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Caroline – Verdugo Hills Album Review

Verdugo Hills is somewhat renowned for its high school — in which numerous Hollywood movies have been filmed — and a hospital revered for its ties to the community. Verdugo Hills is also the title of Caroline’s new album, a wonderfully understated electronic journey of lessons learnt in life and love, and wounds remedied by...Read...
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Cheat Sheet – Songs To Yawn To Album Review

While Cheat Sheet hails from Michigan, there is something about the duo’s smoggy, laid-back songs that muster the dazed vibe of sunny Southern California. The noisy chaos and merged vocals on tracks “Customer Disservice” and “Expansive Ghosts” add lots of energy to the debut entitled, Songs To Yawn to, which fans of bands like No...Read...
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Pocket Panda – Self-Titled Album Review

Listening to the 5-song EP from Seattle’s Pocket Panda is kind of like the first time that you see your older brother cry. You discover that burly men with deep voices can get sentimental too. With the band member count clocking in at seven, Pocket Panda is a conglomerate of various influences and talents. Mixing...Read...
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My Disco – Little Joy Album Review

If you’re expecting a traditional dance party from Australia’s My Disco, you’re expecting wrong. My Disco takes the tasteful, throbbing repetition used so well by bands like Clinic — or more recently, Suuns — and amps up the percussive elements tenfold, while deconstructing the songwriting into minimal bits. My Disco is the drum circle, Psychic...Read...
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OPUS – Autonomy Album Review

It’s almost guaranteed that if you’re in an instrumental band from Great Britain, your band will be more inclined to play post-rock of the Mogwai variety. England’s is no different. The EP Autonomy has some pieces that sound as if they were almost taken straight from some of Mogwai’s heavier sounds, only done somehow more...Read...
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La Femme – Le Podium 1 EP Album Review

A lean little 4-track EP, Le Podium #1 is a workout routine in La Femme’s ability to genre-hop. EP opener, “Sur La Planche,” boasts French lyrics that translate to, “On a surf board /On the beach, on the wave, I’m searching for sensations /On a surfboard, in the tubes, I’m searching for sensations/ You better...Read...
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