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Mikhael Paskalev – Sayonara Saigon

October 30th, 2014
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A Booster Shot of Paskalev

Pop music seems to be the order of the day for Mikhael Paskalev. The brevity of his four song debut record Sayonara Saigon is like a musical candy corn for the first-time listener. It’s fun, catchy, and perhaps before you even know what it is you heard, you want to listen again. That, of course, would be the point. Read more…

By Jared Schultz Posted in Reviews

Medicine – Home Everywhere

October 30th, 2014
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Home Is Where the Medicine Is

Medicine’s latest offering, Home Everywhere, seems to be the product of an LSD bender between Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine, the Magical Mystery Tour-era Beatles and a very jovial Brian Wilson, the genius behind the Beach Boys who spawned the legendary SMiLE during a period in which the Fab Four unleashed their similarly colorful collection. Read more…

By Aaron Vehling Posted in Reviews

Devin Townsend Project – Z2

October 30th, 2014
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A little too beautiful, a little too silly

Devin Townsend is a unique and prolific figure in heavy metal. Well-known in extreme metal circles for his leadership of the hyper-aggressive, gleefully manic Strapping Young Lad, Townsend has also been releasing out pseudo-solo albums under variations on his name since the mid-1990s. Over the last several years Townsend has settled into something of a rhythm, finding a generally steady band, a vocal counterpart and releasing a number of albums bearing the Devin Townsend Project moniker. Read more…

By David Sano Posted in Reviews

Blood and Glass – Museum With No Walls

October 29th, 2014
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The Soundtrack to Your Dreams

Blood and Glass are a five-piece band from Montreal. Their debut album is Museum With No Walls, a dark record that shows us what dreams sound like. To call it dream-like would be just scratching the surface; Blood and Glass create atmospheres with their ambient and inky production that give the listener lots of space to get lost in. Read more…

By Jeremy Rellosa Posted in Reviews

Cold War Kids – Hold My Home

October 29th, 2014
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Strip Club Music

Cold War Kids have always been a bit of a middling band, not quite pop, not quite indie rock, not great and not bad. When listening to them, you get the impression that, despite the confidence (sometimes bordering on arrogance) evident in their music, they’re not really sure which musical world they really fit in. With their new album, Hold My Home, the band has chosen a side. The record finds Cold War Kids fully embracing the pop side of their sound, with reverb heavy drums and vocals, simplistic repetitive song writing and lyrics, and a maximalist aesthetic that seems to be all the rage these days. Read more…

By Jake Romm Posted in Reviews

Kindness – Otherness

October 29th, 2014
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Dream infused, UK flavored, Vocal Pop

One of the greatest pitfalls of vocalists that act as their own producer is not being able to find the proper balance between their voice and production. Backing tracks can become too prominent or convoluted. Post production fiddling – be it effects, overdubs, or other studio antics – can drown out or muddy the vocal tracks, taking away the raison d’etre for the record. The accompaniment can feel unfinished and underdeveloped. Adam Bainbridge, on his latest Kindness record Otherness, manages to avoid these traps and delivers an impressive set of songs that finds that happily balanced point, where all the piece parts mix together harmoniously. Read more…

By Chris Ernt Posted in Reviews

OK Go – Hungry Ghosts

October 28th, 2014
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That is So Not OK

Let’s be honest for a moment: Would OK Go still be a thing without their videos? This quartet’s music generates the most playfulness and slack-jawed wonder only when they step in front of cameras and lip-synch among choreographed treadmills and loft-sized Rube Goldberg machines. Able to manage one, maybe two tracks with any social media-driven staying power on each of their first four albums, they incorporate today’s technology like a cyborg on fifth album Hungry Ghosts, assembling songs inside a web of studios full of synthesizers and Reason-loaded workstations. Read more…

By Adam Blyweiss Posted in Reviews

Kiesza- Sound of A Woman

October 28th, 2014
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All Too Familiar Electro Pop

Sound of a Woman, the debut album from Canadian electro-popper Kiesza, sits at a categorical fork in the road; within it two genres vie for attention, though neither leaves a strong enough mark to make Woman distinctly its own. There is the hollowed-out EDM echo that supports nearly every song on the record, and then there are the fronting dance-pop loops that blend obsessively into one another like a sugar-sweet Mobius strip. To the unacclimated ear Sound of a Woman may seem rambling, however to the well versed the album presents itself as something far more tiresome; an unwarranted experiment in how many ways Kiesza and her producers can try to reshape the catchiness of the artist’s European hit, “Hideaway.” Read more…

By Elliot Greiner Posted in Reviews

Cooly G – Wait ‘Til Night

October 28th, 2014
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Ladies Night

Ever since UK Singer/DJ/producer Cooly G’s first release on Hyperdub Records, 2009’s Narst/Love Dub, she has managed to elevate her sound with each successive recording. At times she merely hints at her influences and at other times makes them blatantly obvious, though even then they still possess the ability to sound wholly original. Her last LP, 2012’s Playin’ Me, saw her mixing dub and house beats with reggae riffs, though perhaps most daring feat was her cover of Coldplay’s “Trouble” which employed Chris Martin’s piano riff paired with baseball bat cracking drum beats. Cooly G herself crooned the vocals and made them sound wholly apologetic in a way that Martin failed do with his feigned falsetto. Read more…

By Jamie Robash Posted in Reviews

The Francesco Artusato Project – Our Dying Sun

October 27th, 2014
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The Italian Shred Fest

Italian born guitarist Francesco Artusato spent his early years playing the saxophone before moving to guitar at 19. Since then he has become a big name in the metal world for his incredible guitar playing skills.  He spent some time lending those skills to one of metals bigger name bands, All Shall Perish, and toured the world with them till his solo work gained some attention. Read more…

By Brian Adler Posted in Reviews ,