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Seeking Respite from Ubiquitous Holiday Pop...

Posted Dec. 25, 2015, 4:03 p.m.

In the month leading up to the holiday, it's often difficult to escape the near-continual assault of schmaltzy Christmas music. It seems virtually every artist of note in the last half century (and quite a few that are best left forgotten) have, at some point or other, produced some sort ... read more

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Andy's Favorite Horror Film Soundtracks

Posted Oct. 31, 2015, 11:11 a.m.

Though usually panned by the majority of film critics – the mainstream ones anyway- horror films seem to be a Hollywood mainstay that just won't go away. This is hardly shocking – if there's one genre of film in which a low budget doesn't seem to be that much of ... read more

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Film Review - 1988's Not of This Earth

Posted Oct. 31, 2015, 10:27 a.m.

Made in 1957, director Roger Corman's typically efficient low-budget sci-fi flick Not of This Earth came to be regarded as a minor genre classic in the years to come – and mostly for good reason. Dealing with an alien who's come to Earth to evaluate whether human blood can save his ... read more

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Film Review - Profondo Rosso, a.k.a. Deep Red

Posted Oct. 31, 2015, 10:09 a.m.

In the midst of the opening credits sequence for Italian director Dario Argento's 1975 Profondo Rosso (a.k.a. Deep Red), the viewer is treated to a truncated scene appearing to show two figures in shadow in front of a Christmas tree. One pulls a knife and appears to stab the other, ... read more

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Art Is Masturbation by Joseph Chiccarelli

Posted May 21, 2015, 12:18 p.m.

Art is Masturbation. It’s a sensational, attention-grabbing statement for sure and one that presents an idea that many artists and people who create have probably toyed with at one point or another - is the creative process purely a self-serving, self-satisfying one? Without doubt, creation allows the person doing the ... read more

Features

Music: SXSW 2018

Posted April 8, 2018, 12:53 p.m.

Music: SXSW 2018

The year's third month is always a crazy time to be in Austin, what with the South by Southwest Festival taking up March's middle third, ... read more

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One Question Interviews: Cindy Marabito (The Dicks From Texas)

Posted Dec. 5, 2017, 1:13 p.m.

One Question Interviews: Cindy Marabito (The Dicks From Texas)

Cindy Marabito (The Dicks From Texas) SPB: Living in Austin and being a part of South by Southwest for the last several years, I'm often ... read more

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Music: SXSW 2017

Posted April 15, 2017, 1:38 a.m.

Music: SXSW 2017

A year after the standing President of the United States attended and lectured at the South by Southwest Festival, politics were again front and center ... read more

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One Question Interviews: Scene Point Blank - Spryos Stasis

Posted June 1, 2016, 3:33 a.m.

One Question Interviews: Scene Point Blank - Spryos Stasis

Spyros Stasis SPB: (How) Has work in sound engineering affected your music tastes and/or reviewing? Spyros Stasis: It has not affected so much my outlook ... read more

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Music: SXSW 2016

Posted April 28, 2016, 1:51 a.m.

Music: SXSW 2016

An Esquire article written immediately after the event describe South by Southwest 2016 as “the worst-attended, least buzzy version of the...festival in more than a ... read more

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One Question Interviews: LATTE+

Posted March 24, 2016, 11:50 p.m.

One Question Interviews: LATTE+

Chicco (LATTE+) SPB: If you could put together a four or five-piece "all star group" of players from classic punk bands, who would be in ... read more

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One Question Interviews: Benjamin Finger

Posted March 17, 2016, 12:03 a.m.

One Question Interviews: Benjamin Finger

Benjamin Finger SPB: Do you have a somewhat clearcut idea of what you want to do when composing and/or producing your music, or are you ... read more

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One Question Interviews: Ali Muhareb

Posted Jan. 27, 2016, 6:53 p.m.

One Question Interviews: Ali Muhareb

Ali Muhareb SPB: It seems like there's been renewed interest in psychedelic music in recent years.  Have you noticed any differences between the psychedelic scene ... read more

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One Question Interviews: Craig Taylor-Broad

Posted Jan. 27, 2016, 6:49 p.m.

One Question Interviews: Craig Taylor-Broad

Craig Taylor-Broad SPB: All creative people invest something of themselves into their work, but this seems especially true with regard to your solo work. Do you ... read more

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Music: Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015

Posted Nov. 22, 2015, 3:24 p.m.

Music: Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015

In the days leading up to the three-day Fun Fun Fun Fest, weather forecasters were calling for yet another weekend of torrential rain in and ... read more

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Music: More to a Picture Than Meets the Eye: Kurt Cobain in Film

Posted Oct. 27, 2015, 2:58 p.m.

Music: More to a Picture Than Meets the Eye: Kurt Cobain in Film

It's strange that, while numerous memories have vanished from my mind over the years, I can still remember where I was when I learned of ... read more

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Music: Austin City Limits Music Festival 2015

Posted Oct. 27, 2015, 2:54 p.m.

Music: Austin City Limits Music Festival 2015

Upon leaving the 2015 Austin City Limits Music Festival on the second day of its second weekend, someone near me made the comment that a ... read more

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One Question Interviews: Bruno Sanfilippo

Posted Oct. 26, 2015, 2:45 p.m.

