Springtime Carnivore – Springtime Carnivore

written by: Mitch Keiffer on November 4, 2014

It takes a special artist to capture the uplifting spirit of an entire season in one collection of songs, and an even better one to send listeners from the unforgiving cold of winter to the pleasant warmth of summer in an instant. With her inaugural full length, Greta Morgan, aka Springtime Carnivore, manages to defy […]

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Empires – Orphan

written by: Mitch Keiffer on September 23, 2014

The first listen of a band’s career-defining album is a rare, phenomenal, unsurpassable experience. Such is the case with Empires’ latest LP Orphan, which finds the band taking a step away from grittier rock tracks and throwing focus on a more synth-heavy sound. The seamless genre transition is astounding and, with the help of producer […]

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Chris Stowe – Hollow

written by: Mitch Keiffer on July 6, 2014

There’s a soft spot in music for artists who explore raw, visceral emotions in their material. This bare-all perspective strengthens the bond between musician and listener, and can act as a coping mechanism for both, making the experience more intimate and valuable. Chris Stowe delivers this organic brand of music on his follow-up to 2012’s […]

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Cerebral Ballzy – Jaded & Faded

written by: Mitch Keiffer on June 20, 2014

It’s been a few years since the offensively-named Cerebral Ballzy unleashed hell on its self-titled debut. Cerebral Ballzy embodied the spirit of the great punk bands of the ’70s and ’80s, fueling mosh pits and filling venues full of sweaty teenagers as well as any other hardcore band. But despite the contagious energy of the […]

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Dub Thompson – 9 Songs

written by: Mitch Keiffer on June 15, 2014

Experimental noise rock is a hit-or-miss genre. If a band can manage to venture past the confines of traditional rock with unyielding originality and accessibility, it can work. On the other hand, if a band writes the equivalent of musical gibberish, lacking both direction and song quality, it’s bound to be a disaster. Unfortunately, the […]

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The Orwells – Disgraceland

written by: Mitch Keiffer on June 4, 2014

The music industry has a knack for proving that age really is just a number. The Orwells, consisting of five recent high school graduates, have been making waves in the rock industry since their 2012 debut Remember When, and playing at major festivals like Lollapalooza since last year. Now, with the wind still in its […]

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Sharpless – The One I Wanted to Be

written by: Mitch Keiffer on May 28, 2014

It takes a talented songwriter to turn an overwhelmingly vapid genre into a powerful tool that’s as entertaining as it is valuable. But Jack Greenleaf defied the odds and did exactly that. He teamed up with his friends in The Epoch—a Brooklyn-based community of musicians, writers, filmmakers and more—to create his sophomore album The One I Wanted […]

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W.C. Lindsay – Easy Victim, Charitable Deceptions

written by: Mitch Keiffer on May 10, 2014

Despite being raised in a punk-driven community, William Charles Lindsay grabbed on to electronic music at a young age and has stuck with it ever since. By merging his initial love with influences from his upbringing in Philadelphia, W.C. Lindsay has raised the bar with his debut full-length Easy Victim, Charitable Deceptions. The album, released via […]

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Neon Trees – Pop Psychology

written by: Mitch Keiffer on May 1, 2014

It’s no secret that Neon Trees are high among the rulers of modern pop rock. Between “Animal” (2010) and “Everybody Talks” (2012), the Utah quartet has been heavily played by radio stations and sought after for commercials since its breakthrough opening tour with The Killers in 2008. Though the band rapidly gained attention following its […]

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Morning Parade – Pure Adulterated Joy

written by: Mitch Keiffer on April 28, 2014

Losing a bit of the spacey atmosphere explored in its debut and replacing it with more rock-oriented riffs, Morning Parade takes a comfortable step away from the past on next month’s Pure Adulterated Joy. The Essex quintet stayed close to its original sound, however, still kicking out radio-friendly synth pop/alternative rock tracks that will once again […]

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Tiny Empires – Weird Headspace

written by: Mitch Keiffer on April 17, 2014

Anyone who thinks old people can’t rock is about to be silenced. Tiny Empires is made up of ex-members of a number of underground punk bands, making a supergroup of experienced musicians who’ve paid their dues. These self-proclaimed “older men” got together a few years ago and are finally releasing their killer debut full-length, Weird Headspace. […]

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Protomartyr – Under Color Of Official Right

written by: Mitch Keiffer on April 11, 2014

Protomartyr has proven that less can be more with its sophomore album, Under Color Of Official Right. The Detroit-based experimental punk-rock quartet has put together a deafening, minimalistic record that likens itself to a mixture of The National and early Interpol, dwelling on melancholy subject matter with a subtle, upbeat flair. The result is one catchy, […]

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