Vajra: Pleroma

on November 16, 2012

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New York four-piece Vajra’s debut album Pleroma is the most pleasant of surprises. The first track kicks in with its treble-y, melodious bass and ominous drums and you think “oh, I get it – this is Tool.” But if you wait just a few seconds, the stately vocals of lead singer Annamaria Pinna enter the fray and you realize you’re in for something different. — more

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Scarlet Hollow: What If Never Was

on November 14, 2012

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The members of Ventura, CA four-piece outfit Scarlet Hollow are clearly metal connoisseurs. For What If Never Was, their first full-length record, they’ve culled together ten impressive tracks that pull their influences from across the genre – the intense riffs of death metal, the melodic keyboards and sweeping solos of power metal, and even, in places, the grandiosity of early proto-metal pioneers like Heart. This is a hefty list of influences to wear, and Scarlet Hollow tributes them all with noteable skill. — more

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Linkin Park: Living Things

on July 07, 2012

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Giant, transforming robots may be absent from the box office this year, but that doesn’t mean perennial rap/rockers Linkin Park get to take the year off. Their fifth album, Living Things, builds upon their commitment to release a new album every 18 months. However, is that a decision that leads them to place quantity over quality? — more

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Bruce Springsteen: Wrecking Ball

on March 06, 2012

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Bruce Springsteen is not typically one to sequelize his albums. Except for Nebraska/The Ghost of Tom Joad/Devils & Dust, which can rightfully be viewed as a sort of trio, most of his records attempt to do something markedly different from past efforts: Born to Run was a teenage epic, Darkness a working-class ode, The River a celebration of rock & roll, etc. Yet in Wrecking Ball we can see Bruce provide almost a direct sequel to one of his previous albums, one comprised of material that he didn’t even write — We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions. — more

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Presadona: Filling the Void

on June 05, 2011

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Presadona has a unique relationship with Nerdy Nothings. Their song “Back & Forth Forever” has provided the intro music to our podcast since the first episode. We even got the band to record an episode of that podcast, though it’s sadly been lost to the ages due to mangled audio. Clearly we know and like these guys, so it might seem suspect for us to present a review of their album. However, what appears below is my unbiased opinion. — more

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The Lonely Island: Turtleneck & Chain

on May 10, 2011

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I’m torn on how to review the new Lonely Island record. On the one hand, as a comedy album, its value depends entirely on whether or not it’s funny, and comedy is a very subjective thing. On the other hand, that doesn’t make for a very good article, and I think it’s interesting to look at what does or doesn’t make comedy work. — more

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The Cars: Move Like This

on May 10, 2011

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To decide if Move Like This was an album I even wanted to listen to, I first read the A.V. Club’s review of it this morning. Because of that, my impression of the record has probably been colored by reviewer Steven Hyden’s opinion. — more

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8in8: Nighty Night

on April 26, 2011

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Like last week’s The Fall, a Gorillaz album recorded purely on an iPad, Nighty Night will be a record forever remembered more for what it is than the songs on it. Created at a conference at Berkelee Music College in Boston by four superstars (Ben Folds, Neil Gaiman, Damian Kulash of OK Go and Amanda Palmer) over the course of 12 hours, Nighty Night stands as a testament to the spectacular imagination of some industry giants, as well as a nice reminder of how fun crazy experiments like this can be. — more

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Ray Davies: See My Friends

on April 05, 2011

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Almost 50 years after English rock band The Kinks first took to the stage, former frontman Ray Davies (now 66 years old) has released what some might see as his “victory lap” album. Entitled See My Friends, Davies’ latest record finds him re-rendering Kinks classics alongside scads of notable musicians such as Jackson Browne, Billy Corgan and Lucinda Williams. It’s not quite a greatest hits disc and not quite a tribute album, but rather some Frankensteinian conglomeration of the two. It’s also really very good. — more

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Radiohead: The King Of Limbs

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on February 19, 2011

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Can Radiohead ever do wrong?

Each album released by the band is so highly anticipated, amplified by starving fans scouring the internet for a whisper of gossip regarding new material. — more

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