One Question Interviews: Bruno Sanfilippo

Bruno Sanfilippo SPB: Though things like bandcamp have made it easier for artists to release music, I can't help but think that there are many ... read more

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One Question Interviews: Neon Shudder

Posted Sept. 30, 2015, 12:08 a.m.

One Question Interviews: Neon Shudder

Neon Shudder SPB: It seems like there would be a temptation when working within the world of cyberpunk to make soundtracks to situations presented in ... read more

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One Question Interviews: Sophie Lillienne

Posted Sept. 29, 2015, 11:46 p.m.

One Question Interviews: Sophie Lillienne

Vezzo (Sophie Lillienne) SPB: Maybe it says something about my musical preconceptions, but I expected something entirely different when I first listened to Sophie Lillienne.  ... read more

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One Question Interviews: Modest Midget

Posted Sept. 10, 2015, 12:17 a.m.

One Question Interviews: Modest Midget

Lionel Ziblat (Modest Midget) SPB: Which music by classical composers do you think has held up the best into the 21st century? Lionel: Great question! Since ... read more

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Music: Levitation 2015 / Austin Psych Fest

Posted June 18, 2015, 2:34 p.m.

Music: Levitation 2015 / Austin Psych Fest

Providing a welcome alternative to not only the blast of insanity that South by Southwest brings but also the increasingly-crowded shitstorm that is the Austin ... read more

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One Question Interviews: roses

Posted May 31, 2015, 12:17 a.m.

One Question Interviews: roses

Matt Scheuermann (roses) SPB: Coming into the Philadelphia music scene, what were your expectations (if any) and have those early expectations and perceptions changed over ... read more

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One Question Interviews: Grand Vapids

Posted May 21, 2015, 12:51 p.m.

One Question Interviews: Grand Vapids

Austin (Grand Vapids) SPB: Which of the Athens bands have had the most impact on the music industry as a whole and/or which have inspired ... read more

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One Question Interviews: Bilinda Butchers

Posted April 2, 2015, 2:55 a.m.

One Question Interviews: Bilinda Butchers

Michal Palmer (Bilinda Butchers) SPB: Was there a historical or real-life inspiration behind the concept for Heaven? Palmer: Yes, both. The album's concept was inspired by ... read more

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Music: SXSW 2015 Wrap-Up

Posted March 30, 2015, 3:17 p.m.

Music: SXSW 2015 Wrap-Up

Following a year in 2014 that not only saw Tyler, the Creator get arrested for “inciting a riot” during a show but also a tragic ... read more

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One Question Interviews: Girl Scout

Posted Feb. 17, 2015, 12:41 p.m.

One Question Interviews: Girl Scout

Jeremy (Girl Scout) SPB: What varieties of Girl Scout (the band) cookies would there be?  Jeremy: We always talked about making weed versions of Girl ... read more

News

Tours: Sound On Sound Fest Announces Lineup

Posted June 28, 2016, 11:18 p.m.

Tours: Sound On Sound Fest Announces Lineup

Over the past decade, Fun Fun Fun Festival has provided the city of Austin, Texas with a definite alternative to the pop culture meltdown that ... read more

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Tours: Levitation Fest Off!

Posted April 28, 2016, 11:30 p.m.

Tours: Levitation Fest Off!

Levitation, the new incarnation of Austin Psych Fest at Carson Creek Ranch, has been cancelled due to severe weather predicted in the already weather-weary state ... read more

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MP3s: New Shoegazey Cover of The Psychedelic Furs's "Love My Way"

Posted Dec. 2, 2015, 3 p.m.

One of the tunes I always looked forward to on the in-game radio of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City was The Psychedelic Furs's woozy "Love My Way."  Originally released in 1982, the song has been covered numerous times in the years since by bands ranging from Mineral and The Polyphonic ... read more

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Bands: The Dutchess and The Fox Puts Their Spell On Halloween

Posted Oct. 28, 2015, 4:23 p.m.

In anticipation of a self-titled debut coming in early 2016, The Dutchess and the Fox (a duo made up of former Psychedelic Furs player Joe McGinty and Superhuman Happiness's Andrea Diaz) have released not only relaxed piano number St. Vitus but also, just in time for Halloween, a super smoky - dare ... read more

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Bands: New Perturbator = New, Glorious Album Art!

Posted Oct. 28, 2015, 11:37 a.m.

Following up 2014's Dangerous Days, Paris-based electronic outfit Perturbator (one of bandcamp's best-selling artists) will return in 2016 with a new full length entitled The Uncanny Valley, released on Blood Music.  Expect more vintage electronic sounds and, hopefully, another totally rad piece of album art. View the album teaser video below! ... read more

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Tours: Perfect Pussy Tours, Prepares New Full-Length

Posted Oct. 7, 2015, 10:43 a.m.

After riding the wave of momentum generated by 2014 debut Say Yes to Love, noise rock outfit Perfect Pussy has laid low for the past few months.  As the band prepares for the release of their second full-length (expected in 2016 on Captured Tracks), they'll close out 2015 with - ... read more

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Tours: Original Lineup of L7 Tours This Fall

Posted Sept. 2, 2015, 2:12 p.m.

After announcing the successful Kickstarter funding of the documentary Pretend We're Dead earlier this year, all-female grunge punk group L7 took to the stage for the first time in 18 years this past May.  Now, they've revealed plans for a North American tour which will take place this fall, including stops ... read more

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MP3s: Free Download of Prawn's Latest LP - Today Only!

