Bleached - "Ride Your Heart"

Thoroughly enjoyable if a bit slight, Ride Your Heart is the debut LP from Bleached, new home of Mika Miko veterans Jennifer and Jessica Clavin. Like the Dum Dum and Vivian Girls before them, Bleached's primary sound is a reconfiguration of sixties girl group melodies (particularly those of Queens, New York bad girls The Shangri-Las) with lo-fi punk grit. Lovelorn vocals undercut with a hint of nastiness and sweet me...

22 Apr 6:41 PM 0 Read More...

The Men - "New Moon"

The Men are moving fast. They exploded onto the scene with 2011's Leave Home, their second LP, and the first that saw wide release. At the time, The Men made rock music that was reduced to its most primal elements. Guitar noise, howls, and a general dearth of hooks left songs sounding as though they could spin apart at any moment, and one of the chief pleasures of that album was the manners in which the songs both fu...

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Rhye - "Woman"

Like any great new band, Rhye got their start amidst a wave of mystery, rumors, and anticipation. hey released two tracks, "Open" and "The Fall," on their Soundcloud page without any information as to who produced the tracks. The music gained near instantaneous attention with a NSFW video for "Open," and the allure of the unknown just added to the appeal. The band later stated that their intention behind the secrecy...

19 Apr 6:44 PM 0 Read More...

Bonobo - "The North Borders"

There is an album review out there on the internet stating that no particular track stands out on Bonobo’s latest release, The North Borders. It doesn’t matter who wrote the said review or where it came from, because that review doesn’t stand out much itself. Hopefully this review will help clarify things and illustrate the greatness of The North Borders...because it is great. For one thing, any Bonobo fan w...

17 Apr 10:55 PM 0 Read More...

Dump - "Superpowerless"

Being raised as a millennial, for whatever reason, has acutely (and perhaps completely inaccurately) defined my understanding of nostalgia. Growing up immersed in and surrounded by friends, schoolmates, colleagues--imagine a serious-looking kindergartner with a crisp tie and a briefcase--who were born in the early to mid 90s spawned some sort of warped cultural understanding of our collective childhood. Of course it ...

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