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The Coathangers – Suck My Shirt

March 22nd, 2014
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Yes, Eat All Of Our Shirts!

Punk rock has seen a transformation in the past couple of years. It’s been emerging as something, apparently, “marketable” (as if it wasn’t before), but in a much more casual sense. The thought of someone consciously walking around in bondage and Manic Panic hair dye is such an early 2000s fantasy, people completely forgot the ’90s. Bands like FIDLAR, Joyce Manor, Jay Reatard (RIP) and Wavvves are proof that playing loud, energetic music is something everyone can dig. Just like the ’90s, the punk spirit of being yourself without having to be forced into a subcultural mold is definitely making a comeback. All-female punk act The Coathangers is playing rock n’ roll at the right time. Their latest release, Suck My Shirt, features cover art of the band caught in mid hairflip — the perfect imagery when listening to the album. Read more…

By Terence Calacsan Posted in Reviews

Trust – Joyland

March 12th, 2014
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Trustworthy

Robert Alfons makes music that your 21-year-old self wants to do everything to. He goes by Trust, and unlike fellow Canadians Crystal Castles, Alfons’ music is, like his latest album insists, filled with joy. Not since Passion Pit’s Manners album have we witnessed such a hopeful synthpop record like Joyland. It hearkens back to when these current late 20-somethings were first discovering love, sex, dancing, drugs and how to be a functional alcoholic. Read more…

By Terence Calacsan Posted in Reviews

Eternal Lips – Eternal Lips

March 6th, 2014
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Too Short For Eternity

Grey Gersten is everything and anything you could want out of Brooklyn and that’s not, at all, a bad thing. Gersten and the rest of Eternal Lips are a bunch of pop junkies, sampling the best of both coasts. Their self-titled EP is both serene and contemplative, all the while employing non-traditional synth sounds to create something rather fresh and unsettling. Read more…

By Terence Calacsan Posted in Reviews

Aesthetic Perfection – ‘Til Death

February 19th, 2014
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Not So Perfect

American electronic music is often represented by the tank top-clad EDM crowd or sickly-pale synth nerds, crouched over machines only New Order knows how to program. Industrial music is only really represented by the cult of Trent Reznor, while the goths and gas-maskers are still going hard in whatever cyber club was featured in Hackers. ‘Til Death is Aesthetic Perfection’s latest release, merging genres like Electronic Body Music (EBM), industrial and synth pop in a more accessible way. Read more…

By Terence Calacsan Posted in Reviews

+/- {Plus/Minus} – Jumping the Tracks

February 9th, 2014
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Cool/Pretty Cool

+/-, or Plus/Minus, has had a somewhat long career. Spanning more than a decade, their brand of deliciously dorky but brutally honest indie rock is something rare these days in an “industry of cool.” While being popular in Asia (Japan loves quirky/mathy rock), their influence hasn’t gone unrecognized in the states. Their past four full-lengths mixed bits of electronic music and what sounds like what would have come out of Toronto in 2005. Their recent effort, Jumping the Tracks, is well, a blast to listen to. Read more…

By Terence Calacsan Posted in Reviews ,

Bibio – The Green EP

February 3rd, 2014
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Donde Esta La BIBIOteca

2014 is a year without any real expectations as far as music goes. The Grammys are over and done with, championing what some people have already predicted. This definitely leaves room for a fresh start. Moody, ambient jams are something 2013 was trying to live down, with feel-good anthems masking over the (well-deserved) Justin Vernon infatuation of 2010-2012. The rain has returned with Stephen Wilkinson’s, AKA Bibio’s, brand of quirky pop, very much like his 2013 release, Silver Wilkinson. Dreamy and dramatic, Wilkinson’s latest, The Green EP, might just set the tone for this year. It’s time to get sad. Read more…

By Terence Calacsan Posted in Reviews

The Delay in the Universal Loop – Disarmonia

December 19th, 2013
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The Youth is Starting To Change

It’s interesting to think that indie musicians are getting younger and younger as recording and programming software becoming more accessible to anyone in the world. Artists like King Krule and Lorde recently took over our lives in 2013, and they’re not old enough to buy a Smirnoff Ice in LA. Dylan Iuliano is an 18-year-old musician living in Italy and goes by The Delay in the Universal Loop. His music is a little bit Reznor, a little Mars Volta and completely well produced (and self produced). Iuliano employs IDM-style blips and bloops over reverby vocals and hard-hitting percussion. His first solo record, Disarmonia, is trippy, fun and shockingly mature, all at the same time. Is there something in Italy’s water? Read more…

By Terence Calacsan Posted in Reviews

Mick Turner – Don’t Tell the Driver

December 2nd, 2013
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Tell the Passengers Instead

While Australia has been churning out its fair share of incredible tunes these past couple of years, let’s not forget the musicians who’ve been digging out a path for rock down under before The Temper Trap picked up their first guitars. Mick Turner’s been in and out of bands since the late ’70s, and one can say his experience is laid out before us in his solo effort, Don’t Tell the Driver. A cacophonous practice in tone and mood, it’s the perfect thing to throw on just before the holidays. Read more…

By Terence Calacsan Posted in Reviews

Espectrostatic – Espectrostatic

December 2nd, 2013
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Monsterwave

Alex Cuervo, a.k.a. Espectrostatic, is part of a growing group of artists looking into the darker tones of their ’80s brethren. Armed with vintage synth equipment, a taste for VHS horror movies and neon colors, these musicians are going by retrowave, an anti-laptop answer to chillwave. Whether Cuervo actually produces his music with software or not isn’t really the question; his self-titled LP is filled with thick, lush and beefy synths to make anyone think they were inside of a Sam Raimi Flick. That’s definitely a good thing. Read more…

By Terence Calacsan Posted in Reviews

Tennis – Small Sound

November 10th, 2013
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The Denver Open (Doubles)

Husband and wife/girl and guy duos, for some reason, just always work. Mates of State and Matt and Kim have been owning the indie pop world, producing sing-along hits. Tennis is no different. The Denver-based group, comprised of Alaina Moore (keys) and Patrick Riley (guitar), along with drummer James Barone, are a special combination. Their ’60s girl pop stylings, mixed with a little surf, are key to making their latest releaseĀ Small Sound bigger than they imagined. Read more…

By Terence Calacsan Posted in Reviews