All posts by Lauren Fukano

Lauren Fukano is a former REDEFINE magazine Staff Writer.
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The Better Letters – Mixed Feelings Album Review

1970’s Yé-yé punk pop? An old genre’s new sub-genre? Even in this, the heyday of music categorizing snobbery that seems to delight fans, bloggers, and YouTube commenters round the globe, The Better Letters aren’t that easy to classify. So fall back for five minutes and let’s review. I’ll start with what’s not confusing: the lyrics....Read...
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Asobi Seksu – Fluorescence Album Review

NYC-based foursome Asobi Seksu — meaning “casual sex” in Japanese — released its newest album, Fluorescence, on February 15th. The dream pop escapist melodies are made for cruising the coast with a lover or plunging headfirst into an icy ocean of emotion and despair, making the gauzy tracks a well-timed drop for the day after...Read...
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MEN – Talk About Body Album Review

The debut LP release by MEN — JD Samson of Le Tigre’s newest project — released early this month. Known for funky DIY outfits (mouse house hats!) and topical lyrics with the goal of giving a voice to the young and the lesbian, Talk About Body opened to mixed reviews. The album is criticized primarily...Read...
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Junip – Fields Album Review

Two years ago, I took the train across the bay to Oakland to see José González perform the best acoustic set I’ve seen to date, while he was touring for In Our Nature. I didn’t know much about him really, except that his cover of The Knife’s “Heartbeats” was undeniably good, as was the rest...Read...
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Walking Sleep – Measures Album Review

Sometimes with music, especially when you’re listening to a genre that’s not a personal favorite, an album just needs time to grow on you. You may give it a few listens and walk away without much, if anything, to say. When you return a second or third time, however, you realize the album is actually...Read...
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See Green – Violet EP Album Review

As of late, the masses seem ready to voraciously snap up all the nouveau folk pop they can get their hands on. Why? I have no idea, but I’m guessing it has something to do with our collective nostalgia for that weird period in the nineties when Nashville kept dropping country-pop crossover shit all around...Read...
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Lookbok – Wild At Heart Album Review

Pretty much everything about Lookbook’s newest LP, Wild At Heart — including their choice of album name — confirms that they remain deeply enamored with the 1980s. With their synthpop sound under lead vocalist Maggie Morrison’s wail, which is most aptly described as a fresh take on Cyndi Lauper’s signature moan, Wild At Heart is...Read...
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SXSW 2010 Festival Review: Men, Neon Indian, Juiceboxxx, Major Lazer, The Lonely Forest, Polly Mackey & The Pleasure Principle

A week-and-a-half after returning from SxSW 2010 should be enough time to blend back into mainstream society, recover from strep throat, and map out my SxSW favorites. Yet unlike some of the other REDEFINE writers, who rambled down the West Coast and into the heart of Texas via a leisurely road trip, my trip is...Read...
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You Say Party! We Say Die! – XXXX Album Review

Imagine Ladyhawke and The Ting Tings fusing together in an all-too-common late night Canadian disco jam sesh, and you may be envisioning new wave fivesome You Say Party! We Say Die! clad in copious amounts of shiny accessories. The British Columbia-bred group’s third album, XXXX, boasts simple basslines layered under a mod-electro visage. Opening track...Read...
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