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BLK JKS – Zol! Album Review

BLK JKS released their first US full-length last year, and it made a relatively small ripple in the music pond. This year’s EP Zol! from the South African band promises to make much more of a splash, due mostly to the well-deserved hype that has surrounded them recently. Not only did BLK JKS win a...Read...
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Gospel Gossip – Drift Album Review

Gospel Gossip are yet another Midwest discovery from Northfield, Minnesota. They’re a rather young three-piece that formed in 2007, with one prior ful-length album. It’s said they began as twinkling dream-pop; with Drift, they’ve sharpened their sound and are buzzing with experimentation. What comes to mind is “shoegazed power pop” — a strain of shoegaze...Read...
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CocoRosie – Grey Oceans Album Review

For the duration of their 7-year career, CocoRosie have been criticized and loved with equal fervor. To some, everything about the sisterly duo reeks of art school pretension, from their lyrics to the images they conjure of feathered hairpieces and child-like watercolor paintings. To others, it takes true wordsmiths, visual pioneers, and experimentally-curious individuals to...Read...
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Yeasayer – O.N.E. Live Performance Video

“It’s hard having fun,” say Yeasayer in “O.N.E.”, and on their most recent tour, they lived up to that line. Although musically they were excellent, they proved the point that it’s hard having fun; they barely looked like they were enjoying themselves at all, with minimal crowd banter, smiles, or even basic fundamental passion. So,...Read...
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GAYNGS – Relayted Album Review

With GAYNGS’ first composition, “The Gaudy Side Of Town,” record producer Ryan Olson crafted what would later be the album opener for GAYNGS’ first release, entitled Relayted. This early track was so impressive that it reeled in collaborations from members of Megafaun, Bon Iver, The Rosebuds, and Lookbook. Relayted became almost like a songwriting challenge,...Read...
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Ja Prawn – Everybody Album Review

Everybody, the debut release from Ja Prawn on vosotros, combines disturbingly authentic renditions of late ’70s and early ’80s movie sci-fi soundtracks, classic synth sounds, and lo-fi bent oddities, in a mischievously playful EP.   Much of this album is sequencer and arpeggio-led, with overlays of pleasing monophonic synth lines held together by occasionally gritty,...Read...
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Blog Alert: From Brazil, With Love!

This is our first Blog Alert, but you can bet we’re starting it off with a good one. The Brazilian blog, From Brazil, With Love, features collages by all types of artists. The idea: artists collage fashion advertisements to create newly remixed works of art. I love their mission statement. Hear, hear! “APPROPRIATE TO RECRIATE....Read...
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Frog Eyes – Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph Album Review

Frog Eyes have been chugging away at the indie music game for almost 10 years, and have crafted such an interesting blend of alt-punk-folk that it’s hard to not see their influence everywhere. From bands like Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs and The Mountain Goats, to contemporaries like Silver Jews and Fruit Bats, the Canada-based Frog...Read...
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