Review

Titus Andronicus – Local Business

Patrick Stickles has bold bones to pick. Endlessly moaning on 2010’s The Monitor in lament over the sediment of Civil War, the Titus Andronicus frontman now uses this most recent release to hone in on the micro-level conflicts that torment himself and his immediate surroundings. The brutality of truth and blunt cynicism that Local Business abides by is a […]

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Mad Planet – Ghost Notes




If you’re one of the many children of the 21st century who have completely emasculated their attention spans and now find themselves incapable of dedicating more than thirty seconds to reading a review and digesting an idea, let me break down Mad Planet’s debut LP Ghost Notes in as simple of terms as I can. The band sounds […]

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Cat Power – Sun

The cover art for Cat Power’s newest release gives pretty plain insight into the spirit of her first album in six years (to be fair, Jukebox, 2008’s album of covers, came out in that time as well). A sitting image of a strikingly short-haired Chan Marshall (Power’s given name) superimposed atop a rainbow, beside the […]

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The Tallest Man On Earth – There’s No Leaving Now

From the light-filled strums opening The Tallest Man on Earth’s third proper album, there’s an immediate sense of shifted perspective, a return to see the world and a life through the lens of a fixed place. The man whose music always had a fleeting, nomadic quality, who sang “I plan to be forgotten when I’m […]

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John Tejada – The Predicting Machine


For the legions of neon clad, saucer eyed neophytes to the electronica movement, the ear-shattering four on the floor cacophony and its requisite desensitizing visual accompaniment are harbingers of the “next great thing.” With no apparent recognition that the phenomena is the product of a many-decade incubation in the vital cross-sustaining undergrounds of this fine […]

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Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Mature Themes



Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, with their punchy gimmicks, pops with enough unmistakable style and punk fuzz to forgive most charges of corny-kid rock. Mature Themes ironically disobeys any presumptions granted by its title right off the bat, but it’s no mistake that Pink is poking at his own dwindling spotlight as a neon-haired, affably creepy mid-30s glamour […]

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Purity Ring – Shrines

Purity Ring is not alone. With Frank Ocean crawling up the Billboard charts from “underground” Oddity, and Vampire Weekend igniting the gentrified swayers at Pitckfork summer music festival earlier this month, Purity Ring’s Shrines presents itself at a fashionable hour. Toeing the line between marginalized music crafted for the ever-blurring community of indie henchmen versus […]

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Com Truise – In Decay

Do androids groove to electric beats? The intemperate ghost of Philip K. Dick will have to excuse the pun crafted at the cost of his constituent musings on authenticity and identity in a digital world. Great attention has been paid of late to the publication of his exegesis and its bounty of stunning future worlds. Rarely authentic, often […]

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Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan

With a grubby charm familiar to the young and woodsy newcomers sweeping Upstate New York (recorded home of Swing Lo Magellan), Dave Longstreth tutors a gawking old timer in the devices of air guitar as the humbly angelic Amber Coffman observes from stage right. With a backdrop of leafless timbers and the wealthy sunlight, this image […]

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