All posts by Erik Burg

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Tobacco, Beans Live Show

“I heard he shows some crazy videos in the background while he plays?” That was the idea proposed to me before Tobacco took the stage Saturday, April 24th at Holocene, and my answer was nothing but laughter. Not in a mocking way, just in a, “Oh man, you’re in for a treat!” sort of way....Read...
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Dirty Beaches – Badlands Album Review

Badlands is the debut output from singer-songwriter Alex Zhung Hai, aka Dirty Beaches. The Vancouver by-way-of China youngster shows an amazing amount of talent on Badlands, crafting songs with an outdated sound, but with the warmth and earnestness of timeless music. The dusty crackles and hiss of a home-recorded album fill the blank space of...Read...
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Epstein – Sealess See Album Review

When I think of Asthmatic Kitty, my ears immediately conjure sounds of organic acoustic guitars, beautiful harmonies, and, of course, banjos. Artists like Sufjan Stevens, DM Stith, and The Welcome Wagon all come to mind, but the label’s newest release from Epstein borrows little from the label’s pedigree. Sealess See is instead an MPC and...Read...
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SXSW 2011 : Pre-Festival Picks

bass drum of death Garage rock junkies apply within. Bass Drum Of Death’s pure and unabated psych rock is sure to catch some people by surprise at SXSW 2011. Their new material is far more tuneful and engaging than their original demos, making Bass Drum Of Death an act not to be missed. -EB Wed....Read...
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Ducktails – Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics Album Review

Ambient bedroom pop pioneer Matt Mondanile, aka Ducktails, manages to break into untapped psych-pop territory on his new album, while appeasing those who long for his forgotten demo cassettes. And while Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics takes an impressive step towards the sound of his other band, Real Estate, the album retains that distinctly Ducktails hypnosis,...Read...
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Monster Rally – Coral Album Review

While bands like Tennis, Cults, and Best Coast battled for blog buzz in 2010, cashing in on nostalgically inclined 20-somethings, Monster Rally quietly crafted one of the best albums that could loosely be pigeon-holed into this genre. Coral is, fundamentally, an instrumental album, but the energy and vibrancy spilling over on every track articulates the...Read...
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