Big Harp: Chain Letters

Think of The Strokes, and then imagine them as flesh-made human beings with emotions rather than the porcelain party-dolls you just pictured—then, imagine them putting something out on Saddle Creek. That might approach the aura of Big Harp, an L.A.-based outfit who shape a love for folk and …

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Split Point: TriFlection

Recorded in New Brunswick, TriFlection is the most up-to-date work from the local metal trio, Split Point. This group sticks to an old school metal style of musicianship underneath a blend of guttural singing and screaming. “Vision,” the album opener, takes on a Disturbed-like feel with a weighted lead line …

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Preston Cochran: Stumble Into Tomorrow

Stumble Into Tomorrow opens with the dark acoustic guitar rhythm of “A Building Charred,” an admirable effort to establish a sense of foreboding that is immediately shot down by the ridiculously hackneyed lyric, “Hatred burning up for you/Like a million burning eyes.” The cliché-train doesn’t stop for the entire album, …

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Shannon Whitworth And Barrett Smith: Bring It On Home

One late night tour drive through Canada, Shannon Whitworth and Barrett Smith decided it was time to make a recording of some of their favorite songs. A couple of fun-filled months later, they were in the studio bringing their ideas to life. The product is Bring It On Home, …

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Lionel Pryor: Siam

Hasbrouck Heights-based prog metal instrumental ensemble Lionel Pryor are getting things done the right way with their 2012 record, Siam. Track one, “Nebraska” opens with an ominous piano section, casting a looming presence that seems to hang in the air around the listener. Soon entering the song is a …

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The Soft Hills: Chromatisms

I’m a sucker for “pretty songs,” the kind of tracks that ought to play an ambient second fiddle to a life-affirming moment on Six Feet Under or something. The Soft Hills, hailing from famously-downtrodden Seattle, revel in this sort of musical prayer, slow-burning and measured, tirelessly striving towards the next …

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Roger Knox And The Pine Valley Cosmonauts: Stranger In My Land

Though it is now thought of as, to quote the CD booklet of Stranger In My Land, the “whitest of American musical forms,” its foundations were in actuality culled from both European and African cultures. It was, of course, eventually taken over by whites and never reclaimed. That is, …

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Texas Is The Reason: Do You Know Who You Are?: The Complete Collection

Texas Is The Reason are re-releasing their only full-length album, Do You Know Who You Are? The collection will feature a re-mastered version of the disc, two unreleased songs, a list of concerts and unreleased photos. The post-hardcore quartet recently reunited for Revelation Records’ 25th anniversary show, as well as …

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Jared Salvatore: Compass Out

“You make this machine run”—that is the praise Jared Salvatore has attributed to his local fans, who have stood with him throughout the production of his most recent album, Compass Out. It’s clear how much respect and gratitude Salvatore has for his supporters, and he’s done his best to …

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Tim Chaisson: The Other Side

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumental performer Tim Chaisson is on the road, away from his native Canada, playing live in support of his current full-length, The Other Side. The artist’s acoustic approach includes bits of pop, folk, and even country characteristics. The 11-track album begins with the memorable number, “Beat This …

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