AVAN LAVA – Make It Real

written by: Kaitlin Lounsberry on March 25, 2015

AVAN LAVA has had a busy year. Performing in Brazil, at Lancôme’s Paris Fashion Week event, and for NME in London, AVAN LAVA’s eccentric live performances are boosting the trio’s popularity. In the midst of worldwide travel, the band found time to create an album that’s as lively as its performances. Make It Real is an EP fit […]

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Lower Dens – Escape From Evil

written by: Kaitlin Lounsberry on March 24, 2015

Lower Dens wants its latest music to feel fun. Escape From Evil, the band’s third studio album, tackles some deeply personal and emotional themes, but with a light, jovial tonality. The album presents listeners with elements unexplored in the band’s previous albums. A stronger vocal presence, paired with direct lyrics, and noticeably more up-tempo melodies creates an album that […]

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Twin Shadow – Eclipse

written by: Kaitlin Lounsberry on March 17, 2015

Twin Shadow’s latest album, Eclipse, sees a reinvention of George Lewis Jr.’s former ’80s indie-pop glory, with the eccentric trills and scratchy tonality of his previous albums replaced with more modern, moody pop elements. Lewis, who uses Twin Shadow as his stage name and rock-star persona, has drawn inspiration from personal development of the past two years. […]

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of Montreal – Aureate Gloom

written by: Kaitlin Lounsberry on March 2, 2015

From shaving cream suits to riding in on white horses, of Montreal is known for its goofy eccentricity. But its latest studio album, Aureate Gloom, pays a more serious homage to New York City’s music history. Gathering inspiration from old NYC haunts of ’70s rockers, the band reaches a vulnerability similar to musicians of that […]

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The King Khan & BBQ Show – Bad News Boys

written by: Kaitlin Lounsberry on February 20, 2015

Returning from its nearly six year hiatus, Montreal duo, The King Khan & BBQ Show, has put forth its first release since breaking up. The new album, Bad News Boys, incorporates the best of the band’s past records—garage punk elements and soothing harmonies—serving as reminders of its solid production capabilities. The duo splits duties evenly, both […]

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Dan Deacon – Gliss Riffer

written by: Kaitlin Lounsberry on February 17, 2015

One doesn’t just forget a man as wild as Dan Deacon. Known for performing in crowds rather than onstage, and managing to get a tour bus running off of garbage rather than gasoline, his quirky, experimental lifestyle align’s with the music he makes. So, it should be no surprise to long time Deacon fans that […]

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Young Ejecta – The Planet

written by: Kaitlin Lounsberry on December 16, 2014

Young Ejecta creates a mini-album teeming with ethereal whirls and methodical thumping beats. The Planet is the follow-up to the band’s 2013 debut, Dominae. The duo doesn’t stray far from the enchanting sound and funky lyrics that spurred favorable reviews of its first album, but Young Ejecta’s success is stunted by a lack of vocal clarity. Despite […]

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written by: Kaitlin Lounsberry on December 14, 2014

Breaking into the American Top 40 can be hard for international artists, but with hit “Boom Clap,” and a feature on Iggy Azaela’s “Fancy,” English pop artist Charli XCX has been consistently on familiar rotation. Her radio presence and performances at award shows like the AMAs and VMAs have helped sustain buzz about her third […]

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Circa Survive – Descensus

written by: Kaitlin Lounsberry on November 24, 2014

Circa Survive has been entrancing and perplexing fans for a decade, and it does no different with it’s fifth studio album, Descensus. Aspects of former albums are interwoven into a 10-track album that experiments with its sound without ranging too far away from the familiar. Descensus teems with intricate instruments and revelatory lyrics all while […]

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Caddywhompus – Feathering A Nest

written by: Kaitlin Lounsberry on November 11, 2014

Drawing inspiration from its lively and colorful hometown of New Orleans, Caddywhompus creates an album signature to NOLA’s musical niche with Feathering A Nest. The 6-track release is similar to the band’s previous creations; the lyrics are barely audible while guitar and drums angrily bellow out. The energized rock components of Feathering A Nest highlight the […]

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YACHT – Where Does This Disco?

written by: Kaitlin Lounsberry on November 9, 2014

YACHT teases fans with its most recent four-track EP, Where Does the Disco? The EP is short and sweet, presenting listeners with the persistent pop beats expected from YACHT productions, with just strong enough of a political undertone to evoke some real thoughts. The duo attempts to explore our society’s dependence on technology and media, as […]

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Foxygen – …And Star Power

written by: Kaitlin Lounsberry on October 14, 2014

Foxygen, the California duo that captivated listeners with its debut album, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic, has written a 24-track monster of an album, …And Star Power, with the inclusion of its alter-ego band proudly tucked in the middle. Individually, the album’s songs are engaging and well-produced, but the tone of …And […]

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