Capsule Reviews

Thursday, August 27 2015

Joe Goodkin: Record of Life

Indie's most emotional release of the year thus far comes from the heart at the tip of Paper Arrows.

El Ten Eleven: Fast Forward

On their sixth full-length album, El Ten Eleven connects their well-honed musical idiosyncrasies with personal tragedy.

Wednesday, August 26 2015

Sweat Lodge: Talismana

The Sword aren't the only Austin band capable of kicking up a little 4:20-friendly riffology

Wednesday, August 19 2015

The Cocoon: While the Recording Engineer Sleeps

The Cocoon could have been something special. Hell, they were something special!

Stuart Mason: Tradition

Mason finds evolution in devolution with this 15-track package of folk classics.

Tuesday, August 18 2015

Tart: These Are Not Love Songs

Detroit femmelectro duo display growth and maturity while retaining noir sexiness on second EP.

Monday, August 17 2015

Astrid Williamson: We Go to Dream

On her sixth studio release, the Shetland-born singer delves even deeper into the reaches of ambient-pop.

Wednesday, August 5 2015

Various Artists: OIM Volume 1

Oakland Indie Mayhem's first compilation.

Nicholas Altobelli: Searching Through That Minor Key

Searching Through That Minor Key lacks the raw emotional attachment of Altobelli's prior poetic work.

Wednesday, July 29 2015

Caravan of Thieves: Kiss Kiss

Caravan of Thieves deliver a fun-packed album that will have listeners dancing in the rain.

Bill Payne, Carol Liebowitz, Eva Lindal: Payne/Lindal/Liebowitz

Bill Payne, Carol Liebowitz, Eva Lindal make an entire album's worth of music by the seat of their three pairs of pants.

Slow Down Molasses: Black Burnt Cars

Powerfully blending melody and discord and inspired by pictures of the Paris events in May 1968, Canada’s Slow Down Molasses reflect the tension between ideals and reality, then and now.

Monday, July 27 2015

Two Sheds: Assembling

Much like a diamond, Assembling is brilliant due to its flaws.

Friday, July 24 2015

Biosphere / Deathprod: Stator

As two Norwegian artists stake their separate claims on one album, they wind up making a disturbing little masterpiece.

Thursday, July 23 2015

Pocket Panda: This Arrangement of Molecules

In This Arrangement of Molecules, Pocket Panda establish themselves as new rulers of the Washington rock scene with equal parts heart and mind.

Wednesday, July 22 2015

Weed: Running Back

Canadian noise poppers deliver a lean set of loud, hooky guitar rock on their latest.

Girl Band: The Early Years EP

The Early Years EP offers a mercifully short set of unrelentingly pummeling dance rock from these Dublin noiseniks.

Tearjerker: Stay Wild

The Toronto trio’s third full-length delivers on the promise of their Hiding EP and expands their playbook in subtle ways.

Sunday, July 19 2015

Basement Jaxx: Angel Is Coming EP

If Junto was the sound of everything we loved about Jaxx hitting the pavement, this EP is the sound of street cleaners scraping up the remains.

Friday, July 17 2015

In Sonitus Lux: The Equinox Session

By smacking a piece of metal with a pair of mallets and with Kevin Dunn's help, E. Serson Brannen has made a fine piece of music free of category.

//Mixed media

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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