Album Review: Night Mechanic

Day Surgery (AIO Soundings)


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[BLUE-COLLAR GUITAR POP] Night Mechanic’s third album will hit like a rush of blood to the heart for anyone wondering where all the great indie-rock guitar bands have gone. It’s not just tha   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Lubec

The Thrall (Like Young)


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[ROCK DEVELOPMENTS] At times overwrought in its effort to convey some heavy emotional states, Portland quartet Lubec turns in 11 tracks on a full-length debut that surveys life around the city.    More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Hustle and Drone

Holyland (Red Bull Sound Select)


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[SYNTH POP] Despite its ubiquity on Top 40 charts the past three decades, synth-pop music has rarely felt both modern and sincere. In the ’80s, the omnipresence of chintzy Casio presets often    More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Album Review: Storm Large

Le Bonheur (Heinz)


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[WHITE JAZZ] Less than a decade removed from titillating dowagers at Union Station’s piano bar, Storm Large has so successfully bum-rushed the global celebrity apparatus that her side projec   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 JAY HORTON

Album Review: Castanets

Decimation Blues (Asthmatic Kitty)


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[FREAK FOLK] Like much of Raymond Raposa’s other work under the Castanets moniker, the swaggering variance on Decimation Blues reveals itself to be the strongest case for his existence in a realm    More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Album Review: Bike Thief

Stuck in a Dream (Self-Released)


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[POP DEPENDENCE] Considering the album title is almost an Alice Cooper reference and the band’s name is cribbed from a postwar, neo-realist film, it’d be reasonable to expect a rich tapestry   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Halo Refuser

Into Your Layers (Self Released)


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[A NEW VOICE] Plodding glitch-hop is not what you expect to hear right up front on Halo Refuser’s third full-length, Into Your Layers: The album’s title and pastoral cover suggest romantic bed   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 MITCH LILLIE

Album Review: Sean Flinn & the Royal We

The Lost Weekend (Glad I Did)


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[FEEL-GOOD INDIE] It’s easy to gloss over The Lost Weekend, the second album from Sean Flinn & the Royal We. With its sunny, medium-tempo indie-pop arrangements and vague lyrics about roma   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 TREE PALMEDO

Album Review: A Year Afar

Better Life (Self-Released)


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[ART POP] On debut EP Better Life, A Year Afar adorns striking vocalist Suzanne Tufan with savvy support from Box Set guitarist Jim Brunberg, longtime Holcombe Waller collaborator Ben Landsverk    More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 JEFF ROSENBERG

Album Review: Hearts of Oak

New England (Deer Lodge)


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[SHOEGAZIN’ COUNTRY] The term “shoegazer country” is hardly the first thing that comes to mind when talking niche music genres, but it remains an apt description of the warped soundscapes an   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

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