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Review: Famous Last Words – Two-Faced Charade

Charades is an acting game in which players act out a word by miming a similar sounding word, and other contestants have to guess the word. It’s a team game that’s usually played at parties. But despite its festive origins, charades is rigidly ruled, timed, and highly competitive. Because you’ve probably played – or have […]

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Melvins – Everybody Loves Sausages

There’s a reason why Roger “Buzz” Osborne is king – or King Buzzo, to be exact. As the guitarist-vocalist-songwriter for the seminal band Melvins, the good King created the sludge sound that Seattle grunge bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden copped, commercialized, and turned into vinyl gold. And more experimental, metal-minded bands like Tool, Boris, Mastodon, […]

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An Interview with Amos Slade

Things are looking up for Amos Slade – the Sioux Falls, South Dakota quartet whose LP, Hungry Earth, promises to be one of the best debuts of 2013. Singer-guitarist songwriter Nick Engbers’ songs are atmospheric wonders that reflect the grittiness and open spaces of the South Dakota landscape, his introspective nature, and his spiritual beliefs. […]

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The Veils – Time Stays, We Go

The poet and painter William Blake once said, “Exuberance is beauty.” And exuberance is what explodes from your speakers when you first hear the opening cut of Time Stays, We Go, the fourth album by The Veils. Like Blake, The Veils hail from London, and said opening track, “Through the Deep, Dark Wood,” is an […]

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Junip – Junip

Yet another exciting band in what’s beginning to feel like an endless stream of exciting Swedish musical exports, Junip is perhaps the most eclectic of the bunch. As their second and self-titled record indicates, the Gothenburg trio – which features singer-guitarist-songwriter Jose Gonzalez, drummer Elias Araya, and keyboardist Tobia Winkerton – plays an unclassifiable music […]

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An Interview with Jon Herington: The Steely Dan Guitarist Discusses His Latest Solo Album, ‘Time on My Hands’

  Perhaps Jon Herington is best known for being the lead guitarist in Walter Becker and Donald Fagen’s seminal jazz-rock band, Steely Dan. Indeed, Herington plays on the band’s now-classic 2000 LP Two Against Nature, which won a Grammy in 2001 for Album of the Year, as well as 2003’s Everything Must Go. He toured […]

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Turnover – Magnolia

It’s about time that you’ve heard about Turnover. The Virginia Beach quartet makes some truly great power pop. Their big guitars and infectious melodies grab hold of you and don’t let go. Just have a listen to their new record, Magnolia – an exciting new record that shows the promise of better things to come. […]

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Amos Slade – Hungry Earth

Amos Slade hails from the prairie lands of Flyover County, Sioux Falls, South Dakota – and the band’s sound is as expansive, dark, and gritty as their homeland. Singer-songwriter-guitarist Nick Engbers should be proud of the remarkable set of songs that he’s concocted for his band’s debut LP, Hungry Earth. He offers the rest of […]

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Fall Out Boy – Save Rock and Roll

Every time I play a Fall Out Boy LP, I’m reminded of the pernicious influence that Weezer and Green Day had on a generation of emo and pop-punk bands. Sure, Weezer’s first two albums – 1994’s Weezer (aka “Blue Album”) and 1996’s Pinkerton – were stone-cold classics. But frontman Rivers Cuomo introduced a whiny and […]

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Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze

Back in October of 2009, Kurt Vile was an up-and-coming lo-fi, indie rock singer-songwriter who’d just released his third studio album and first with Matador Records – home to the likes of some of his biggest fans: Sonic Youth and Wild Flag. But Childish Prodigy was just a precursor to the motherload that was Smoke […]

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