A Swarm Of The Sun: The Rifts

Swedish duo A Swarm Of The Sun have constructed their hauntingly melodic third album, The Rifts. Members Erik Nilsson and Jakob Berglund have proven themselves capable of creating dark and contrasting tunes that provide a mix of styles. With the use of varying instrumentation and several other artists’ musical …

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Murder By Death: Big Dark Love

Murder By Death have been called many things, including indie, alt-country, and folk, however, the band’s seventh album, Big Dark Love, just proves more and more that this band is unclassifiable. They can easily play with dark cabaret acts, like The Dresden Dolls. They can share the stage with …

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The Battery Electric: The Heart And The Thrill

Hailing from a state that is known for producing musical legends, The Battery Electric, a rock band from Asbury Park, New Jersey, are making their name known. Having already played shows at popular music festivals, such as CMJ and SXSW, their exposure has garnered fans that far surpass the state …

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D’Angelo: Black Messiah

“Dude, don’t go around telling everybody, but that’s where D’Angelo lives…”

The house, set back from a quiet street in a nondescript micro-neighborhood in the newly developed forestland southwest of Richmond, VA, was built in the vaulted exurban style. Not quite a McMansion, but big enough to prevent any comparison …

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The Blank Tapes: Geodesic Dome Piece

California rocker Matt Adams has gone by the name The Blank Tapes for almost 10 years, making music for those smitten with nostalgia and illusion. As a solo act, Adams puts forth all the effort into his music, which means he writes, plays, produces and records everything on his own, …

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Ariel Pink: Pom Pom

Ariel Pink has always been a relatively large cult figure in music, but it seems like his presence—and not necessarily a positive one—has been especially visible as of late. The recent onstage breakdowns, misogynistic online comments, and hints at mental illness have all overshadowed the release of his newest album, …

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Mappa Mundi: At Sea

Mappa Mundi is a chamber pop band from Brooklyn and its five members hail from various backgrounds, including punk, jazz, Americana, and classical chamber music; while many groups are composed of musicians from varying backgrounds, few have successfully merged those influences as well as this outfit. Every song on this …

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A Skylit Drive: Rise Ascension

California rock band A Skylit Drive have recently released their latest album, Rise: Ascension. The group previously released four successful records and decided to make the fifth entirely acoustic. Rise: Ascension contains the same songs from their last release, Rise, dropping their post-hardcore sound. While their more extreme …

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Howardian: Land Of The Low Tides

Ian Vanek has dedicated much of his creative efforts into being one half of Japanther over the years. The duo, which also features Matt Reilly, have been together since 2001 when they met at art school, and they’ve released many creatively committed endeavors. Typically, a musical move of independence often …

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While Heaven Wept: Suspended At Aphelion

Originated in Virginia, While Heaven Wept have presented themselves as a talented doom, progressive, and symphonic metal band. With seven main members, the musicians have provided a powerful blend of metal on their most recent album, Suspended At Aphelion. Guitarist, keyboardist, and vocalist Tom Phillips is the last original …

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