Wild Child: The Runaround

Austin-based Wild Child’s sophomore effort, The Runaround, is very hard to categorize, as is the group that made it. The band tries not to pigeonhole themselves into a single genre of music, and they instead do what they think sounds good. They are proficient at transitioning between distinctive styles, …

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Arthur Channel: Arthur Channel

Based purely on the sound of their self-titled debut, Arthur Channel is a supergroup formed not because of commercial appeal, but because of true musical synergy between members. Longtime collaborators and Eleven cofounders Alain Johannes and Jack Irons (the former also known for his work in Queens Of The Stone …

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Lacey Caroline: Songbird

Without a label backing her, Lacey Caroline decided to produce her first album, Songbird, herself. Although she has degrees in both law and economics, the singer-songwriter decided to follow her dream and create her own music. At seven songs, the record is relatively short, yet it packs a major …

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Leagues: You Belong Here

The city of Nashville has produced a host of world-famous acts in its history, but it’s not the first place you’d expect to find a dance-pop indie band. In a sea of popular music, Leagues stand as a wildcard, straddling the border between commercial mainstream and a band that centers …

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Big Scary: Not Art

On a scale of musical precision, with one being “calculated to a Newtonian level” and 10 being “an infant blindly slamming on instruments,” Big Scary falls somewhere in the negatives. Every part of the Melbournians’ creative output is locked in at an almost mechanical level, from Joanna Syme’s sometimes poppy …

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Motörhead: Aftershock

Motörhead are true survivors—if this planet experienced a nuclear holocaust, the only creatures likely to pull through would be cockroaches and Lemmy. Aftershock, Motörhead’s 21st studio release, finds the trio in top form, rocking with a vigor bands half their age would have trouble pulling off. Opening track “Heartbreaker” charges …

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Activator: Activator

New York hardcore band Activator released their debut, self-titled album last month almost a decade after their formation. Coming together after meeting at the popular nightclub Max Fish, the group was created by four hardcore veterans who hoped to make the music that they felt was missing from the city’s …

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Iron Bridge Band: Road Not Taken

The formation of Iron Bridge Band is self-described as a “rebirth of old friendships,” and the resulting production is certainly a reflection of that fact. The group’s latest release, Road Not Taken, is a far cry from their three-track EP, Unbroken, in length and sound, but not in …

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Bardo Pond: Peace On Venus

In the 20-plus years that they have been active, Bardo Pond have found a means of production that works, and they are sticking with it. Rather than slyly hide the influence that psychedelic substances have on their music, they choose to embrace and use it. That influence is what leads …

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Dr. Dog: B-Room

Dr. Dog’s newest album, B-Room, is the eighth release since the band’s formation in 1999. The indie folk/psychedelic rock group aimed to have a good time but also make a more bare-bones record. Their previous discs usually incorporated a lot of layering and over-dubbing, which they tried to avoid …

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