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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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Foster the People- Supermodel (Review)

After two years, Foster the People have finally answered our fan mail and love letters with the release of Supermodel. Because it is the band’s sophomore album, many people were skeptical of what Foster would choose to sound like next. This 11-track album doesn’t disappoint in new sounds, but has a different approach to style […]

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The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream (Review)

After carving out their niche with road-weary, ambient shoegaze on 2012′s excellent Slave Ambient, The War On Drugs hits the road again with their new album, Lost in the Dream. This time they take things a little slower, planting the driving tempos and open-road free spirits inside sprawling ambiance, providing a subtle evolution in their […]

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Sisyphus – Sisyphus (Review)

Written by Emma Goodwin After two years of Sufjan Stevens withdrawals, the general population has been granted with the first LP of the collaborative band, Sisyphus. Two years ago – almost exactly – the band, made up of Stevens, rapper Serngeti, and Son Lux, then called s / s / s, released their first EP, […]

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Black Lips – Under the Rainbow (Review)

Written by Ellen Chen The Black Lips has been around for quite a while already, and to me they have always seemed like the archetype of an American bad-boy band in the same vein as the Rolling Stones. Their newest project, their eighth album Underneath the Rainbow, has had much anticipation because it is co-recorded […]

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