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Album Review: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice

Sorry, it’s not a Nirvana thing. Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett had long held a mutual appreciation for each other’s work, but after Vile presented Barnett with an unfinished song back in 2015 the pair decided to write an album together. Vile and Barnett don’t necessarily travel in all of the same circles, so the […]

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Album Review: Metz – Strange Peace

“Mess Of Wires” is the churning, hypnotic intro track on Metz’ third album “Strange Peace.” Within seconds, the Canadian noise rock trio reminds the world of its songwriting prowess and its ability to select the perfect tones. The song that follows, “Drained Lake,” is another feat that could only be pulled off by musicians as […]

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Album Review: Trapped Under Ice – Heatwave

Trapped Under Ice emerged from the Baltimore hardcore scene of the late 2000s and quickly became one of the most notorious bands in the genre. The band’s 2008 EP, “Stay Cold,” set a precedent for where the heavy hardcore of the American Northeast was heading and people took notice nationally and globally. Countless tours zig-zagged […]

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Album Review: Sex Snobs – Emotional Stuffing

Sex Snobs has been one of Oklahoma City’s premier rock groups since 2013.  The band features multiple members of the city’s DIY punk scene and has remained a grassroots effort, but their new record, “Emotional Stuffing,” is their most professional yet. Just by reading the credits fans can discover that infamous Chicago rock musician and […]

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Build A Wall: Red Kate’s “Unamerican Activities” Will Be Yuge

With the American political scene turning more and more into a literal circus with every passing day, it seems like just the right time for Kansas City’s Red Kate to release their new album “Unamerican Activites.” It’s both an outpouring of pent-up political frustration and good old-fashioned punk rock that combine together for catchy-yet-unrelenting rock […]

Ork Records: New York, New York

Ork Records: New York, New York

Discerning music lover, if you long for curation and worry that Spotify might kill enthusiasm for music, please look into the Numero Group. It is a label that regularly focuses on a single scene for each release, compiling an absurd number of songs and thorough liner notes to give context to local movements. Its latest […]

‘n***** on the moon’- Death Grips

“F*** it all I’m going down,” Death Grips “singer” MC Ride calmly intones over the skittering electronic bug that is “F*** Me Out”. Now four years deep into a career that’s been defined by label agitating and political firebreathing, it’s as close as the schizoid experimental rap trio has come to a modus operandi. Unlike […]

James McMurtry – Too Long in the Wasteland

Only a month in, and 2014 has already proven to be an exciting year for alt-country singer-songwriter James McMurtry and his fans. Along with signing to a new label, Complicated Game, McMurtry released the details of his next studio album, the first since 2008′s Just Us Kids. While we get ready for the new tunes, there will […]

Inside Dave Van Ronk

With awards season on the horizon, there’s no doubt that you’ll be hearing and seeing a lot about the Coen Brothers’ latest creation, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis.’ Based very loosely on the life and times of Dave Van Ronk, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ explores what it was like to be in and around the folk scene of […]

A Christmas Album – Bright Eyes

If you’re shortlisting artists who would be better off avoiding a Christmas album, Conor Oberst in any of his musical dalliances would assuredly make an appearance. This is a fiery wisp of a man who once shouted about the President and God convening to decide “which convicts should be killed” and chuckled at the notion […]

Live at the Cellar Door – Neil Young

I’ve mentioned my cluttered car before. How worn-out Christmas service bulletins are strewn about, along with a plastic jade Buddah and an untold number of CDs. If I were to take count, I’d likely stop halfway through to listen to an album. Supposing I ever finish the Herculean task of taking stock of them all, […]