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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of July 26, 2019.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors. – List of Releases: July 26, 2019 – All Out War: Crawl Amongst the Filth Genre: Metalcore/Thrash Label: Unbeaten B Boys: Dudu Genre: Alternative/Indie Rock Label: […]

Circa Survive – “The Amulet” I was late to the Circa Survive party, with The Amulet serving as my first full-album experience with the talented post-hardcore/indie-rock outfit.  Although Blue Sky Noise went on to become my favorite album of theirs, as I backtracked through the discography, no individual song has stuck with me quite like […]

Top News In case you missed it, here’s a list of the top 3 news items from this past week: (1) New Opeth Song (2) KSE are “Broken” (3) New Menzingers song/album   Currently Trending These albums are (1)  Torche: Admission (2)  State Faults: Clairvoyant (3)  Thom Yorke: Anima (4)  Freddie Gibbs and Madlib: Bandana […]

Fair to Midland – “The Greener Grass” As a rather obvious indie/folk aficionado, I probably don’t have nearly enough progressive rock on this list – and in a decade where there has been some damn good examples.  Fair to Midland is a band that caught my ear in 2011 – their album, Arrows and Anchors, […]

Fleet Foxes – “Third of May / Ōdaigahara” Fleet Foxes’ “Third of May / Ōdaigahara” begins as if we arrived in the middle of a show, unannounced – crashing in with drums and hearty acoustic chords atop Robin Pecknold’s all-too-appropriate line of “light ended the night / but the song remained.”  Clocking in at nearly nine minutes, it […]

Taking Back Sunday – “Death Wolf” I still remember being pretty taken aback by just how good Tidal Wave was.  I came to expect catchy pop-punk from Taking Back Sunday, but not, however – and especially at this point in their careers – anything that sounds like “Death Wolf.” “Death Wolf” is the fulcrum – […]

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of July 12, 2019.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors. – List of Releases: July 12, 2019 – Banks: III Genre: R&B/Downtempo/Pop Label: Harvest Batushka: Hospodi (Господи) Genre: Black/Doom/Post Metal Label: Metal Blade Big K.R.I.T.: K.R.I.T. […]

Brand New – “Lit Me Up” “Lit Me Up” is a simmering brooder; this moody slow-burn whose pinnacle isn’t a guitar solo or chorus, but rather a creepy, electronically distorted “when I grow up, I want to be a heretic.” The song is hauntingly prophetic, as Lacey unwittingly predicts his demise: “Lit me up and […]

Radiohead – “Ful Stop” A Moon Shaped Pool is sort of the antithesis of 2011’s The King of Limbs.  The album takes a much safer, warmer approach than its electronically-infused predecessor.  The results were disappointing to some who hoped that the band would continue to push a more experimental direction, but to the rest, it […]

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of July 5, 2019.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors. – List of Releases: July 5, 2019 – 3teeth: Metawar Genre: Industrial Label: Century Media Abbath: Outstrider Genre: Black/Heavy Metal Label: Season of Mist The Dharmas: […]

The Tallest Man on Earth – “Burden of Tomorrow” Who had a more productive and revered ten years than Kristian Matsson?  The man started off the decade by earning top honors from multiple publications for his 2010 masterclass in folk, The Wild Hunt.  From there, he cemented his position atop the genre with There’s No […]

Kevin Morby – “Destroyer” Of late, Kevin Morby has turned into a one-album-wonder for me.  I got into his music with 2016’s Singing Saw, from which “Destroyer” hails, and the album is a borderline classic in my opinion.  City Music and Oh My God followed in rapid succession with tepid results, failing to live up to […]

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of June 28, 2019.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors. – List of Releases: June 28, 2019 – 311: Voyager Genre: Reggae/Hip-Hop/Alt-Rock Label: BMG The Alarm: Sigma Genre: Alternative Rock Label: Twenty First Century Recording Company […]

Silversun Pickups – “Skin Graph” On the heels of 2009’s Swoon, Silversun Pickups’ trajectory over the course of the ensuing decade will depend on who you ask.  There’s a lot of staunch supporters of the band’s first two albums who feel that everything they’ve done since has been varying grades of disappointing.  For me, I […]

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of June 21, 2019.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors. – List of Releases: June 21, 2019 – Bad Breeding: Exiled Genre: Hardcore/Noise Rock Label: One Little Indian Bedouine: Bird Songs of a Killjoy Genre: Indie-Folk […]

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