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Wednesday, August 20 2014

Hearts of Oak: New England

This is a band that just wants to ride a certain lazy feeling, the kind of thing you can down beers to on your back porch.


Tara Beier: Purple Trees EP

If you’re looking for something that’s one-of-a-kind in Canadian indie rock, Tara Beier is definitely worth hearing.


Tuesday, August 19 2014

Ark Life: The Dream of You & Me

With their debut, Ark Life craft a gorgeous folk rock album steeped in Americana and soul.


Free Time: Esoteric Tizz 7”

This single is proof that there’s still some life in the concept of the double A-side yet, and it's definitely worth a listen.


Walter Martin: We’re All Young Together

Sure, We’re All Young Together’s coy naïveté is a put-on, but it’s not too cloying a put-on for this 36-minute, 10-track set.


Monday, August 18 2014

Music Go Music: Impressions

Unabashedly channeling the spirits of ABBA and ELO, Music Go Music return with a huge, hooky dance pop delight.


Amoureux: Never Young As Tonight EP

The EP is ramshackle at best, which is either its most endearing quality or its greatest liability, for all of the songs were recorded in one take.


The MacKenzie Blues Band: Slam! Bam!

If you love the blues, and love getting grimy and dirty, this is the perfect encapsulation of the genre for you.


Thursday, August 14 2014

Sassparilla: Pasajero / Hullabaloo

This is a double album par excellence, and confirms that Sassparilla is a band of real mastery of multiple genres.


Shines: Shines EP

Shines' music is far too relaxed and blasé to really make an impact.


The Marvelous Beauhunks: Scud EP

These five songs are gems and leave one wanting to hear what may come next.


Wednesday, August 13 2014

Roses: Dreamlover EP

The Dreamlover EP is, well, quite dreamy and is something to appraise fairly highly.


Mexican Slang: Inside the Velvet Castle EP

Not for everyone, but suitable low-fi and scuzzy material for those who wander into this band's garage.


Jeremy Pinnell: OH/KY

Like its washed-out album cover, there is no sunshine on OH/KY; Pinnell's sorrow and redemption are true enough without glossing them over.


Walking Bicycles: To Him That Wills the Way

With their latest, Chicago’s Walking Bicycles delivers a bass-driven, heavy album short on runtime and memorable songs.


Tuesday, August 12 2014

Ferrill Gibbs: Significant Trees

“Nice” is perhaps an overused adjective, but it’s the perfect descriptor for Ferrill Gibbs’ brand of music.


Kestrels: The Moon Is Shining Our Way EP

This is an EP that transcends the shoegaze genre, and is simply marvelous for what it accomplishes.


Mask the Wretch: Age of Deception

It’s telling that there’s a song here titled "Integrity", and this is something that the band seems to possess in spades.


Monday, August 11 2014

Walking Bicycles: To Him That Wills the Way

Basically, if you like your music dark and scary, To Him That Wills the Way is definitely the album for you.


Blond:Ish: Wunderkammer

DJs Anstascia and Vivie-Ann take advantage of their open-ended sound... on the single's flipside.


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