Of Ennui: All Things Bad & Mean
Apr11

Of Ennui: All Things Bad & Mean

Of Ennui’s melodic discord channels My Bloody Valentine’s speaker eviscerating distortion, all while adding layers of viscous dread. There’s a defiant sense of peril, aggression, and intangible comfort throughout the record’s hypnotic running time.

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Interview w/ Amanda Starling of Angry Grrrl Music
Apr01

Interview w/ Amanda Starling of Angry Grrrl Music

Started in 2016, Angry Grrrl Music highlights “women, femmes, LGBTQ+, and minority movements in the punk rock & indie rock scenes,” and guests span from the musicians themselves to “supporting” members of the music industry like Jamie Coletta of SideOne Dummy Records and Sheridan Allen of mental health advocacy group Punk Talks.

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Bacchanal to Basics: Low Ceilings & Loud Music in ’80s San Diego
Mar30

Bacchanal to Basics: Low Ceilings & Loud Music in ’80s San Diego

Back before the earth cooled and life crawled from the primordial ooze, nightclubs dotted San Diego’s map. The Spirit (off of Morena Boulevard) always had great bands running through and if they knew my I.D. was fake, they never made a big deal out of it.

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Recordlection: Bachelor No. 2
Mar26

Recordlection: Bachelor No. 2

Bachelor No. 2 (or, the last remains of the dodo) is not only one of the key records in the official turning point for my taste in music as I approached the Sweet Sixteen, but it would continue to endure throughout key moments in the rest of my high school days, and well beyond.

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Dudes, Stop Bragging About Music
Mar17

Dudes, Stop Bragging About Music

Whatever you do, please don’t be the guy mansplaining the merits of an aughts Kasabian record. It’s cool to like a band, but you don’t need to cradle their vinyl in your hands as if you’re giving a lecture at a museum of photographic arts.

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The Rallies on the Pop-Prowess of ‘Serve’
Mar17

The Rallies on the Pop-Prowess of ‘Serve’

The Rallies are the real deal when it comes to power pop — music that fills your heart and soul with joy, even if the basis of the song is not always a happy ending.

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Sharkmuffin Hits Moonshot with ‘Space Glow’
Mar12

Sharkmuffin Hits Moonshot with ‘Space Glow’

Back in January, we experienced the first snapshot of Sharkmuffin’s upcoming opus, Tsuki. The rough mix of “Little Bird” was an elegiac thunderstorm of adult compromises.

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Jens Lekman: Life Will See You Now
Mar05

Jens Lekman: Life Will See You Now

In some ways, Life Will See You Now is another pleasant and familiar Jens Lekman album, but it largely marks a major personal hurdle for an artist who has endured a lot for someone still only in his mid-30s.

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Interview w/ Heather Cousins of Ex-Girlfriends
Mar04

Interview w/ Heather Cousins of Ex-Girlfriends

The instrument jarring, floor stomping, guttural vehemence of Brooklyn’s Ex-Girlfriends — Tarra Thiessen, Heather Cousins, Christine Hill, Monika Knapp — create a landscape of circus mirrors and guitar eviscerating mayhem.

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Strand of Oaks: Hard Love
Mar01

Strand of Oaks: Hard Love

Now, far removed from the jet black, unfortunate moments seen earlier in his life and career, Showalter is set to shed it all and move forward with Hard Love, a flat-out rock record that is meant to embrace the good things.

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