All posts by Rachel Helm

Rachel Helm is a former REDEFINE magazine Staff Writer.
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S – Sadstyle Album Review (Reissue)

After Seattle underground superheroes Carissa’s Wierd disbanded, Sera Cahoone went on to do her own thing, Ben Bridwell came up with Band Of Horses and Grand Archives, and Jenn Ghetto became S. If you weren’t around ora conscious while Carissa’s Wierd was around, here is what you need to know: they were cool and depressing,...Read...
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Kill To Kill – Fighter Album Review

A lot of bands today seem to like going for ironically harsh-sounding names and album titles; punching against the hipster grain is Kill To Kill, whose Fighter EP sounds a lot like a parking lot brawl after a hardcore show. Listen to “Radical Flyer” – DOWNLOAD MP3 Forget exploration and experimentation. That shit’s weak. Fighter...Read...
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Anna Madorsky – Incantations Album Review

This album could probably be used as a case for why recording equipment should not be so readily available to the public. At least back in the day when shitty bands were making shitty albums, it was on shitty-quality cassette tapes that could be easily destroyed and forgotten; unfortunately, digital media makes it hard to...Read...
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Raina Rose – When May Came Album Review

It might take a few listens to get into, but Raina Rose’s third full-length album, When May Came, will surprise you with its cohesion and simplicity. Between her big voice, with its unusual blend of twang and jazziness, and her whimsical sense of storytelling, Rose is definitely not just another boring indie folk songstress. There’s...Read...
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Firekites – The Bowery Album Review

The Australian band Firekites are reminiscent of Kings of Convenience, and maybe Elliott Smith, though without the infective pop sensibilities. In short, they make the kind of music to get you through a Sunday afternoon, but without the risk of getting the words stuck in your head. Through woozy, instrument-driven pop, their debut album, The...Read...
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The Little Heroes – Thank You Album Review

Catchiness can only hold your attention for so long, and even that gets stale before long on The Little Heroes’ second album, Thank You. Although it’s full of driving beats and semi-rhythmic guitar patterns, too much of it sounds like standard teenage anthems. Lyrics that are sometimes melodramatic and sometimes boring are sung at a...Read...
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Among The Oak & Ash – Self-Titled Album Review

The same way The Decemberists built their popularity on songs chronicling mothers whoring themselves out, peeping toms, murderous townsfolk; abuse and neglect and all other sorts of cruelty, Among The Oak & Ash have reworked Appalachian murder ballads for their self-titled debut. In six days, Among The Oak & Ash’s Josh Joplin and Garrison Starr...Read...
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