Posted Aug. 26, 2015, 12:28 p.m.

MP3s: Free Download of Prawn's Latest LP - Today Only!

In celebration of the one-year anniversary of the release of Prawn's Kingfisher, the New Jersey band and Topshelf Records are offering it as a free ... read more

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MP3s: Kindling Covers The Dicks

Posted Aug. 12, 2015, 4:32 p.m.

In addition to finishing up a 12" release that will drop later this fall on No Idea Records, Massachusetts-based Kindling have released a super-cool, fuzz pop cover of The Dicks's 1980 track "Hate the Police" as a name-your-price download benefitting an unnamed organization working towards police accountability.  Check out the ... read more

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Records: New Track From Forthcoming Menace Beach EP

Posted July 13, 2015, 5:40 p.m.

Half a year after the release of their debut album Ratworld, Leeds-based Menace Beach have already announced a follow-up.  The five-track Super Transporterreum will release this fall, featuring artwork conjured straight out of the Twilight Zone.  Listen to the EP's title track below.  Ghoul power! read more

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Videos: Cool Animated Video from Buffalo, NY Band Sleepy Hahas

Posted July 1, 2015, 2:09 p.m.

Buffalo, NY:  birthplace of The Goo Goo Dolls, Vincent Gallo, Mighty Taco (still the best fast-food Mexican I've ever chowed down on) and now garage-rock-turned-psych-electro group Sleepy Hahas.  In preparation for the upcoming From The Bottom Of A Warm Lake, due out later this year, the band has just released ... read more

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Videos: New Cradle of Filth Album, Song

Posted June 24, 2015, 4:16 p.m.

Leave it to legendary British metal group Cradle of Filth to descend upon "Witch Country" in Suffolk, England in order to record their upcoming Hammer of the Witches, out July 10 on Nuclear Blast. New song "Deflowering the Maidenhead, Displeasuring the Goddess" from the album is now streaming at Revolver, and the ... read more

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Tours: The Spill Canvas Celebrate Classic Albums on Tour

Posted June 24, 2015, 11:48 a.m.

In addition to a summer 2015 tour with Motion City Soundtrack, The Spill Canvas have announced a series of dates celebrating their first two albums, 2004's Sunsets and Car Crashes and the following year's One Fell Swoop, in which those albums will be performed in their entirety.   Check out the ... read more

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MP3s: New Track from The Bilinda Butchers

Posted June 6, 2015, 4:13 p.m.

Fresh from 2014's Heaven, adventurous California-based trio The Bilinda Butchers have continued to draw influence from across the Pacific on their new track, collaborating with Tokyo electronic artist Smany on a dreamy and lush reimagining of Japanese group Number Girl's grungy 2003 song "Sentimental Girls Violent Joke." Listen to the track below: read more

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Van Dammes – The VD EP

Posted Aug. 4, 2014, 11:37 p.m.

 Van Dammes – The VD EP

Though the band is not doing anything that the typical punk rock fan wouldn’t have heard dozens of times before, there’s definite energy and excitement ... read more

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Áine O'Dwyer – Music for Church Cleaners

Posted Aug. 3, 2015, 8:23 p.m.

Áine O'Dwyer –  Music for Church Cleaners

Without doubt one of the more strange albums released in 2015 (or any year for that matter), Irish-born harpist Áine O'Dwyer’s Music for Church Cleaners ... read more

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Alexeï Kawolski – My DC Offset Fields

Posted Dec. 8, 2014, 8:34 p.m.

Alexeï Kawolski – My DC Offset Fields

Recording under the guise of Alexeï Kawolski, Montreal-based composer and producer Alexis Langevin-Tétrault walks the line between making harsh and abstract material and more noticeably ... read more

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Ali Muhareb – Existentially Wasted

Posted Feb. 1, 2016, 8:30 a.m.

Ali Muhareb – Existentially Wasted

The concept of being “existentially wasted” seems somewhat appropriate in the context of increasingly confused (and confusing) modern society. It's a concept that could easily ... read more

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American Football – American Football (Re-Issue)

Posted June 2, 2014, 6:56 p.m.

American Football – American Football (Re-Issue)

Much like the recently-reunited Owls, the unfortunately short-lived American Football was a group formed from the remnants of seminal Midwest-based 1990s emo band Cap’n Jazz (whose members went on ... read more

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Aphex Twin – Syro

Posted Dec. 8, 2014, 8:15 p.m.

Aphex Twin – Syro

Sometime around the mid-2000’s, I began to realize just how much I missed having new music by Richard D. James, who typically records under the ... read more

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Bad Kisser – Bate Kush

Posted Jan. 6, 2015, 12:32 a.m.

Bad Kisser – Bate Kush

Bate Kush, the second short release from a side-project of drone and ambient musician Foie Gras known as Bad Kisser, presents the listener with a ... read more

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Bruno Sanfilippo – Upon Contact Reworked

Posted Sept. 7, 2015, 8:55 p.m.

Bruno Sanfilippo – Upon Contact Reworked

Given the never-waning focus among classical music fans on established (and too-frequently, dead) composers, it would seem that the world of modern classical music is ... read more

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Buckcherry – Fuck EP

Posted Sept. 22, 2014, 3:02 p.m.

