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Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Artist: Direct Hit! Track: “Forced to Sleep” I don’t think very many bands could make something like the overuse of amphetamines seem so harmless and enjoyable, but then again not every band is Direct Hit! Following in the footsteps of 2013’s satirical Brainless God, the Milwaukee pop-punkers seem to be picking […]


Talking with Mechina’s Joe Tiberi is always entertaining, because not only are interviews with him basically late night brodowns, but there are no time constraints, no PR people or next interviewers interfering. Time is never of utmost importance with Joe, which is suitable for a guy whose band is still woving together a colossal space […]


Monday, April 11h, 2016 Artist: Frightened Rabbit Track: “Death Dream“ I remember when I first started getting into music and it felt like every song I heard was speaking directly to me.  It was a great era in my life because everything seemed to carry unprecedented weight, as if the artists were sitting down at a table with […]


Thursday, April 7, 2016 Artist: Bob Dylan Track: “Masters of War” I’m going to cut straight to the chase – Bob Dylan’s ‘Masters of War’ is one of the best songs he’s ever penned throughout his illustrious and weathered career. Not because of musical innovation, but because it contains perhaps the most profound and venomous […]


Wednesday, April 6, 2016 Artist: Saosin Track: “Racing Toward a Red Light Thirteen years after making a lasting imprint in Saosin’s sound, Anthony Green is returning as the band’s vocalist in all of his former glory on the upcoming Along the Shadow. The second single released from the album, appropriately titled ‘Racing Toward a Red […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of Apil 8, 2016. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. April Towers – Silent Fever (LAB Records Ltd) The Dandy Warhols – Distortland (The Dandy Warhols)  –Raul Stanciu Ben Watt – Fever Dream (Unmade Road) Black […]


Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 Artist: Explosions In The Sky Track: “Landing Cliffs” Explosions In The Sky isn’t exactly a band that strikes joy into the heart of every post-rock aficionado anymore, and it has nothing to do with the band’s talent level.  After all, nobody questions that these guys can play, and some of the crescendos that they’ve crafted […]


Monday, April 4, 2016 Artist: Woods Track: “Sun City Creeps” Woods’ brand of indie folk always seems to find a comfortable sweet spot between eerie and inviting. With a haunting vocal performance from Jeremy Earl and seductive brass, ‘Sun City Creeps’ is every bit as enticing as it needs to be to kick off the […]


Friday, April 1st, 2016 Artist: Steven Page (facebook) (twitter) (official site) Track: “No Song Left To Save Me”   It’s almost criminal that Steven Page’s post-Barenaked Ladies material hasn’t attracted more attention. Starting with Page One in 2010 and now continuing with Heal Thyself Pt. 1: Instinct (released March 11, 2016), Page’s solo career has yielded some of the most well-crafted and […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of Apil 1, 2016. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. #N/A – Nisennenmondai (Beat Records) Alexander Durefelt – In the Grace of the Woods (Daughters and Son Records) Andrew Bird – Are You Serious (Wegawarm Music […]


Thursday, March 31, 2016 Social Distortion Track: “Drug Train” Social Distortion’s self-titled release was a potent concoction of punk, blues, and rock-n-roll that allowed the band to reach new levels of success in the early ’90s. Growing up through that decade, I can’t even count the amount of times I saw Social D patches clung […]


Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 Artist: Psychic Teens [Bandcamp]   Considering whatever thought processes might go into choosing a single, “End” is an interesting pick for Philly post-punk act Psychic Teens. The closer appropriately feels conclusive and reflective, as though we’re given the epilogue in advance. Sonically, Psychic Teens blend both jagged and anthemic riffs under a blanket […]


Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 Artist: Drose [Bandcamp]     Ohioan drone metal band Drose create helpless, introspective music that balances muggy atmospheres with strategic pauses in energy. Vocalist Dustin Rose delivers and unconventional double presence, being almost effeminately serene one moment, and resembling a tortured Patrick-Kindlon-meets-Abe-Simpson demigod the next. “The Man” insists “I’m here! To destroy you!” in a […]


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Monday, March 28, 2016 Artist: O’Brother Track: “Complicated End Times” O’Brother’s latest post-hardcore conquest Endless Light is a sweeping triumph.  It’s a prolific enough record that at some point in 2016, you’ll probably have no choice but to hear about it.  Reminiscent of both Thrice and Manchester Orchestra, the album bestows a level of grit and atmosphere that is […]


      Welcome back!  Below is our compilation of staff picks from March 21-25 of 2016.  Thanks to Jacquibim, whose tastes exceed the outer limits of Spotify, I was forced to break convention and use Youtube  (look at this guy…a few weeks on staff and he’s already sticking it to the man).  Anyway, the layout […]


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