Wray: Shoegaze For The Dance Floor

Wray play a distinctively energetic and fuzzy vein of what they like to call “powergaze.” With a thumping and powerful outer shell with a softer center styled after Jesus And The Mary Chain and The Cure, they play infectious shoegaze with an attitude and a beat for dancing. With the …

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Valery Gore: Idols In The Dark Heart

Almost as if apologizing for Celine Dion, Canada has produced in the last decade some of the best female artists in alternative pop. After Emily Haines of Metric, Tegan And Sara and Amy Millan of Stars, another artist, Valery Gore, makes her voice heard with Idols In The Dark Heart

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Elephant Stone: The Three Poisons

Neo-psychedelia is a dangerous genre to tinker with nowadays, with the risk of sounding predictable or even banal always posed by decades of attempts to revamp a genre that was short-lived to begin with. Countless have strived to recapture the haze of the great psychedelic pioneers, but most bands reaching …

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A Million Billion Dying Suns: A Million Billion Dying Suns

The word “transcendental” has often been adopted, without fully grasping its meaning, by those feeling self-indulgent or otherwise special. With their nonchalant cosmicism and a name like A Million Billion Dying Suns, this San Francisco band can appear at first glance to flirt dangerously with the stereotypical musician of the …

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The Handsome Family: Uniquely Magical

The Handsome Family are a unique duo breaking new ground with an old style of music— Americana. Their songs are quiet, wistful, primal and at times eerily haunting, all telling lush stories with a complex lyrical style reminiscent of classic literature. In over 20 years of activity, they have gathered …

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Southern Hospitality: Roots Reimagined

Southern Hospitality, a Memphis-based Southern rock trio, have been making a name for themselves as an up-and-coming Midwestern sensation, one that is making new fans at every show. Combining their passion for the blues with country, gospel, soul and New Orleans jazz, they have been playing together for little …

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Somos: Temple Of Plenty

Listening to this record, the words “pop punk” emerge blatantly throughout, yet they never manage to capture more than half of this band’s sound. At its core, the album is exactly that— short, punchy alternative songs; but their sound is too melodic, their guitar work too bright, and the vocal …

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Midnight High: Midnight High

Take a load of white laundry and mix it with rock, reggae, metal and hip-hop. Aside from sinfully disregarding everything your disappointed mother taught you, you’ll end up with the colorful mix proposed by Midnight High, an Astoria-based trio, on their eponymous debut.

As the genre fusion would suggest, this …

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The Futures League: Don’t Be A Drag

The Futures League are an indie group from Los Angeles. Don’t Be A Drag, their debut release, is a five-song EP that packs a punch of rock ‘n’ roll in many of its forms, while sticking to its most effective formulas. A concise, no-nonsense record, it is a jolt …

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Vinyl Thief: Fathoms

Converting an old church sanctuary into a practice room, members of Nashville-based Vinyl Thief began making music in 2012, adopting electronic rock as their outlet of choice. After putting out an EP last March, they saw success with the single “Middle Of The Night,” an early summer hit on indie …

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