Buckcherry – Fuck EP

As might be expected considering the word can be used in a variety of ways and can make up nearly every word in a still-coherent ... read more

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Chuck Cirino – Not of This Earth Original Soundtrack

Posted Oct. 29, 2015, 3:57 p.m.

Chuck Cirino – Not of This Earth Original Soundtrack

Though composer Chuck Cirino is not a name that most movie fans – even those who like B-movies – would instantly recognize, there's a decent ... read more

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Claudio Simonetti's Goblin – Profondo Rosso/Deep Red Original Soundtrack

Posted Oct. 29, 2015, 10:45 a.m.

Claudio Simonetti's Goblin – Profondo Rosso/Deep Red Original Soundtrack

Though there are plenty of composers who've made a name for themselves by crafting the soundtracks to horror films, Italian progressive rock group Goblin stands ... read more

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Code Elektro – Superstrings

Posted Sept. 28, 2015, 8:27 a.m.

Code Elektro – Superstrings

Boasting precise mixing and near-flawless musical execution, Code Elektro’s 2015 Superstrings may be one of the best albums of cyberpunk-inspired electronica one would hope to ... read more

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Container – Adhesive

Posted July 8, 2014, 7:29 a.m.

Container – Adhesive

Combining throbbing electronic music with scratchy and crackly noise elements, Providence, Rhode Island’s Container has been getting more and more notice in recent years. Perhaps ... read more

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Craig Taylor-Broad – For the Organs

Posted Dec. 21, 2015, 6:39 p.m.

Craig Taylor-Broad – For the Organs

Without doubt, one of my favorite musical discoveries of the past few years has been British singer-songwriter Craig Taylor-Broad. After first unleashing an (apparently, now ... read more

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Cross – Pyre

Posted Dec. 31, 2014, 9:42 a.m.

Cross – Pyre

Made up of one half of Sweden’s Masshysteri (vocalist Robert Hurula and drummer Erik Viklund), Cross play dark and grimy music that seems indebted to ... read more

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Damon Eliza Palermo – Beacon of Maracaibo

Posted Jan. 29, 2018, 5:50 p.m.

Damon Eliza Palermo – Beacon of Maracaibo

Contemplative and calming, “Delacorta” kicks off Damon Eliza Palermo's Beacon of Maracaibo release with flowing piano and bubbling electronic tones playing under a pleasant, naturalistic bed of ... read more

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Daniel Ruiz – A Cup of Coffee with Two Sugar Cubes, Cream, and a Tiny Drop of Whiskey

Posted Jan. 22, 2018, 5:34 p.m.

Daniel Ruiz – A Cup of Coffee with Two Sugar Cubes, Cream, and a Tiny Drop of Whiskey

Described aptly by its creator, Barcelona songwriter Daniel Ruiz, as an “ode to misery,” A Cup of Coffee with Two Sugar Cubes, Cream, and a ... read more

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Dark Oz – ¡Piratas!

Posted Sept. 14, 2015, 8:10 p.m.

Dark Oz – ¡Piratas!

I’m not sure I could come up with a worse scenario for a band than having one of its players pass away while the group ... read more

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Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World

Posted Oct. 20, 2014, 7:52 p.m.

Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World

For a time in the mid- to late-2000s, it seemed as if Canadian drum and bass duo Death from Above 1979 might go the way ... read more

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Derek Grant – Breakdown

Posted April 20, 2015, 7:36 p.m.

Derek Grant – Breakdown

Chances are, most listeners have would heard everything on Derek Grant’s 2015 solo album Breakdown before - it seems to imitate everything from the driving ... read more

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Diarrhea Planet – Aloha (Reissue)

Posted June 23, 2014, 10:27 p.m.

Diarrhea Planet – Aloha (Reissue)

Formed in 2009, Nashville, Tennessee’s Diarrhea Planet initially were known for their goofy name more than anything else, but with the 2014 reissue of their ... read more

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Diarrhea Planet – Yama-Uba EP (Reissue)

Posted June 23, 2014, 10:39 p.m.

Diarrhea Planet – Yama-Uba EP (Reissue)

Showing up a few years after the group’s 2009 debut Aloha, Diarrhea Planet’s 2011 three-track EP Yama-Uba is a more consistent release, with a sound that’s similar to ... read more

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DJ Shadow – The Liquid Amber EP

Posted Sept. 1, 2014, 10:45 p.m.

DJ Shadow –  The Liquid Amber EP

Universally regarded as one of the most important figures in the world of instrumental hip hop and turntablism after having gained massive recognition for 1995’s ... read more

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DRLNG – Icarus EP

Posted Jan. 12, 2015, 9:46 p.m.

DRLNG – Icarus EP

The tight and bright 2014 Icarus EP marks the debut of the indie pop quartet that originally recorded as Plumerai under their new name of ... read more

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Earth – Primitive & Deadly

Posted Dec. 22, 2014, 9:07 p.m.

Earth – Primitive & Deadly

In a career lasting some two and a half decades at this point, Earth has gained near-legendary status and plenty of critical acclaim for making ... read more

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Explosions in the Sky with David Wingo – Prince Avalanche Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Posted Dec. 8, 2014, 8:25 p.m.

