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One Track Minds: A Price to Be Paid

By Lisa Waugh There’s alchemy at play here as One Track Minds forges sounds, noise, and genres, blending them back onto themselves in their latest work, A Price to Be Paid. There’s pop, a strident metallish rockabilly, and the echoey international ballad punk strum of the late ’70s/early ‘80s. There’s more than that. The album […]

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Russell Lee: What Do I Do

By Antiem Boyd Russell Lee’s latest album What Do I Do is less of a question than a possible guidepost, especially in these vexing times. In the style of the old school folk crooner, Lee is pondering life as he knows it, honestly and without flinching. The guitars on What Do I Do are gorgeous, […]

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von Konow: “Cosmic”

By Lela Ajait For his new record Lieder, Marko von Konow royally growls his way through this crazy old world, fully embracing that sweet spot of one of the best musical eras. Von Konow is, in a phrase, ‘80s-tastic crack at storytelling. He’s U2, Depeche Mode, a bit of Eurythmics, and just a tad Rocky […]

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Magnetic Ghost: Loss Molecules

By Stephen Chow Shoegaze is a tricky genre for me. It can either be engaging or trigger laughter. What Andrew Larson has done with Loss Molecules is definitely in the engaging end of the spectrum. It’s big, it’s burrowing, it’s expansive and I feel like I need a broadsword in my hand. Possibly I need […]

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Fire to the Stars

Fire to the Stars: The Death Ride By Lisa Waugh We live in a world of screens. We want and need to be engaged. So when an artist fully unlocks all of the power of audio and video, you know they’re doing it right. Fire to the Stars didn’t just make a video in support […]

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Space Cadets

By Stephen Chow Space Cadet’s self-titled album is solid. It’s breezy, hard edged, silly, real (well, real for three young white dudes), and very well crafted. Zachary Wexelman’s vocals made me a believer from note one. Dan Creed and John Cocco help shape the hip-hop, pop, and R&B project. On one hand, Space Cadets are […]

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Max Fite: Shake It On Down

By Lisa Waugh There’s an easiness to Max Fite’s music. There’s also some steel and grit. The indie rock artist’s latest Shake It On Down rings of Tom Petty, The Killers, and a peck of Sting across the six tracks. There’s a quiet confidence to Fite which is possible when you’re this good looking, but […]

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