KaiL Baxley: A Light That Never Dies

 

The neo-soul stylings of artists like Sam Smith, Hozier and Adele have never really done much for me. The stagnant, smooth voices and looping minimal instrumentation leave me feeling empty—waiting for an embrace that never quite arrives. I share the nostalgic desire of the neo-soul movement: to go back …

by   |  07/28/2015  |  Comments Off on KaiL Baxley: A Light That Never Dies

Made Violent: Made Violent EP

It only takes 30 seconds of opening track “Two-Tone Hair” to remind me why I spent most of my teenage years listening to pop punk bands. The crisp, slashing guitar, plodding bass and vamping vocals manage to plunge into my chest somewhere near teenage memories of skateboarding, rule-breaking and trying …

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Wasted Wine: Wasted Wine Vs. The Hypnosis Center

At first listen it’s tempting to categorize Wasted Wine along with all other baroque pop bands. They’ve got the harrowing accordion, booming minimal waltz percussion, and a dominant Balkan-inspired string section. They’ve got lead vocals that range in style, from a Tom Waits bark to a Honus Honus croon to …

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Sugar Candy Mountain: Mystic Hits

Sugar Candy Mountain’s new album, Mystic Hits, wants to give you a lesson on the last 40 years of American rock music; it’s just not the history that you expected. Instead, Sugar Candy Mountain describes an alternate sonic universe in which The Beatles are still playing in the ’80s, …

by   |  02/24/2015  |  Comments Off on Sugar Candy Mountain: Mystic Hits


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