All posts by Thad McKraken

Thad McKraken is a guy who writes stuff about things and then sometimes writes other things about stuff. In addition he has a wallet that says "Bad Ass Motherfucker" on it. Okay, that last part isn't true, but it'd be cooler if it was. McKraken is a long-time REDEFINE contributor and also regularly contributes to Disinfo. You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter.
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Sightings – City Of Straw Album Review

Ahhh, and here’s bizarro experimental music done right. Semi-popular indie music just keeps getting weirder and weirder, and I for one couldn’t be more proud or excited with humanity. This band has been around for the better part of the decade, cutting their teeth in the NYC avant-garde scene and apparently making some powerful friends...Read...
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Priestess – Prior To The Fire Album Review

The first thing that pops into my mind while listening to this Montreal four-piece’s sophomore effort is, “Who came first, the Priestess or The Sword?” And then I think about how The Priestess And The Sword sounds like a horrible ’80s fantasy movie replete with scantily clad bodybuilder types and busty wenches aplenty. The lyrics...Read...
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Converge – Axe To Fall Album Review

Reviewing a Converge album is kind of odd. Whereas I’ve always kind of liked the band, I’ve never even begun to understand the insane amount of adulation their fans and most critics bestow upon them. I quite literally know people that think these guys are one of the best bands in the history of music...Read...
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The Happy Hollows – Bunnies And Bombs Album Review

The Happy Hollows play slightly discordant indie rock that shines, thanks to witty and provocative vocals by frontwoman Sarah Negahdari. There’s something off kilter and, dare I say, demented about her lyrics and delivery that makes repeated listens unavoidable. What the instrumentation lacks in complexity it makes up for in pleasant arrangements and subtle psychedelia....Read...
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Zebras – Parasitic Clones Under The Strong Arm Of The Robotic Machine Album Review

Madison, Wisconsin’s Zebras play a peppy brand of chops-heavy sci-fi/dance punk, which I found myself enjoying thoroughly but ultimately not really connecting with entirely. There are some good ideas going on here, mainly in the form of keyboards and instrumental proficiency. These guys can obviously play, so I found myself oft wondering why they were...Read...