Aural Devastation, October 2013: Cloudkicker, Jesu, Doomriders, Mutoid Man, Black God

Aural Devastation is a regular column about heavy rock music. This month, Cloudkicker streams his ninth record, Subsume, Jesu returns with a new track, plus songs from Doomriders and the supergroups Mutoid Man (members of Cave In and Converge) and Black God (members of Coliseum and Young Widows).

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Top Indie Pops! September 2013: Glasser, CFCF, Shy Girls, Tezeo, Club 8, Bam Spacey, More

“I’m chasing after the next feeling. ‘Design’ is probably my favorite piece that I have ever written. It’s a moment of joy that exists in the anticipation of ecstasy. Which is the better feeling? Both are delicious phantoms that we’ll only ever glimpse again upon reflection of a new experience. This is my best attempt so far of trying on the phantom, wearing it as my clothes, possessing it as my own object.” - Cameron Mesirow of Glasser

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Forgotten Gems & Dusty Classics: Linda Perhacs, Charlie Christian, Earl Hines, Tampa Red, Mississippi Fred McDowell

When I was younger, I used to think that I’d live to like in another era, preferably one where the music was more akin to my own tastes. When I really think about it, however, a collector like me can only thrive in the digital era. Rarities are too hard to find otherwise; if there’s only a bare handful of copies of a record in existence, the odds of finding it are much smaller. The internet is the great equalizer if you’re looking for something obscure, as it’s brought together the collectors into one community. Here’s a few of my suggestions for getting your musical fix: Linda Perhacs, Charlie Christian, Earl Hines, Tampa Red, and Mississippi Fred McDowell.

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Spectral Hypnosis August 2013: Dustin Wong, Forest Swords, Camp Counselors, Helm, Hands In The Dark Records

Spectral Hypnosis is a recurring series, featuring mesmerizing songs for one to lose sense of time and space, mind and body. This post blurs through the ins-and-outs of electronic psych, with and without vocals, courtesy of Dustin Wong, Camp Counselors, Forest Swords, and Helm. Also featured are another track by Redder and a compilation by Hands In The Dark Records.

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Aural Devastation August 2013: Russian Circles, Touché Amoré, Modern Life Is War, Dead in the Dirt, Weekend Nachos

AURAL DEVASTATION is a regular column about heavy rock music. This month, Russian Circles teases with a new song from a new album, Dead In the Dirt introduces themselves to the world with a fury, plus new songs from Weekend Nachos, Touché Amoré and Modern Life Is War.

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Top Pops! August 2013: Julia Holter, BRAIDS, Jessy Lanza, Tirzah, Dream Koala, Diane Coffee, The Darcys

“Pop music shouldn’t always get a bad rap,” says Top Pops!, a recurring selection of indie pop highlights across a selection of styles, updated every month to keep you on your dancing toes. This month, we rope in a lot of notable artists with new songs on the horizon… be it the Micachu-produced Tirzah, R&B vocalist Jessy Lanza, 18-year-old Brazilian-French producer Dream Koala, or the tried-and-true sounds of BRAIDS and Julia Holter. Also included are tracks by Foxygen member Diane Coffee and Arts & Crafts artists The Darcys.

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