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WHY? – Eskimo Snow Album Review

Eskimo Snow is an album full of what I would call “unseeming pop songs.” WHY? have managed to craft an album of songs that aren’t particularly graceful or classically poppy, but somehow, it works. A couple lines from this song or that song manages to get lodged into your head, and before you know it,...Read...
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Francesca Lee – Self-Titled Album Review

Francesca Lee’s sound is so reminiscent of ’90s fem rock that it’s as if a transportation has taken place: I’m now 19-years-old, lying on the floor next to the speakers, probably crying over some faceless boyfriend. I can feel every word deeply, and the music engulfs my emotions. If you are in need of nostalgia...Read...
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John Vanderslice – Romanian Names Album Review

Upon first listen, it’s not surprising to see how John Vanderslice has achieved acclaim in the indie rock world. He has all necessary ingredients — a soft, sweet voice and well put together instrumentals — of a non-religious Sufjan Stevens, without the concept albums. Reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkel mixed with modern Jim O’Rourke, or...Read...
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SXSW 2009 Festival Review: Hyperpotamus, Scissors For Lefty, Freeland, The Everyday Visuals, Port O’ Brien

Perhaps I’m jaded these days, but out of the 30+ bands I saw this year at SxSW, only one truly astounded me. HEALTH, Constantines, and Anavan won my heart last year, but this year, my heart goes solely to Madrid’s Hyperpotamus, brought to SxSW by SonicBids. Nonetheless, there were definitely other enjoyable acts – albeit...Read...
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Foreign Born – Person To Person Album Review

When it comes to pop music, bands can try to “defy convention” in a myriad of ways. Some reach for far off musical influences, seeking to add some contrived spice to their normally pedestrian songwriting. Some try to create jarring textures that say to the listener, “Hey! I really hate music. You should too.” Some...Read...
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