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The Bug – Angels & Devils

August 29th, 2014
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Chrysalis Record

Your author hasn’t had much luck with releases from The Bug. The experimental bass music, aggro rap and dancehall backed by Londoner Kevin Martin has long felt too dense to unravel, too relentlessly angry to merely enjoy. Restraint and deliberate action color The Bug’s proper fourth album, Angels & Devils, and for at least half of it there’s the sense a sea change is at hand. Read more…

By Adam Blyweiss Posted in Reviews ,

The Unicorns – Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone? (Reissue)

August 29th, 2014
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The Unicorns Return

Think back to October 2003. W was in the oval office and Saddam was still in a spider hole. The iPod still had a click wheel and the iPhone was four years away. People were still willing to give the Wachowski Brothers the benefit of the doubt on the third Matrix. Emo was still on the charts and Canadian band The Unicorns with a penchant for wearing pink were trying to make their mark on indie pop with Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone? Read more…

By Chris Ernt Posted in Reviews

Bahamas – Bahamas is Afie

August 28th, 2014
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The Genre-Bending Mystery that is Bahamas

Don’t let the title confuse you. Bahamas Is Afie is Bahamas.  Who just happens to be Canadian singer and guitarist Afie Jurvanen.  Pretty self-explanatory.  His first two albums have garnered critical success in Canada with multiple Juno nominations (the country’s equivalent to the Grammy’s).  With the release of his third album, Bahamas expands on his previous releases. Read more…

By Stefanie Martinez Posted in Reviews

The Rentals – Lost in Alphaville

August 28th, 2014
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In Limbo

The Rentals have always been an amalgamation: a band cobbled together from members of other bands, with a lineup that changed with each album, centered around frontman Matt Sharp, formerly the bassist of Weezer in their earlier days. Sharp left Weezer after Pinkerton (1996), and focused on the Rentals, releasing first Return of the Rentals (1995), and then 1999’s Seven More Minutes, which was about time he spent in Spain with a significant other. But the Rentals dissipated for several years after that album, coming back together in 2005 to release some smaller projects, like the multimedia Songs About Time (2009). Lost in Alphaville is the band’s third album and the first full-length since 1999, and it’s got a shiny new lineup to match: Patrick Carney of the Black Keys, Ryen Slegr of Ozma, Lauren Chipman of Section Quartet, and Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe of Lucius on vocals. Read more…

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Pillbuster – Brothel

August 28th, 2014
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Snatch it up!

Fans of Crowbar, Down and Monster Magnet will dig Pillbuster, with their vocal patterns somewhere in between C.O.C. and High on Fire. Self described as stoner rock, there are elements of doom and southern metal to this group. Vocalist Brett Lloyd leads the way with a mouth to match the rhythm of Joe Festa on guitars and Douglas Stanek on drums, to round it out. While the group hails from Virginia Beach, they truly are a collective of musicians with various origins within the US. The guys have been taking the band slow and steady since their formation in 2009, playing around a while before finally recording Read more…

By Birdie Garcia Posted in Reviews

No, I love YOUR Way – Peter Frampton and Buddy Guy Live at the Hollywood Bowl

August 28th, 2014
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It was just two days past that we were at the Hollywood Bowl. Then, we saw Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails bring as much rock, bombast and technical wizardry to the stage as any act has at this venue in a long time. Would it surprise you to learn that just two days later that we have now heard another band play “Black Hole Sun” at the Hollywood Bowl? Yup. It happened. This time it was not a related heavyweight of the 90s alternative/grunge era though. This time it was Peter Frampton. Read more…

By Raymond Flotat Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews ,

Basement Jaxx- Junto

August 27th, 2014
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A Reason To Dance

A musical entity doesn’t exist for twenty years by mistake. Basement Jaxx’s latest release, Junto, is an affirmation of the British duo’s staying power in the dance music world. Junto samples and is influenced by traditional dance music with roots all around the world, and it incorporates Basement Jaxx’s revolutionary sound. Read more…

By Patrick Leone Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Accept – Blind Rage

August 27th, 2014
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Meaty, Juicy Goodness

Accept is to heavy metal what Friendly’s is to fine dining. While it’s nice to enjoy a meal prepared with care and skill, sometimes you just want a fucking hamburger. Germany’s original headbangers have been presenting the same menu for nearly 35 years, and while it’s reasonable to push it aside in favor of more flavorful options, the comfortable and steady will always have customers. Their latest, Blind Rage, is another eleven songs of fist-pounding, flag-waving arena rock, delivered without irony or apology. Read more…

By Chad Gorn Posted in Reviews

The Young – Chrome Cactus

August 26th, 2014
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Slow, Fuzzy Guitars

Austin-bred quartet The Young have managed to land themselves on the same record label as Interpol, Kurt Vile and Pavement—Matador Records. Their previous album Dub Egg was feel-good rock ‘n’ roll, and some thought it had that “sunshine fuzz” sound, but for their next release, Chrome Cactus, things get low and slow. Read more…

By Nicole Goddeyne Posted in Reviews

Goodnight, Texas – Uncle John Farquhar

August 26th, 2014
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The Stories Of Uncle John

Goodnight, Texas strays from their first album’s roots in a good way.  While A Long Life of Living was a good introduction to the band, their follow-up album, Uncle John Farquhar,shows the continuation of the band’s first album.  Much of the same old-school folk vibe is there, plus a few modern hits to show their sound’s growth. Read more…

By Stefanie Martinez Posted in Reviews