Irie Idea: Blues Like Sandpaper/Rocksteady Like Dirt

With early origins rooted from the Philadelphia music scene, Irie Idea is a duo that now currently resides in Portland, Oregon. Nailing down a unique punk-influenced reggae sound, the group maintains their upbeat Rocksteady mentality, which shines with diversity and energy, especially on their latest full-length, Blues Like Sandpaper/Rocksteady Like

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Sydbarret: We Can See Inside Your Windows

Sydbarret—no, not that Syd Barrett—released their sophomore disc, We Can See Inside Your Windows, late last month, following up their 2011 debut, The Swimmer. The group is a local act that hails from Central Jersey and is made up of several hardcore veterans from around the area.

The …

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Julia McKinnis: The Good Has Won

Julia McKinnis, a Texan singer-songwriter, has just released her 2014 debut, The Good Has Won. It features her delightfully peppy vocals and her ukulele playing. With the belief that if everyone listened to the uplifting sound of the uke, there would be no wars, she set out to make …

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Trophy Scars: Holy Vacants

Throughout the years, Trophy Scars have established themselves by expanding their musical horizons. From their humble beginnings as a young and eccentric entity, early releases like Hospital Music For The Aesthetics Of Language and Goodnight Alchemy truly captured the raw abrasiveness of their explosive post-hardcore sound. Progressing forward down the …

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The Forty Nineteens: Spin It

The Forty Nineteens have been around for a while, but not necessarily as The Forty Nineteens. The band is made up of former members of acts like The Leonards and Mary’s Danish, who performed throughout Los Angeles’ gritty ’80s underground scene, and the U.S. Bombs, who were an Orange County-based …

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The Montauk Project: Belly Of The Beast

Playing together since their formation in 2011, the Long Island-based group The Montauk Project finally unleashed their debut full-length, Belly Of The Beast. Highly praised as being an “all-original” rock group, TMP delight listeners with a raw and innovative psychedelic sound that draws inspiration from both iconic and contemporary …

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Black Label Society: Catacombs Of The Black Vatican

After having the chance to interview the man, Zakk Wylde, himself, a couple of weeks ago and then listening to his latest opus, Catacombs Of The Black Vatican, everything that he said in the interview makes total sense. Yes, Catacombs does sound like every other Black Label record, but …

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Glass Wands: Glass Wands

Brooks Tipton has finally stepped forward from contributing quietly behind the keys to bringing to life a refreshingly introspective project, Glass Wands. Throughout the last decade, Tipton has recorded and collaborated with a variety of artists, including Colour Revolt, Thursday and Bear Colony, while recently joining forces with The Secret …

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Old Smokey: Wester Easter

The Athens, Georgia-based quintet Old Smokey is one peculiar entity that has only been around for two years. With an experimental sound that heavily incorporates obscure musicianship into the group’s Western stylings, it could be quite the challenge to figure what kind of genre to classify Old Smokey in when …

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Equals: Tracts

Although Equals formed in 2008, the San Antonio-based band took their time releasing any official music, coming out with their debut, self-titled EP in August 2011. The quintet built upon that disc to create Tracts, their first full-length record, which they will issue independently this spring.

Tracts blends together …

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