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Wednesday, June 4 2014

Muuy Biien: D.Y.I.

D.Y.I. is an exciting, frenetic rock record, the kind that can rev you up in the moment, but keep you thinking long after the record ends.


Terranova: Headache EP

The German techno vets tackle post-punk obscurity on their latest EP.


Casper & the Cookies: Dingbats

Dingbats is a confidently played and exciting pop record, aware enough and dynamic enough to explore without painting itself into some revivalist corner.


Monday, June 2 2014

Rescuer: Anxiety Answering

If there’s anything to be said of Rescuer, a Tampa-based band, it's that they certainly play LOUD.


Wussy: Attica!

Indie rock's best-kept-secret's hot streak continues unabated.


Mondo Marcio: Nella bocca della tigre

Rapper Mondo Marcio revisits the golden age of Italian pop on his newest offering.


Desert Noises: 27 Ways

Sometimes, the middle of the road is just fine.


Thursday, May 29 2014

Pacific Mean Time: Pacific Mean Time

Fans of indie rock will find much to enjoy here.


Three Legged Race: Rope Commercial Vol. 1

With its first in a series for Underwater Peoples, Three Legged Race seeks to score a dystopian, subterranean future. How you feel about this notion will determine how you feel about the album itself.


The Trouble with Templeton: Rookie

Wise words welded to ecstatic energy, often all in the space of one song.


Tuesday, May 27 2014

Until We Are Ghosts: Bitterseed

Until We Are Ghosts play hard and fast, but they are also interested in dynamics, sometimes within the same song.


Howlin’ Rain: Live Rain

Long admired for its live show, Howlin' Rain captures that experience, classic rock homage and all, on the hour-plus Live Rain set.


Jim Suhler: Panther Burn

Not a whole lot unexpected here, but that's just fine.


The Henry Girls: Louder Than Words

A record of family and togetherness, uplifting as well as contemplative.


Thursday, May 22 2014

Mesa Ritual: Mesa Ritual

This is Mesa Ritual's first full length-album, and where they go from here is anybody's wild, wild guess.


Nightbox: The Panic Sequence

An EP of catchy synth-pop songs whose most ambitious track is undermined by unfortunate lyrical choices.


Paolo Nutini: Iron Sky EP

Scotland's boy-wonder gets all chest-beating and angst-filled.


Morning Glory: War Psalms

This is a solid and surprising set from a band that confronts us by pulling us into its wandering sound.


Tuesday, May 20 2014

Bryan Potvin: Heartbledwhite

This album is basically a producer’s showcase of what can be done in the studio with a deft hand in the songwriting department.


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