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We Were Promised Jetpacks – Unravelling

October 19th, 2014
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Keeping the Peace

We Were Promised Jetpacks are becoming more and more likeable with age. The band, which contains all of its original members, are all old high school friends. And after moving from Edinburgh to Glasgow and having released several EPs, a live album and now three full-lengths, there still seems to be no bad blood. Their latest release Unravelling contains 11 songs and a few things we’ve never heard them do before. Read more…

By Nicole Goddeyne Posted in Reviews

Laetitia Sadier – Something Shines

October 4th, 2014
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Life Is Winning

‘Tis the season for members of 90s rock bands to release solo albums. Dinosaur Jr.’s J. Mascis recently released his solo Tied to a Star, and now Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier has released her third solo full-length, entitled Something Shines. But to Sadier’s credit, she hasn’t stopped making music since she started more than 20 years ago. This isn’t seasonal behavior. Read more…

By Nicole Goddeyne Posted in Reviews

The Lees Of Memory – Sisyphus Says

September 25th, 2014
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Raise Another Glass

Remember that song “Sucked Out” by Superdrag from back in the ’90s? It was a popular and promising alt-rock hit that ended up being the band’s only claim to fame. Lead singer John Davis was thrust onto a high pedestal by labels and fans alike, only to crash both professionally and personally as he dealt with alcoholism. While Superdrag did get back together for one reunion tour, John Davis and longtime friend and fellow former Superdrag member Brandon Fisher have teamed up in a new way as The Lees of Memory, and have released their full-length debut Sisyphus Says on SideOneDummy records. Read more…

By Nicole Goddeyne Posted in Reviews

Vance Joy – Dream Your Life Away

September 19th, 2014
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This Fall’s Folk-Pop Album

By now you’ve probably heard one of Vance Joy’s songs. His folk-pop single “Riptide” has blown up alternative radio stations across the country. You know the one, the song that has that weird line, “Closest thing to Michelle Pfieffer that you’ve ever seen.” No one knows exactly what it’s supposed to mean, but that hasn’t affected its popularity. It’s the fourth track of 13 on the Australian native’s debut studio album Dream Your Life Away. Read more…

By Nicole Goddeyne Posted in Reviews

J Mascis – Tied to a Star

September 5th, 2014
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Beautiful and Unenthusiastic

There’s something about J Mascis’s voice people can’t get enough of. The Dinosaur Jr. frontman has seen success since the mid-’80s and again lately with the resurgence of his famous nostalgic indie rock band, which paved the way for indie music as we know it today. His discography is vast, as vast as it should be for a rock musician in his late forties, and he shows no signs of stopping. Releasing his second album under the simple moniker “J Mascis,” Tied to a Star is mid-tempo, falling somewhere between acoustic rock and folk. Read more…

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The Young – Chrome Cactus

August 26th, 2014
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Slow, Fuzzy Guitars

Austin-bred quartet The Young have managed to land themselves on the same record label as Interpol, Kurt Vile and Pavement—Matador Records. Their previous album Dub Egg was feel-good rock ‘n’ roll, and some thought it had that “sunshine fuzz” sound, but for their next release, Chrome Cactus, things get low and slow. Read more…

By Nicole Goddeyne Posted in Reviews

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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