Category: Albums

AUSTRA – “Future Politics”

AUSTRA – “Future Politics”

Austra have come a long way since arriving in 2010 with their debut EP, Beat and the Pulse, followed their first albums, 2011’s Feel It Break and 2013’s Olympia. There was always a thoughtfulness in the quartet’s approach, but the records were always recognized more for their style than their substance. Bombastic house vibes, blazing electronica, and catchy synth-pop typified […]

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The Regrettes – “Feel Your Feelings Fool!”

The Regrettes – “Feel Your Feelings Fool!”

When four teenagers (15 and 16 years of age) release an album, the expectations are that it would sound something like Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, or One Republic. Unless you’re The Regrettes. The Los Angeles-based band are not your typical newcomers. They’re inspired by ’50s and ’60s doo-wop, 70s rock ‘n roll, and Gen Y post-punk rock. The Ronettes, […]

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Bonobo’s radiant “Migration”

Bonobo’s radiant “Migration”

For seventeen years, Simon Green, better known as Bonobo, has electrified, mesmerized, and astonished with his downtempo electronic style. His previous albums have often focused on a specific moment in time while the music revolved around a central sonic entity. For his sixth album, Migration, Green heads to new frontiers and offers his most expansive effort to date. The result […]

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The xx – “I See You”

The xx – “I See You”

With five years between albums and the rise of Jamie Smith (a.k.a Jamie xx) as one of electronic’s top producers, their third album would inevitably be different. How much of the trio would evolve was the question, especially after they released “On Hold” in November. The song showcased a new The xx, one that was more widescreen and lively than […]

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The Bud Collins Trio – “Quasarmoto”

The Bud Collins Trio – “Quasarmoto”

Sometimes music arrives on the scene that defies categorisation. Quasarmoto from The Bud Collins Trio is such an offering. Sounding just a little bit like the vocals have been mixed to the wrong track, this shouldn’t work. Yet strangely…deliciously…weirdly…it does. And then there’s the name. The Bud Collins Trio could be the band that played at your mother’s wedding. As […]

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Kristin Hersh – “Wyatt At The Coyote Palace”

Kristin Hersh – “Wyatt At The Coyote Palace”

Calling Kristin Hersh a musician is like flattening an image in Photoshop; reducing something intricate and multifaceted down to a single layer. She is oh so much more than that. She’s an amalgam of many talents, not the least of which is a conduit for pure honest emotion. Hersh is most recognized as the front person for Throwing Muses, which […]

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Sundara Karma – “Youth Is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect”

Sundara Karma – “Youth Is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect”

For nearly three years, Sundara Karma have used the formula of periodically releasing anthemic singles with frenetic live shows to drive their rise. As expected, 2016 saw the Reading, England-based quartet explode, which included a headlining slot at the Reading Festival and selling out venues across the UK. Now 2017 arrives and with it comes their highly-anticipated album, Youth Is […]

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Favorite 50 Albums of 2016 – The Full List

Favorite 50 Albums of 2016 – The Full List

Happy Holidays everyone. If you’re finished unwrapping gifts, possibly too stuffed from all the turkey, ham, and other goodies, or maybe trying to avoid the Christmas cake, take a moment to review the full list of our Favorite 50 Albums of 2016. A playlist is also provided that could be spun on Spotify (no Thee Oh Sees) or SoundCloud (Go […]

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Mary-Jess – “Prayer To A Snowflake”

Mary-Jess – “Prayer To A Snowflake”

At this time of year, it’s easy to write off music as tacky or overly-sentimental, especially when the shops are blasting out Slade and Chris de Burgh as though there’s been nothing new since the 70s. Thankfully, in Prayer To A Snowflake, UK-based, classical-crossover artist Mary-Jess has released an album that cuts through the cynicism and provides a perfect selection […]

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Taylor Noelle – “Out Of My System”

Taylor Noelle – “Out Of My System”

When music comes out of Nashville, you’d expect country. When an artist comes from Los Angeles, you’d expect indie-rock with a polished edge. Taylor Noelle brings a blend of both, which is hardly surprising since she moved from her native Los Angeles to Nashville to make her music. Out Of My System, Taylor Noelle’s debut EP, reveals a singer-songwriter with […]

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Elephant Stone – “Ship of Fools”

