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Top-rated albums this month
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Mitski

Be the Cowboy

Mitski - Be the Cowboy album cover

Pop comes in many forms. Sometimes you find it on the radio as the nation’s favorite dance hit. Occasionally you’ll hear it pulsating from the walls of your favorite nightclubs. Then, sometimes, it pours out of the anxious head of an artist just looking to create something. Mitski’s fifth studio ...

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Deafheaven

Ordinary Corrupt Human Love

Deafheaven - Ordinary Corrupt Human Love album cover

When I first heard that Deafheaven had released a new record, I was skeptical. The thing is, I’m not entirely sure why because the band has more than proven themselves with their past records Sunbather and New Bermuda. Both records killed, but with a band that has already explored the ins and outs ...

Worst-rated albums this month
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Nag

Nagged to Death

Nag - Nagged to Death album cover

Musicwise I grew up in the '90s. Unlike my peers I did not enjoy the punk of that time (Green Day and The Offspring), nor grunge. In fact I only recently discovered that a couple of the bands stemming from that scene are worth my time. Instead of those influences ...

71%

Brendan Kelly & The Wandering Birds

Keep Walkin’ Pal

Brendan Kelly & The Wandering Birds - Keep Walkin’ Pal album cover

Does the world really need a ska-tinged surf song about waterboarding? How you answer that question will probably answer how you feel about this record as a whole. Not that such a concept is really a surprise for those who have followed Brendan Kelly’s musical output and sense of humor ...

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Mitski

Be the Cowboy

Mitski - Be the Cowboy album cover

Pop comes in many forms. Sometimes you find it on the radio as the nation’s favorite dance hit. Occasionally you’ll hear it pulsating from the walls of your favorite nightclubs. Then, sometimes, it pours out of the anxious head of an artist just looking to create something. Mitski’s fifth studio ...

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Mudhoney

Digital Garbage

Mudhoney - Digital Garbage album cover
200 Words Or Less

2018 marks the 30th year of existence for Seattle stalwarts, Mudhoney. 30 years on for most bands usually means one or two tired original members clinging to the past - Rewarming leftover albums on tour while an even more tired and bleary-eyed audience leaves early because they have to work ...

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The Carvels NYC

Everything With You Is A Travesty EP

The Carvels NYC - Everything With You Is A Travesty EP album cover

Let me tell you something about reviewing and how it is decided what will get a review on here. Sometimes it is very straight forward: our dark overlord gives a direct order to review something. Luckily (for me at least) life is keeping him too busy to that stuff too ...

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Deafheaven

Ordinary Corrupt Human Love

Deafheaven - Ordinary Corrupt Human Love album cover

When I first heard that Deafheaven had released a new record, I was skeptical. The thing is, I’m not entirely sure why because the band has more than proven themselves with their past records Sunbather and New Bermuda. Both records killed, but with a band that has already explored the ins and outs ...

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Planet B

Planet B

Planet B - Planet B album cover

There’s been few bands in recent memory as polarizing as The Locust. Upon the first few listens, they sound like the aural equivalent of severed nerve endings after an industrial lathe accident. But if you stick with them - and particularly if you’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing them ...

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Dead Can Dance

Dionysus

Dead Can Dance - Dionysus album cover

During the 80s and the rise of darkwave, Dead Can Dance was one of the visionary acts that begun experimenting with the darker sound of gothic rock. Built around two magnificent vocalists, Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard, the project evolved from its darkwave roots into something much more potent and ...

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Brendan Kelly & The Wandering Birds

Keep Walkin’ Pal

Brendan Kelly & The Wandering Birds - Keep Walkin’ Pal album cover

Does the world really need a ska-tinged surf song about waterboarding? How you answer that question will probably answer how you feel about this record as a whole. Not that such a concept is really a surprise for those who have followed Brendan Kelly’s musical output and sense of humor ...

80%

Krakow

Minus

Krakow - Minus album cover

What is this? Metal? Sure, but how and what do I classify it? Krakow combines a few eclectic styles to overtake metal and spin it into a unique sound—something that takes time to digest. It has distorted guitars, yes, rough vocals, yes, screaming, yes. When metal stops being so self-conscious ...

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Bad Sports

Constant Stimulation

Bad Sports - Constant Stimulation album cover

With Bad Sports, the songs are often about the hooks. The band utilizes traditional rock structures with song titles embedded in the chorus and predictable progressions. It’s largely about where they kick the extra energy into their songs that sets them apart, and it’s usually got a bit of swagger ...

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Death Valley Girls

Darkness Rains

Death Valley Girls  - Darkness Rains album cover
200 Words Or Less

Of all the phrases ever used to describe Ramones, “re-inventing the wheel” was most certainly not one of them. Some took this as disparaging, but what they did was take the design of the wheel and perfected it. There’s nothing wrong with this. We need bands like Ramones, and in this ...

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Johnny Marr

Call the Comet

Johnny Marr - Call the Comet album cover
200 Words Or Less

With the release of his latest effort Call the Comet, Johnny Marr solidifies himself as one of the strongest solo artists in music today. However, no one seems to know this as he is forever in the shadow of his former bandmate Morrissey, who manages to cover-up substandard songwriting with ...

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Future Girls

Motivation Problems

Future Girls - Motivation Problems album cover

Future Girls’ debut full-length is one I’m going to have a tough time describing. Motivation Problems fits well within the Dirt Cult Records catalog. It’s punky, but there’s more going on. It’s melodic in focus with some rough-around-the-edges touches, both musically and in the recording. Twelve songs race past in ...

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Nag

Nagged to Death

Nag - Nagged to Death album cover

Musicwise I grew up in the '90s. Unlike my peers I did not enjoy the punk of that time (Green Day and The Offspring), nor grunge. In fact I only recently discovered that a couple of the bands stemming from that scene are worth my time. Instead of those influences ...

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From the archive...

Up and at Them

Demo

7.3 / 10 Up and at Them - Demo album cover

Up and at Them are four kids playing hardcore music. No frills, no fashion, no hideous lyrics about suicide or emotions. Just straight-up hardcore; it recalls Sick of it All ...

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