Category Archives: Album Reviews

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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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Doomriders – Darkness Comes Alive Album Review

I will hide nothing about the fact that I think anything and everything having to do with Converge makes any hardcore/metal album instantly better. So, the triple whammy of Converge-ness that the second full-length Doomriders dishes out Darkness Comes Alive is bound to make me an insta-fan. Released by Deathwish Inc, produced by Kurt Ballou,...Read...
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Lewd Acts – Black Eye Blues Album Review

The only time I saw the hardcore quartet Lewd Acts, the band basically got booted off the stage in approximately 15 minutes for its destructive tendencies — in a volunteer-run, all-ages venue, nonetheless! Needless to say, I was interested in what a band can sound like to make it so destructive. Calling their latest offering...Read...
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The Abodox – Up The Excalibur Album Review

After the The Dillinger Escape Plan’s landmark album Calculating Infinity dropped back in 1999 (which is oddly enough when The Abodox first formed), there were suddenly a ton of bands nationwide trying to outdo each other in the light speed/time signature-shifting/technical proficiency department, and thus, the genre of spazz-core or as I like to call...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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The Bludlows – Americaville Album Review

The Bludlows combine standard dissent with a sound that was pulled off smoother by other musicians, back in the day. If you’re looking for a good Americana album, you would be a lot better off going with The Old 97’s or any myriad of other bands like The Drive-By Truckers. You know who they are,...Read...
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