Reviews

Album Review: The Polyphonic Spree “Yes, It’s True”

Meghan Vogel, contributor  Keep yourself high” seems to be the message on the Polyphonic Spree’s Yes, It’s True. Like modern Gnostics, The Spree seem to be revealing a secret: “It’s all good, kind brothers and sisters.” Some lyrics are silly. “It’s not your phone with an i/It’s not your Facebook likes/Bear in mind, you’re golden.” But it’s sung by The Spree’s choir with …

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Album Review: Foxhole Norman “You’re Missing The Point”

Leah Brzezinski, midwest music correspondent  There was a point when “alternative rock” became such a catch-all term for any grungy, punk-inspired sound that it ceased to have descriptive meaning, and eventually became so mainstream that it annoyed bands and listeners equally. Foxhole Norman’s 5-song debut EP, released “straight outta Seattle” this past August is just so…alternative rock. To quibble about it would be …

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Album Review: Oozing Wound “Retrash”

Joel Leavitt, contributor  If you’re looking for an assload of heavy, crunchy riffs, look no further. Imagine you’re sitting in the breakroom at work, playing with your phone, when some guy walks in with a bag of chips. He sits next to you and begins chomping on what could only be described as the loudest, crunchiest chips of all time. Now visualize that same …

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Album Review: Bloc Party “The Next Wave Sessions”

Meghan Vogel, contributor  The press release for Bloc Party’s new EP, The Next Wave Sessions, promised that it “amalgamates the visceral energy of Bloc Party live.” Overall, I didn’t vomit. It’s not horrendous, but there’s nothing new, avant-garde or interesting about this release. It’s accessible; dollars to donuts, you’re gonna be hearing this at K-Mart soon. And you’ll be sure to hear songs “Montreal” …

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Album Review: Lyndsey Battle “All Ways in a Good Way”

Rosa Green, contributor  If I were floating over lavender fields of France in a hot air balloon with kids and a parrot, this album would be my accompanying soundtrack. It is whimsical, easy listening and gives one a comfortable sense of smugness. Though lacking in complexity, the songs are sweet and instantly memorable. The track “In a Good Way,” features a …

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Album Review: Deer Tick – “Negativity”

Bagel, contributor     I really like the album cover for Deer Tick’s new offering “Negativity.” Unfortunately, that’s about all there is to like. The instrumentation is fine, the band is obviously talented, but it’s hard to pay attention to anything besides the painfully distracting vocals. The unique attributes of singer John McCauley’s voice is too large of an issue for me. He’s an “all or …

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Album Reviews: Superchunk – “I Hate Music”

Bagel, contributor I’m always afraid to hear a new Superchunk album. I know there’s a good chance it’ll be a letdown. I was concerned as the record is called “I Hate Music” and the band may be considered “past their prime.” After their initial run from 1989 to 2001, the band went on hiatus until releasing “Majesty Shredding” in 2010. Thankfully, the new album is not only good, …

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Six Beers Deep: Immortal Ale by Dogfish Head

This First One is Gonna Hurt – It should first be said that no one should drink six of these. In fact, Dogfish Head doesn’t think you should either, since apparently they only come in 4-packs. But hell, this isn’t called “Four Beers Deep,” and so I bought two 4-packs. As I took a big long pull, it immediately warmed …

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Restaurant Review: My Kitchen

Gaining weight like a man when you’re a man is manly. Gaining weight like a man when you are a short 30-year-old woman is depressing. My tramp stamp was frowning.That’s no good. So I cut out the sugar and saved my ass from being swallowed by my muffin top. I have uttered the phrase “I’d rather be dead than live …

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