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Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile: Lotta Sea Lice Review

By Jacob Carter Music Journalist Artist: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile Album: Lotta Sea Lice Label: Matador Release Date: October 13, 2017 Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile are two of the biggest indie rock acts working today, so when their collaborative album Lotta Sea Lice came out on Oct. 13, most reactions to it (including my […]

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Pile: A Hairshirt of Purpose Review

By Clayton Ambrose Music Journalist Artist: Pile Album: A Hairshirt of Purpose Label: Exploding In Sound Records Release Date: March 31, 2017 If there is any true form of justice in this world, then Pile is poised for a breakthrough. For the past six years, the Bostonian rock band has been making weird, wonderful, and […]

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Kemba: Negus Review

By Jesse McMann Rap Music Journalist Artist: Kemba Album: Negus Release Date: June 30, 2016 Website: https://kembaland.bandcamp.com/album/negus “Fortune favors the prepared mind.” This certainly proved true for Bronx rapper Kemba when Kendrick pulled him on stage to rap during a recent concert in Brooklyn. Previously known as Y.C. the Cynic, Kemba has now decided it’s […]

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Alvvays: Antisocialites Review

By Jacob Carter Music Journalist Artist: Alvvays Album: Antisocialites Label: Polyvinyl Release Date: September 8, 2017 There’s no shortage of indie rock albums about relationships. But in an environment oversaturated with with synth-heavy, reverb-soaked breakup songs, how do you push the bar forward? There’s no right answer, but there are bands that are tinkering with that […]

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Iron & Wine: Beast Epic Review

By Carlos Chavez Music Journalist Artist: Iron & Wine Album: Beast Epic Release Date: August 25, 2017 Website: http://ironandwine.com/beast-epic Label: Sub Pop Records Indie folk artist Samuel Beam, better known as his stage name Iron & Wine, has released his highly anticipated sixth studio album Beast Epic. Prior to listening to the record, I had no […]

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Corbin: Mourn Review

By Hannah Wisterman Music Journalist Artist: Corbin Album: Mourn Release Date: September 5, 2017 Label: WEDIDIT Website: https://soundcloud.com/spookycorbin Corbin is back, and while he may not be all grown up, he’s certainly no kid anymore. The Minnesota native first went viral under the names Spooky Black and Lil Spook back in 2013 and 2014, then […]

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Vic Mensa: The Autobiography Review

By Alex McMann Hip Hop Journalist Artist: Vic Mensa Album: The Autobiography Label: Def Jam Records Website: http://vicmensa.com/ Vic Mensa, a native to Southside Chicago, began his solo career in 2013 after the break up of the group, Kids These Days. Mensa’s early accomplishments include joining J.Cole and Wale on tour in 2013, being on […]

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Guantanamo Baywatch: Desert Center Review

By Holly Hearn Music Journalist Artist: Guantanamo Baywatch Album: Desert Center Label: Suicide Squeeze Records Release Date: August 4, 2017 Website: https://guantanamobaywatch.bandcamp.com/ Guantanamo Baywatch is a Portland based trio composed of guitarist/vocalist Jason Powell, bassist Chevelle Wiseman and drummer Chris Scott. Most would label the group as garage surf rock although the members identify their genre […]

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Lovely Bad Things: Teenage Grown Ups Review

by Jacob Carter Music Journalist Artist: Lovely Bad Things Album: Teenage Grown Ups Release Date: August 25, 2017 Website: lovelybadthings.bandcamp.com/ One of the things inherent to punk rock and all the genres that derive from it is a combative resentment of the way things are, or feeling like you’ve been dealt a bad hand in life. […]

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Lana Del Rey: Lust for Life Review

By Carlos Chavez Music Journalist  Artist: Lana Del Rey Album: Lust for Life Release Date: July 21, 2017 Website: lanadelrey.com It is hard to believe that it has been six years since famous singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey released her homemade vintage music videos for “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans”. Her mysterious, but compelling persona made […]

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Ducktails: Jersey Devil Review

By Giovanni Villalta Music Journalist Artist: Ducktails Album: Jersey Devil Release Date: September 15, 2017 Label: Self-Released Matt Mondanile, the former lead guitarist of Real Estate, returns to the hypnagogic pop scene with his solo project’s new album Jersey Devil. Though Ducktails does not necessarily delve into any new territory that hasn’t already been explored […]

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Processions: Blush Review

By Lindsey Petterson Music Journalist Artist: Processions Album: Blush Release Date: June 18, 2017 Website: https://processsions.bandcamp.com/releases Texas shoegaze is thriving right now. The scene is packed with unique bands like Glare, Glaze, Walking Misery, Grivo and Processions. Seeing these passionate bands perform is a wild experience that will leave you feeling fuzzy and full. If the […]

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The Junction: City Nights Review

By David Orozco Music Journalist Artist: The Junction Album: City Nights Release Date: May 15, 2017 Label: Self Released The Junction is an indie rock band formed in Brampton, Ontario, Canada in the year 2000. Originally signed to Universal Music, the band split from the label in 2006 and have been releasing music through their […]

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Palm: Shadow Expert Review

By Holly Hearn Music Journalist Artist: Palm Album: Shadow Expert Release Date: June 16, 2017 Label: Carpark Records Website: https://palmnewyork.bandcamp.com Cacophony has never sounded sweeter than on the most recent release of Philly’s own art rock-quartet, Palm. Released June 2017, the LP Shadow Expert  follows the band”s previous 2015 album, Trading Basics, where the band embraced art rock […]

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Portugal. The Man: Woodstock Review

By Carlos Chavez Music Journalist Artist: Portugal. The Man Album: Woodstock Release Date: June 16, 2017 Website: http://www.portugaltheman.com Portugal. The Man is back on the music scene with their eighth studio album Woodstock. After putting a halt in releasing any content for almost three years, the band finally emerged from their creative stasis and released […]

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Brand New: Science Fiction Review

By Clayton Ambrose Music Journalist Artist: Brand New Album: Science Fiction Label: Procrastinate! Music Traitors Release Date: August 17, 2017 Website: http://www.fightoffyourdemons.com/ Waiting on a new album from a band that you hold dearly is pure agony, which is an experience I’m sure is common amongst music fans. With each passing year, the hype increases and the excitement eventually converts into […]

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A Giant Dog: Toy Review

by Jacob Carter Music Journalist Artist: A Giant Dog Album: Toy Release Date: August 25, 2017 Something I really appreciate is when a band is able to evoke a certain place or setting through their music. Every band’s hometown has a huge amount of influence in creating their sound, but some groups embrace that influence […]

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Jen Cloher: Jen Cloher LP Review

By Alana Riddle Music Reporter Artist: Jen Cloher Album: Jen Cloher LP Release Date: August 11, 2017 Website: https://lnk.to/JenCloher-AlbumWE Jen Cloher’s fourth album is a self-titled tribute to a period of artistic and personal growth in her life. The Melbourne based singer-songwriter has now consistently put out albums that speak to perosonal experiences with womanhood, […]

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Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs Review

By Jacob Carter Music Journalist If you have never listened to Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs before, the best primer for the band is to watch their video for “Talk 2 Her,” from their new self-titled album, out July 28th. Good music videos often encapsulate the spirit of a band, and this one is […]

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