Sandrider – Self-Titled Album Review

Theoretically, if beings existing outside of three-dimensional timespace looked down upon the lower dimensions they’d created, micro-entities such as humans might appear to them as little more than a blur — misunderstood pulses of flickering electricity constantly cycling through ephemeral life-spans. But the “God being” would perceive the mountains, trees, and canyons as solidified objects existing in cyclical, slower parameters more familial to its natural timeless state. It would also conceive the long-term progression of these cosmic colossi in eons — in speculative forms of consciousness we can’t even begin to fathom. But we must try. Listen to “The Corpse” – DOWNLOAD MP3

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FYF Fest 2011: Festival Review & Photo Gallery

Compared to other festivals around the world, FYF Fest in Los Angeles is still in its infancy as it celebrated its eighth year this past weekend. However, with 37 bands and 18 comedians spread out on five stages, it is quite the extraordinary kid on the block. Last year the festival received a lot of beef for long lines, water shortages, and overall poor planning. A year can make a big difference and the festival organizers seemed to have learned their lesson as all previous issues were remedied. That left a great line-up of reunited punks, college rock veterans, mid-heavyweight electronic music-makers, and a new graduating class of garage rock to reign over the LA State Historic Park. Although bands

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Bumbershoot 2011 : Minus The Bear, Tennis, Lemolo, Head Like A Kite, Pickwick, Campfire OK Festival Recap

September 6th, 2011 – Seattle Center, Seattle, WA campfire ok There was no better way to kick off my Bumbershoot weekend than with a set by local band Campfire OK. At noon, I found myself front row at the Fountain Lawn Stage bracing myself for the high-energy packed performance that the band is notorious for putting on. Campfire OK is a band with an immense amount of passion, talent and potential for growth. I don’t know about most people, but it is a rare sight to catch me dancing at noon. Only a band like Campfire OK can make me do something that crazy, but it turns out I wasn’t the only one this weekend, because everyone around me was

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Grooms – Prom Album Review (w/ Full Album Stream)

When it comes to putting a label on their particular brand of indie rock, Brooklyn-based Grooms are mystifyingly indescribable. Not because of how experimental they are, but because of how many jumps back and forth within the general realm of “rock” their music encompasses. On Prom, there are spastic Pavement-esque asides along with some more intricate, windy pop influences from Cursive and Modest Mouse. Mix that in with a little Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth, and you have a survey of the past 30 years of important indie music. This inability to quite grasp the tone of the record is most jarring because of the rapidly moving changes between high energy and low energy songs. Grooms can go from a

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Racebannon – Six Sik Sisters Album Review

Only in a place like Bloomington, Indiana could the subversive mindfuck that is Racebannon continue to churn out their perfectly demented blend of art metal freakitude. It just goes to show how every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Take a boring college town, center it in the middle of hickville nowhere — add drugs. This is the kind of bizarro shit that’s bound to happen. These guys have been at it for over a decade now and miraculously continue to get better with experience, much like their obvious forbearers, the immortal Melvins. In fact, this album reminds me in structure a bit of my favorite Melvins album (good lord is this going to be controversial) Hostile Ambient Takeover.

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Bumbershoot 2011 : Festival Recap, Day Three

The Bumbershoot Festival always throws together one of the more eclectic line-ups in the nation, with a fair combination of “must see”‘s, “I’ve heard about them”‘s, and “who the hell are these people”‘s spanning across all genres in the musical world. So, with a packed schedule, and a surprisingly gorgeous summer weekend in Seattle’s hands, I trekked in to try and make sense of it all. Seattle Center – Seattle, WA – September 5th, 2011 my goodness This local Seattle duo has been burning up the presses around here and with good reason. The guitars and drums are steeped in the blues and the punk has just the right amount of rock and roll to keep it all grounded. And

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