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    Ed Sheeran: ÷

    After a year long hiatus from the spotlight, Ed Sheeran has returned to the music scene with his third studio album ÷ (Divide). It is an album that shows just ...

    On March 13, 2017 / By
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    Can’t Swim: Fail You Again

    When it first started emerging from basements in the ‘90s, emo proved that energy and relatability can, in fact, transcend musical talent. Melody still found its place, especially ...

    On March 10, 2017 / By
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    Ne-Hi: Offers

    The Chicago music scene is going through a kind of indie rock renaissance at the moment, with bands like Twin Peaks,Whitney, and The Orwells all starting to gain ...

    On March 7, 2017 / By
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    Froth: Outside (briefly)

    In a music landscape going through a psychedelic rock resurgence (and, perhaps, over-saturation), bands need to establish themselves as unique to really stand out. Froth‘s newest release, their ...

    On March 6, 2017 / By
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    Los Campesinos!: Sick Scenes

    “You! Me! Dancing!” by Los Campesinos! is arguably one of the greatest indie rock anthems to have ever been written. However, while the angsty 2000s indie rock movement ...

    On March 3, 2017 / By
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    Acceptance: Colliding by Design

    For a music industry that found itself in a flux in 2005, the story of Acceptance was a bit of a cautionary tale. The band’s move from the ...

    On March 3, 2017 / By
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    GROVES – Not for Nothing EP

    Nestled in southeastern Texas, Groves is a small city known for its pecans. Wiley Choate planted 2,500 pecan trees in the area in 1919, a tidbit of history ...

    On February 26, 2017 / By
  • Jessie James Decker's newest album, GOLD - EP
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    Jessie James Decker: Gold

    As a high school student in AP Literature and Language courses, I have been trained to identify rhetorical devices- specifically imagery, and Jessie James Decker‘s visual imagery in her ...

    On February 20, 2017 / By
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    Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness Zombies on Broadway

    Andrew McMahon has had seven album covers over the course of his career. Of these seven, only two have featured his face in some form. The Glass Passenger ...

    On February 15, 2017 / By
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    As It Is: Okay.

    UK quintet As It Is has certainly had a successful two years. For one, they got picked up by Fearless Records and came out of the gate kicking with ...

    On February 10, 2017 / By
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    The Menzingers: After the Party

    If you’re in a punk band, what do you do once you hit your 30s? Do you move your sound away from punk to avoid sounding washed-up, or do ...

    On February 8, 2017 / By
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    Train: A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat

    Train’s latest release perfectly fits its title, A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat. Nearly all of the 11 tracks are exciting, and connect with the alcohol and girl aspects ...

    On February 6, 2017 / By
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    Japandroids: Near to the Wild Heart of Life

    Loud guitars, pounding drums, and raw vocals. The formula seems simple enough. For an era dominated by the breakdown of traditional song structures and instrumental construction, few bands ...

    On January 30, 2017 / By
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    Dangerkids: Blacklist

    While originality is basically unachievable in music, opportunities do exist to combine previously concocted things into a completely different and alluring whole. Metalcore is surely an area where this ...

    On January 23, 2017 / By
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    WSTR: Red, Green or Inbetween

    The level of confusion that comes with watching a Blink-182 tribute band is unusually surprising. I sang along as Blank-281 covered song after song, ranging from “All the ...

    On January 23, 2017 / By
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    The xx: I See You

    We may as well call them “Jamie and the xx’s” at this point. On The xx‘s third record, I See You, Jamie xx’s samples and electronics overwhelm the ...

    On January 18, 2017 / By
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    DNCE: DNCE

    You never forget your first fangirl experience, and I have absolutely no shame in admitting that I was all aboard the Jonas Brothers train back in the day. To me, ...

    On November 30, 2016 / By
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    Tyler Daniel Bean: On Things Soon to Pass

    Nestled within an intersection of the New England indie/punk/emo scenes is Tyler Daniel Bean, a Burlington, VT-based musician who has constructed a full-band, eponymous project. Throughout his fight ...

    On November 18, 2016 / By
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    Sad13: Slugger

    Sadie Dupuis just doesn’t stop. Whether it’s making records and touring the world with her band Speedy Ortiz, writing large amounts of material for said band, or just ...

    On November 16, 2016 / By
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    Slow Bullet: Still Close Enough to Go Back

    With society shifting toward individualism thanks to the Internet and personal branding, it’s becoming more realistic for musicians to succeed as individuals. Whether it was Adam Young’s electro-savvy ...

    On November 9, 2016 / By
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    Box the Oxford: Wild

    It’s hard to deny that Hollister was an important part of my early teenage years. Throughout middle school, the unmistakable perfume scent served as an ideal backdrop for ...

    On November 9, 2016 / By
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    Two Door Cinema Club: Gameshow

    Not releasing an album in nearly half a decade either makes people antsy, or struggles to keep them interested. When it comes time, it’s the artists who stick ...

    On November 8, 2016 / By
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    Kings Of Leon: WALLS

    Kings of Leon have had a wide variety of sounds throughout their career, from muscle grunge to stadium-ready pop. Dancing bass lines and Caleb Followill’s raspy voice are some key ...

    On November 7, 2016 / By
  • Review of Empire of the Sun's New Album, Two Vines
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    Empire of the Sun Two Vines

    Empire of the Sun, the product of a side project, has far outlived its life expectancy, and is the perfect testament to the power of exposure in today’s ...

    On November 7, 2016 / By
  • Review of Saint Motel's saintmotelevision
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    Saint Motel: saintmotelevision

    Saint Motel has been quietly crafting their own recipe for success for nearly a decade. Formed in 2009 by film school classmates A/J Jackson (lead singer) and Aaron ...

