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Review: Senses Fail – Renacer

The English translation of the word “renacer” is “to be reborn.” That said, Senses Fail couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate title for their fifth full-length album. Renacer is different in almost every way when compared to their previous work. Lyrically, this album is their most “happy” … it’s not an album full of songs about substance […]

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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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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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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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James Blake – Overgrown

Critics have made up a new label – PBR&B – to describe the music of artists as diverse as Frank Ocean, How to Dress Well, Miguel, The Weeknd, Drake, Theophilus London, Jhené Aiko, and James Blake. But what exactly is PBR&B? Well, it’s an abbreviation for “Pabst Blue Ribbon Rhythm and Blues” and stands for […]

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