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by Will Rivitz

27 Jul 2016

It’s a  relatively straightforward indie rock song, but it sounds like it’s being tuned through a staticky TV set, an atmosphere of fuzz weighing down its otherwise light instrumental.

Terribly Yours’ “Golden Age” is a synth-heavy piece of rock crusted with scuzz. It’s a relatively straightforward indie rock song, but it sounds like it’s being tuned through a staticky TV set, an atmosphere of fuzz weighing down its otherwise light instrumental. The guitar solo near the middle is serene, shining brightly through the muck. If you’re looking for a low-key way to kick off your Wednesday morning, this should do the trick.

by Will Rivitz

27 Jul 2016

"Backlash" is the  kind of rock as at home in a Williamsburg bar as a Topeka barn, a universal style meant to unite.

Mail the Horse’s sun-baked indie rock rolls like endless plains on a cross-country road trip, relaxed nearly to the threshold of sleep. “Backlash” wavers under a sheet of dust, psych-rock guitars noodling over the twang of a subdued country backdrop. It’s the kind of rock as at home in a Williamsburg bar as a Topeka barn, a universal style meant to unite. This sort of county-fair indie will stay in our cultural consciousness until the day the last guitar is smashed onstage, so it’s a relief that “Backlash” proves we still have a ways to go before we hit the bottom of the barrel.

by G. Christopher Williams

27 Jul 2016

In which we  consider the challenges of and the reasons for making the “wrong” color choice in Pokemon Go.

I’ve been following my wife and daughters around as they play Pokemon Go for the last three weeks, and it seems pretty clear to me that of the three teams that players can choose from, Team Valor (red), Team Mystic (blue), and Team Instinct (yellow), that it is Instinct that largely gets the shaft.

From what I’ve read, red-blue dominance in Pokemon Go seems the norm around the country. I’ve heard that there are pockets of blue-yellow dominance, but around where I live, this seems an unlikely turn of events. Indeed, there are a number of internet memes that suggest that yellow is the team that struggles with membership and gym dominance.

by Will Rivitz

26 Jul 2016

The Brevet flies  on their undying energy, a massive and effusive stage presence.

The Brevet are a part of an ever-popular poppy flavor of folk rock, a genre spearheaded most publicly by Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers. Their newest video, a live one-take of their “Hold On”, hews closely to the former of these, anthemic acoustic guitar driving the song forward with verve. There are a lot of similarities between Brevet and Mumford — the heavily accented baritone vocals, the tamped-down drums, the close harmonies — but, most importantly, the two bands intersect in terms of their undying energy, a massive and effusive stage presence. It’s loud, it’s proud, and it’s uplifting in the most melancholically positive way.

by Matthew Fiander

26 Jul 2016

"Croc Rock", the  new single from North Carolina's Estrangers, isn't afraid to murk up and complicate the band's shimmering pop sensibilities.

Photo: Jonathan Pfundstein

North Carolina’s Estrangers’ last record, Season of 1000 Colors, was a bittersweet sunburst of power pop released back in 2013. Now, the band is prepping their sophomore record, and the first single from that release is “Croc Rock”. The song marks a few shifts in the band’s sound. The song isn’t afraid to murk up and complicate the band’s shimmering pop sensibilities, to leave a bit of coal dust on the diamond. Jangling guitars clash nicely with airy keys over a lean rhythm section that gives the song a pulse while giving its parts space to echo outward. “What would it take to chip your armor?” singer Philip Pledger wonders at the beginning of the song, and then the music answers, cracking its own pop sheen with dusty, scuffed-up guitar solos punctuating each chorus. There’s a lucid-dreamy feel to the track, as if it’s stuck somewhere between the physical and ethereal, between the grit of the earth and some rare shine mined from it. And if the textures of the song weren’t sweet enough, the chorus is stick-in-your-ear catchy and the song bursts with infectious energy. It’s an impressive introduction to the new album, and one that should build some anticipation for its upcoming release.

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