The Hawks (Of Holy Rosary): What Team Am I On?

It’s certainly fitting that The Hawks (Of Holy Rosary) got their name from the academy the two founding members attended. The band embodies the kind of spirit similar to that of school spirit and just the general excitement of youth. The record’s title even alludes to sports, helping the listener …

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Bombadil: Tarpits And Canyonlands

The re-release of Bombadil’s first full-length album, Tarpits And Canyonlands, is a variety of indie folk rock tracks, with both worldly and minimal instrumentation that delve into a variety of relatable issues and intuitions. From the opening track “I Am,” the band’s vocal versatility and harmonizing ability is a …

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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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Tenn Runnings: NOW

For a few years, Japan’s Teen Runnings have quietly been behind some of the catchiest and dreamiest pop to be found anywhere. Led by mastermind Shota Kaneko, their sugary sweet music is in line with followers of Brian Wilson like Best Coast or Bleached, chasing overtly-nostalgic dreams of California beaches …

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The Senators: Harsher Than Whisky, Sweeter Than Wine

Introducing a heartwarming sound that captivates listeners with the passionate qualities of bliss and simplicity, the Phoenix, Arizona-based folk quartet The Senators made a breathtaking first impression with the release of their debut full-length, Harsher Than Whiskey, Sweeter Than Wine. The beauty that derives from this group’s powerful musicianship …

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DoublePlusGood: You Can Master Life

There is a belief that life is something to figure out and that success is formulaic. Of course, as we pick up on what sort of things to avoid over time and learn other lessons, there is no right way to live. The idea that there is a perfect life …

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Speak: Pedals

The first half of Speak’s sophomore release, Pedals, is full of heavy dance and electronic music influences, including some beats and sounds that sound like they belong from Kanye West’s Yeezus. However, the melody and catchy rhythms of the synthpop band come alive after the initial few tracks …

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Half-Handed Cloud: Flying Scroll Flight Control

Sufjan Stevens collaborator John Ringhofer, the man behind Half-Handed Cloud, seemed to have dropped off the face of the planet after the 2010 release of album As Stowaways In Cabinets Of Surf, We Live-Out In Our Members A Kind Of Rebirth. Four years later, and it turns out he’s …

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Cancers: Fatten The Leeches

20 years ago, grunge rock had its spotlight moment. Grunge didn’t stop at music; it had its own distinguishable fashion and attitude. It was influential to say the least. As time continued and things changed, grunge didn’t keep its popularity. But the new album from Cancers, Fatten The Leeches, …

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Cocksure: TVMALSV

Lovers of old-school industrial who are waiting for a modern, novel reinterpretation of their genre will find TVMALSV by the irreverent band Cocksure to be right up their proverbial alley. Brainchild of Chris Connelly (KMFDM, Ministry, Pigface, Revolting Cocks) and Jason Novak (Cracknation and Czar) with guest appearance by Richard …

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