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by Brice Ezell

8 Jun 2015

Classic rock is alive and well in the music of the Brazilian Johnsons, a Brooklyn-based quintet that sounds like it has spent years touring alongside groups such as .38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Black Crowes. On “I’ll See You Down the Road”, the title cut off their new EP, the band peddles in in a catchy, electric guitar-driven rock that hearkens back to a golden age of radio rock and yet also feels timeless in its appeal. Having played stages along with Iron Maiden and Johnny Winter, the Brazilian Johnson’s rock chops are clearly getting tested alongside the greats, and should they keep on the path “Down the Road”, they’ve got good reason to believe things are looking up.

by Brice Ezell

5 Jun 2015

On the surface, “Life Between the Grooves”, the latest single by the Atlanta-based chanteuse Brooklynn, is an exceptionally catchy, ‘70s disco funk-heavy jam—and that, it certainly is. However, there’s more to this “Groove” than one might initially let on, particularly in the track’s lyrics. There’s a meaning behind this danceable jam.

by Brice Ezell

3 Jun 2015

It’s been eight years since Aqueduct—initially from Tulsa, Oklahoma but now camped out in Seattle—released a full-length debut, the last time being 2007’s Or Give Me Death. That LP follows 2005’s I Sold Gold, which caught the group a new wave of critical appreciation and even an appearance on Conan O’Brien. The wait for a new Aqueduct album is now over, however, as Wild Knights is set to be released this summer.

For both a preview of Wild Knights and an example of frontman David Terry’s pop chops, you can stream the catchy “Simpleanimal” below. The direct yet subtly complex tune is one reason why this description from The Onion makes terrific sense: “[Aqueduct is] like a collaboration between the Beach Boys and XTC.”

by Brice Ezell

2 Jun 2015

Photo: Jessica Scarane

Teen Men take their name from a Playboy advert dating back to the ‘60s. The opening tune of their new, self-titled LP, “Hiding Records (So Dangerous)”, begins with a phrase that sounds like an alternate take on the Rugrats theme. From this, one can reasonably infer that “playful” is among the adjectives one can pin on the Delaware-based quartet. Yet this slightly goofy creativity exists not merely for the purpose of giggle-inducing; rather, it’s another dimension to Teen Men’s multi-colored sonic canvas. To hear these colors in play, you can stream Teen Men in full below.

by Brice Ezell

2 Jun 2015

In a short feature on American Songwriter, the North Carolina septet Songs of Water were asked what their turn-ons and turn-offs are. Their answer was simple:

Turn-Offs: false pretense

Turn-Ons: authenticity

These folks aren’t joking. One listen to Stars and Dust, the group’s gorgeous new LP, and you’ll find nary a hint of the former and the plenty of the latter. With a lush, emotional musical landscape that more often than not evokes the feel of a film score, Stars and Dust is a complex journey from beginning to end. From the piano-driven beauty of album highlight “She’s Only Sleeping” to the wide-eyed wonderment of closer “Chiaroscuro”, you’re bound to get lost in the many paths Songs of Water take. Stars and Dust is an apt title; by the time the album reaches its conclusion, you’ll have journeyed to the stars from the dust, and then back again.

//Mixed media

The Specter of Multiplayer Hangs Over 'Door Kickers'

// Moving Pixels

"Door Kickers is not a multiplayer game, but for a while there, I couldn’t tell the difference.

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