Wye Oak – Shriek

written by: Dorian Mendoza on April 22, 2014

It seems all too soon that Wye Oak is on the cusp of releasing its next album, Shriek, as its previous record was such a refreshing and honestly timeless piece of indie pop. Still, time passes, people move, and ideas form. Approaching Shriek, Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner had survived two years of touring for […]

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Thus Owls – Turning Rocks

written by: Dorian Mendoza on April 11, 2014

For the duration of pop music on the world stage, Scandinavia has blessed the world with quality in every corner of popular music. From metal to pop to whatever Bjork is, our friends in the north know how to write and craft, and have been churning out music for every genre for years, so little […]

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Secret Colours – Positive Distractions Part I

written by: Dorian Mendoza on March 19, 2014

Secret Colours are flexing their psychedelia at just the right time. In today’s indie/alternative landscape, the rebirth of ’60s psychedelic  and Britpop is at a high, with groups like Tame Impala and Foxygen proving the genre is alive and well. And although not for everyone, psych-rock like that of Secret Colours’ new release takes the […]

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Absolutely Not – Haunted House Pizza Party

written by: Dorian Mendoza on February 28, 2014

Haunted House Pizza Party is a blitzkrieg of an EP, standing at five songs and just short of ten minutes. But don’t just play it as a one off; Absolutely Not has crafted a short introduction to its potential, and in the allotted time, has proved its prowess. Absolutely Not’s penchant for groove-infused lo-fi is a force of grungy […]

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Analog Rebellion – Ill’e Grande

written by: Dorian Mendoza on February 15, 2014

A lot of pressure can come from being signed to a major label halfway through your senior year of high school, and that pressure is telling of Daniel Hunter’s early years as a Myspace darling with an Island Records imprint. That brought Hunter’s brainchild, PlayRadioPlay! through the ether to much success within the  mid-2000 pop-punk […]

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Rigbi – Visionary

written by: Dorian Mendoza on February 3, 2014

Rigbi’s new EP, Visionary, has a title that is a bit of a misnomer. The group, local natives of North Jersey, has played together for the better part of 14 years, but went official in 2011. And while each member’s work on the EP is telling of their musical ability and chemistry as a group, […]

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Mode Moderne – Occult Delight

written by: Dorian Mendoza on January 19, 2014

Mode Moderne caught some attention with 2009’s Ghosts Emerging, an admirable approach to blending shoegaze backgrounds with a soft drone of a voice, creating a goth-lined treasure trove of cloudy-day-at-the-beach music. Vocalist Philip Intile may certainly bring thoughts of Paul Banks, or even more so Ian Curtis; it’s that familiar croon flowing through Mode Moderne’s dream-pop […]

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Audiences – Roam

written by: Dorian Mendoza on December 1, 2013

Upon listening to the opening of Audiences’ new album Roam, the first thought that might come through your head is that there are too many Kings of Leons in this world. It’s a true statement, sure, but take another listen—it doesn’t apply to this band and its first full-length. Roam is a collection of passionate, […]

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The Melodic – Effra Parade

written by: Dorian Mendoza on November 14, 2013

The Melodic, best described as a group of world music appropriates from London, has released its debut full length, Effra Parade, out on Anti-. Delving into a world of folk, dub, and traditional Latin American themes, Effra Parade is a gentle lesson in textural sophistication and instrumental variety. The album boasts almost 20 different instruments […]

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Poliça – Shulamith

written by: Dorian Mendoza on October 24, 2013

Poliça is the type of band that has the talent, the connections, and the vision to become bigger than itself. Architects Ryan Olson and Channy Leaneagh formed ties during their work together in Gayngs, and since have recruited two drummers, Drew Christopherson and Ben Ivascu, and bassist Chris Bierden, to ride the variable wave of […]

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Los Campesinos! – No Blues

written by: Dorian Mendoza on October 21, 2013

The fact that Los Campesinos! is on the cusp of releasing its fifth album, all of which have been adored critically and garnered the band a more than healthy and loyal following, may be surprising to many of those who encountered its first collections of wry, messy, hyperactive songs. But in reality, the group of […]

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Delorean – Apar

written by: Dorian Mendoza on October 4, 2013

Balearic beat backgrounds are the calling card of sunny Spanish popsters Delorean, and are still the cornerstone of Apar, but the building itself is of a completely different nature. The group aims here to move back to a more analog approach at the expense of the computerized glow that took it from local standouts to […]

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