Hollands: Restless Youth

John-Paul and Jannina Norpoth make up musical group Hollands. Record titles can be a strong clue as to what to expect from an album; their third and newest release—aptly titled Restless Youth—features a range of sounds and instruments that truly coincide with its name.

Hollands have taken rock instruments, …

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The Birthday Massacre: Superstition

This 10-track disc by Canadian goth-rock sextet The Birthday Massacre represents their sixth release. It lives up to the hopes of those who have come to expect gorgeous, dark-themed female vocals by lead singer Chibi, delicious minor-key melodies and symphonic elements realized through heavy, down-tuned bass and guitar as well …

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Radio Riddler: Purple Reggae

In a show of tribute to Prince and the 30th anniversary of his critically acclaimed album Purple Rain, English reggae duo Radio Riddler have released an album, entitled Purple Reggae. This album not only features a track-for-track cover of Purple Rain, but also contains several collaborations with …

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Young Tongue: Death Rattle

After six years releasing music as The Baker Family, this indie rock group has renamed themselves Young Tongue, and following the release of their EP earlier this year, have now produced their debut full-length album. The band consists of five members including wife and husband duo Liz and Stu Baker, …

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The Wild Beyond: The Wild Beyond

Ever since rock ‘n’ roll hit the mainstream radio, there’s been an air of chaos surrounding it—chaos that shakes up the pop world. It’s dark and thoughtful, yet loud and outspoken, and that mindset has been keeping it alive all these years. This same mindset is what makes The Wild …

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Brian Lopez: Static Noise

After a two-year-long writing process to follow up his debut album, Ultra, singer-songwriter Brian Lopez is back with the release of his latest record, Static Noise. Lopez takes on a different approach this time around, resulting in a more focused and fluid album. Rather than recording with over-edited, …

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Shivery Shakes: Three Waves & A Shake

Austin-based trio the Shivery Shakes have their new release ready to share. Despite their roots in Texas, the musicians have an overextending ambiance on the record that will make you feel like you’re on a beach in California in the ‘50s. Complete with album artwork of a milkshake and waves …

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Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad: Steady

Throughout the years, we’ve seen reggae paired up with countless genres including rock, ska, pop, dub, and even EDM. Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad have carved a new path, though, by combining reggae with Americana, bluegrass, and country. Steady, the band’s fourth album, sees a mastering of the reggae …

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Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters @ Brooklyn Academy Of Music

BROOKLYN, NY—Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant is someone who could certainly rest on his laurels at this point in his career. One of the most influential musicians to ever pick up an instrument, Plant is by many accounts the greatest singer in rock history. But despite his success—which includes selling …

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Farm Aid 2014 @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre

“All of the things we’re talking about here are all about power; it’s all about corporations telling us what to do. The corporations are forcing our farmers to use pesticides. They own a lot of the farmers’ land. They’re supplying seeds to the farmers from Monsanto, seeds that you have …

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