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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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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…

By Nicole Goddeyne Posted in Reviews