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The Bad Things | After the Inferno (Silent City)

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Written by Nik Cameron Friday, 29 August 2014 16:27

cd bad-thingsThe singer croons, the drummer swings, and the album delivers jazzy rockers and slow and methodical jazz style blues tunes.

 

Ausländer | s/t (Domestic Genocide)

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Written by Nik Cameron Friday, 29 August 2014 16:25

cd AuslanderThese guys wrote a song about my favorite ballpark food. What’s not to love about that?

   

Sepultura | Sepultura and Les Tambours du Bronx (Eagle Rock)

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Written by Nik Cameron Tuesday, 26 August 2014 18:15

cd SepulturaMetal Veins – Alive at Rock in Rio

 

SomeKindaWonderful | s/t (Downtown/White Clover)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 26 August 2014 18:06

cd somekindawonderfulIf you’ve heard anything from this band it’s “Reverse,” and like the band’s other catchy material, it’s super inviting, yet not as good as it could (or should?) be.

   

The Griswolds | Be Impressive (Wind-Up)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 26 August 2014 18:00

cd GriswoldsLike little evil cheerleaders, children shout out the title track, letter by letter.

 

Gemini Syndrome | Lux (Warner Brothers)

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Written by Marc Farr Saturday, 23 August 2014 15:10

lux sqLux is a refreshing change from the normally bass-heavy production that haunts this type of music.

   

Midge Ure | Fragile (Hypertension)

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Written by Marc Farr Saturday, 23 August 2014 14:41

ure fragileIn a genre in which it is quite easy to be grandiose and overdo things, this album does not go overboard.

 

Devo | The Men Who Make the Music (MVD Visual)

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Written by Marc Farr Saturday, 23 August 2014 14:36

devo themenThe live footage here is fantastic, showing without a doubt that Devo was always on the cutting edge.

   

Monsterworks | No Rules

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Written by Nik Cameron Saturday, 23 August 2014 14:03

overhaul sqIt’s kind of ironic that a lot of music is created through or as a consequence of adversity, having to prove something.

 

James Leg | Someone Else’s Class

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Written by Nik Cameron Saturday, 23 August 2014 13:36

jamesleg 75You drive all day and drive straight to the club and set up, and you do the thing and you crash and you drive away.

   

Richard Fortus | Rocking the Great Divine

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Written by Jim Ousley Saturday, 23 August 2014 12:47

deaddaisies sqWe actually sit in a room together and just start bashing away, and out of that comes the songs.

 

The Glitch Mob | Love, Death, Immortality (Glass Art Records)

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Written by Marc Farr Friday, 15 August 2014 23:33

Glitch-Mob 75This is a mind-blowing opus of serious industrial pop.

   

Bleachers Preview: Jack Antonoff’s Next Act

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Written by Marc Farr Sunday, 10 August 2014 23:09

Bleachers 75

The group’s first album, Strange Desire, is almost modern pop perfection.


 

Acrania | Totalitarnian Dystopia (Unique Leader)

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Written by Nik Cameron Sunday, 10 August 2014 10:08

ArcaniaFrom the time this album begins, it’s clear that they are similar, and yet very different than their peers in the genre.

   

Cosmic Punch | FM Stereo (Tate Music Group)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 23 July 2014 23:15

cd cosmic-punch_copyWith a sound rich in harmonies and melody, the album plays like a testament to the 1970s and early 1980s.

 

Amoreaux | Never Young as Tonight (Neurotic Yell)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:58

cd AmoreauxThe first single, “Lost the Plot,” is a syncopated piece with heavy percussion, which drowns out the melody at times.

   

Ministry | Last Tangle in Paris (UDN/Wacken)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:51

cd ministryThis set is nothing short of phenomenal.

 

Cole Swindell | Hardworking Southern Boy

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Written by Katie Herring Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:42

prof cole-swindell_75There are a lot of tour dates and a lot of fans between him and a recording studio.

