Wild Beasts, EMA Live Show Review

October 9th, 2011 – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR EMA When EMA and her backing band took the stage at the Doug Fir lounge Sunday night, the first thing I noticed was the word “TRUE” emblazoned across the front of the eponymous singer/guitarist’s shirt. Her outfit–black nylon leggings, black jacket (didn’t last long), white t-shirt—wasn’t any different from something that you might see any given girl wearing on any given day in any given city in the first world. That word, “TRUE,” wouldn’t have been all that interesting to me if it weren’t for the reactions that this particular girl’s music had elicited. Going through the Metacritic page for her debuum, Past Life Martyred Saints, adjectives like “raw” and “painful”

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Arrington de Dionyso Interview: Shouting Into The Void (w/ Full Album Stream, Lyrical Analysis & Translations)

“I want to confront existence itself; I want to shout into the infinite void.”

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I Am The Avalanche – Avalanche United Album Review

Despite baring a title that sounds like a soccer team, I Am the Avalanche’s long-rumored sophomore album Avalanche United is finally seeing the light of day, courtesy of I Surrender Records. Six years following their debut, it’s no surprise that some of these songs have already been leaked online or played live, which lends the record a little bit more familiarity, but make no mistake, this is still a welcomed album. Because of lead singer Vinnie Carauna’s previous band, The Movielife, it’s impossible to not compare the two bands, but on this album, IATA certainly come into their own and are definitely forging an identity independent of the members’ past groups. Avalanche United starts off with the bombastic “Holy Fuck”

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Twin Sister – “Bad Street” Music Video

On a recent trip to New York City, my friend had mentioned that Latin American families seem to bring their children just about everywhere to have a good time. Whether it be in a park at midnight or a used bookstore, it’s more the notion of family and celebrating togetherness than it is the context. Fun can be had anywhere, and this Twin Sister video certainly seems to capture that kind of phenomenon. Breaking pinatas, doing hair, having outdoor dance parties… Twin Sister can have fun whatever, whenever, however, and with plenty of kids in tow. Their own description on YouTube reads, “Shot at lead singer Andrea Estella’s family’s house in Long Island and populated by her bandmates, friends and

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Trip Report Mixtape (#17) Stream & Download

This REDEFINE staff-curated mixtape crosses continents and countries — from Cambodia to England, from India to Ethiopia — to bring you psychedelic sounds for the comedown.

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Thee Oh Sees Share A New Track From Carrion Crawler / The Dream, Tour Dates

What’s the first thing you think of when someone mentions Thee Oh Sees? Probably their riot-sparking live show, right? Visions of a guitar-chewing, melody-maiming John Dwyer careening across your cranium, rounded out by a wild-eyed wrecking crew that drives every last hook home like it’s a nail in the coffin of what you thought it meant to make 21st century rock ‘n’ roll? Yeah, that sounds about right. That restlessness extends to everything from the towering, 13-minute title track of 2010’s Warm Smile LP to the mercurial moods of 2008’s The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending a Night In. And then there’s the Bay Area band’s recent track record, as Thee Oh Sees chased the home-brewed symphonies of Castlemania with

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