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By Surprise – Mountain Smashers Album Review

By Surprise have a song called “Daggermouth Is Playing At My House” which led me to believe that they were another band aping the pop-punk-hardcore-easycore genre. That said, I was pleasantly “surprised” (see what I did there?) when I listened to “Mountain Smashers” from beginning to end and realized that they have more in common...Read...
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Screaming Females – “Wild” Animated Music Video

To go along with Screaming Females’ community-based concept, DoodleDrag is this DIY animated film for “Wild.” Black-and-white drawings provide the backdrop as a kooky photography-based figure, reminiscent of Bert from Sesame Street joining faces with Homer Simpson, takes center stage. Artwork and animation by Tiffany Cheng and Michael Topley.
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Chico Mann – Analog Drift Album Review

Although it may be difficult to confine the music by multi-instrumentalist Chico Mann to just one genre, it is safe to say that his sophomore release, Analog Drift, is a quintessential New York album. With a heavy Afrobeat and Cuban influences, vocals in both Spanish and English, and a number of synthesizers in hand, Chico...Read...
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Thursday – Common Existence Album Review

There are few bands from the 2001-2003 screamo explosion that have lasted as well and as long as Thursday has. While some bands (Finch, Glasseater) broke up or reformed, others such as Thrice and Senses Fail have altered their sounds dramatically to stay as relevant as possible. Thursday has managed to find a fit between...Read...
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