Playing Summer to the Beat

written by: Shannon Shreibak on June 25, 2013

We know it’s hot outside, but summer music can be cooool. Whether you want to beat the heat by singing along beside a campfire or lounging on the beach, there’s a song for you. (Specifically, eight of them.)

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Akron/Family – Sub Verses

written by: Shannon Shreibak on May 6, 2013

Akron/Family has been chucking out albums with startling consistency since its 2005 debut, and Sub Verses is the newest addition to its arsenal. From acid-burned rock numbers to playful folk tunes, the trio seems to have tripped right into equilibrium with its sixth studio release. Lauded with assaulting, verbose artist statements flung by lead singer […]

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Telekinesis – Dormarion

written by: Shannon Shreibak on April 19, 2013

One-man band Michael Benjamin Lerner (a.k.a. Telekinesis) may hail from Seattle, but there are no ominous clouds or melancholic downpours to be found in his latest release, save for opaque synth plumes and vicious flurries of guitar licks. Dormarion proves to be a valiant effort as a sonic prescription for those sunless weeks and patches […]

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Wavves – Afraid of Heights

written by: Shannon Shreibak on March 26, 2013

Sounding as grit-gargled as ever, the softcore punk magnets have released 13 tracks of ballistic, battered punk-pop drawing.

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Jukebox the Ghost at the Metro on March 9, 2013

written by: Shannon Shreibak on March 10, 2013

However, when it comes to a band with as much tongue-in-cheek theatricality as Jukebox the Ghost, that grandiose of an arrival seems perfectly appropriate, perhaps, even expected.

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Kate Nash – Girl Talk

written by: Shannon Shreibak on March 8, 2013

Nash’s third album, deliberately shoves cock pop in a corner with ring-adorned fists flying.

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Iceage – You’re Nothing

written by: Shannon Shreibak on February 19, 2013

New Brigade may have been Iceage’s bulldog ballad, leaving a lasting scar; but with You’re Nothing, things are a little more shiny and new.

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Gold Panda – Trust

written by: Shannon Shreibak on February 5, 2013

Trust is so painfully average that it underwhelms without offending and dissatisfies though still intriguing.

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Trampled by Turtles at The Vic Theatre on Jan. 24, 2013

written by: Shannon Shreibak on January 28, 2013

Folk seems to have become the flavor of the month in popular music—from the down-and-out anthems of The Lumineers to the Flock of Seagulls coiffed men that started it all, Mumford and Sons. The genre of folk seems to have been squelched of novelty to make room for a slew of unremarkable string bands. Trampled by […]

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Toro Y Moi – Anything In Return

written by: Shannon Shreibak on January 23, 2013

After making a splash with his watercolor synth strokes and decadent beats, Chazwick Bundick, better known by his stage name Toro Y Moi, is releasing his third album, just one year after his last release. Bundick is no stranger to testing the musical waters. He’s already reissued a collection of seedy twee pop and performed […]

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