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Electric Funeral – Total Funeral

July 28th, 2014
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Loud, Raw and Totally Funeral

The old image of the one-man band parading around town making just as much noise as he could isn’t just from the lovable Mary Poppins. It is still a real thing, and while many consist of a harmonica, accordion, ukulele, bass drum, tambourine, guitar or whatever it might be of musical inclination to the person, this is not always the case. Such a description could fit the Swedish act Electric Funeral. Jocke D-takt, also of Paranoid, Desperat, Warvictims, Totalt Jävla Mörker and many others is the sole perpetrator of this lonely assembled noise machine. Read more…

By Birdie Garcia Posted in Reviews

Plastikman – EX

July 28th, 2014
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Art for Art’s Sake

Plastikman albums helped define acid techno’s minimal core until Richie Hawtin, the legendary DJ/producer behind the curtain, retired the moniker after the dark, abstract 2003 album Closer. A 2013 multimedia installation was one of a scant few live dates using that name since then, and the only one meriting enough new music to fill an LP. Despite going into the performance claiming this work wasn’t meant for a new album—well, here’s EX. Read more…

By Adam Blyweiss Posted in Reviews ,

The Dagger – The Dagger

July 28th, 2014
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Missing the Mark

Classic rock is a genre of music that no longer needs time to make it authentic. Bands now can make any recording sound like it was recorded in the seventies to create that “vintage vibe.” This authenticity is what Swedish quartet The Dagger shot for with their Century Media debut The Dagger. Although The Dagger has been on the scene since 2009, this debut album is all about that ’70s heavy metal sound. Lots of guitar solos, tons of high pitched vocals and even an organ all come together to bring us a sound that is similar to Wolfmother or early Alice Cooper. Read more…

By Brian Adler Posted in Reviews

Dana Buoy – Preacher EP

July 27th, 2014
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Bastille Light

Dana Buoy is five happy-go-lucky sounding tracks on the EP, Preacher. Though not quite club-ready, Buoy crosses the traditional music genres and blends trip-hop with rock ‘n’ roll, some disco and more synth pop than should be legally allowed anywhere.  Ambient tracks take the listener to a dreamlike world of sound. Read more…

By Jacob Betzner Posted in Reviews

Drenge – Drenge

July 27th, 2014
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Garage Grunge

The Loveless brothers, Eoin and Rory, make up the British band Drenge, and on their new self-titled album they seem to offer a step up from the stereotypical, unpolished sound one might hear coming from a teenage garage band. The album clearly has some nice production touches, which help keep the album from fully turning into a mosh pit of noise. Read more…

By Sophia Wolbrom Posted in Reviews

The Black Angels – Clear Lake Forest

July 26th, 2014
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The Right Track

The EP may be the perfect format for the Black Angels. Whereas previous release, Indigo Meadow, was drawn out and uninspired, Clear Forest Lake is punchy and immediately draws you in. This is the Black Angels name-checking their favorite psychedelic acts as much as it is the quintet forging their own ’60s-inspired path. Read more…

By April Siese Posted in Reviews

White Sea – In Cold Blood

July 26th, 2014
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White Sea Flies Close to the Sun

Over the years, Morgan Kibby has fronted LA’s classical indie band The Romanovs, collaborated with electronic maximalist group M83, and now lends her vocal prowess to White Sea, her first solo effort. In Cold Blood is White Sea’s valiant and triumphant white horse that carries the world’s savior at the end of times. At least that’s how it sounds. Kibby’s debut album offers equal parts ’80s synth pop and atmospheric dream pop. Her penchant for theatrics is apparent in how instrumentally dense and lyrically emotive her music sounds. The album is a self-described post-breakup catharsis. Kibby uses soaring synths, celestial vocals and pummeling drums to create one of the year’s more ambitious and dense records. Read more…

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Nico Vega – Lead To Light

July 25th, 2014
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Too Bright, Need The Shades

Nico Vega is first and foremost a rock band. Their overly produced pop jams dilutes (and holds down) their bold, fiercer, leather-jacket and aviator wearing side. Their frontwoman, Aja Volkman, provides the flare to an otherwise tame production. Her voice is thick, clear and carries enough weight to keep the rest of Nico Vega afloat.  Although they’ve developed a good resume for their latest album, Lead to Light, the record comes up a little short in being considered a solid album.

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By Jeremy Rellosa Posted in Reviews

Fink – Hard Believer

July 25th, 2014
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From Small Beginnings Come Big Endings

Fin Greenall and his bandmates Tim Thornton and Guy Whittaker are no strangers to releasing albums. They’ve been doing it since 2006, and even after taking a short break from each other to do their own stuff (Fin recorded an album with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and has helped write songs for big names like John Legend, and Tim wrote a few books), the English trio easily came together again to record their latest full-length, Hard Believer. Read more…

By Nicole Goddeyne Posted in Reviews

Sia – 1000 Forms of Fear

July 24th, 2014
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No Fear to Be Found

Chances are that you’ve heard “Chandelier” by now, and there’s an even greater chance you’ve seen the various videos of Sia performing the song without showing her face.  The album that goes with the song is the singer’s sixth in the studio.  After a long career of being both performer and songwriter, she’s back and releasing this album, 1000 Forms of Fear. Read more…

By Stefanie Martinez Posted in Reviews