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50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 30. Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Whether unabashed optimist or sterling cynic, everybody can hear a bit of themselves in Pedestrian Verse. It’s a collection of solemn songs, and anybody who’s even vaguely familiar with Frightened Rabbit should have expected that from the minute they learnt […]


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50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 50. Summoning – Old Mornings Dawn [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Summoning have proven time and again that they are absolute masters of their craft, however small their niche may be. Not only are they arguably the best symphonic black metal band ever to play the genre, they take a concept […]


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I still remember the first time I heard City of Ifa. I was in the car with my bandmate, and he was blasting Blue Shoes— and when the album transitioned into “The Human Atlas,” I was sold immediately. The track is post-hardcore that begins with the catchiness of pop-punk; complicated music that calms itself for […]


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Describing the music of Brooklyn-based Netherlands is hardly an easy task. Erik Wunder (of Cobalt and Man’s Gin), who gets the credit for introducing me to these guys, defines their style as “hyper-noise-punk-electro-psychedelic-metal.” This seemingly convoluted tag oddly fits the outfit that doesn’t shy away from embracing divergent styles in a high-octane manner. The trio’s […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of November 5, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Alice Rose – each is a DREAM (Manual Music) Avril Lavigne – Avril Lavigne (Epic) Bryce Dessner & Kronos Quartet – Aheym (Anti Records) Celine […]


There are enough qualities that distinguish Salt Lake City’s SubRosa from their doom metal brethren. Aside from ingeniously incorporating violins into their ultra-heavy sound, the quintet excels in songwriting that’s singular in its brutally honest depiction of tenebrous themes. Their new staggering full-length More Constant Than The Gods (Profound Lore) centers around the topic of […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of October 22, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. AFI – Burials (Universal Republic) – Adam Thomas Best Coast – Fade Away (Jewel City) Brandy Clark – 12 Stories (Slate Creek Records) Cage – […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of October 15, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Anberlin – Devotion (Big3 Records) Anneke Van Giersbergen – Drive (Inside Out US) The Avett Brothers – Magpie And The Dandelion (American Recordings) Beats Antique […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 24, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Andrew St James – Doldrums (Fortune Records) Au Revoir Simone – Move In Spectrums (Instant Records) Audio – Bag Of Bones (Blackout Records) Bleach Blonde […]


As the clock ticks down to the release of her sophomore record (Nocturnal; due Oct 29th on Verve), the next milestone in what has been an absolutely phenomenal year for Ms Yunalis Mat Zara’ai, the pint-sized Subang Jaya native must be feeling that life simply can’t get much better than this. And who can blame her? […]


Wo Fat are one of the most acclaimed stoner rock acts today. The Texas-based trio have rapidly risen to the forefront of the genre, blending fat, fuzzed-out riffs with hints of psychedelia and Southern rock flavors. The success of their latest effort, The Black Code, allowed the band to reach a wider audience, touring Europe […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 17, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. The Band In Heaven – Caught In A Summer Swell (Decades Records) Bill Callahan – Dream River (Drag City) Billy Currington – We Are Tonight […]


Sporting 13 tracks and clocking in at 75:07, The Red Paintings’ The Revolution is Never Coming, which was mixed on four separate continents (I assume Antarctica was out of the running) by eight different producers (including the late Bryan Carlstrom, who worked with Anthrax, The Offspring, Alice in Chains, Queen, and Social Distortion, among others), […]


A long, long time ago I can still remember how The forums used to make me smile And I knew if he had a chance Ramsey could showcase his talents And maybe we’d be jammin’ for a while… I’m not really sure what bastardizing Don McLean lyrics has to do with anything, but as a […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 10, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. 2 Chainz – B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time (Def Jam) Arctic Monkeys – AM (Domino) Babyshambles – Sequel To The Prequel (EMI Import) Balance & Composure […]


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