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Mirel Wagner – When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day

August 18th, 2014
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This Is What Love Looks Like

When Mirel Wagner released her self-titled debut in 2012, it seemed to go unnoticed here in the States. That isn’t too unfathomable, since she’s from Finland, but her raspy, acoustic folk debut should have called for a little more excitement. Thankfully, her second full-length, When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day, is getting much more of the play it deserves. Read more…

By Nicole Goddeyne Posted in Reviews

Alvvays – Alvvays

August 1st, 2014
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Adult Diversions

Most Canadians know all about The Rankins. The Nova Scotians come from a family of 12 siblings and their folk family group is well-acclaimed. John Morris Rankin, a large piece of The Rankin Family group, died in an accident when his daughter Molly was only a pre-teen. Today, Molly is fronting her own group of indie rockers called Alvvays. Although they’re many miles away from any surf-able ocean in Toronto, it sounds like they’re havin’ some fun in the sun on their debut Alvvays. Read more…

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Fink – Hard Believer

July 25th, 2014
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From Small Beginnings Come Big Endings

Fin Greenall and his bandmates Tim Thornton and Guy Whittaker are no strangers to releasing albums. They’ve been doing it since 2006, and even after taking a short break from each other to do their own stuff (Fin recorded an album with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and has helped write songs for big names like John Legend, and Tim wrote a few books), the English trio easily came together again to record their latest full-length, Hard Believer. Read more…

By Nicole Goddeyne Posted in Reviews

Anna Calvi – Strange Weather

July 22nd, 2014
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Delicious Appetizer

English singer/songwriter Anna Calvi has time and again proved herself to be a musical sensation since her 2011 self-titled album was released. And after her 2013 full-length release, she forced the rock music world to make room for her. Now she’s back in 2014, first with music videos for 2011’s “Suzanne And I” and 2013’s “Piece By Piece” in addition to touring worldwide, and now with an EP titled Strange Weather that contains covers from FKA Twigs, Connan Mockasin, Suicide, Keren Ann and David Bowie. Read more…

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Glass Towers – Halcyon Days

June 29th, 2014
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Lust For Life

There’s a good chance you’ve already heard the debut album from Australia’s indie-rock band Glass Towers because it was released a year ago in Australia and New Zealand. It’s taken this long to get released here in the States. Consisting of just two high school pals, Ben Hannam on vocals and guitar and Daniel Muszynski on drums, Glass Towers was featured on big festival line-ups not long after forming. As demonstrated by Halcyon Days, this was no stroke of luck. Read more…

By Nicole Goddeyne Posted in Reviews

Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

June 12th, 2014
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Millennial Music

Ah, Parquet Courts. You’re so weird, refreshing and cool. Back when Light Up Gold came out, it was hard to decide if you were trying too hard or if your oddities were working in your favor. But now that Sunbathing Animal has been released, it is clear that your weirdness works for you. Even in its most awkward moments and hardest punches, some hook or lyric comes right around the corner and makes it feel like everything is being done right. Read more…

By Nicole Goddeyne Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Little Barrie – Shadow

June 6th, 2014
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Something for Everyone

Despite being around since 1999, Shadow is only Little Barrie’s fourth studio album. Originally from Nottingham and now based in London, the trio of Barrie Cadogan (vocals, guitar), Lewis Wharton (bass) and the band’s newest edition, Virgil Howe (drums), managed to take time away from their day-to-day lives and other musical projects to record this album and set up some tour dates. Read more…

By Nicole Goddeyne Posted in Reviews

Comet Control – Comet Control

May 27th, 2014
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Dark and Catchy

Ontario, Canada has consistently managed to pump out good music of all genres, and Toronto’s rock band Comet Control is no exception. After all the band members managed to break free from their previous musical projects, they came together to release a short but sweet debut self-titled album. Read more…

By Nicole Goddeyne Posted in Reviews

The Horrors – Luminous

May 9th, 2014
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A Few Steps Above “Meh”

It’s been three months now since the English goth/indie/shoegaze rock group The Horrors released a single for their fourth full-length Luminous. “I See You” is the longest track and turns out it was a great teaser for the rest of the album: frontman Faris Badwan smoothly belts out how he really feels (“I can see right through you and I don’t get it”) and as soon as you think the song’s over, it’s probably just at the halfway mark and cleverly switches gears for part two. Read more…

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The Afghan Whigs – Do to the Beast

April 23rd, 2014
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“I’ll Have You Know I’ve Come to See You Die”

A lot of bands cite The Afghan Whigs as a heavy influence on their music. Hailing from Cincinnati, the band reached popularity in the early ’90s and were signed to Seattle’s famous Sub Pop Records (during the height of the Nirvana era, no less). Despite this, The Afghan Whigs never made it too far past their cult following and underground fame. While the band came together in the mid-2000s to play a few big festivals and release a few tracks, it’s been 16 years since their last full-length release. But now, they’re ending the streak with their latest album Do to the Beast. Read more…

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