The Singles: Look How Fast A Heart Can Break

The Singles simplify rock ‘n’ roll on Look How Fast A Heart Can Break, creating a unified record full of catchy guitar melodies, driving backbeats and love-struck lyrics. Harboring a sound very reminiscent of retro rocker Marshall Crenshaw, guitarist and songwriter Vincent Frederick provides clever lyrics about heartbreak in …

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Grant Evans: Lacerations

It has been said that good art is supposed to disturb its audience; in other words, it is supposed to expand your comfort zone and introduce you to new ideas and concepts. So when you have music that is composed of alternate musical ideas and experimental instruments, it can be …

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The Pharmacy: Spells

Seattle-based trio The Pharmacy have made a long road trip across the U.S. and Britain to pick up musical influences from several different decades, blending them together and dousing them in noise rock to carve out Spells, their fifth full-length release in 12 years of activity.

Prevailing elements on …

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Cancers: Fatten The Leeches

Behind a wall of heavily distorted guitar riffs and melodies, Cancers’ debut album, Fatten The Leeches, is a throwback to the grunge, punk and pop sounds of the 1990s. Their influence is apparent, channeling familiar sounds from the likes of Nirvana, Foo Fighters and The Smashing Pumpkins, but at …

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Ivar Pall Jonsson: Revolution In The Elbow Of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter

Compare the current state of the music market to its previous incarnations. The focus has moved away from the album as a whole, where a highly developed overall aesthetic and tracklisting was heavily considered. Many artists now optimize the chance for hit singles. Some even argue that albums have experienced …

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Mad Caddies: Dirty Rice

For their first album in seven years, Mad Caddies present a mish-mash of their many influences on Dirty Rice, ultimately leaving old listeners satisfied with their return, but yearning for more signature tracks than provided. Although there are a few standout songs, some lack direction and uniqueness to tie …

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Dead Stars: Slumber

Unassuming and soaked in fuzzed-out guitar, Slumber is the debut for this Brooklynite trio. The formula is simple: Sonic Youth meets a ‘90s garage high school band. What that translates into makes for an overall pleasant listen (if you’re feeling indulgent on that day), but often borderline monotonous and dull. …

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Orenda Fink: Blue Dream

Spirituality is one of the oldest themes in musical history. Makes sense for something so vast and endless to provide plenty of inspirations to choose from. Orenda Fink seems to have an endless muse from the realm beyond the physical world. On Fink’s newest work, Blue Dream, she deliberates …

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Glass Towers: Halycon Days

The debut LP for this group of Sydneysiders, Halcyon Days is an interesting combination of indie rock and post-punk whose primary strengths are balance and moderation. Composition on this record is nothing out of the ordinary, but the band has managed to infuse standard indie rock songs with the energy …

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The Front Bottoms: Rose

With origins dating as early as 2008, The Front Bottoms were at one point a hidden gem in New Jersey’s underground music scene. Before they started selling out venues nationwide and began to hit the road with iconic acts such as Say Anything, Kevin Devine, Brand New and Manchester Orchestra, …

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