Explosions in the Sky with David Wingo  – Prince Avalanche Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The soundtrack for the 2013 film Prince Avalanche, created by instrumental rock group Explosions in the Sky in collaboration with David Wingo, has to be ... read more

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Filter Distortion – Transition

Posted March 16, 2015, 5:49 p.m.

Filter Distortion – Transition

Yet another group that, like Trust, CHVRCHES, or any of the artists featured on the Neonautics compilation, is mining the world of ‘80s synth rock ... read more

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GG Allin – (un)Censored Live 1993

Posted Aug. 11, 2014, 7:58 p.m.

GG Allin  – (un)Censored Live 1993

Despite the fact that the man’s been dead for more than two decades at this point, the reputation of GG Allin, self-described “public animal #1” ... read more

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Giorgio Moroder – Deja Vu

Posted Dec. 7, 2015, 6:03 p.m.

Giorgio Moroder – Deja Vu

I admit it: arguably the guiltiest of my guilty pleasures is Euro disco, a genre which found (sometimes quite dubiously-talented) European musicians exaggerating the basic ... read more

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Girl Scout – Self Titled EP

Posted Aug. 18, 2014, 8:43 p.m.

Girl Scout – Self Titled EP

Musically tight and lyrically inventive, Pittsburgh, PA-based, self-proclaimed “slacker rock” group Girl Scout seems to draw inspiration from various indie rock groups of the ‘90s ... read more

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Glue – Glue EP

Posted Aug. 25, 2014, 9:40 p.m.

Glue – Glue EP

With an extremely downbeat and aggressive sound, Austin, Texas four-piece band Glue follows up their noisy and vulgar 2012 demo with a 2014 self-titled 7” ... read more

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Grand Vapids – Guarantees

Posted Feb. 23, 2015, 6:42 p.m.

Grand Vapids – Guarantees

Athens, Georgia has a long history of producing some great musicians and music, known for being the birthplace of groups like the B-52’s and R.E.M. ... read more

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Grease Thieves – The World This Hour

Posted Aug. 10, 2015, 6:53 p.m.

Grease Thieves  – The World This Hour

Newly-formed Vancouver, BC pop-punk trio Grease Thieves boast a vocalist whose snarl makes him sound a bit like vintage Tim Armstrong, and one can almost ... read more

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Grouper – Ruins

Posted Dec. 15, 2014, 10:07 p.m.

Grouper – Ruins

Though I’ve been familiar with the name Grouper for some time, perhaps it’s not entirely coincidental that the solo project from Portland, Oregon-based artist and ... read more

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Hasta – Botanique

Posted Nov. 9, 2015, 5:56 p.m.

Hasta – Botanique

While electronic music used to be a rather exclusive club that only those with access to (expensive) equipment could hope to break into, in recent ... read more

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Hiss Tracts – Shortwave Nights

Posted Jan. 12, 2015, 9:43 p.m.

Hiss Tracts – Shortwave Nights

It’s not so surprising that 2014’s Shortwave Nights, the debut album from Canadian duo Hiss Tracts, sounds similar not only to Godspeed You! Black Emperor ... read more

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Hurry – EVERYTHING/NOTHING

Posted Feb. 23, 2015, 6:38 p.m.

Hurry – EVERYTHING/NOTHING

Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, Hurry started out as the solo project of guitarist/songwriter Matt Scottoline before expanding to its current three-piece form, and it’s quite ... read more

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I Wanna Die – I Wanna Die

Posted Feb. 3, 2015, 12:56 a.m.

I Wanna Die – I Wanna Die

Offering up an abrasive quintet of hardcore punk that flies by in five minutes, the 2015 self-titled demo from Oakland, California four-piece I WANNA DIE ... read more

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Jack of None – The Tattle Tale Heart

Posted Aug. 6, 2018, 9:23 p.m.

Jack of None – The Tattle Tale Heart

Playfully naughty lyrics might have been the first thing I noticed about Jack of None's The Tattle Tale Heart EP, but there's more to this record created ... read more

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John Carpenter – Lost Themes

Posted Oct. 29, 2015, 3:32 p.m.

John Carpenter – Lost Themes

Having produced the energetic low-budget action picture Assault on Precinct 13 in 1976 prior to laying the foundations of the modern slasher movie with 1978's Halloween, ... read more

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John Frusciante – Enclosure

Posted April 28, 2014, 9:36 p.m.

John Frusciante – Enclosure

Though he’s primarily known for being the former, on-again, off-again guitarist for Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Frusciante has long pursued a solo career that’s been ... read more

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John, The Void – Self Titled EP

Posted Aug. 18, 2014, 8:40 p.m.

John, The Void – Self Titled EP

Proving that Italians can do the doomy, post-metal thing just as well as anyone else, mysterious and methodical five-piece group John, the Void’s 2014 self-titled ... read more

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Keith Emerson and Greg Lake – Live at Manticore Hall

Posted Nov. 3, 2014, 9:12 p.m.

Keith Emerson and Greg Lake – Live at Manticore Hall

After forming in 1970, the members of progressive rock group Emerson, Lake, and Palmer (i.e. keyboardist extraordinaire Keith Emerson, guitarist/bassist/vocalist Greg Lake, and drummer Carl ... read more

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Kindling – Galaxies

Posted Feb. 29, 2016, 5:43 p.m.

