Music

Album Review: The Touchy Feelies “Out of Time EP”

Leah Brzezinski, contributor  It’s the feel good, melodic pop- punk sleeper hit of the season! Equal parts fun, cute and badass make for blasting this Los Angeles- based quartet’s four song EP like biting into a perfectly sweet slice of watermelon. Throaty female vocals, catchy choruses, simple major chords, pleasing harmonies, driving drum beats and indulgent guitar solos— it’s chock …

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Album Review: Mudhoney “Vanishing Point”

Cee Cee Hill, contributor “Vanishing Point” is Mudhoney’s ninth album in 25 years. The first song is raw, unproduced and doesn’t sound like the work of a “veteran band.” I’m sure they’re competent in production techniques, so I imagine this is a statement on how they like to record. If you are able to overcome that unexpected moment, things actually …

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Album Review: Atoms for Peace “Amok”

Astro De Rosa, contributor  Atoms for Peace is Thom Yorke’s musical collaboration with super producer Nigel Godrich, along with Flea and two percussionists. At 5 feet tall, Yorke walks a thin, contradicting line between organic and electronic music. Whether the sounds are created on the fly, or placed carefully in editing and post production, there’s a sense of appeal that …

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Album Review: ODESZA “Summer’s Gone”

Astro De Rosa, contributor A production duo from the Pacific Northwest, ODESZA create pretty, soulful electronica. There’s a special lightness to their new album. It’s a positive message, utopian chords played over up- tempo trip-hop. Although the music is instrumental, the album seems to have a narrative. The band’s overall sound is pleasing to the ear and will appeal to …

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Buns n’ Hoses

The New Incarnation of Guns n’ Roses  We received some shocking news today in the music world. Axl Rose has come out of the closet and decided to rename his band “Buns n’ Hoses.” In a statement obtained by our staff, Axl said, “my lyrical content and song titles will now reflect my new lifestyle. I feel my art is …

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Hunting Manilapede: An Obsession & Strange Conversation

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Lou Reed, Michael Gira and Captain Beefheart got drunk on port and did some improvising? Well, you probably haven’t, but it’s the type of thing I think about all the time. Luckily, I was introduced to local band Manilapede. Information regarding their origins and musicians are shrouded in mystery. I made phone …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XXXVI: The Technological Visions of Kraftwerk

Back in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, influential German electronic musicians Kraftwerk shared their visions of the future. Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider started the band as a progressive rock group, but quickly became interested in evolving musical technology.  Their songs consisted of lyrical content spoken through a vocoder or computer speech software accompanied by minimalistic electronic percussion and …

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Album Review: Ghostface Killah (featuring Raekwon and Cappadonna) “Ironman” Reissue from Get on Down (Gold Edition 02)

Leah Brzezinski, contributor I’m admittedly not a hip-hop expert or “gangsta” in any sense. In 1996, when this seminal album was originally released, I was making up bad dance routines to Ace of Base. Fortunately, I’ve opened my mind since then, as has the world to hip-hop’s cultural significance. This is one seriously cool limited-edition box set from Boston-based Get …

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Album Review: Josh Ritter “The Beast In Its Tracks”

Kevin Nelson, contributor Divorce is never a happy subject. The inherent sadness and inherent no doubt creates a mournful tone, but mournful is truly the bread and butter of singer-songwriter types, so it’s perfectly suited for Josh Ritter’s latest, “The Beast in Its Tracks.” Written and recorded in the 18 months following a split from his wife, Ritter took a …

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Album Review: Chelsea light moving self-titled (self titled)

Jewelry Franz, contributor Thurston Moore’s Chelsea Light Moving has just released its eponymous debut. It’s his first project since Sonic Youth announced an “indefinite hiatus.” The sound is really dissonant and raw, coupled with throwback punk moments and atonal, noisy spoken word pieces. You get the feeling Moore has put his soul into this record. Much of the lyrical content …

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