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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Sage Francis at the Fox Theatre

In the early evening, a small crowd slowly begins to gather in the Fox Theatre, eagerly awaiting the highly anticipated spoken word and hip hop artist Sage Francis. But before the man himself made a début, he brought with him two acts, one from his self-created record label Strange Famous, Prolyphic, and another based out of Denver, Wheelchair Sports Camp. A five member group fronted by their small but mighty MC Kal...

22 Apr 6:07 PM 0 Read More...

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...

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Akron/Family at the Larimer Lounge

The show at Larimer Lounge started simply enough with Ged Gengras, under the psyuedonym M Geddas Gengas, an artist who recently collaborated with psych rock band Sun Araw and legendary dub pioneers The Congos on a joint release in 2012. That he also was the drummer in Pocahaunted, Beth Consentino of Best Coast fame's first musical project, is also notable. These projects both scratched at the outer reaches of popular...

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