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Velo Releases Spring Installment of Their Four-part Album

We reported a few months ago about Austin band Velo’s debut EP. Now, the band has shared the second installment of what will be a four-part release constituting an album’s worth of material…

Album Review: Niagara – Don’t Take It Personally

Italian experimental duo Niagara have been turning heads and perking ears since their debut album Otto dropped onto the scene last year. Their follow-up, Don’t Take It Personally, released earlier this month on…

Album Review: Bishop Allen – Lights Out

Bishop Allen hasn’t released an album since 2009. Their newest effort, Lights Out, dropped via Dead Oceans earlier this week. “Start Again” and “Why I Had to Go,” the album’s first two songs,…

Album Review: Wyrd Visions – Half-Eaten Guitar

Visions is true folk-metal.  There’s repetition for the sake of repetition, casting off expectations for a big build.  On the opening track “Sigill,” fragile vocals come in after 2:30 of the same acoustic guitar riff….

Album Review: TEEN – The Way and the Color

TEEN’s second full-length LP, The Way and Color, strays far from the work of other all-girl bands. The eccentric and psychedelic tunes make TEEN’s music difficult to classify into a single genre. From…

Album Review: Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Pop Press Pick)

I had no idea that the points of reference for Burn Your Fire For No Witness, the new album from Angel Olsen, would be Patsy Cline and Leonard Cohen. Simply put: I had no…

Album Review: Lanterns on the Lake – Until the Colours Run

Lanterns on the Lake released their sophomore album in The States, Until the Colours Run at the start of this year. Preceding their current release was the debut album, Gracious Tide, Take Me…

Album Review: Jess Williamson – Native State (Pop Press Pick)

Austin songstress Jess Williamson has been saving up Native State for a while, and the results are rewarding. Be assured: this is not a record of pop gems; this is not an attempt…

Album Review: Dirty Beaches – Drifters/Love Is the Devil

Listening to the new double-album Drifters/Love is the Devil from Canadian artist Dirty Beaches aka Alex Zhang Hungtai feels rather like being trapped inside someone else’s mind; particularly someone who suffers from interchanging…

Album Review: pacificUV – After the Dream You Are Awake

After the Dream You Are Awake is the fourth full album from Georgia-based indie-group pacificUV. As its title suggests, the album, which appropriately fuses mellow shoegaze, psychedelic dreamsound, and experimental space-rock, is a…

Album Review: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito

After releasing the blistering Fever to Tell, the tightly crafted Show Your Bones, and the chic, shimmering It’s Blitz!, Yeah Yeah Yeahs are back with their fourth studio album. As a whole, the…

Album Review: Odonis Odonis – Better

Better, the latest EP from Toronto-based lo-fi band Odonis Odonis, is a complex and interesting integration of raging punk-rock and noisy shoegaze-surf  wrapped in a steely fold of dark, industrial garage sound. Caked…

Album Review: Born Ruffians – Birthmarks

Birthmarks, the third full-length album from Canadian indie group Born Ruffians, takes its title from the matching birthmarks that frontman Luke Lalonde and his girlfriend share. But before you think it’s purely a…

EP Review: Neon Indian – Errata Anex

Intended as a companion EP for Neon Indian’s 2011 album Era Extraña, ERRATA ANEX (meaning ‘compiled errors’) is a collection of five remixed tracks. Neon Indian’s style is a sort of psychedelic eighties…

Album Review: Iceage – You’re Nothing

Danish punk prodigies Iceage have returned for a sophomore effort, You’re Nothing, on one of indie rock’s most stalwart labels, Matador. With both their debut and second albums, the band seems to find wide…

EP Review: Lazyeyes – Lazyeyes EP

The recording quality, mixing, and production of “Nostalgia” the opener on Brooklyn quartet Lazyeyes’ self-titled, debut EP immediately arrests the listener. It’s so captivating in fact, that it took me another listen to…

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