The Pharmacy: Spells

Seattle-based trio The Pharmacy have made a long road trip across the U.S. and Britain to pick up musical influences from several different decades, blending them together and dousing them in noise rock to carve out Spells, their fifth full-length release in 12 years of activity.

Prevailing elements on …

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Cancers: Fatten The Leeches

Behind a wall of heavily distorted guitar riffs and melodies, Cancers’ debut album, Fatten The Leeches, is a throwback to the grunge, punk and pop sounds of the 1990s. Their influence is apparent, channeling familiar sounds from the likes of Nirvana, Foo Fighters and The Smashing Pumpkins, but at …

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Fucked Up @ Bowery Ballroom

MANHATTAN, NY—Fucked Up formed as a hardcore punk band in 2001 in Toronto, Canada, by high school friends who were inspired by first- and second-wave hardcore bands. Fucked Up recorded dozens of releases, and despite having a name that cannot be printed in the New York Times and other media, …

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Maximo Park @ Gramercy Theatre

MANHATTAN, NY—Guitarist Duncan Lloyd, keyboardist Lukas Wooller, bassist Archis Tiku and drummer Tom English formed Maxïmo Park as an avant garde rock band in 2000 in Newcastle, England. The band took its name from Máximo Gómez Park in Miami, Florida, where many Cubans play dominos. At first a largely instrumental …

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The Adicts @ Highline Ballroom

MANHATTAN, NY—The Adicts came together as a punk band in late 1975 in Ipswich, England, and are perhaps the last remaining punk band from that first punk rock era to retain its original lineup. Briefly known as Afterbirth & The Pinz, the band became known in its homeland when it …

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Clear Plastic Masks @ Mercury Lounge

MANHATTAN, NY—When lead vocalist and guitarist Andrew Katz, born in Detroit and raised on theatre, met drummer Charles Garmendia, born in the Dominican Republic, in a Brooklyn bar, they found they had a common passion for aggressive music. They jammed with guitarist/keyboard player Matt Menold and bassist Eduardo DuQuesne and …

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Ivar Pall Jonsson: Revolution In The Elbow Of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter

Compare the current state of the music market to its previous incarnations. The focus has moved away from the album as a whole, where a highly developed overall aesthetic and tracklisting was heavily considered. Many artists now optimize the chance for hit singles. Some even argue that albums have experienced …

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Mad Caddies: Dirty Rice

For their first album in seven years, Mad Caddies present a mish-mash of their many influences on Dirty Rice, ultimately leaving old listeners satisfied with their return, but yearning for more signature tracks than provided. Although there are a few standout songs, some lack direction and uniqueness to tie …

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Dead Stars: Slumber

Unassuming and soaked in fuzzed-out guitar, Slumber is the debut for this Brooklynite trio. The formula is simple: Sonic Youth meets a ‘90s garage high school band. What that translates into makes for an overall pleasant listen (if you’re feeling indulgent on that day), but often borderline monotonous and dull. …

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Orenda Fink: Blue Dream

Spirituality is one of the oldest themes in musical history. Makes sense for something so vast and endless to provide plenty of inspirations to choose from. Orenda Fink seems to have an endless muse from the realm beyond the physical world. On Fink’s newest work, Blue Dream, she deliberates …

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