Thank You Scientist: Scientific Sounds

Hailing from Montclair, NJ, Thank You Scientist boasts a unique sound that combines the punk-prog-metal vibe of bands like Coheed And Cambria with elegant string and horn arrangements that, at times, sound like everyone from Streetlight Manifesto to Morphine to Bitches Brew-era Miles Davis. The songs on their debut …

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As Tall As Lions: Reunited And It Feels So Good

As Tall As Lions of Long Island played music for eight years before they announced their breakup in 2010. The high school friends gained a following with each of their releases, up until their last album, You Can’t Take It With You, which was released in August 2009. Their …

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Everything Ever: Reaching Solid Ground

New York punks, Everything Ever, in many ways, truly embody the whole 21st century pop-punk ethos. They’ve got their lyrics about apathy, boredom, and attempts at self-improvement. Musically, their songs alternate between fast-paced power chords and lead into big choruses that are practically designed to be sung along with. …

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Lettuce: Doin’ It Like They Do

For over two decades, Lettuce of Boston have been combining funk, soul, and hip-hop to create their own sound that many people have grown to love. Their fourth studio album, Crush, released on Nov. 6, shows a lot of growth in the band with an infectious, deeper and free-flowing …

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A Sunny Day In Glasgow: A Sunny Dream

            A Sunny Day In Glasgow took a radically different approach to recording their latest double EP, Planning Weed Like It’s Acid/Life Is Loss. While their previous release, Sea When Absent, was the culmination of a lengthy four-year writing and recording process, according to the band, this album was recorded …

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Good Old War: Warm Melodies

Despite the fact that their most recent music video for their song “Tell Me What You Want From Me” features, of all things, exploding clowns, Philadelphia’s Good Old War have a pleasant relaxed sound. They sound a bit like a tighter, less long-winded, and more pop radio-friendly version of Kurt …

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Deaf Rhino: Sex, Drugs, Rock, And Rhino

To say Glen Rock, NJ’s Deaf Rhino have had a good year is almost an understatement. In addition to releasing their well-received debut album, Dirt Rust Chaos, in May, the four-piece has headlined two sold-out shows at the famous Maxwell’s Tavern in Hoboken, and they’ll be playing a third …

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Heather Woods Broderick: Gliding Toward Perfection

Heather Woods Broderick’s second full-length, Glider, at times, sounds like a long-overdue 21st century update to the quietly spaced-out folk-country first imagined by Cowboy Junkies on Trinity Session, but it also contains elements of dream-pop, reminiscent of Elizabeth Frazer’s work with Cocteau Twins. Her voice is atmospheric …

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Foals: What’s Going Down

It’s hard to believe that England’s Foals have been making music for 10 years. It seems only yesterday that math-dance-punk outfit blew up with “Cassius” off their debut album, Antidotes. Since then, they’ve released three more albums and their high-energy performances have become a popular staple on the indie rock …

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BOYTOY: Going (Musically) Postal With

With new albums from Sleater-Kinney, Ex Hex, Mourn, and The Julie Ruin all having come out in the past year, it’s safe to stay we’ve arrived in yet another golden age of female-led punk bands that pack a punch. Now it seems we can add Brooklyn newcomers BOYTOY to that …

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