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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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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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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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Triptides: Afterglow Review

By Holly Hearn Music Journalist Artist: Triptides Album: Afterglow Release Date: June 23, 2017 Label: Requiem Pour Un Twister From basements in Bloomington, Indiana, to a full European tour, there is no doubt that the Triptides have evolved since their inception in 2010. Afterglow is the group’s most recent release with sounds reminiscent of early […]

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Surf Curse: Nothing Yet Review

By Sawyer Stull Music Journalist Artist: Surf Curse Album: Nothing Yet Released: January 13, 2017 Label: Danger Collective Records Website: https://surfcurse.bandcamp.com/ Surf Curse is a lo-fi, surf rock band coming from Reno, Nevada. The surf duo consists of guitarist Jason Rubeck and drummer Nicholas Rattigan. They have been releasing music together since 2015 putting out two […]

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Brasstronaut: Self-Titled Review

By Kristin Russell Music Journalist Artist: Brasstronaut Album: Brasstronaut Release date: November 2016 Website: http://www.brasstronaut.com/#brasstronaut Iconic elements like ’40s inspired jazz and ’80s inspired pop have been making a comeback in modern music. Vancouver based band Brasstronaut does this beautifully in their third self-titled album. The layering of textures within the album is completely awe-inspiring […]

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Spoon: Hot Thoughts  Review

By Ché Salgado Music Journalist Artist: Spoon Album: Hot Thoughts Released: March 17, 2017 Label: Matador Website: spoontheband.com If you could boil down the critical consensus of Spoon down to just three words, you’d probably get: “minimal”, “reliable” and “consistent”. Now we can just go ahead and take “minimal” out of there because in 2017, […]

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Of The Sun: Before a Human Path Review

By Layna D’Luna Music Journalist Artist: Of The Sun Album: Before a Human Path Release Date: April 14, 2017 Website: ofthesunofficial.wordpress.com Before A Human Path, the sophomore album from Austin metal band Of The Sun is set to be released on April 14. The trio released their first album under the name Of The Sun back in […]

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Priests: Nothing Feels Natural Review

By Ché Salgado Music Journalist Artist: Priests Album: Nothing Feels Natural Released: January 27, 2017 Website: http://666priests666.tumblr.com/ It was reported in 2014 that Rivers Cuomo of Weezer found Priests “charming”. For a few people, this endorsement might have seemed confusing. The clean-cut front man of the band that brought us “Beverly Hills” giving a cosign to […]

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Hexist: HEXIST EP Review

By Layna D’Luna Music Journalist Artist: Hexist Album: HEXIST EP Release Date: March 4, 2017 Website: https://hexist.bandcamp.com/ First formed in 2015, this Austin-based, self described “black rock’n’roll” band hit the ground running when they performed their first show as openers for American thrash trailblazers, Exodus. While their album cover might suggest black metal, or something in […]

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Austra: Future Politics Review

By Troy Vita Music Journalist Artist: Austra Album: Future Politics Release Date: January 20, 2017 Website: http://www.austramusic.com/ Austra is the work of Canadian singer/producer Katie Stelmanis. Future Politics features some direct hard-hitting synth-pop in addition to the dream-pop sound she is known for. We’ve heard some dance beats in her previous work, but this new […]

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Brian Eno: Reflection Review

By Will Wilkerson Music Journalist Artist: Brian Eno Album: Reflection Release Date: January 1, 2017 Website: http://www.brian-eno.net/ The new year heralded a new ambient album from the artist who dreamed up the genre: Brian Eno. Eno’s career has spanned across the map, from playing glam rock with Roxy Music in the ’70s, to producing such artists as […]

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Gabriel Garzón-Montano: Jardín Review

By Savannah Olson Music Journalist Artist: Gabriel Garzón-Montano Album: Jardín Release Date: January 27th, 2017 Website: http://gabrielgarzonmontano.com/ Brooklyn based recording artist Gabriel Garzón-Montano steps out with his first major-label debut in the form of Jardín. Discovered by Drake and sampled on his song “Jungle” from the rap superstar’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, […]

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Fleece : Voyager Review

By Lindsey Petterson Music Journalist Artist: Fleece Album: Voyager Release Date: January 19th, 2017 Website: https://www.fleecemusic.com/ You may have seen the YouTube video of two regular dudes teaching you how to make an Alt-J song with a loop pedal, various percussion, and rice cakes. You probably didn’t know that these guys are Matthew Rogers and Ethan […]

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Cousin Stizz: MONDA Review

By Kristopher Tondre Music Journalist Artist: Cousin Stizz Album: MONDA Label: None Release Date: July 12, 2016 Website: http://cousinstizz.com/ Losing a friend is tough. It’s a difficult discussion you have with yourself as you wonder why that person, why now and, sometimes, why it wasn’t you. You might find yourself just going through the motions […]

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