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Record Review: Shout Out Louds – Optica

I’ve got my big hair on, my fluorescent spandex ensemble, and my rubber bracelets. The year is 2013, but when I listen to Shout Out Louds it’s the 1980’s all over again and that makes me very happy.  I am going to get on my 80’s kick and I’m going to enjoy it.  It is … Continue reading

Record Review: Sleep Lady – So Long Lonely Ghost

“The soundtrack you never heard to a movie that was never made about people you never met.” This is what you find in the “about” section on Sleep Lady’s Facebook page and it couldn’t be more fitting. Sleep Lady is a 5 piece, (mostly) instrumental post-rock / metal dream pop band from San Diego, CA. The band was … Continue reading

A Neophyte’s Guide to Frank Zappa, Part One: The Essentials

Starting last June, and running all the way throughout 2012, the entire Frank Zappa catalogue was re-issued by Universal. This was no tiny feat: the reissues came in waves and by it’s end, some 65 albums were reissued, covering everything from his forays into doo-wop, experimental music collages, jazz and hard rock. Not to mention … Continue reading

13 Questions with TTNG

TTNG (formally known as This Town Needs Guns) Have had quite the year. TTNG found out that their lead singer and guitar player Stuart Smith would be leaving the band to start a family and the band recruited singer Henry Tremain. However, soon after beginning work on their new record the band was faced with … Continue reading

Record Review: Palma Violets – 180

Propelled by a couple of hyped-up reviews and a slot on the NME Awards Tour, Palma Violets have burst onto the pages of countless music magazines over the past few months. Initially, I was slightly wary of them – with the music press so keen to shove their self-proclaimed “saviours of indie” down our throats … Continue reading

Wild Adriatic / Mirk @ Bayou Café, Albany NY (2/15/13)

Disclaimer: this post represents a shameless promo for some cool bands local to my current residence, so please don’t expect the kind of hard biting criticism that customarily adorns the pages of this prestigious and serious blog. Having lived in close proximity to the capital of the great state of New York for almost three … Continue reading

14 Questions with Baptists

Today sees the release of Baptists first full length LP, Bushcraft, which is an unrelenting collection of in-your-face thrashers from start to finish. It’s the groups first full length (their only other release being 2010’s self-titled EP), Bushcraft sounds as if they have been playing together for years. Thick, powerful riffs and technical drumming combine with … Continue reading

Interview: Zach Cooper of Coheed and Cambria

While Coheed and Cambria were in Salt Lake City to play a show at the legendary Great Saltair on February 15, 2013, I had the amazing opportunity to sit down and ask Coheed’s bassist Zach Cooper some questions. Cooper was officially announced as the new bass player for the band at the end of April 2012. Coheed and Cambria … Continue reading

Passion Pit / Matt & Kim @ RPI Fieldhouse, Troy NY (2/11/13)

Troy, New York – the birthplace of Uncle Sam and the historical center of Dutch, New Netherlands. I had never been on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy before, but the place is hotbed for collegiate ice hockey (apparently RPI has a top-notch program). I had also never seen a concert in a … Continue reading

Record Review: Foals – Holy Fire

Ever since the UK’s Foals came onto the radar of music listeners in North America, they displayed something interesting, a flare that set them apart from certain homogenous sounding groups in indie rock. With some of the members having mathematics backgrounds at Oxford University, it was easy for everyone to lump them into the indie … Continue reading


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