Monday, April 14, 2014

Spectral Park - March 28th 2014: Lennon’s, Southampton

Spectral Park – March 28th 2014: Lennon’s, Southampton

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Closing the annual and primarily student organized SMILEfest, a quaint multi-venue arts festival in the South coast city of Southampton, Spectral Park takes to the stage in a unique one-off hometown show in a veritable multi-sensory feast. Those gathered in Lennon’s- the city’s prime after-hours indie-kid haunt, are treated to a miasmic selection of vintage sounds reconstituted in a contemporary…

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La Dispute - Rooms of the House

La Dispute – Rooms of the House

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4/5

Release Date:  March 18th, 2014
Genre:  Post-hardcore
Record Label:  Better Living

In 2008, La Dispute proved that post-hardcore was not a genre that had become the debased lingua franca of the mall-walking millions, and that there was an arty, intellectual alternative to what horror Taking Back Sunday had wrought on the first decade of the 21st century, even if it touched on pretty much the…

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McCafferty - BeachBoy

McCafferty – BeachBoy

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4/5

Release Date:  January 2, 2014
Genre:  Dancepunk
Record Label:  Sliding Scale Records

There’s a trend I’ve become quite fond of, starting with last years Talon of the Hawk by The Front Bottoms, a sort of tongue-in-cheek colloquialism that sounds a lot more fun than many of the more “serious” bands I’m drawn to. While Talon of the Hawk was content to leave things unsaid but still remaining…

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Cloud Nothings - Here And Nowhere Else

Cloud Nothings – Here And Nowhere Else

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4.5/5

Release Date:  March 31st, 2014
Genre:  Indie, Punk, Garage Rock
Record Label:  Wichita

Cloud Nothings have always been a band that fervently belong in dingy toilet venues, thrashing away at their instruments with scant regard for their own or each other’s well-being, enticing mass sing-alongs despite shitty PA systems doing their best to turn their aural assault into a muddle of barely…

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Black Lips - Underneath the Rainbow

Black Lips – Underneath the Rainbow

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3.5/5

Release Date:  March 18th, 2014
Genre:  Garage Rock
Record Label:  Vice Records

I had the good fortune of seeing the Black Lips at Burgerama recently (my primary motivation for putting off this review for so long), and the experience of being at the front of that crowd as teenyboppers elbowed and jostled me around to the band’s extremely solid back catalog has greatly informed my experience…

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Manchester Orchestra - Cope

Manchester Orchestra – Cope

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4.5/5

Release Date:  April 1st, 2014
Genre:  Rock
Record Label:  Favorite Gentleman

Manchester Orchestra fans familiar with Brand New have to have noticed a similarity in career trajectory. After 2011’s exhausting Simple Math, Manchester Orchestra has returned with their most straightforward album, Cope. In the way that Brand New dropped the loud-soft dynamics that they perfected on The Devil and…

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

London Grammar - If You Wait

London Grammar – If You Wait

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4/5

Release Date:  March 25th, 2014
Genre:  Pop, Electronica
Record Label:  Ministry of Sound

Slinking elegantly into the aural void left by the XX and their stark, minimalist ambience, London Grammar are three painfully polite adolescents currently riding high on a seemingly unstoppable wave of mounting success. Their debut album If You Wait was pre-emptively showered with gushing hyperbole by…

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Lydia

Saint Motel

Golden Sun

Lydia – February 27th, 2014: Tucson, Arizona Lydia Saint Motel Golden Sun
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Combichrist - We Love You

Combichrist – We Love You

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3/5

Release Date:  25th March, 2014
Genre:  Metal, Electronica, Folk
Record Label:  Out Of Line

Fusing metal and electronica is not exactly the most original proposition, it is an act that has been perpetrated for over twenty years to varying degrees of success and alternate garishness. Current exponents of the genre mash-up, especially the irksome wave of *shudder* ‘synthcore’ bands and their…

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St. Vincent - St. Vincent

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4.5/5

Release Date:  February 24th, 2014
Genre:  Indie
Record Label:  Republic Records

In theory, St. Vincent is not my cup of tea. My bread and butter is chaotic, at times bratty, at others dangerous, no-nonsense garage-punk ala Together Pangea or Diarrhea Planet, at least this month anyway. My first intimation of Annie Clark’s work was with the ubiquitous “Cruel,” which, while catchy and…

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