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Brenda – Silver Tower Album Review

Brenda is a three-piece (all male, naturally) pop-rock group from Portland, Maine, with a “sound firmly rooted in ’90s lo-fi and alt-pop,” according to their label. Their debut LP, Silver Tower, holds true to this assessment, though “firmly rooted” may be better stated as “inescapably entrenched.”   Brenda put their best foot forward with opener...Read...
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Casiokids – Topp Stemning Pa Lokal Bar Album Review

Although Norwegian electronic experimental group Casiokids released their first album in 2006, the naïveté — childishness, almost — of their early release continues to define their stylistic mélange in their latest release, translated to ironically mean Great Vibe At A Local Bar. Their novice approach not only describes their attitude to their niche-y genre of...Read...
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Teenage Fanclub – Shadows Album Review

What else is there left to be said about Teenage Fanclub? They’ve influenced more bands than a porcupine has spines. They’ve changed with the times, evolving past the era of grunge and alternative almost effortlessly. And they still can write some amazing pop songs, as evidenced by their 10th release in twenty years, Shadows. Shadows...Read...
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Club 8 – The People’s Record Album Review

Even the most spontaneous and/or tolerant of audiophiles need a quieting anchor in times of auditory overload. In modern life, anyone rational will have his or her slim gadgets unobtrusively tucked away in a pocket somewhere, earbuds dangling out and ready to go for those inevitable trips to the supermarket whose assistant manager insists on...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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Damien Jurado – Saint Bartlett Album Review

Damien Jurado’s new record, Saint Bartlett, is refreshingly pleasant for two reasons: the first is that is sounds like something from the past that you have known and loved. This is not to say that it is derivative necessarily, but that it draws from many sources in the best possible way. The second is that...Read...