Ty Segall Band – Slaughterhouse

written by: Craig Bechtel on July 10, 2012

It’s easy to picture this quartet rocking out in a dark basement somewhere in hell, amidst perspiring black walls and watching fountains of blood gushing from the ears of a jubilant crowd.

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Beach House – Bloom

written by: Craig Bechtel on May 9, 2012

The fourth record from Baltimore duo finds them removing layers of gauze and wooziness but adding on layers of sound and intricacy.

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dandy warhols band interview

Conduits – Conduits

written by: Craig Bechtel on April 25, 2012

This may not be the best, brightest or newest band on the block, but Conduits show a lot of promise on their first full-length

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Black Dice – Mr. Impossible

written by: Craig Bechtel on April 19, 2012

Fifteen years into their existence, Mr. Impossible is their sixth record, and although they started as a thrash/noise group, they have more of an electronic orientation at this point in their evolution.

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Lower Dens – Nootropics

written by: Craig Bechtel on April 10, 2012

Nootropics is at turns either achingly beautiful or achingly slow or both, which is at turns deeply entrancing or gratingly annoying.

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Swervedriver at Bottom Lounge on April 3, 2012

written by: Craig Bechtel on April 6, 2012

Although the British act was always Adam Franklin’s show anyway, he provided ample demonstration of the how and why in the environs of the black cavern under Chicago’s el tracks known as Bottom Lounge on Tuesday night.

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