Category Archives: Album Reviews

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Terrible Things – Self-Titled Album Review

When Fred Mascherino left Taking Back Sunday, many people thought he’d played himself. Then he released The Color Fred and doubts were thrown to the wayside. For his new project, Terrible Things, Mascherino has been joined by Hot Rod Circuit frontman, Andy Jackson, and former Coheed And Cambria drummer, Josh Eppard. Anyone who’s been familiar...Read...
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Young Man – Boy Album Review

With Young Man’s latest EP, Boy, it seems that singer-songwriter Colin Caulfield is very much entrenched in a past long gone. Boy‘s seven tracks are centered almost exclusively around themes of childhood and growing up, bearing song titles like “Bedtime” and “Home Alone,” and featuring autobiographical lyrics to match.   Listen to “Five” – DOWNLOAD...Read...
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Marnie Stern – Self-Titled Album Review

Marnie Stern’s sonic attack strategy has always been of the scorched earth variety, firing all salvos in a constant barrage of squealing guitars and yelping incantations, until the listener’s mind is thoroughly melted. While the latest album still carries its fair share of her patented machine gun shred, Marnie Stern is much more nuanced in...Read...
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Chico Mann – Analog Drift Album Review

Although it may be difficult to confine the music by multi-instrumentalist Chico Mann to just one genre, it is safe to say that his sophomore release, Analog Drift, is a quintessential New York album. With a heavy Afrobeat and Cuban influences, vocals in both Spanish and English, and a number of synthesizers in hand, Chico...Read...
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Dark Dark Dark – Wild Go Album Review

With their latest disc, Wild Go, Dark Dark Dark has honed in on a vibe that is equal parts gypsy and jazz. Aided by dual male-female vocals and a complementary combination of strings, accordion, and piano, Wild Go is packed to the brim with content, which ultimately proves to be a good and a bad...Read...
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Emil & Friends – Downed Economy EP Album Review

Emil & Friends’ new EP, Downed Economy, is perhaps best exemplified by its opening track and title track. Although the most upbeat track on the EP, “Downed Economy” shares similarities with the other songs by featuring an abundance of electronic sound clips, trickling into the ear like watery drips. This is modern electronic funk, rolling...Read...
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Rufio – Anybody Out There Album Review

Love them or hate them, Rufio’s brand of Southern California pop-punk is equal parts melody and slick guitar noodling. A majority of their appeal lies heavily on singer Scott Sellers’ ability to convincingly sing about a myriad of topics whether it’s the fickle scene or girls who’ve crushed him. There’s absolutely no reason why Rufio...Read...
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No Age – Everything In Between Album Review

There has been a recent surge of drummer/guitarist combos playing a brash brand of lo-fi rock with punk influences. Throughout all the hype — both positive and negative — these various acts have been garnering across the nation, No Age has continued to do its own thing, and in the process, has amassed critical acclaim...Read...
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