The Ultimate Summer Concert Guide For 2013!

Outdoor shows, free gigs, pricey-but-awesome all-day fests, local bar performances, concerts in theaters—it all sounds good to me. What felt like a ridiculously long winter has, at last, given way to green leaves and temperate weather, and as many of us will insist, that somehow makes seeing musicians play live …

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Small Black: Limits Of Desire

On the cover of Limits Of Desire are a man and woman, both standing atop intersecting ladders in the nude, locked into one another’s arms and faces—if I may venture a guess, Brooklyn quartet Small Black have been contemplating intimacy. Digital personality extroversions and claustrophobic crowdedness bounced around my mind …

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Cicada Radio: No Fate But What We Make

Good luck trying to grow up in New Jersey without at least interfacing with post-hardcore. It’s indigenous, and our local rock scene still swims in it well past its mainstream peak. So many of its current proponents are, for all their persistence, mysteriously unoriginal, but you can’t let that stop …

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15 Cheers For Record Store Day: A Guide To 2013’s Must-Own Releases

We know the plot well—online proliferation brought the suits to their knees and ushered in a new era where art funnels itself straight from the maker, dealing a righteous deathblow to the Man. But BitTorrent fiends, serial Spotify-ers, YouTube cruisers: Hear ye. Record Store Day is the excuse you need …

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Interview with The Elephant In The Room: Colossal Music

North Jersey yeomen The Elephant In The Room have been working hard at splicing together progressive rock, post-hardcore, and a myriad of other styles into their own mastodon-stomping blend, and it’s wild enough to have gained the attention of one of their biggest influences. Casey Crescenzo, frontman of ubiquitous prog …

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Kazyak: See The Forest, See The Trees

Minnesotan six-piece Kazyak kick off See The Forest, See The Trees with folky, rustic textures and canyon-sized harmonies on “Pieces Of My Map,” setting up a vibe that persists from front-to-back. This is gravitational stuff with hushed, emotive guitars, a violin-cello combo, and a soul-searching lyrical narrative, but it isn’t …

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The Appleseed Cast: Illumination Ritual

A blend of two dubiously-termed styles—post-rock, emo—has been the bread and butter of Kansas-hailing brainiacs The Appleseed Cast since the late ‘90s. If you’ve never heard them, you might be surprised to hear how broadly that blend can be pushed. With each release, they redefine. Remaining true to form, Illumination

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Chelsea Light Moving: Chelsea Light Moving

Anything with Thurston Moore’s name on it will be good for something that is, at the least, sufficiently abnormal. For this, I am grateful; let me preface the rest of this review by saying that I’ve never been crazy for Sonic Youth, at least not over the bands who owe …

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Mansions On The Moon: Alien Pop Transmission

Last year was an eventful one for SoCal buzz band Mansions On The Moon, who supported Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller on tour, worked with N*E*R*D in the studio, and put out a Pharrell Williams-produced EP called Lightyears, all of which culminated in a recent number 12 spot …

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Glen Matlock & Syl Sylvain: A Pistol And A Doll

Is the term “punk rock royalty” not a bit self-contradictory? Feel free to ask original Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock, who will be joined by former-and-current New York Dolls guitarist Syl Sylvain at The Brighton Bar in Long Branch on April 3. It’s an all-acoustic set that will …

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