Glass Towers: Halycon Days

The debut LP for this group of Sydneysiders, Halcyon Days is an interesting combination of indie rock and post-punk whose primary strengths are balance and moderation. Composition on this record is nothing out of the ordinary, but the band has managed to infuse standard indie rock songs with the energy …

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The Front Bottoms: Rose

With origins dating as early as 2008, The Front Bottoms were at one point a hidden gem in New Jersey’s underground music scene. Before they started selling out venues nationwide and began to hit the road with iconic acts such as Say Anything, Kevin Devine, Brand New and Manchester Orchestra, …

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Manchester Orchestra @ Terminal 5

MANHATTAN, NY—Andy Hull was feeling increasingly alienated and frustrated during his high school years in an Atlanta suburb that he spent his senior year studying at home. While home, he also wrote and recorded a full-length indie rock album, and then built a band, Manchester Orchestra, around his songs in …

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The Apache Relay @ Bowery Ballroom

MANHATTAN, NY—Michael Ford, Jr. was a music business major and singer-songwriter at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. He heard that fellow student and guitarist Mike Harris had formed an instrumental band called The Apache Relay. Ford hired the trio, which also included Brett Moore (keyboards, guitar, mandolin) and Kellen Wenrich …

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InCircles: Young Blood

What makes punk unique to other forms of rock music is its liveliness. The vigor of punk makes it the perfect soundtrack for a multitude of youth, generation to generation. The distinct energy of adolescents and young adults is perfectly encompassed in punk, and YoungBlood is evidence.

Jewlee, lead singer …

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Kaiser Chiefs: Education, Education, Education & War

Americans might recall British post-punk band Kaiser Chiefs vaguely as a band that had a couple of singles featured on Guitar Hero. Of course, Kaiser Chiefs’ UK fanbase would scoff at the thought—the Leeds-based band was shortlisted for the prestigious Mercury Prize in 2005 for their first studio album, …

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The Dead Daisies: Face I Love

This “mini supergroup” featuring sidemen and touring members from groups like Guns N’ Roses, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy and The Stones recently hit the studio for the first time since their eponymous debut in 2012 to release a brief but curious pastiche of many elements of the ever-vague term “rock ‘n’ …

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The Midnight Moan: Comes In Phases

When we digest music, we analyze it. To elaborate, consider how we categorize music, try to understand lyrics, decipher musical ideas, and familiarize ourselves with possible influences; we basically try to grasp every aspect of it. Having a critical mind frame of music is vital, but it can be quite …

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Kazyak: See The Forest, See The Trees

If Modest Mouse and Bon Iver had a baby, they would name it Kazyak, and it would be one of those gorgeous celebrity babies seen on magazines. See The Forest, See The Trees, the debut EP for this obscure Minneapolis band, is as good as one can hope an …

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The Verve Pipe: Overboard

It was a cringing embarrassment when Matchbox 20 released their last record North in 2012, proving that most pop rock bands from the 1990s shouldn’t be making music anymore. A similar tragedy occurs with Overboard, The Verve Pipe’s first rock album in 13 years.

That this band had stopped …

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