Kindling  – Galaxies

Debuting in 2014 and quickly releasing the surprisingly outstanding Spike & Wave 7”, Easthampton, Massachusetts-based Kindling has undergone a substantial metamorphosis over the past few ... read more

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Lightning Bolt – Fantasy Empire

Posted June 15, 2015, 10:14 p.m.

Lightning Bolt –  Fantasy Empire

Though much attention relating to 2015’s Austin Psych Fest (a.k.a. Levitation) was directed towards the reunion of the legendary 13th Floor Elevators, one of the biggest ... read more

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Mannequin Pussy – Gypsy Pervert

Posted Dec. 1, 2014, 11:05 p.m.

Mannequin Pussy  – Gypsy Pervert

It’s kind of remarkable how vaguely similar the debut album by Philadelphia’s Mannequin Pussy is to that of another of 2014’s breakout artists, Perfect Pussy. ... read more

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Mater Suspiria Vision – Antropophagus

Posted Oct. 29, 2015, 10:02 a.m.

Mater Suspiria Vision – Antropophagus

More than five years after the first wave of so-called witch house artists popped up, caused a commotion in the independent music scene, and then ... read more

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Maur – Elegy

Posted Aug. 4, 2014, 11:41 p.m.

Maur – Elegy

Running nearly twenty minutes in length and featuring two tracks, 2014’s Elegy is the second demo from Indonesian five-piece Maur. I’d classify this band as sounding somewhat ... read more

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Meg Myers – Make A Shadow

Posted May 5, 2014, 9:58 p.m.

Meg Myers – Make A Shadow

Though many have tried to position singer/songwriter Meg Myers as the latest in the line of angsty female singers that includes the likes of Fiona Apple, ... read more

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Menace Beach – Ratworld

Posted June 29, 2015, 5:45 p.m.

Menace Beach – Ratworld

Though many people – even those who weren’t around when the system was - could probably rattle off several of the more popular NES titles ... read more

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Menace Beach – Super Transporterreum

Posted Oct. 26, 2015, 10:13 p.m.

Menace Beach – Super Transporterreum

After dropping their debut album Ratworld earlier this year, Leeds-based Menace Beach have wasted no time in producing an energetic but decidedly more focused follow-up. ... read more

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Mishka Shubaly – Coward’s Path

Posted June 22, 2015, 6:51 p.m.

Mishka Shubaly – Coward’s Path

If Nic Cage from Leaving Las Vegas had cut an album, it might sound something like Mishka Shubaly’s Coward’s Path. Dealing with such upbeat subjects ... read more

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Modest Midget – Crysis

Posted Nov. 24, 2014, 7:07 p.m.

Modest Midget – Crysis

Following the group’s ambitious 2010 debut The Great Prophecy of a Small Man, Dutch group Modest Midget returns with 2014’s Crysis, an album that’s equally ... read more

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Mokumedori – Mokumedori

Posted March 5, 2018, 6:18 p.m.

Mokumedori  – Mokumedori

How do you tell a fairy tale using only sound? That's a question seemingly answered by Japanese artist Mokumedori's self-titled album. Utilizing an eclectic variety ... read more

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Moñecho – Past Waters/Fever Lives

Posted April 11, 2016, 5:58 p.m.

Moñecho  – Past Waters/Fever Lives

In a past life – OK, like eight years ago - I found myself working at a furniture factory in small town Pennsylvania. While I've ... read more

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Mount Eerie – Sauna

Posted Oct. 19, 2015, 5:56 p.m.

Mount Eerie – Sauna

Over the past two decades, Phil Elverum has established himself as one of the most consistently outstanding artists working in the indie rock spectrum, yet ... read more

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Nadja and Uochi Toki – Cystema Solari

Posted Sept. 8, 2014, 11:28 p.m.

Nadja and Uochi Toki  – Cystema Solari

Despite the fact that Canadian/German drone group Nadja has a long history of collaborating with various artists from around the globe, their 2014 collaboration with ... read more

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Neon Shudder – Ghost Process

Posted Aug. 17, 2015, 11:10 p.m.

Neon Shudder – Ghost Process

Covering much of the same ground as a group like Perturbator, Philadelphia’s neon shudder makes dark electronic music inspired by the world of cyberpunk – ... read more

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Nite School Klik – Nite School Klik

Posted July 27, 2015, 7:50 p.m.

Nite School Klik  – Nite School Klik

Though his own catalog has been hit-or-miss since 1996’s classic Endtroducing, I’d place DJ Shadow among the relatively few who have managed to stay ahead ... read more

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Noises We Make When No One Is Around – the black box contained nothing but our deaths

Posted Nov. 18, 2014, 2:03 a.m.

Noises We Make When No One Is Around – the black box contained nothing but our deaths

Recorded under the name of the noises we make when no one is around (a name that aside from being wordy, seems quite appropriate), the ... read more

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Orange The Juice – The Messiah is Back

Posted March 30, 2015, 8 p.m.

Orange The Juice – The Messiah is Back

With a hard copy release that’s designed to look like a blood-spattered wedding invitation, The Messiah is Back has to be one of the most ... read more

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Otoboke Beaver – Love is Short

Posted Jan. 15, 2018, 5:40 p.m.

