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Top-rated albums this month
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Andrew Paley

Sirens

Andrew Paley - Sirens album cover

Perhaps best known as the frontman of Vermont post-punk band The Static Age, Andrew Paley has never been shy about his penchant for playing solo acoustic songs. Where The Static Age's sound is sound is distantly confrontational and awash with the vivid colours of late nights, Paley's solo work has ...

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Hakan

Hakan II

Hakan  - Hakan II album cover

Hakan is an Italian garage-punk band in the vein of The Marked Men. Like, really in the vein of The Marked Men—MM’s Jeff Burke (also of Radioactivity) even recorded the record and it fits the aforementioned band’s style perfectly.At thirteen songs in twenty-two minutes, Hakan’s II fits the expectation of ...

Worst-rated albums this month
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NOFX

First Ditch Effort

NOFX - First Ditch Effort album cover

It’s probably been a decade (maybe two) since anyone reviewed a NOFX record without starting out by talking about “knowing what to expect.” The band has their sound down pat and I’ll spare them the skatepunk adjectives except to say that new LP First Ditch Effort doesn’t change it up. ...

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Enmeshed

The Egesal

Enmeshed  - The Egesal album cover

There is very little information available about who Enmeshed is, other than that they are a four piece band, releasing their debut album The Egesal. With an interesting setup, including electroacoustic guitar, drums (alongside drum machines) and tenor electric guitar, they like to blend diverse sounds, within an overall experimental ...

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Andrew Paley

Sirens

Andrew Paley - Sirens album cover

Perhaps best known as the frontman of Vermont post-punk band The Static Age, Andrew Paley has never been shy about his penchant for playing solo acoustic songs. Where The Static Age's sound is sound is distantly confrontational and awash with the vivid colours of late nights, Paley's solo work has ...

70%

Enmeshed

The Egesal

Enmeshed  - The Egesal album cover

There is very little information available about who Enmeshed is, other than that they are a four piece band, releasing their debut album The Egesal. With an interesting setup, including electroacoustic guitar, drums (alongside drum machines) and tenor electric guitar, they like to blend diverse sounds, within an overall experimental ...

78%

Bad Sports

Living with Secrets

Bad Sports - Living with Secrets album cover

Bad Sports are coming into their own. They’ve always been a solid Denton, TX hyphen-rock band but on their new EP, Dirtnap’s Living With Secrets, the nuances are starting to pull together a little more and the “influenced by” is harder to decipher. The first third or so of the ...

80%

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

One More Time With Feeling

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - One More Time With Feeling album cover
Video/DVD Review

There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief - that is how ancient Greek tragedians put it. Grief and beauty. Parallels between the literate wisdom, apocalyptic imagery, emotional and romantic density and weight in Cave’s oeuvre and the emissions of the ancient Greek are ...

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NOFX

First Ditch Effort

NOFX - First Ditch Effort album cover

It’s probably been a decade (maybe two) since anyone reviewed a NOFX record without starting out by talking about “knowing what to expect.” The band has their sound down pat and I’ll spare them the skatepunk adjectives except to say that new LP First Ditch Effort doesn’t change it up. ...

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The Melvins

Basses Loaded

The Melvins - Basses Loaded album cover

The Melvins are becoming one of the most prolific bands of any in recent memory. One could speculate on the reasons for this, but ultimately it could probably be chalked up to the lack of constraints on their music.The Melvins can pretty much do whatever the fuck they want and ...

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Mark Sultan

BBQ

Mark Sultan - BBQ album cover

Mark Sultan has long gone by two stage names: his own, and BBQ (of King Khan & The BBQ Show). Most solo work has been truly solo: just Sultan, his guitar and his drums. That’s right: he’s a one-man band instead of a “singer-songwriter.” On BBQ, Sultan merges both names ...

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Hannahband

Quitting Will Improve Your Health

Hannahband - Quitting Will Improve Your Health album cover

If you asked me how I feel about two-piece bands, I’d say I’m not really a fan. But there’s some disconnect as I find myself listening to quite a few of them, really. A lot of the time I praise the arrangement for their ability to find a full sound ...

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Bloody Hammers

Lovely Sort of Death

Bloody Hammers - Lovely Sort of Death album cover
200 Words Or Less

Bloody Hammers hail from North Carolina and specialize in doom. The band was founded by Anders Manga, who remains the main songwriter and performer - recruiting others only for tours. Manga's partner-in-dirge is keyboardist, Devalia and while she has been with Manga since the beginning, it would seem she is ...

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Gojira

Magma

Gojira - Magma album cover

Gojira are an anomaly. Not because they're form France, though French metal is somewhat of a rarity - but Gojira are one of the few bands that have long held the respect of fans, peers and critics alike. This will not change with Magma, the band's sixth album. If anything, ...

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Pixies

Head Carrier

Pixies - Head Carrier album cover

When the Pixies released 2014's Indie Cindy, it was their first release in the band's history to not include Bassist/Vocalist Kim Deal. It was evident, very evident that without her, it was going to be an uphill climb. Deal's immediate replacement came in the form of Kim Shattuck, formerly of ...

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Hakan

Hakan II

Hakan  - Hakan II album cover

Hakan is an Italian garage-punk band in the vein of The Marked Men. Like, really in the vein of The Marked Men—MM’s Jeff Burke (also of Radioactivity) even recorded the record and it fits the aforementioned band’s style perfectly.At thirteen songs in twenty-two minutes, Hakan’s II fits the expectation of ...

80%

Tricky

Skilled Mechanics

Tricky - Skilled Mechanics album cover
200 Words Or Less

When I think think of one word to describe Tricky, it isn't trip-hop, because that's two words, silly. No, the one that always comes to mind, is 'experimental'. Now, that isn't meant in a music critic lazy-label kind of way. It's meant as a true compliment. Tricky is a mad ...

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Giraffe Tongue Orchestra

Broken Lines

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra - Broken Lines album cover
200 Words Or Less

Another week another supergroup, right? Wrong. Nothing is expected on Broken Lines, the debut album from Giraffe Tongue Orchestra (GTO) - the new band featuring Brent Hinds from Mastodon, William DuVall from Alice In Chains, Ben Weinman from Dillinger Escape Plan and Thomas Pridgen, formerly of The Mars Volta.With such ...

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Real Numbers

Wordless Wonder

Real Numbers - Wordless Wonder album cover

There are a lot of traps in music journalism. Some, like genre, are the same traps that artists fall into. Because of the constrained vocabulary of describing sounds it can be a challenge to speak of a difference between influence, mimicry, and hybrids. So often when a modern band is ...

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Grails

Take Refuge in Clean Living

8.0 / 10 Grails - Take Refuge in Clean Living album cover

Elusive is the best adjective to describe Grails (a now four-piece outfit from Portland, Oregon) and their unique take on instrumental music. And while that might not sound like a ...

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