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Kishi Bashi – Lighght (Review)

In his second full-length solo album, Kishi Bashi (Kaoru Ishibashi) largely continues the work he started in his 2012 debut, 151a. Though Lighght does not really contain catchy and directed stand-alone songs like his debut’s “Bright Whites,” the album is packed with his characteristic cleverness, innovation, and uplifting vibes. Lighght, like Kishi Bashi’s past efforts, […]

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Ray LaMontagne – Supernova (Review)

Written by Emma Goodwin Ray LaMontagne’s fifth studio album came out today. Following his 2010 release of God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise, Supernova bridges a four year gap, but introduces an entirely new sound for listeners. LaMontagne’s signature sound used to be a minimalist composition of acoustic and steel pedal guitars, his raspy […]

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Woods – With Light and With Love (Review)

With Light and With Love is the eighth album that Woods has released since the band’s formation in 2005. The album, like their 2012 release Bend Beyond and those before, demonstrates the band’s remarkable ability to churn out lots of music over a relatively short amount of time. There are plenty of indie bands that […]

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Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else (Review)

When you meet a Cloud Nothings fan, the conversation can vary depending heavily on which album they are familiar with, due to the vast differences between their first three albums. Attack on Memory is flooded with patterns of build-to-explode song forms, their self-titled is lighter and upbeat, and Turning On is fuzzy and has a […]

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The Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams (Review)

Listening to The Hold Steady’s six studio albums breeds a familiarity with the subject matter more than the entire discographies of most bands can. Vocalist Craig Finn frequently mentions his (anti) heroes Gideon and Holly. The antagonist’s, besides Gideon and Holly’s plentiful self-destructive vices, frequently appear as the Cityscape Skins, a tattooed gang of thugs […]

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Mac DeMarco – Salad Days (Review)

With his last album, 2 becoming one of the most surreal albums of 2012, Mac DeMarco had high expectations to live up to with his next solo album, Salad Days. Mac, one of the goofiest and quirkiest musicians in indie-rock today, appears to have taken a different approach with this album, while still managing to […]

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