Otoboke Beaver – Love is Short

To put it mildly, Otoboke Beaver's Love is Short doesn't beat around the bush, though that phrase seems wildly inappropriate given the origin of the band's name. Following ... read more

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Panda Kid – I Saw My Soul Leaving

Posted Nov. 2, 2015, 8:23 a.m.

Panda Kid – I Saw My Soul Leaving

Gloriously unpolished and perhaps one of the outright loudest and gnarliest records I've heard all year, 2015's I Saw My Soul Leaving is a sort ... read more

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Pariuh – Family Witchcraft Attack

Posted July 23, 2018, 4:23 p.m.

Pariuh  – Family Witchcraft Attack

I'm not sure what exactly I expected going into an album titled Family Witchcraft Attack, but I wound up being pleasantly surprised by the type of ... read more

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Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

Posted June 9, 2014, 8:28 p.m.

Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

Four years on in a career that’s seen them work on perfecting the brand of quirky 1990s alt rock of bands like the acclaimed Pavement and not-so-fondly-remembered Harvey ... read more

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Pas Musique – Inside the Spectrum

Posted Dec. 28, 2015, 11:24 p.m.

Pas Musique – Inside the Spectrum

Forming in Brooklyn in 1995 as a collective based around abstract sound, Pas Musique translates to “Not Music” in French, a fact which gives some ... read more

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Patrick Higgins – Bachanalia

Posted Oct. 19, 2015, 6:04 p.m.

Patrick Higgins – Bachanalia

Known in his lifetime (1685-1750) primarily as an organist, German-born Johann Sebastian Bach has, in the course of the last three centuries, achieved a status ... read more

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Perturbator – DANGEROUS DAYS

Posted Dec. 1, 2014, 11:01 p.m.

Perturbator  – DANGEROUS DAYS

If Daft Punk were commissioned to score a cyberpunk horror film of the likes of Hardware, the resulting work may sound something like what Paris ... read more

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Post Pink – Too Pooped to Pip

Posted March 2, 2015, 11:03 p.m.

Post Pink – Too Pooped to Pip

Sounding like the result of glue-huffing fourteen-year-olds being let loose in a recording studio, Too Pooped to Pip, the 2015 demo from Baltimore, Maryland’s Post ... read more

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PS I Love You – For Those Who Stay

Posted July 28, 2014, 7:43 p.m.

PS I Love You – For Those Who Stay

Coming to prominence in 2011 on the strength of the almost unanimously praised debut LP Meet Me at Muster Station, PS I Love You (made up ... read more

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Robin Finck and the Wordclock – NOCT Original Soundtrack

Posted Oct. 29, 2015, 12:09 p.m.

Robin Finck and the Wordclock – NOCT Original Soundtrack

A studio and touring musician with Nine Inch Nails since the mid '90s and part of the whole Chinese Democracy saga for Guns 'n' Roses, guitarist ... read more

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Roses – Roses EP

Posted March 23, 2015, 10:23 p.m.

Roses – Roses EP

After relocating from Cleveland to Philadelphia, singer/songwriter Matthew Scheuermann put together a self-titled three-song EP released on Valentine’s Day 2015 under the name of Roses. ... read more

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S – Cool Choices

Posted Dec. 15, 2014, 10:29 p.m.

S – Cool Choices

“This is how losers feel // I am a loser // and you’re here to remind me” ...so begins Cool Choices, recorded by Jenn Ghetto, ... read more

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Sd Laika – THAT'S HARAKIRI

Posted Oct. 6, 2014, 8:57 p.m.

Sd Laika – THAT'S HARAKIRI

First showing up in 2012 and making waves in the underground music scene ever since, Sd Laika makes a brand of electronic music that seems ... read more

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Skrillex – Recess

Posted April 21, 2014, 11:09 p.m.

Skrillex – Recess

Electronic musician Skrillex’s 2014 debut full length album Recess (released on the Atlantic label) starts with a track called “All’s Fair in Love and Brostep.” That says ... read more

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Sophie Lillienne – The Fragile Idea

Posted Aug. 3, 2015, 8:18 p.m.

Sophie Lillienne – The Fragile Idea

Artistically satisfying and incredibly eclectic, 2015’s The Fragile Idea from Italian electronic artist Sophie Lillienne seems designed to lull a listener into a somnambulistic state. ... read more

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Soup Moat – Enjoy Your Hobbies

Posted May 4, 2015, 8:13 a.m.

Soup Moat – Enjoy Your Hobbies

Doubled-up, sometimes indecipherable screamed vocals, waves of sludgy, growling guitar and a thudding, powerful rhythm section ensure that Enjoy Your Hobbies, a 7” vinyl release ... read more

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Spiritual Cramp – Mass Hysteria

Posted Feb. 5, 2018, 8:35 p.m.

Spiritual Cramp  – Mass Hysteria

Given their name, it's appropriate that San Francisco's Spiritual Cramp have a sound rooted in the punk rock of 40-ish years ago. I don't think ... read more

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Strawberry Runners – P-Sides Demos

Posted Dec. 31, 2014, 9:49 a.m.

Strawberry Runners – P-Sides Demos

Gloriously imperfect and scratchy, the P-Sides Demo by Denver, Colorado’s Strawberry Runners starts off with “Slip In.” Initially sounding like melodramatic ‘50s pop with a ... read more

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Summer Homes – Nocturnes

Posted Oct. 12, 2015, 10:17 p.m.

