All posts by Qichen Zhang

Qichen Zhang is a former REDEFINE magazine Staff Writer.
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Casiokids – Topp Stemning Pa Lokal Bar Album Review

Although Norwegian electronic experimental group Casiokids released their first album in 2006, the naïveté — childishness, almost — of their early release continues to define their stylistic mélange in their latest release, translated to ironically mean Great Vibe At A Local Bar. Their novice approach not only describes their attitude to their niche-y genre of...Read...
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Club 8 – The People’s Record Album Review

Even the most spontaneous and/or tolerant of audiophiles need a quieting anchor in times of auditory overload. In modern life, anyone rational will have his or her slim gadgets unobtrusively tucked away in a pocket somewhere, earbuds dangling out and ready to go for those inevitable trips to the supermarket whose assistant manager insists on...Read...
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Nite Nite – How To Touch The Moon Album Review

With a trio with names like Davis, Sarah Brooks Levine, and Matthew Gibson Brown, Nite Nite may seem like a subtle, young impression that aims to make subtle ripples in an ostentatious, exhibitionist genre like goth pop. Just the word “goth” rounds up typical notions of garishness, but How To Touch The Moon sounds gentle...Read...
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The Heligoats – Goodness Gracious Album Review

One-man bands usually call to mind images of a comical minstrel barely standing under the weight of a drum-and-harmonica contraption and self-penned songs that probably belong in a sideshow rather than on a CD. But Chris Otepka, the indie rock artist from Illinois performing under the name the Heligoats, cleverly avoids such assumptions on his...Read...
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Kill Paradise – The Second Effect Album Review

Listening to the newest album by Nick Cocozzella’s latest project calls up a feeling not unlike that of stumbling upon Conor Oberst in your iTunes library after years of not listening to heart-wrenching Bright Eyes ballads. But even though we can recall the same adolescent memories, stirred by simple, complaining lyrics paired with dramatized teenage...Read...
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Francesca Lee – The Pieces Left Album Review

The path that led Francesca Lee to her musical career markedly sets her apart from other soft-spoken female musicians toting a piano or guitar. As the daughter of a Polish mother and Korean father, she scraped together money herself to attend college at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts by singing on the streets as...Read...
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Little Girls – Concepts Album Review

Sure, Canada gave the world Broken Social Scene, but analogously speaking, Canada may be to the crowd of Crystal Castles fans what the last decade of Sub Pop releases is to modern hipsterdom. Although both seemed to harbor the potential to redefine this generation of the disillusioned hoping to reclaim a shred of cultural dignity,...Read...
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