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The Jones Family Singers: The Spirit Speaks

There are some genres that contain considerably more baggage than others. Country music, for example, generally conjures up images of ample beer and truckin’ bumpkins. The mention of metal is…

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Skrillex: Recess

Skrillex’s debut album Recess trickled it’s way into the ears of eager fans through the Alien Ride app on March 10th, giving millions of people a chance to stream the…

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The Coathangers: Suck My Shirt

The fact that The Coathangers originally formed as a joke in 2006 gives some insight into their vulgar song titles, simple musicianship, and aggressive lyrics. The playful demeanor of the…

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Ibibio Sound Machine: Ibibio Sound Machine

Ibibio Sound Machine, a London based octet group, has released their self titled debut album. The group takes a heavy influence from West African culture, featuring Nigerian folk songs and…

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Real Estate: Atlas

Through three albums, Real Estate have carved out a clear niche for themselves as the go-to band for beautiful guitar-laden songs about suburban ennui. Real Estate deals heavily in subtlety…

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Andy Sadoway: Str8 Sh00ter

I found it, you guys. I know everyone’s been longing for Adam Driver to sing over some surf rock, and I found the closest thing we’re going to get to…

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Ume: Monuments

When Veruca Salt announced their reunion late last year, all I could think was “Why? Doesn’t Ume have that market covered?” Because if you were to search for a hard…

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Owls: Two

Owls’ second album, aptly titled, Two comes a little bit over a decade off of their first self-titled album, and roughly twenty or so years after they started Cap’n Jazz,…

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Big Scary: Not Art

Adult pop experimenting with hip-hop sounds terrible, but it works on Big Scary’s second LP, Not Art. The art-free title and simple artwork hint at the simplicity of the elements…

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The Forty Nineteens: Spin It

The cats of The Forty Nineteens have been around the music scene for a while. Working with and opening for some acts like the Gin Blossoms, US Bombs, and The…