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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: 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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Album Review: Carcrashlander, “A Plan to Tell the Future.”

Bagel, contributor I knew the name Carcrashlander sounded familiar. I had attended one of their shows a few years back, but had difficulty in recalling their sound. This was most likely attributed to a few too many beers and telling some awesome story outside of the venue. I did remember that they were nice kids and their new album is sick! …

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Album Review: White Manna, “Dune Worship.”

In many ways, White Manna is the quintessential Humboldt band. This is substance-inspired, modern psychedelic rock at its loudest and finest. Opening track “Transformation,” beats a two chord chugging groove into submission, while guitarist/vocalist David Johnson’s vocals float hauntingly in the background. Another highlight is “Illusion of Illusion” that follows a more relaxed path. At first the rhythm section holds down a …

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Music Review: Hidden Lake “sinking Choirs eP”

Leah Brzezinski, contributor    Seattle-based Charles Hargis and Adam Drew have been making music together for years under various guises, and their latest collaboration as Hidden Lake (along with a new bassist and lead guitarist) is most certainly their best work to date. After scrapping much of their previous material, they began writing again in earnest last summer and have …

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