    On October 28, 2016 / By
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    Sum 41’s 13 Voices

    Canadian punk rockers Sum 41 have had their fair share of highs and lows in the release of their influential debut album All Killer No Filler. With original band members ...

    On October 26, 2016 / By
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    American Football: American Football (LP2)

    The legendary status of emo pioneers American Football is one of the few uncontested facts of indie music. Their story is simple: three guys from Illinois get together to release ...

    On October 24, 2016 / By
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    Jeff Rosenstock: Worry

    Jeff Rosenstock is a worried guy. To the fans who have followed his career through his many musical projects, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. A certain nervousness has ...

    On October 24, 2016 / By
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    Jimmy Eat World – Integrity Blues

    For years, emo has made its way from the talk of the underground scene to a mainstream buzzword and back again. Countless bands have wrestled their way towards ...

    On October 24, 2016 / By
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    Korn: The Serenity of Suffering

    New albums from such younger acts as We Came As Romans and Of Mice & Men have shown that the nu-metal genre that was prevalent in the late 1990’s/early ...

    On October 21, 2016 / By
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    In The Whale: Quicksand

    There’s a trend leaning toward bands condensing in size. Why not strip down and build something more personal and still booming with entertainment? The move to fewer individuals ...

    On October 17, 2016 / By
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    From Indian Lakes: Everything Feels Better Now

    One of the earliest reviews I wrote for Mind Equals Blown was for the third full length by From Indian Lakes, Absent Sounds. Knowing the band for its ...

    On October 17, 2016 / By
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    Forlorn Strangers: Forlorn Strangers

    “People want something that is authentic and real.” This one-liner from guitar and mandolin virtuoso Chris Banke is the most empowering message behind the Forlorn Strangers’ new self-titled album. ...

    On October 12, 2016 / By
  • MC Chris is Dreaming
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    MC Chris: MC Chris is Dreaming

    MC Chris is Dreaming is about the titular MC Chris fighting his nightmares, confronting his legitimate fears of a dwindling fan base, being taken seriously as an artist, ...

    On October 7, 2016 / By
  • Review of Travis Scott's Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight
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    Travis Scott: Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight

    If you’ve been anything past a casual fan of hip-hop since 2014, you’ve probably heard, or have at least heard of Travis Scott. Maybe it was Drake‘s “Company” ...

    On October 5, 2016 / By
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    Deap Vally: Femejism

    A super-toned crunch guitar, lyrics about sex and feministic liberties, and a battering ram of explicit emotions are music whereabouts of the band Deap Vally. The female duo evoke ...

    On October 5, 2016 / By
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    Grouplove’s Big Mess

    The cool thing about Grouplove is that they know how to ride the wave of their success without biting off more than they can chew. The quirky Los Angeles-based indie ...

    On September 26, 2016 / By
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    Of Mice & Men: Cold World

    If you take a retrospective look at a band’s discography, there should be some familiar fibers that keep the trajectory going. People grow older and many musicians either learn ...

    On September 26, 2016 / By
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    M.I.A. : AIM

    Mathangi Arulpragasam is probably one of the most bizarre icons of the 2000s. She’s got some strange ethics for making music. From her mockery of politics to her blistering ...

    On September 23, 2016 / By
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    Every Time I Die: Low Teens

    If there is a definition of a workhorse band, Every Time I Die would have a full page devoted in the dictionary. Since 2001, the Buffalo, New York, ...

    On September 23, 2016 / By
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    Devvon Terrell The Renaissance

    He couldn’t bring it back to life because there was nothing to revive. The Renaissance was a sparkling cultural rebirth of architecture, art, and intellect between the 14th ...

    On September 21, 2016 / By
  • Adam Torres Pearls to Swine Album Review
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    Adam Torres: Pearls to Swine

    Singer-songwriter Adam Torres began his career a decade ago, releasing his first record Nostra Nova while still in school, achieving a kind of underground acclaim. Now signed to Fat ...

    On September 21, 2016 / By
  • Wilco Schmilco Album Review
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    Wilco: Schmilco

    Wilco have found a groove. Last year’s Star Wars was an achievement for the band, a bizarre combination of their trademark “alternative country” sound and electric avant grade sounds that ...

    On September 19, 2016 / By
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    Angel Olsen: My Woman

    “Doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done / Still gotta wake up and be someone”are some of the first words you’ll hear off of Angel Olsen’s new full-length My Woman. ...

    On September 16, 2016 / By
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    Norma Jean: Polar Similar

    Most bands tend to follow a career trajectory defined by inflamed youth and a process of slowing down and/or mellowing out as they get older. However, while it’s ...

    On September 16, 2016 / By
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    Big Gigantic: Brighter Future

    Brighter Future by Big Gigantic is an experiment with cohesion. Known for encompassing elements of different genres into their music, Big Gigantic turns Brighter Future into a chemistry set ...

    On September 14, 2016 / By
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    Florida Georgia Line: Dig Your Roots

    A plant’s roots remain firm in the ground and develop overtime as it’s nurtured. They don’t disconnect and dance away to other types of life growing around them, nor do ...

    On September 7, 2016 / By
  • Review of Dorothy's ROCKISDEAD album
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    Dorothy: ROCKISDEAD

    We’re certainly not in Kansas anymore. In this world, there’s not a trace of a girl dressed up like a picnic table tapping her ruby, red heels with ...

    On September 2, 2016 / By
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    The Album Leaf: Between Waves

    People have such a capacity for experiencing emotion. The highs can be just as overwhelming as the lows, and the melancholy approaches take over the majority of time. ...

    On August 31, 2016 / By
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    Justin Moore: Kinda Don’t Care

    Country music is consistently producing new additions to develop the face of its style, and Justin Moore is healthfully contributing. Sadly, country albums are starting to lean more towards pop, which ...

    On August 29, 2016 / By