Capsule Reviews

Wednesday, June 17 2015

Albare: Only Human

Albare's Only Human comes as easy listening from top to bottom, but, for the most part, lacks the interpretive flair which defines smooth jazz.

Tuesday, June 16 2015

The Sideshow Tragedy: Capital

Capital is a strong display of thinkers' rock and roll, with deep resonator grooves accentuated by lyricism encapsulating universal worry.

Monday, June 15 2015

Uniform: Perfect World

Perfect World is exhilarating and exhausting art that shrouds an exposed core with sonic brutality.

Forty Martyrs: Armenian Chants from Aleppo

A haunting piece indicative of the trials currently facing dedicated Armenians in the face of war, any fan of world music would find this record a profound addition to their collection.

Friday, June 12 2015

Actress: DJ-Kicks

In attempting to create a cohesive DJ set, Darren Cunningham (Actress) shows his skills lie more in his own material than the seamless integration of others.

Hannah Miller: Hannah Miller

On her self-titled release, Hannah Miller strips back the instrumental curtain for a more broodingly honest delivery.

Thursday, June 11 2015

Mini Mansions: The Great Pretenders

Melodic, dark, contemporary music with delightful twists and turns, Mini Mansions's The Great Pretenders offers fans a bit of psychedelic swirl amalgamated with sensible, fairly sophisticated, fun pop rock.

Lauer: Borndom

A perfect fit for the Permanent Vacation label, Lauer forges ahead at full steam.

Ludovico Einaudi: Taranta Project

Classical and electronic Italian music meet African beats and Turkish melodies.

Superheaven: Ours Is Chrome

Pennsylvania alt-rockers Superheaven want to ride the flannel-clad '90s bandwagon with satisfactory results.

Wednesday, June 10 2015

The Deer Run Drifters: Restless Youth

On their sophomore LP Restless Youth, it’s evident that the band has something to prove in that they’re not just another string band.

Tuesday, June 9 2015

Diamond Youth: Nothing Matters

The Baltimore band’s debut album is an onslaught of sweeping but sharp-edged blitzkrieg pop.

Thursday, June 4 2015

Almost Free: Human Being / Elephant Man

Detroit trio addresses plight of Joseph Merrick, isolationism, and cognitive dissonance amid airy synths, laser-beam guitar lines, and askew rhythms on new EP.

Wednesday, June 3 2015

Timbre: Sun & Moon

Timbre's double-disk concept album asks a lot of its listeners, but gives plenty in return.

Wednesday, May 27 2015

Deep Purple: Long Beach 1971

From this rare live recording, listen to the MK II lineup of Deep Purple blaze and jam through 70 minutes of their now-classic tunes on Long Beach 1971.

Tuesday, May 26 2015

Peach Kelli Pop: III

For round three, Peach Kelli Pop’s Allie Hanlon enlists the help of a few friends to flesh out her sugary sweet pop confections.

Thursday, May 21 2015

Shark Week: Beach Fuzz

With a name befitting their sound, Shark Week heads to the beach with copious amounts of fuzz, reverb and punk posturing in tow.

Tuesday, May 19 2015

Luis Perdomo & Controlling Ear Unit: Twenty-Two

Luis Perdomo recorded Twenty-Two 22 years after turning 22.

Monday, May 18 2015

Jayme Stone: Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project

Presenting much more to its audience than simple background history, the album is a leap through time and an introduction to the life of a man worthy of being celebrated.

Tomás Pagán Motta: Tomás Pagán Motta

It’s inevitable that Tomás Pagán Motta should be tagged with Drake dictates, given the sad yet beautiful atmospheric set-ups that express his sentiments in such a stunning manner.

//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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