Capsule Reviews

Monday, November 17 2014

Open Sails: Open Sails

Calgary, Alberta’s Open Sails is essentially an Evanescence clone, but a pretty good clone at that.

Thursday, November 13 2014

Dire Omen: Wrestling the Revelation of Futility

There’s much to like about this group’s sound, direction and weightiness, but the poor production really undercuts the meatiness of their material.

Wednesday, November 12 2014

Masked Intruder: M.I.

While hardline punkers may take exception, the cross-pollination of the songs herein with doo-wop and classic R&B makes the M.I kool-aid go down a bit smoother than you might expect.

Monday, November 10 2014

Seaway: All in My Head EP

Indeed, this material will get all up in your head. And Seaway will, I’m hopeful, open the locks and let more ships of music through in the future.

Dinosaur Feathers: Control

With their latest, Brooklyn-based genre-hoppers Dinosaur Feathers take on '80s R&B with aplomb.

New Myths: Give Me Noise

The imbalance of intricacy and overproduction leaves Give Me Noise stuck between moments of promise and larger swaths of limitation.

Thursday, November 6 2014

Merna: The Calling

This is a callout to an impressive and crucial female artist who aptly puts the pop in modern day pop music.

Eric Johnson and Mike Stern: Eclectic

Together, Stern and Johnson turn in a wickedly tasteful shred fest that will appeal more to those with an affinity for exceptional six-string playing than average listeners.

Coyote: Proof of Life EP

This EP is an intriguing concoction, even though it doesn’t rise above its obvious influences.

The Workers: Gravel

A band named the Workers have an album named Gravel. You can draw your own conclusions from there.

Wednesday, November 5 2014

Virginia Wing: Measures Of Joy

Experimental pop group Virginia Wing fulfills the promise of their early releases with this, their debut full-length.

Loveskills: Pure EP

Buy this EP if you’re fondly nostalgic for ‘90s alt-rock done dance-style, and stick around for some highly entertaining and engaging electonic songs that stand up in their own right.

Tuesday, November 4 2014

Major League: There’s Nothing Wrong With Me

When they let the music carry the day over the lyrics, Major League is a volatile rock act with a subtle streak.

Shauli Einav: A Truth About Me

Shauli Einav has been overcome by the city of love and light. Everyone benefits.

Sabrina Weeks and Swing Cat Bounce: Live

Live is a fun disc, full of hip swaying boogies.

Battle Trance: Palace of Wind

Travis Laplante's new band couldn't have come up with a better name for the debut if they tried.

Sunday, November 2 2014

Roxanna: Exotica

Roxanna does possess expressive vocal talents, and, given her nursing background, this is music that is healing and soothing.

Thursday, October 30 2014

Julien Sagot: Valse 333

Valse 333 is art, accessibly weird and wonderful art, and a real bonbon for those who savour richness in their music.

Dona Onete: Feitiço Caboclo

Looking around for translations of the Portuguese lyrics, I find out that I've been listening to her request kisses from a beer-wet mouth.

Titanics: Deeper

Icy beats, glimmering guitar lines, and subtly flowing melodies meld into a chillwave atmosphere on Albany duo's new EP.


Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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