Dirty Lungs: Dirty Lungs

If albums were people, Dirty Lungs would have dissociative identity disorder. It sounds like a bad thing, but when you think of the lovability factor that makes the relationship between Tyler Durden and the narrator of Fight Club so great, it almost sounds like a badge of honor. It’s an …

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CHVRCHES @ Terminal 5

MANHATTAN, NY—When I bought my ticket for CHVRCHES, I didn’t really know much about them. Aside from loosely following some online coverage of the band and lead vocalist Lauren Mayberry’s sexism op-ed, I was more or less in the dark about the group. A number of factors played into me …

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Magicicada: Wrack With Ruin

As with any sort of noise project, trying to define Magicicada and explain what’s going on in Wrack With Ruin is quite difficult. At times the album is glitchy, at others it’s melodic, and at others it’s just plain confusing. There are harrowing vocal samples and sounds that couldn’t possibly …

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Joseph Lemay: Seventeen Acres

My father spent his first 18 years of his life in North Carolina. Forever loyal to his home, he spent my early years using mixtapes to introduce me to country music inside his pickup truck. I’m no expert on country music, but I have heard a whole lot of it. …

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Collapse Under The Empire: Sacrifice & Isolation

The music industry is full of injustices. There’s nothing to make a person’s blood boil quite like an obvious Grammy rip-off or the special attention to a particular artist that legions of young girls can bring. But the grossest injustice of all might be that Collapse Under The Empire have …

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Sworn Enemy: Back With A Vegeance

Coming off a hiatus, Sworn Enemy are back with a new lineup, featuring guitarist Matt Garzilli and bassist Mike Pucciarelli, and a new album, Living On Borrowed Time (out this week). The Staten Island-based punk metal band will be playing the first of the two-day Black N’ Blue Bowl, …

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Kina Grannis: Started With Doritos Now She’s Here

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kina Grannis has come a long way from winning the Crash The Super Bowl contest in 2008. Last week, she released her second major-label album, Elements. Produced by Matt Hales (aka Aqualung), the album fits into the same vein of many of her other works—it’s light, …

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Dark Star Orchestra: Raising The Dead

Now just a few years short of two decades in existence, Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra recently surpassed the Dead’s total number of played shows: 2,318. Dark Star Orchestra have probably come closer to their original than any tribute to any band ever has. They’ve played with every …

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Butcher Knives: Around The World In Seven Members

Occasionally, there comes a band where it’s hard to believe that so many people could come together and manage to be on the same musical page. If I was told that there are seven people in the world who want to make a gypsybilly band, I would scoff, but this …

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Amen Dunes: Love And Everything Else

Amen Dunes, usually Damon McMahon’s own project, has been upgraded, and the music on the new album Love was recorded with the help of a list of other musicians, including frequent collaborators Jordi Wheeler and Parker Kindred. Recorded in Montreal with the help of members of Godspeed You! Black …

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