Their Edinburgh-based in-house art-pop band, called Marram, released a full-length LP entitled Sun Choir, which took an alarming six years to complete. The album is just one creative piece of several in a project called Everything Is New that brings attention to southeast India’s Dalit (untouchable) children, who are malnourished, poor, homeless and discriminated against, among other things. Due to the nature of the album, several musicians contributed, including Jarvis Cocker, Margarete Bennett, Owen Pallett, White Hinderland, doseone, Irvine Welsch and the Light of the Love Children’s Choir. Read more…

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Their / They’re / There – Analog Weekend EP

December 14th, 2013
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Another Win for Evan Weiss

Their / They’re / There haven’t been a band for very long—only about two and a half years—but the trio from Chicago have had their share of experiences and successes individually. Vocalist and bassist Evan Weiss is largely known for his musical project Into It. Over It.; drummer Mike Kinsella is in the band Owen and was in the short-lived but popular band American Football; and guitarist Matthew Frank is in Loose Lips Sink Ships. So, given their busy schedules, it makes sense that the band has only released two EPs, the latest being Analog Weekend. Read more…

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White Denim – Corsicana Lemonade

November 27th, 2013
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Put a Dime in Your Pocket, Relax

Hailing from Austin, White Denim have a tough time fitting into one genre. The foursome have the versatility to contain elements of prog-rock, Southern rock, jazz, blues and psychedelic rock into their songs. For their sixth studio album, produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, White Denim steer closest to Southern rock during the ten tracks on Corsicana Lemonade. Read more…

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Chelsea Wolfe and Anna Calvi, Live at UCLA’s Royce Hall

November 20th, 2013
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Based in UCLA’s beautiful Royce Hall, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP UCLA) is the university’s public center for the presentation and advancement of the contemporary performing arts. Part of the 2013-2014 season, singer/songwriter/guitarists Anna Calvi and Chelsea Wolfe performed their own sets in front of a well-dressed, moderately-sized crowd in the architecturally-pleasing building. Read more…

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