   

Jethro Tull | A Passion Play: An Extended Performance (Chrysalis)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:29

cd jethro-tullWith 30 tracks, this is a long listen, but the musical journey is a good one. 

 

Various Artists/Ronnie James Dio | This Is Your Life (Rhino)

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Written by Derek Lauer Wednesday, 23 July 2014 22:25

cd dioIt is time for you to get a fresh dose of Dio pumping through your blood.

   

Total Control | Typical System (Iron Lung Records)

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Written by Alex Wilking Friday, 18 July 2014 23:45

Typical-System 75Punk and house music kind of mix.

 

Black Lips | Underneath the Rainbow (Vice)

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Written by Marc Farr Monday, 14 July 2014 12:53

cd black-lipsThe album has true punk-style dissonant harmonies, grungy guitar work, and no-frills percussion.

   

New God | Firework (Yellow K)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 09 July 2014 22:54

newgod fireworkThe album is bright, melodious, and sing-able.

 

Lionize | The Roar of the Jetpack

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 09 July 2014 22:19

lionize sqThe band delivers a baroque sound that is uncommon, yet relevant and highly enjoyable.

   

Andy Grammer | Filled with Wonder

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Written by Teresa Montgomery Tuesday, 08 July 2014 18:30

prof andy-grammer_75We have stuff I can’t wait to share with people.

 

David Gray | Mutineers (Kobalt Label Services)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00

cd david grayI expected to like Gray’s new release Mutineers; what I didn’t anticipate is that I would really, really like it.

   

The Casket Girls | A Magical Experience

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Written by Marc Farr Monday, 30 June 2014 13:49

prof casket-girls-smOur songs go together like yin and yang, connecting us all to each other and to the universe, making a perfect, continuous circle.

 

Tesla | Simplicity (Tesla Electric Co.)

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Written by Marc Farr Monday, 23 June 2014 10:55

cd teslaSimple is best, and Tesla does it quite well.

   

8-Bit Operators | Enjoy the Science: A Tribute to Depeche Mode (Deceptive Gaze/Receptors)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 18 June 2014 21:56

cd 8-bitWhat could be more fun than a tribute album to the masters of the Moog, Depeche Mode?

 

Miranda Lambert | Platinum (RCA /Sony Music)

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Written by Jim Ryan Tuesday, 17 June 2014 12:38

Miranda-Lambert 75With so many fantastic tracks on this album, I think we will be hearing a lot from Lambert on country radio all summer long.

   

The Orwells | Disgraceland (Atlantic/Canvasback)

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Written by Jim Ryan Saturday, 14 June 2014 07:24

Orwells 75The best way I can describe their sound is as if Agent Orange hung out with The Doors, dropped acid, and then went surfing.

 

Tori Amos | Unrepentant Geraldines (Mercury Classics)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 11 June 2014 21:25

cd tori-amosUnrepentant Geraldines is what most Amos fans have been patiently waiting for. She is back to being the artist we know and love.

   

The Faint | More Dancing (and Clark’s drums light up)

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Written by Jim Dunn Monday, 09 June 2014 11:27

prof the-faint-daWe try to write about what’s true to us. If world politics are on our mind, we might write a song like “Paranoiattack” or “Erection” as a reaction.

 

Blondie | Blondie 4(0) Ever (Noble Id)

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Written by Jim Ousley Saturday, 07 June 2014 21:06

cd blondieWhile Deborah Harry may not sound exactly like she did back in the band’s heyday, she’s gained an edge to her voice that she uses to great advantage.

   

Oh Honey | More than Okay

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 05 June 2014 21:53

prof Oh-Honey_75We were driving on a highway in a forest in Oregon, and we stopped the van on the side of the road, got out, and just stared up at the stars for a while.

 

Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s | Sling Shot to Heaven (Mariel Recording Co.)

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Written by Alex Wilking Wednesday, 28 May 2014 09:16

Margot--the-Nuclear-So-and-SosWith Sling Shot to Heaven, the band has embraced that melancholy and crafted a truly genuine experience.

   

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