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Reality Grey – Define Redemption

April 23rd, 2014
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Reality Grey Is A Band To Listen For

There isn’t a ton out there about Reality Grey (at least in the American English internet world), but here’s the background: they are five average guys who seemed to have come out of nowhere. Define Redemption, however, just put them squarely on the online map. Started in 2004, Italian metal band Reality Grey is now on their second full-length album and fourth release to date. Read more…

By Birdie Garcia Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

TEEN – The Way and Color

April 23rd, 2014
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Chilled Out

On their second full-length album The Way and Color, Brooklyn quartet TEEN delve deep into the realm of psychedelia-influenced pop, infusing their songs with winding, colorful melodies that will leave you wishing for a real modern day Woodstock, headbands and peace signs (and maybe some glow sticks) and all. Read more…

By Charlee Redman Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews ,

Pilgrim – II: Void Worship

April 11th, 2014
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Much better than Misery Wizard!

For those who don’t know, Pilgrim is (currently) a duo out of Rhode Island who capture the musical relevance of fantasy and doom. Regretting to mention the departure of original bassist Count Eric the Soothsayer, the band now consists of Krolg, Slayer of Men on drums and The Wizard on guitar and vocals. While touring they picked up a friendly drummer from a friendly band to fill in on bass. Read more…

By Birdie Garcia Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

EMA – The Future’s Void

April 9th, 2014
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Dark and Powerful

Enigmatic electronic artist EMA (Erika M. Anderson) has a knack for choosing strikingly appropriate titles for her songs and albums. The Future’s Void, her third album, teeters on the edge of a syntactical abyss: it’s either a depressingly cynical statement (the future is void), or a possessive, a taking hold and a staking out of unexplored, unknowable territory (the void of the future). It seems she chooses the latter, filling the void of the unknown with a haunting, memorable soundtrack sure to plague your dreams. Read more…

By Charlee Redman Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews ,

Nickel Creek – A Dotted Line

April 4th, 2014
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A Blend of the Old and the New

Bluegrass indie trio Nickel Creek made waves from 2000 to 2007 for their tactful approach to the genres of folk, bluegrass and country, over time incorporating sounds of alternative rock and pop into their music to wide appeal. After five albums and a commercially successful year of touring and playing festivals, however, the group announced an indefinite hiatus in favor of pursuing individual projects. So their announcement of a new album and a 2014 tour came as a pleasant surprise to fans of the indie-folk genre, which had since flourished in the late 2000s with the success of outfits like Mumford and Sons and The Decemberists. However, Nickel Creek’s reentry poses an important question: can Nickel Creek readapt to the genre they undoubtedly shaped, and with what success? Read more…

By Connor McInerney Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Thievery Corporation – Saudade

April 4th, 2014
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Beautiful, Sad, Life

Soul, zen, the blues, Tao, oomph, je ne sais quoi– every culture has its own untranslatable and barely describable terms for feelings and philosophies that are common to all of humanity. Scholars and linguists attempt to describe saudade as a feeling of melancholy that stems from the longing for something that is gone. Read more…

By Sean Taras Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Johnny Cash – Out Among the Stars

April 3rd, 2014
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Pretty Near Perfect

Out Among the Stars represents a significant change in the relatively recent posthumous releases of the great Johnny Cash. Rather than continuing in the same vein of the American Recordings, which capitalized on the dramatics of Cash’s aging voice and somber subject matter, Stars draws from lost sessions with producer Billy Sherrill that had been shelved by Columbia. The recordings, rediscovered by the man in black’s son, John Carter Cash, in 2012, utilize the original 1981 recordings in addition to recently added studio sessions, and were released under Legacy Recordings. Read more…

By Connor McInerney Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews ,

The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

March 28th, 2014
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You Will Be Found

Lost In The Dream, the latest from The War on Drugs, offers up a larger, more polished take on the band’s 2011 masterpiece, Slave Ambient. That album’s blend of laid back Americana, hazy and ethereal synthesizers and Adam Granduciel’s breezy Dylanesque chanting gave the world a new standard on which to judge a genre not always known for the most intriguing and colorful sonic palettes. On Lost, they build on that in an extraordinary way. Read more…

By Aaron Vehling Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

S.O.A – First Demo 12/29/80

March 28th, 2014
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Re-Flex Your Head

Before Black Flag changed the punk and hardcore game forever, easily their most notorious vocalist Henry Garfield (better known as Henry Rollins) joined forces with other members of early DC punk band The Extorts to form State of Alert, or SOA. During their one active year as a band, S.O.A released one short 7”, No Policy, and contributed a few songs to the now legendary Flex Your Head DC hardcore compilation. Now, 30 years later, they have released their first eight-song demo, from December of 1980 and it is a must buy for any hardcore and punk fan. Including songs that long time fans will recognize from No Policy and a few other short and angry singles, this demo will serve as a great flashback to the salad days of hardcore punk as well as a quintessential introduction for any younger punks who might find it. Read more…

By Laura Ansill Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Ringworm – Hammer of the Witch

March 25th, 2014
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Case of Ringworm

Ringworm has, for the better part of 20 years, given us some of the best metal-tinged hardcore. The band began in 1991, bringing their brand of metal and hardcore to the streets of their native Cleveland. Since then, they have gone through lineup changes that would rival Menudo’s and changed labels like the seasons. The current lineup, with singer James “Human Furnace” Bulloch has put out one hell of a barn-burner. Hammer of the Witch, released on Relapse, is obnoxiously good. This is not a surprise; for 20 years, they defined the genre that would grow to become a huge influence on so many bands today. Read more…

By Brian Adler Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews