Slow Buildings: A Fresh Slice

Transparency is always an appreciated quality in music. Being explicitly open and direct through your music helps the listener grasp what you’re attempting to convey. There is no need to sugarcoat things, and Slow Buildings seem to make this the belief statement of their new release.

The best part of …

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Dragonforce: Maximum Overload

London-based power metal sextet Dragonforce recently released their sixth full-length record, Maximum Overload. The album marks a new direction for the group—while guitarists Sam Totman and Herman Li have produced all of the music in the past, this time they called upon Jens Brogen, who is known for his …

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Sticky Fingers: Land Of Pleasure

If combining more genres than any psychiatrist would recommend may not necessarily equate success, it excludes unoriginality for this Australian band on their sophomore release. Never before was a band daring enough to attempt such a maniacal combining of genres, all somehow rooted in ‘90s pop. But despite making a …

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Michael Cera: True That

When I heard that Michael Cera had released a surprise album on Bandcamp, my first thought was that it would be called Banana Stand and he would go by the stage name George Michael (Bluth), with “Bluth” in parentheses just like that. However, I wasn’t disappointed when I gave True

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The Albrights: The Albrights

In the midst of Top 40 radio, many pop and indie rock bands have enjoyed reigns at the top, ranging from Fun. to Mumford & Sons, but one of the strongest in the genre has yet to make way to stardom. For their second self-titled album, the pop rock quartet …

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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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Walking Shapes: Taka Come On

Taking flight with the explosive and innovative delivery of their debut full-length, Taka Come On, Walking Shapes offer a transcending approach to songwriting that provides listeners with an out-of-this-world experience. Blending together the esthetics of crafting catchy pop songs with a seductive backdrop to overshadow their eccentric indie-based spirit, …

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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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Goodnight, Texas: Uncle John Farquhar

Goodnight, Texas is the transcontinental project of Patrick Dyer Wolf and Avi Vinocur, two travelers who, according to the band’s Facebook page, took to “learning each other’s melodies” upon meeting each other in San Francisco. Their name was not picked just to sound inherently country, as you may think—Goodnight, TX …

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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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