Summer Homes – Nocturnes

Though the album might attract some of the same listeners that gravitate towards otherworldly new age music, Summer Homes’s 2015 album Nocturnes actually has a ... read more

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Svarta Stugan – Aspects of Our Future Selves

Posted Nov. 10, 2014, 9:13 p.m.

Svarta Stugan – Aspects of Our Future Selves

With their 2014 album Aspects of Our Future Selves, Swedish three piece Svarta Stugan (translated as “Black Cottage”) has come up with their third EP ... read more

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Swans – To Be Kind

Posted May 26, 2014, 6:16 p.m.

Swans – To Be Kind

Considering that many of the group’s earliest albums were sometimes described as being unlistenable, it’s odd that Swans have garnered increasing critical acclaim and notoriety ... read more

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The Bilinda Butchers – Heaven

Posted Dec. 22, 2014, 9:14 p.m.

The Bilinda Butchers – Heaven

Following a handful of shorter releases, San Francisco three-piece The Bilinda Butchers (named after the guitarist/vocalist from My Bloody Valentine and made up of Michal ... read more

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The Howleez – No Shame

Posted Feb. 15, 2016, 8:27 a.m.

The Howleez –  No Shame

Considering that the genre is and probably always will be associated with youth, it's worth noting that there are some more experienced players working in ... read more

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Days of Abandon

Posted May 12, 2014, 8:22 p.m.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Days of Abandon

Five years removed from a self-titled debut released on the legendary Slumberland Records label that to many, signaled the return of sugary indie pop and ... read more

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Plays Prog Rock Classics

Posted Nov. 16, 2015, 6:18 p.m.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Plays Prog Rock Classics

At a point in the late '90s and early-to-mid 2000s, it seemed like every major artist had at least one tribute album out there. Invariably ... read more

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The Rutabega – Shiny Destination

Posted April 13, 2015, 8:21 a.m.

The Rutabega – Shiny Destination

After a 2013 full length album that marked the band’s first full-length as a self-described “Carp Rock Power Duo,” a title which I can in ... read more

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The Sonics – This is The Sonics

Posted Aug. 24, 2015, 6:43 p.m.

The Sonics – This is The Sonics

Upon hearing that legendary northwest garage rockers The Sonics were releasing a new album – their first in (gulp!) nearly fifty years – in 2015, ... read more

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Tobacco – Ultima II Massage

Posted July 28, 2014, 7:47 p.m.

Tobacco – Ultima II Massage

Known primarily as the frontman for Black Moth Super Rainbow, Tobacco (the stage name of electronic musician Thomas Fec) has nonetheless carved out a little niche ... read more

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Various Artists – Say Sue Me / Otoboke Beaver Split 7”

Posted Feb. 12, 2018, 5:47 p.m.

Various Artists –  Say Sue Me / Otoboke Beaver Split 7”

Though the thought of pairing a shoegazey indie pop band with an anything-goes punk group on a split record may seem odd, in the case ... read more

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Various Artists – Clockwork Orange County: The Rise of West Coast Punk Rock

Posted Jan. 26, 2015, 11:22 p.m.

Various Artists – Clockwork Orange County: The Rise of West Coast Punk Rock

Detailing the history of southern California punk of the late 1970s and early ‘80s and in particular, the scene that revolved around the legendary Cuckoo’s ... read more

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Various Artists – Fatso Jetson / del-Toros Split 7”

Posted Nov. 21, 2016, 7:26 p.m.

Various Artists – Fatso Jetson / del-Toros Split 7”

Given that it's a split release between a well-established group and one making its U.S. debut, the best thing about 2016's Fatso Jetson / del-Toros ... read more

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Various Artists – NEONAUTICS v.01

Posted Feb. 9, 2015, 8:24 a.m.

Various Artists – NEONAUTICS v.01

Running nearly 70 minutes in length, the Neonautics v.01 compilation from Russian label skyQode collects sixteen tracks (many of which in album-exclusive versions) from a ... read more

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Various Artists – Soaked in Bleach

Posted Sept. 21, 2015, 5:48 p.m.

Various Artists – Soaked in Bleach

On March 31,1994, singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain, frontman for Nirvana and heralded as the spokesman for a generation, escaped from a drug treatment facility ... read more

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Wall Of Water – Promo 2015

Posted Jan. 11, 2016, 6:14 p.m.

Wall Of Water – Promo 2015

The deliciously gloomy album art on Wall of Water's two-track Promo 2015 features what seems to be a long-abandoned roller coaster rotting away in the ... read more

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Wildhoney – Seventeen Forever

Posted Aug. 11, 2014, 7:40 p.m.

Wildhoney  – Seventeen Forever

Demonstrating on their 2013 self-titled EP that they may be the modern group that best replicates the sound of classic, British shoegaze bands (particularly, Isn’t Anything-era My ... read more

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Zombi – Shape Shift

Posted Oct. 29, 2015, 2:02 p.m.

Zombi – Shape Shift

Since their founding almost a decade and a half ago, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania duo Zombi (made up of bassist Steve Moore and drummer A.E. Paterra, both ... read more

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††† – †††

Posted July 1, 2014, 1:27 a.m.

††† – †††

The latest in a series of side projects from Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno, ††† (pronounced “crosses”) takes much of its somewhat spooky iconography from the weird world ... read more

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