Archive for the ‘High Fidelity’ Category

How To Dress Well – “What Is This Heart?”

June 24th, 2014
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Stylish and Suave

How To Dress Well (AKA the sensitive songwriter and philosopher-in-training Tom Krell) poses a question on his third album—he explores a new, tentative reach toward something that sounds suspiciously like happiness, like pop. Leaving behind the ambient, atmospheric electronica of his critically acclaimed sophomore album Total Loss (2012), Krell ventures softly in a different direction. Read more…

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Lecherous Gaze – Zeta Reticuli Blues

June 19th, 2014
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“Madness! Dementia! Raw Terror!”…Or So They Say, But to Us it is Outright Awesome.

You can find this band in the music reference section somewhere between the psychedelic Bob Dylan and an upbeat Tom Waits. But nothing describes this band’s musical inclination better than their own words: “Harsh and heavy, Lecherous Gaze play destructively nasty music for fiendish people!” Read more…

By Birdie Garcia Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

The Antlers – Familiars

June 19th, 2014
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Ultimate Chill

Brooklyn-based croonsters The Antlers release their fifth full-length album, Familiars, this week—and it certainly provides a familiar, recognizable sound. The Antlers have developed a reputation for creating sweet indie tunes replete with lush orchestration, and Familiars doesn’t disappoint. Read more…

By Charlee Redman Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Body Count – Manslaughter

June 15th, 2014
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When Keeping It Real Goes Right

The mighty Body Count has returned to give us a surprisingly great record this year with Manslaughter. This fifth release is a fun but serious trip through issues that Ice-T is passionate about. He’s keeping it real. Read more…

By Brian Adler Posted in High Fidelity, 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

Vallenfyre – Splinters

May 27th, 2014
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Holy Hell

Splinters is the best heavy album this year (so far). UK supergroup Vallenfyre holds its unholy presence in its own bastardly bleak, awesome element of doom, thrash, death– dark. It highlights all the best elements of dark and heavy music.

Whether closer to the doom spectrum in songs such as “Aghast” or the hellfire in a barrel discharge from “Cattle,” Splinters is loaded with pulverizing metal ferocity. Read more…

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Archie Bronson Outfit – Wild Crush

May 26th, 2014
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Intricate and Deliberate

Four years is apparently just the right amount of time for a new Archie Bronson Outfit album to show up and make you remember the band’s strengths while opening yourself to a host of new influences and charm. Just as the long wait from Derdang Derdang in 2006 brought about the critically acclaimed CoconutWild Crush carries that tradition of pushing Archie Bronson Outfit to the brink. Read more…

By April Siese Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Plaid – Reachy Prints

May 23rd, 2014
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Andy Samberg’s short comedic film for the May 17th episode of Saturday Night Live properly skewered mainstream electronic music, showing why it’s regarded as monotonous and headache-inducing. With live-event fakery, quickly tiresome arrangements and a fanbase that couldn’t care less about the results as long as they get their dance, their date and their molly, “When Will the Bass Drop?” made it obvious there’s no “I” in “EDM” but there’s sure a truckload of “ME.” Read more…

By Adam Blyweiss Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed

May 17th, 2014
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Tight N Shiny

Supergroup. Is there any word more thrilling to the human soul? It immediately conjures childlike fantasies of luminaries coming together and worlds colliding. What if Hercules, Superman, and Eleanor Roosevelt teamed up to fight Apocalypse? What if Iron Man, Siddhartha, and Harry Houdini got together to defeat Megatron? What if Greg Puciato (Dillinger Escape Plan), Max Calavera (Sepultura, Soulfly), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), and David Elitch (The Mars Volta, M83) joined forces under the name Killer Be Killed, and recorded an album? Read more…

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Chromeo – White Women

May 14th, 2014
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Almighty Funk Lordz

White Women is Chromeo’s fourth album and it looks to be the one to catapult them into mainstream fame. Since 2002 Chromeo (made up of Dave 1 and P-Thugg) have flown under the radar, creating incredible dance tunes for anyone willing to dig deep into their music. After what some have called the best performance at Coachella, the world seems to be ready to dance its way into Chromeo’s world of disco balls and slap bass. Read more…

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