Beach Arabs – “On the Beach”

written by: Rick Homuth on November 7, 2013

“On the Beach” Beach Arabs is an eclectic trio out of Brooklyn, affectionately named after a John Frusciante number. The band’s music is driven by choppy intervals and spasmodic guitar riffs indeed producing a similarly Frusciante-like tone– guitarist and founding member Liz Hogg derives heavy inspiration from the songwriter. Stripped down and sloppy in an […]

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Swearin’ – Surfing Strange

written by: Rick Homuth on October 22, 2013

“Female-fronted” is a terrible term. Though informative, as an adjective it’s almost insultingly vague; it’s an injustice to bands that work hard to create a unique sound by which to be defined, and it creates gender divisions where, in a supposedly enlightened society, there need be none. That being said, Swearin’ falls under that umbrella, […]

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Nervous Passenger – “Over This”

written by: Rick Homuth on October 22, 2013

“Over This” The crisp song structure in the first 30 seconds of “Over This” might trick the listener into believing the track is anything but the torrential algebraic downpour that Nervous Passenger keeps getting better at. One of a deluge of math rock bands currently active in Chicago, the three piece group is affiliated with […]

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The Avett Brothers – Magpie and the Dandelion

written by: Rick Homuth on October 17, 2013

Part of the Avett Brothers’ initial appeal was its grungy charm—one could picture the group crammed onto the same dank bar stage as any number of alternative acts, though toting a banjo and an upright bass instead of distortion pedals or sticker-clad Stratocasters. Its brand of undistilled country, folk, and bluegrass as captured in early […]

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Bad Side – “B-Side”

written by: Rick Homuth on October 14, 2013

“B-Side” Looking for a bad time? “B-Side” is side two of Bad Side’s side-splitting 7″ record, “Everybody Wants Something From Me,” released in September on Nervous Habit records. Following its release, the Philly hardcore group embarked on a comprehensive Midwest and East Coast tour, leading basements full of studded fiends in the record’s titular mantra. […]

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Netherfriends – “Uptown Boys” (Otherly Remix)

written by: Rick Homuth on October 12, 2013

“Uptown Boys” (Otherly Remix) This remix of “Uptown Boys” augments the track by sculpting an entirely different mood. Eerie and subdued, the song’s mixed-up vocals slowly descend into a thick blanket of fuzz, until a skinny rhythmic hook is all that’s left. Think something you’d hear inside a neon-soaked 1980s dive, instead of the changing […]

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Sweatertooth – “Text Me About It”

written by: Rick Homuth on October 6, 2013

Text Me About It Geoffrey Schott– the guy who wrote, recorded, mixed, mastered, and probably cried over “Slowcore Parking Lot”– has done some growing up. His debut as “Sweatertooth” is full of the struggles and contradictions that go hand-in-hand with romance, maturing, maturing romance, and anything else in between that he could possibly whisper into […]

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Bare the Traveler – “Weedle”

written by: Rick Homuth on September 30, 2013

Weedle The jaunty pace and brisk air layered in Bare the Traveler’s encompassing indie/folk musical blitz casts a subtle disguise over their roots in metal and hardcore– but not too subtle. The band still has a distinguishable edge, and their music is all the better for it. Plus, there’s something about a tune reminiscent of […]

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Moving Mountains – Moving Mountains

written by: Rick Homuth on September 20, 2013

As the decision to self-title its third full-length album may suggest, Moving Mountains seems less concerned with progression than with calcifying an already solid sound and building off of its current body of work. Note that this isn’t necessarily a bad thing—after more than six years, the group certainly has a formidable grasp on its […]

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Raspberry Bulbs – “Lusty Climbing”

written by: Rick Homuth on September 19, 2013

Lusty Climbing With a select breed of lo-fi black metal straddled atop a foundation of knuckle-dragging hardcore, Raspberry Bulbs puts forth evil, distorted catharsis. Even in a New York scene already oozing with punk oddities, the five piece band can hardly find their place. “We don’t really fit in,” Marco del Rio– who initially started […]

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The Wallies – “Subtle Romance”

written by: Rick Homuth on September 7, 2013

Subtle Romance If the Strokes finally gave into their mothers’ wishes and all took showers, they’d probably towel off and start writing songs that sound like the Wallies. The band of Floridian rockers/rollers is led by Croatian expatriate Neven Skoro; a fact made notable by hints of an Eastern European accent that add a subtle […]

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