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Bitchin Bajas – Bitchin Bajas

September 1st, 2014
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Music For A Trance-Inducing State

Electronic group Bitchin Bajas, the side project of Cave guitarist and organist Cooper Crain, is out with an EP that sounds like the background music for a meditation class. The songs put the listener into a trance-inducing state. It is the perfect balance of soothing sounds that allow the listener to even forget that there is music playing at all. In some of the tracks there is a minor Middle Eastern influence to their sound, especially in “Turiya.” Read more…

By Sophia Wolbrom Posted in Reviews ,

Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden

September 1st, 2014
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Building a Foundation with Fundimentals

Hailing from Little Rock Arkansas, Pallbearer have been bringing their brand of southern doom to the masses since 2010. With critical acclaim from both the underground and mainstream press for their debut, Sorrow and Extinction the boys are back with their sophomore release, Foundations of Burden. which has already been hailed as some of the best new music of the year. Suffice it to say, the album doesn’t disappoint. Read more…

By Brian Adler Posted in Reviews

Made in America, Philadelphia, Day 2

September 1st, 2014
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When Made in America Day 2 began, I thought my only complaint at the end of the day would be the heat. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans for the huge crowd of festival goers in Philadelphia on Sunday. But more on that later. First the good. Read more…

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Made in America Festival, Los Angeles, Day 2

September 1st, 2014
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The gates open for day two at Made in America, and the lineup promises an even more eclectic selection than yesterday. Weezer, Juanes, John Mayer and headliner Kanye West draw in fans from across the spectrum. It is speculated that today’s attendance is even greater than yesterday’s. Read more…

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Elephant Stone – Three Poisons

August 31st, 2014
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Psychedelia

Canadian trio Elephant Stone’s newest album, Three Poisons, has an interesting psychedelic sound with a Middle-Eastern influence, which is right up this groups’ alley. The Middle Eastern influence is especially noticeable in the 38-second  ”Intermediate State.” Read more…

By Sophia Wolbrom Posted in Reviews

Made in America Festival, Philadelphia, Day 1

August 31st, 2014
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Currenty running for its third year in Philadelphia, Made in America seems to have finally figured this whole thing out. With a stage setup mimicking that of last year’s fest, Made in America seems to be learning from past mistakes and improving on its setup each year. (And this year they didn’t run out of water!) Read more…

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Made in America Festival, Los Angeles, Day 1

August 31st, 2014
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Budweiser’s Made in America is the first festival of its kind with two major lineups simultaneously taking place on both sides of the country – Los Angeles and Philadelphia – all weekend. Jay Z curates this inaugural event pulling a vast spectrum of artists mostly from the mainstream music scene. Big players like Kanye West, Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar and John Mayer fill up the largest part of the bill. Kanye headlines night one in Philadelphia and magically flies to the best coast to finish off the weekend with a culminating performance at the downtown LA location. Read more…

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Cold Specks – Neuroplasticity

August 30th, 2014
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Grace Under Pressure

Cold Specks titled their album after a scientific term for the mind’s capacity to form new connections. Neuroplasticity allows us to learn. While this might sound too uplifting for an album marked by tension and conflict, it may be a good fit. After all, this knowledge of neurons is being utilized by the scientific community to treat disorders of the mind. Read more…

By Carey Uhl Posted in Reviews

Merchandise – After the End

August 30th, 2014
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Autumnal Equinox

The weather is set to cool down soon enough. With fall right around the corner, post-punk fans will undoubtedly be looking for something a bit more mopey to accompany their first weeks back at school. Florida-based group Merchandise is hoping to be just that soundtrack with their newest release After the End. Following their successful break-out debut Children of Desire in 2012, and 2013’s Totale Nite, After the End demonstrates the band’s maturity and evolution as they have dominated the indie festival circuit. Read more…

By Laura Ansill Posted in Reviews

Trioscapes – Digital Dream Sequence

August 30th, 2014
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Jazz Fusion-not Metal

Trioscapes calls their own music experimental, prog-rock fusion. This is a fair generalization. There are also bits of punk and heavy bass lines that imply other influences. Digitally manipulated and highly energetic, the band makes some real transitional progress through their release of Digital Dream Sequence, a five track EP released through Metal Blade Records. Read more…

By Birdie Garcia Posted in Reviews