Elephant Stone – “Ship of Fools”

Since arriving in 2009, Elephant Stone has been synonymous with psychedelic rock in Canada. Through three albums, the Montreal-based trio were a modern-day George Harrison. Their music infused classical Indian influences and instruments – specifically the sitar, tabla, and esraj – to create their hallucinating sound. For their fourth album, Ship of Fools, the band explore vast new territory. Disco, […]

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Monomyth – “Happy Pop Family”

Monomyth – “Happy Pop Family”

Like Alvvays and Nap Eyes, Monomyth are redefining the music of Canada’s East Coast, which has long been associated with Celtic music, The Rankin Family, and Joel Plaskett-style folk rock. Since forming in 2012, the quartet infused a ’70s psychedelic sensibility into the Halifax scene with hheir self-titled, debut EP and their first full-length, Saturnalia Regalia!. Since then, the multi-fronted/multi-songwriters […]

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The Black Leaders – “Take It Easy”

The Black Leaders – “Take It Easy”

Rock and Roll may be a universal language, but there is a distinctly French flavour to The Black Leaders. Formed in Rennes in 2014, the band released their first album My Best Friend in 2015. Their follow-up, Take It Easy, reflects a journey between France and the UK with vocalist Marie Guyottot delivering tones of a chanteuse against raw rock […]

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MADEIRA – “Bad Humors” EP

MADEIRA – “Bad Humors” EP

Music is immensely therapeutic, whether one is the artist or the listener. For Kim Pflaum, the former member and co-founder of rising New Zealand electro-pop band Yumi Zouma, the past two-plus years have been dedicated to healing and finding herself again. The struggles, the pain, and the redemption of this time are revealed on her tantalizing and thoughtful debut EP, Bad Humors, […]

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Fascinations Grand Chorus – “Actor/Actress” EP

Fascinations Grand Chorus – “Actor/Actress” EP

The name Fascinations Grand Chorus evokes the imagine of a large collective of talented artists with a very big sound. Part of this statement is true. The Brooklyn-based group’s music is infectious and summery, recalling the bubble-gum pop of the ’60s. But whereas it took a full band to support the likes of The Shangri-Las, The Shirelles, and Dusty Springfield, […]

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BERRIES – “Those Funny Things”

BERRIES – “Those Funny Things”

The UK is bursting with great indie-rock bands. While many have attempted to emulate the searing sound of Wolf Alice and Black Honey, BERRIES are hammering a sound of their own. Blending ’80s rock, ’90s art-rock, ’00s alt-rock, and the attitude of the riot grrrl movement, the trio are quickly carving out a spot in the competitive London music scene. […]

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Big Smoke – “Time Is Golden”

Big Smoke – “Time Is Golden”

It’s difficult to not think about the circumstances and the journey that went into the development of Big Smoke‘s debut album, Time Is Golden.  For years, the quintet was a hidden gem limited to Melbourne and its surroundings. During this time, however, they became one of the most respected bands within the city and they finally got their break when […]

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Bethan Lees – “Ships”

Bethan Lees – “Ships”

Moving from backstage into the spotlight, the stuff of many a Hollywood plot line, is the real-life story of Bethan Lees. Whether as a dance teacher or stage manager, Lees has been absorbing new music on the festival circuit and at various open mic nights, where she would occasionally step forward with her own performance. Coming from a musical family […]

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Wolf People – “Ruins”

Wolf People – “Ruins”

For a decade, Wolf People have hovered in the shadows within the UK music scene. As bands like Alt-J, Disclosure, Mumford and Sons, and Temples shot to fame, the quartet of Jack Sharp (guitar/vocals), Tom Watt (drums), Dan Davies (bass), and Joe Hollick (guitar) pushed in a different direction. Forget mainstream, Wolf People aimed to impress through innovation and ingenuity. […]

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Sundara Karma – “Loveblood” EP

Sundara Karma – “Loveblood” EP

A little more than five years, four friends in their mid-teens formed Sundara Karma. Methodically and patiently, they developed their sound, polished their live shows, and started making waves outside their hometown of Reading. Their single, “Flame”, put them on nearly every music tastemaster’s radar, including our own. Their complete package of anthemic, ’90s-inspired pop-rock, thoughtful storytelling, and frenetic live […]

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