This Is A Lifetime: Clarity

Clarity certainly makes me yearn for more from this band. Although this is their fifth EP since the group formed in 2010, this is the first I’m hearing of them. They’re certainly no secret to those in their local scene in Northeast Ohio. With their newest addition, vocalist Stevie, formerly …

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Combichrist: We Love You

Combichrist: The name implies a “punk rock messiah.” Their style has been called “TBM” (techno body music). In preparation for this review, I listened to the entire previous body of work of this Norwegian aggrotech band, now based in Atlanta, Georgia. Each album was good in its own way, worthy …

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Callow: Blue Spells

The scariest part of becoming a musician is the commitment such a life requires, and the sacrifices that need to be made to start building a name for oneself. Callow are a pair of opportunists who saw their recession-related unemployment not as something to mope over, but a chance to …

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Andy Shernoff: On The First Day, Man Created God

On The First Day, Man Created God is the second solo EP by Andy Shernoff, bassist for The Dictators. If the title doesn’t make it clear enough, the album is a pretty scathing attack on Christianity, presented through children’s storybook-like rhymes that can have the listener giggling devilishly.

Right off …

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Kill Lincoln: That’s Cool… In A Totally Negative And Destructive Way

Washington, D.C. natives Kill Lincoln have returned with their sophomore disc, That’s Cool… In A Totally Negative And Destructive Way, which was released earlier this year. As with their debut album, You Were There, the group combines pop punk with ska—including a brass section that consists of trombonists …

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Orchestra Of Spheres: Vibration Animal Sex Brain Music

Vibration Animal Sex Brain Music is the second full-length by Orchestra Of Spheres, an especially extravagant group of Kiwis. Along with the experimental nature of their music, they are known for their visually detailed live performances and outlandish style of dress. With this record, they bring forward more spacey fuzz …

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Less Than Jake: See The Light

Less Than Jake had not released a full-length of new material in five years until 2013’s See The Light. The ska punk band spent this time back in their hometown in Florida, trying to purify their music and make it sound like how they had originally wanted when they …

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Wax Fang: The Astronaut

The cinematic story of “The Astronaut” told through rock opera and so named for the title of Wax Fang’s album, The Astronaut, discerns the transmundane, wonderful, and often horrific aspects of the vast universe through the eyes of an individual. Scott Carney, the project’s brainchild, tells the story through …

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Elison Jackson: Do Not Fear To Kill A Dead Man

Do Not Fear To Kill A Dead Man is the third album since the 2010 formation of five-piece band Elison Jackson. It takes folk rock to a new level by mixing it with ’80s synths, church-like chanting, and booming drums. This nine-song record is sung with a country twang and …

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Bhavana Reddy: Tangled In Emotions

Though Bhavana Reddy’s new EP, Tangled In Emotions, marks the singer’s debut release, she is no stranger to performance and music, as she is a trained Kuchipudi dancer coming from a prominent dance family. Earlier this year, the artist launched a campaign on Indiegogo to fund the creation of …

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