Dr. Dog – B-Room

written by: Dorian Mendoza on October 3, 2013

Living within Philadelphia’s music scene can truly acclimate you to the almost cult fervor following indie folk/psych group Dr. Dog. It’s no surprise that the group’s following spreads out from the City of Brotherly Love to the nooks and crannies of the country’s music scenes; B-Room is Dr. Dog’s eighth album, a feat many indie […]

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The Static Jacks – In Blue

written by: Dorian Mendoza on September 25, 2013

A couple of years ago, a friend recommended The Static Jacks, introducing it as a strong, solid rock band out of New Jersey. Those adjectives still adorn the façade of the group upon the release of its second effort, In Blue,  out on October 1 on Old Friends Records. And while the old descriptors are […]

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CHVRCHES – The Bones of What You Believe

written by: Dorian Mendoza on September 19, 2013

There have been few groups to come blazing out of the gate the like Glaswegian trio CHVRCHES, with the confidence of roaring synthesizers and a prowess for pop that would make the both the Billboard charts and Pitchfork’s lists swoon. A string of critically acclaimed singles and releases, including arguably the second best Prince cover ever […]

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Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady

written by: Dorian Mendoza on September 13, 2013

A predicament of our current decade (the post-information age, the Apple era, the epoch of tweeting and twerking alike) is the assumed “futurismo”of the present, while in regards to some of the most fundamental issues of human equality, we’re stuck in the past. Sure, the last couple of years have yielded great strides for the outsider, but […]

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Potty Mouth – Hell Bent

written by: Dorian Mendoza on September 8, 2013

Why can’t four women rock the fuck out just as hard as Japandroids or Titus Andronicus?

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Joanna Gruesome – Weird Sister

written by: Dorian Mendoza on September 6, 2013

Joanna Gruesome, a five-piece group out of Cardiff, trudges through the lo-fi chasm to bring about Weird Sister, an effort of ’90s style noise-pop fitting right along in the side streams of indie and underground. The album, while drowning in guitar fuzz, has a surprising tendency for pop hooks and tasty melodies. There is little […]

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Black Joe Lewis – Electric Slave

written by: Dorian Mendoza on August 22, 2013

Anyone who’s been to Austin, Texas can testify that it is a truly weird place. A blue dot in a red sea, a country and folk mecca amidst the swaths of indie and hippie, a bro paradise and hipster haven all at once. It’s a place where frats throw country concerts next door to vegan […]

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Hussey – Ground Me

written by: Dorian Mendoza on August 17, 2013

All Get Out’s lead man, Nathan Hussey, stripped down the rest of the band’s sound to release his first solo attempt. The effort has been released as Ground Me, a 10-song meditation of self-evaluation in alt-country, post-emo/alternative, and folk. The album is quite derivative of All Get Out’s main body of work; the strongest distinction […]

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Ski Lodge – Big Heart

written by: Dorian Mendoza on August 9, 2013

The month of August, the closing gasps of summer, reads like a drive home as the sun sets. Gone are the long days at the beach and the even longer days on the road. Memories, the good and the bad, pass through one’s head like the mile markers whizzing by. While the moniker Ski Lodge […]

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Dawn of Midi – Dysnomia

written by: Dorian Mendoza on August 6, 2013

Dysnomia is a memory disorder in which one cannot identify things or people by their titles and names. A sufferer knows what an object is and its function, but simply cannot identify said object by name. Dysnomia is the Greek daemon of lawlessness, prevalent in both philosophical and mythological ideologies. Dysnomia is the only known […]

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Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus

written by: Dorian Mendoza on August 5, 2013

Based noise is often left out of the modern conversation of popular EDM. It’s a shame, really, as the hyper-stimulator, four-on-the-floor, steroid-taking pop electronica of today literally drowns out anything else substantive or creative that the middle class of electronic music is exploring. It is in this space that Fuck Buttons attempts to pulsate through […]

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The Octopus Project – Fever Forms

written by: Dorian Mendoza on July 18, 2013

Earlier this month, The Octopus Project, electropop indie veterans from Austin, released its fifth proper album, Fever Forms, furthering its sensationalist journey through psychedelic electronica in familiar, yet mature, directions. In a sense, the album is a return to a more organic or primordial sound for the band compared to its expansive and grandiose 2010 […]

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