Prince Rama – Shadow Temple Album Review (w/ Full Album Stream)

Music can serve a thousand different functions in our lives, and I’d be the first to admit that as much as there’s almost always a longing in me for transcendent auditory experimentation. When I’m at work or doing some other boring repetitive task completely sober, I probably want shit I can sing along with to help time accelerate towards the paydirt. That’s how most bands make their money. So, I suppose that was a roundabout way of saying that if it’s that kind of a hyper-focused, consciousness-constricting pop music getaway or calculated metal beatdown you’re looking for, this is the exact wrong record for you. Also might be worth noting that if you don’t like hippies, or hippie culture in

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Midday Veil – Eyes All Around Album Review

One of the more profound conclusions I’ve arrived at over the last several years involves acknowledging the hyper-potency emanating forth from works of art heavily influenced by various, yet seemingly disparate, spiritual disciplines. Rather than relying on a single monotheistic dogma, I’ve found that taking in the writings of say, Grant Morrison, or the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky — which draw their inspiration from a tireless study of both ancient and new age concepts — actually transforms my psychic reality in a surprisingly coherent manner that I once thought unimaginable. It’s as if by triangulating data about exotic states of consciousness and reconfiguring them as entertainment, the artist is tapping into common and objective truths about the cerebral multiverse which

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Parenthetical Girls – Privilege, Pt. 2: The Past, Imperfect Album Review

It is only after listening to Parenthetical Girls many times over do you realize why the name of the band is so apt: the song lyrics sound like long stories, ripe for parenthetical sentences. There is an epic nature to Privilege, Pt. 2: The Past, Imperfect, and the orchestral instrumentation that characterizes the band’s past albums is still very present. This EP sounds like it could be the soundtrack to a frenetic Tim Burton movie, if Tim Burton would have actually made any good movies in the past 10 years. The quirk factor is present in a big way in all of Parenthetical Girl’ music, and there is a need for a listener to suspend reality when listening, because some

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Kisses – The Heart Of The Nightlife Album Review

With every one-word, disgustingly pleasant band name, like Houses or Lovers, comes a flood of inferred qualities — those of washed out Polaroid aesthetics, massive synth usage, and healthy doses of male-female vocals. It is almost too convenient, then, that the Los Angeles-based male-female duo Kisses shares all — yes, all — of those same qualities. But unlike the aforementioned bands, the duo’s debut album, The Heart Of The Nightlife, has more than just a couple of good jams. It delivers quality disco pop throughout.   Listen to “Bermuda” – DOWNLOAD MP3

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Explode Into Colors Performance Video (Into The Woods Session)

This is an old one from earlier this year, but here’s a clip Into The Woods did about Explode Into Colors. Zac Pennington from Parenthetical Girls is also featured on guest vocals for a track.

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Jupe Jupe – Invaders Album Review

Jupe Jupe’s Invaders is a fun dance album that would appeal to anyone that loves the ’80s and throbbing beats. There’s a very strong ’80s sound, especially in the first half of the album, which has heavy Depeche Mode stylings, including low, moody vocals. The best of these songs is “Something About Love,” which offers a pulsating beat that would get a club rocking in 1982.   In the second half of the album, there are a couple of developments. The most interesting song out of the bunch is “Orbiter,” the only track featuring an acoustic guitar and less stylized vocals. The song does feature some synth bleeps and tweets peeking through, which can feel oddly out of place, but

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