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REVIEW: Sorority Noise – ‘It Kindly Stopped For Me’

Artist: Sorority Noise Album: It Kindly Stopped For Me EP Genre: Acoustic, Indie Label: Topshelf Records In these four songs lie a very modest ancillary of Sorority Noise – one we saw emerge out of their last record Joy, Departed. That portion speaks largely from the backburner end of lyricist and frontman Cameron Boucher’s psyche; […]

REVIEW: Poly-Math – ‘Melencolia’

Artist: Poly-Math Album: Melencolia Genre: Post-Rock, Math I have always found it difficult to assess deep work, so when given the chance to listen to Poly-Math‘s new album, Melencolia, the three-track, near-thirty-five-minute epic seemed like a daunting task. But, once fully embraced by the tantalizing musicianship, Poly-Math made the journey that of a breeze. Opener […]

REVIEW: Bear Hands take risks on ‘You’ll Pay For This’

Artist: Bear Hands Album: You’ll Pay For This Genre: Indie Rock, Experimental Label: Spensive Sounds Bear Hands is one of those rare acts that have spent their trajectory making sure that each record is slightly different from the last rather than only purporting that it is. “Giants,” off 2014’s Distraction, which became their first breakthrough single […]

REVIEW: Deftones sustain their hot streak with ‘Gore’

Artist: Deftones Album: Gore Genre: Rock, Metal Label: Reprise Records Many headlines were made in regards to the tensions within the Deftones camp and the creation of their eighth full-length, Gore. Most of the writing was done with guitarist Stephen Carpenter largely on the sidelines. They also switched things up in the producer’s seat, working […]

REVIEW: ‘Junk’ is M83’s newest masterpiece

Artist: M83 Album: Junk Label: Naïve Records, Mute Records Genre: Synthpop I still remember when I first heard “Midnight City.” It was the end of August 2011, and I was just starting college. I was in my dorm room, and someone across the hall had the song on. I couldn’t hear it very well, and […]

REVIEW: Polyenso’s ‘Pure In The Plastic’ is purely impressive

Artist: Polyenso Album: Pure In The Plastic Label: Dog Radio, Tone Tree Music Genre: Indie Rock, R&B What’s your favorite piece of visual art? Maybe a Van Gogh painting? What about an intricate, modern art sculpture? It could be an award-winning film or a specific portrayal of Swan Lake or Les Miserables. Whatever it may […]

REVIEW: Basement – ‘Promise Everything’

Artist: Basement Album: Promise Everything Label: Run For Cover Records Genre: Rock Basement return from a hiatus that lasted shorter than most people imagined, thankfully, with their third full-length, Promise Everything—a powerhouse rock record that continues the band’s deep roster of solid tunes, even if it feels a little less alluring than 2012’s Colourmeinkindness. Beginning […]

REVIEW: Daughter – ‘Not To Disappear’

Artist: Daughter Album: Not To Disappear Genre: Indie rock, but so much more. If Daughter‘s If You Leave was their serenely beautiful entry into the world of music, the band’s sophomore full-length, Not To Disappear, is their monumental rebuttal. The British act return with a huge release, as easily stated by opener “New Ways.” The […]

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REVIEW: For Today – ‘Wake’

Artist: For Today Album: Wake Genre: Metalcore Label: Nuclear Blast Wake likely won’t convert any For Today non-believers, but long-time fans of the band’s middling metalcore sound should find themselves enjoying a sixth full-length addition to their FT library. This is by no means the Iowa act’s weakest effort to date, but apart from a […]

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REVIEW: Parkway Drive – ‘Ire’

Artist: Parkway Drive Album: Ire Label: Epitaph There is still hope for (hard) rock and roll. Parkway Drive have long proven themselves to be an international force for the continued betterment of the hard rock and metal music scenes. Having first risen through the ranks of their native Australia, the five-piece quickly earned a global […]

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REVIEW: Lydia – ‘Run Wild’

Artist: Lydia Title: Run Wild Label: 81twentythree Genre: Indie-Pop, Rock Lydia‘s music–from their debut album in 2005 to this year’s Run Wild–defies being put in a box. All five records aren’t given enough justice with an “indie rock” label. Their music is an uncommon art form; one that contours around the unique and easily identifiable […]

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REVIEW: Bring Me The Horizon – ‘That’s The Spirit’

Artist: Bring Me The Horizon Album: That’s The Spirit Genre: Rock Having cocooned themselves in the studio following a very successful touring cycle for Sempiternal, Bring Me The Horizon have emerged with a new sound and direction that is both challenging and exciting all at once. That’s The Spirit is very much the point of […]