FIGHTs: Music For Villains

Louisiana-based indie band FIGHTs (which is an abbreviation for Formal Institute Of Great Hit Tunes) have released their debut full-length, titled Music For Villains, a follow-up to the 2012 EP, Summer Hits. The group is made up of two drummers (and occasionally a third), a bassist, and three …

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Man Man: On Oni Pond

Philadelphia experimentalists Man Man have been best known for the unconventional since their founding in 2004. Their fifth studio album, On Oni Pond, is easily among some of their best work to date, and sets itself as a tough act to follow.

“Oni Swan” opens up with a gorgeous …

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Dexys: One Day I’m Going To Soar

One Day I’m Going To Soar is the fourth studio album from the English-Irish band Dexys, which was formed in 1978 by two past members of The Killjoys. The group was previously called Dexys Midnight Runners, but shortened their name when a new six-person lineup was established after a 17-year …

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Claire: Broken Promise Land

Munich-based electronica band Claire has been rapidly gaining international attention since their formation at the beginning of 2012. The group was created almost accidentally, as they originally came together for one night to record a track for a friend’s film. Inspired by the session, producers Matthias Hauck, Nepomuk Heller and …

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The Bongos: Phantom Train

On Maxwell’s’ last day of operation, Hoboken’s own The Bongos played the final concert at the famous venue. The band broke up in 1987, but as its original members were the first ones to ever take the stage at Maxwell’s, it only seemed fitting that the establishment’s life be bookended …

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Emily Hearn: Promises

Emily Hearn is an example of an artist who found herself in a sea of doubt and a love of music, and was just driven enough to get up and try again. Her latest EP, Promises, speaks worlds about her as a musician, and is an auditory representation of …

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Third Of Never: Downrising

Downrising, the second full-length from New Jersey-based rock band Third Of Never, was made with the intent to shed the excess components and return to the underlying principals of their music. The effect becomes a very back-to-basics rock record, complete with all the classic elements like catchy guitar riffs …

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Twin Forks: Twin Forks

The quintet formerly known as Twin Falls has finally made its breakout debut into the ever-growing folk scene with their self-titled EP, Twin Forks. For frontman Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional), it was a long time coming. Growing up around music, he was inspired by people like John Denver and …

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John Brodeur: Little Hopes

John Brodeur is the kind of artist who can’t be doing one thing for very long. He bounces from project to project, whether his focus is on his solo career (now up to its third studio release) or one of his bands, The Suggestions or Maggie Mayday. Further evidence of …

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The Claudettes: Infernal Piano Plot…Hatched!

Drummer Michael Caskey and pianist Johnny Iguana were in search of a gig when they came across Claudette’s Bar on the outskirts of Chicago in 2010, where they were quickly hired as the house band. When the bar closed in 2011, former owner and the pair’s namesake Claudette became the …

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