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CityCop and Les Doux are two bands that have been making names for themselves in the post-hardcore/emo scene, each releasing a handful of material that has been very well received.  And rightfully so, as each band employs a chaotic yet cathartic brand of hardcore that draws inspiration from various acts such as Touche Amore and Pianos Become the Teeth.  While both bands differ very much in regards to their inherent sounds, teaming up for the Family Ties/Labors of Love split feels fitting.  The result is a varied, yet wholly wonderful combination of two truly talented bands.  Luckily, we have an official stream of the split for you to enjoy!

I was pumped for this show a good month before it even happened– as soon as it was announced.  Few bands have been making as big of waves in the modern emo scene than empire! empire! (I was a lonely estate) and The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die, so my excitement was warranted.  Teaming up for one show made for the perfect combination, as both bands have a similar style and delivery.  It also worked out that empire! empire! is a one man band, thus needing The World is… to fill in for the positions that Kieth Latinen could not possibly play.  The result was a seamless transition between the two, and wonderfully played show overall.

Despite the “big” names attached, the real show stealer was a local band called Saintseneca.  Hailing from Columbus, the band is a four piece folk group full of mulch-instrumentalists.  Without traditional percussion, the bulk of their music is comprised of twangy strings and heartfelt vocals.  Each selection was as beautiful and intriguing as the last, with each member swapping out duties ranging from guitar to ukelele.  It made for a very dynamic performance, always keeping the crowd on their toes not knowing what to expect next.  I had heard of the band, and had even dabbled in a bit of their material.  Never did I expect to be so impressed, as they were truly the band of the night.  Arrowhead happened to be…

As the year draws to a close, I reflect upon the vast amount of music released this year.  While 2012 won’t go down as a landmark year by anyone’s standards, it did see a number of incredibly solid releases.  We saw heartbreaking hiatuses and joy inducing reunions.  Not much truly left an incredible impact on me, but the sheer volume of interesting and worthwhile releases was wonderful, to say the least.  Given only 25 albums to play with, choosing selections for this list was difficult.  Describing them was an even greater endeavor (chore).  So I decided to forgo the use of words, and project my feelings through an internet-folk’s most fluent language: cats.

25. Father John Misty-Fear Fun

Psychedelic folk:

24. Evening Hymns-Spectral Dusk

Indie/folk/country:

23. Lost in the Trees-A Church That Fits Our Needs

Indie:

22. Dweller on the Threshold-Dweller on the Threshold

Lo-fi/folk:

21. Gaza-No Absolutes In Human Suffering

Hardcore/Grind:

20. Abyssal-Denouenment

Death/Black Metal:

19. State Faults-Desolate Peaks

Hardcore/Emo:

18. Narrows- Painted

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