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Nick Waterhouse – Holly

April 18th, 2014
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A Blast from the Past

At first glance, he looks like a Buddy Holly-era transplant.  At first listen, he sounds out of this time period.  LA musician and producer Nick Waterhouse’s second album, Holly, is a complete blast from the past.  He stays true to his retro rock sound and pulls the listener in with each groove. Read more…

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Shy Hunters – O That I Had Wings

April 18th, 2014
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Moon Songs

On their debut album O That I Had Wings Brooklyn-based Shy Hunters mine the dark pop and R&B of the early ’90s Bristol set and the “arcane night music” of the Smashing Pumpkins’ 1998 masterpiece Adore. Vocalist/guitarist Indigo Street worships at the altar of Kate Bush with her angelic chants, while drummer Sam Levin churns out steady, pulsating rhythms that slowly build to the occasional foray into erratic behavior. They seem prone to shades of Poliça, fellow students of Portishead and Massive Attack, with some of the guitar color of Bloc Party. Read more…

By Aaron Vehling Posted in Reviews

Massacre – Back From Beyond

April 18th, 2014
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Death (Metal) by Genericide

Massacre formed in Florida in 1984, during the decrepit infancy of the death metal genre. Since then, then band has cycled through over a dozen members, broken up and reformed a number of times, and released three full-length albums (including their latest). Over the decades, Massacre has become perhaps more known for sharing members with influential bands—Death, Obituary and Six Feet Under, among others—than for being one themselves. Nonetheless, Massacre got some semblance of the gang back together in 2011. Riding a wave of momentum from a successful appearance on the 2012 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise/Music Festival, Massacre decided to record a new studio album—Back From Beyond. Read more…

By David Sano Posted in Reviews

Fucked Up – Year of the Dragon

April 17th, 2014
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The Year of Fucked Up (Again)

Since the release of 2012’s many-a-year-end list topper David Comes to Life, fans have been wondering whether we’d seen the best, and possibly the last, of Fucked Up, and worried that maybe it was time to prepare for the almost inevitable downfall. The sixth in their now nearly 10-year-old Zodiac Series, Year of the Dragon answers that question once and for all: Fucked Up is here to stay and they’re bringing our heads banging right along with them. Springtime may be the season for pop punk, but Fucked Up wants to make sure we don’t head into the sunshine all full of smiles and rainbows, and they’ve got a 20 minute musical onslaught that should do just the trick. Read more…

By Laura Ansill Posted in Reviews

Rodney Crowell – Tarpaper Sky

April 17th, 2014
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Nothing New, but Nothing to Pass Up

Rodney Crowell is a name any country music fan undoubtedly knows. When you’re discussing an artist as prolific as Crowell, there are a few things you can expect before pressing play: the songwriting is going to be meaningful and carry its own merit; the recording is going to sound pristine; and overall you can expect the album to be, at the very least, good. Tarpaper Sky certainly does not skip over any of these. Crowell was born in Crosby, Texas in 1950, and moved to Nashville in 1972 where he got a job as a songwriter and began his career in music. Recently, he has released his fourteenth album of his 36 years as a recording artist. Read more…

By Jody Poczik Posted in Reviews

Amps for Christ – Canyons Cars and Crows

April 17th, 2014
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Where Fusion Falls Flat

Amps for Christ is an experimental side project by Henry Barnes of the outfits Man is the Bastard and Bastard Noise, power violence bands both based out of southern California. Despite Barnes’s previous experience in hardcore punk subgenres, his newest project is reflective of his appreciation for traditional folk music, combined with an aptitude and preference for eclectic electronic instrumentation. The end process of these influences is a sound similar to a combination of artists like Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel and The Antlers. These inspirations come through loud and clear on the project’s newest album, Canyons Cars and Crows. Read more…

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The Mowgli’s Popup Show at Great Scott, Boston

April 17th, 2014
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On the one year anniversary of the tragic Boston marathon bombing, band of merry pranksters The Mowgli’s paid tribute to the victims and supported #BostonStrong with a popup pre-show. Prior to their sold out concert in Cambridge, the band gathered some wooden stools and donations from lucky passersby, Twitter savvy fans and regulars at small bar venue The Great Scott in honor of the tragedy’s one year anniversary. All proceeds from the show went to One Fund Boston , a foundation helping those most affected by the tragic bombings that occurred last year in Boston. Read more…

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The Both – The Both

April 15th, 2014
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A Happy, Harmonious Union

Ted Leo (of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists) and singer-songwriter Aimee Mann might not seem like the most obvious match, but the pair formed a fast friendship after touring together last year and decided to cement their newfound camaraderie with a collaboration called The Both. Leo and Mann release their self-titled debut as The Both this week on Mann’s own SuperEgo Record. Despite the seeming disparity between their styles and previous work, this is a sweet, incredibly harmonious union of two of today’s veteran musicians that pushes their talents in a new direction. Read more…

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OFF! – Wasted Years

April 15th, 2014
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Time is on Their Side

Formed in 2009 out of Black Flag/Circle Jerks singer Keith Morris and members of a handful of other Los Angeles punk bands, OFF! has provided the punk music world with a time machine straight back to the 1980s. After releasing four short EPs and one full-length record in 2012 (coinciding with a tour of Morris’ new version of Black Flag, now known only as Flag), OFF! has released their sophomore record, Wasted Years. With no lack of influence from Morris’s earlier days in Nervous Breakdown-era Black Flag, Wasted Years stands as an upbeat and energetic example of how early punk rock can thrive today. Read more…

By Laura Ansill Posted in Reviews

Teebs – E s t a r a

April 15th, 2014
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April Showers

E s t a r a, the sophomore studio album by Teebs, sounds like your seven-year-old self looking out the window on a rainy springtime Saturday. There’s this satisfaction in the idea of staying inside to play with blocks, fixated on building layer upon layer while the patter of rain and the rustling of branches remind you that you’re not out playing with your friends. The thunder casually rolls in and out, but it isn’t one of those days that makes the dog hide under the bed. E s t a r a is content being a little sad, but in the most enjoyable way possible. Read more…

By Patrick Leone Posted in Reviews