REIGNS – “The Diagram” Music Video

This black and white for Reigns’ “The Diagram” is a classy one. For the single from their upcoming album, The Widow Blades, they expertly bathe the entire video in blacks using minimalistic compositions and heavy strobing. Given the careful planning that no doubt went into every shot, the appeal of this video lies more in the relationship between the audio and the visuals from shot to shot, than in any cohesive storyline or message. Best of all, even though there is not very much going on, the video encourages one’s constant attentiveness. ARTICLE CONTINUED BELOW To shed some light about the album’s actual content, though, is a snippet from their press release: “Whilst growing up in the country Reigns, Operatives

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Holy Ghost!, Jessica 6 Live Show Review w/ RAC, Eli Escobar

Holocene – Portland, OR – 2011 / November 9 It’s been a fascinating and, from a fan’s perspective, incredibly fun year for Brooklyn disco-rock revivalists Holy Ghost! The band finally released their anticipated debut album on DFA Records, the label that has essentially raised the band from its infancy to their now tour headlining billing. For the most part, Holy Ghost! is criminally underrated, an album that bridges popular music with New York’s more underground disco scene. But you couldn’t tell from the crowd at the Holocene on Wednesday night that Holy Ghost! are flying under the radar, as the packed venue was rather raucous all night. Remix Artist Collective & Eli Escobar The show’s bill was actually quiet impressive.

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Emil & Friends Release New Album October 11th On Cantora Records! Video Teasers!

In 2008, the Wikipedia page of actor Emile Hirsch informed us that his “band goes by the name of Emil and Friends and is currently touring the United States.” Ever a beacon of factual credibility, Wikipedia was innocently reflecting rumors started by one rapscallion, Emil Hewitt, who was the real Emil behind the music, and who had propagated the hoax in a shameless effort to get his music heard. And the story of Emil & Friends came into our world thusly–via a fuzzy, falsified connection to a celebrity. Fortunately, the backstory was accompanied by music bright with fresh basslines, colorful guitar riffs and the whimsical charm of Emil’s vocals. Three years and many buzzy HypeMachine remixes later, after moving to

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Water Borders – Harbored Mantras Album Review

I’ve always been fascinated with music that feels removed, purposefully or not, form the time period in which it is being created. Some records feel dated in a disparaging sense, but the new album from Water Borders sounds like a beautifully scripted scene from a medieval play performed in the modern era. Listen to “What Wiwant” – DOWNLOAD MP3 Listen to “What Wiwant (Ital Remix)” – DOWNLOAD MP3 On the San Francisco band’s new album, Harbored Mantras, Water Borders reveal the ability to blends various genres while remaining engrained in a specific sound, which is ultimately the downfall of the record too. From the outset of “Tread on Them,” the wind chimes and twisted vocals combine for a surreal but

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Twin Sister – In Heaven Album Review

Long Island-based quintet Twin Sister put out two wonderfully dreamy indie pop EPs between 2008 and 2010, and then quietly retreated to the studio, leaving us hanging until this September. Their debut full-length, In Heaven, expands upon their atmospheric sound, giving them room to explore and waver between slower songs that display the beautiful voice of lead singer Andrea Estella, and upbeat pop tunes that breeze airily by. They’re all over the map, in the best possible way, with songs like “Gene Ciampi” sounding like ’50s Serge Gainsbourg (or even the more modern Francophiles, Les Sans Culottes) and the electropop song “Bad Street,” my personal favorite track, cheekily accented by ’80s synthy keyboard notes. Ultimately, there is just something unexplainably

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La Dispute Live Show Review

This probably won’t be the most “professional” review ever — but in my shaky defense, I dare say that previous revisions were even more visceral and less sophisticated than this one… so there’s that. Now onto the concert-going frustrations of a La Dispute fan over the age of 21… I first heard La Dispute over three years ago, and it was instant love. Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair became a favorite of that year and has remained on regular rotation ever since. Even then, at 24, I was a loner in my fandom; few of my peers could appreciate why I adored La Dispute, and I learned not to care. I made peace with

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