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Human Darts: Explicit Thoughts

By DG Barrow Human Darts is what happens when a band with a cult following back in the late ‘70s gives birth to various musical babies and then re-emerges from its subterranean lair in the mid aughts, having evolved into a monstrously awesome strain of its original self. What Shane Close and John Arduser bring […]

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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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Chameleon Technology: Blank Canvas

By Shep Landers Behold, Max Histrionic’s Chameleon Technology and the latest project Blank Canvas, a fun as hell breakneck immersive experience. It’s a record of anthems, screamed to perfection by Histrionic who sounds like a punk James Hetfield, especially on track “Self Repair.” Then he’s a kind of John Doe meets Brandon Boyd on “Blank […]

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Bitter’s Kiss: “My God”

We’ve covered this major talent before and Chloe Baker, as Bitter’s Kiss, is a force. She’s back with a powerful video addressing religion, faith, and the resulting conflict across the world. Baker explains, “‘My God’ is my reaction to the irony in religious conflict. Religious beliefs are most often promoted as ways to make us […]

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TALIA: Thugs They Look Like Angels

By Stephen Chow Consider my doors officially blown off. This French trio will certainly remind Hole fans how good that band used to be and how the sound is alive and well in TALIA. TALIA transcends that time and place, even if they have as much balls as Hole did. But their intent is not […]

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The Departure: Gateways

By Lisa Waugh Straight outta Salt Lake, The Departure is a five-piece band bursting with energy, shredding soundwaves like it’s no big deal. From the first track “For the Best” to the last “Thoughts,” Ryan DeBlanc, Max Hedding, Gaven Allein, Aidan McDonald, and Dylan Proesch are having the best of times and we want in. […]

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Tumbler: Come to the Edge

By Lisa Waugh Tumbler’s latest once again demonstrates what happens when several generations come together to make indie music. Come to the Edge is loaded with beautiful ballads, inspiring lyrics, and the Grace brand vintage meets modern irony with Dave Needham as a willing accomplice. But let’s start with Richard Grace, a veteran music maker […]

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Flight Feathers: Days Like These

By Lisa Waugh Babi Pal’s project Flight Feathers was created in his garage. He’s proud of that and he should be. Like many successful things created in garages, his latest record Days Like These is a fine testament to that American spirit. Pal’s music is rife with life lessons learned but is never burdened with […]

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Jess Wayne: Ride the River

By Jon Mason  Jess Wayne has certainly cut his own creative path. Only he hears this particular drumbeat. His new record Ride the River reflects his unique and earnest quest. His music feels vintage but enjoyably so. Definitely not dated. There’s a ‘70s honky tonk/lounge vibe running throughout the album. Wayne has a talent for […]

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Galapaghost: I Never Arrived

By Lisa Waugh Casey Chandler is a hell of a lyricist. And he’s funny. That’s the power behind his project as Galapaghost (clever name, that). I Never Arrived is soulful, intense, and quite on point. First off, the record is open and honest. “Somewhere” and “The Secrets Our Body Keeps” are both stirring and soothing. […]

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The smallest Creature: “Reboot”

By Antiem Boyd If “Reboot” is any indication, the upcoming record from The smallest Creature will do quite well. The single is ethereal and reflects the power of the band. The echoey treatment isn’t overplayed, giving the track a dream-like quality. The production is on point as well. I was privy to three more tracks […]

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Mike Comfort: Pretty Sweet Stuff!

By Mike Drinkard Me and Stephen Chow like to get high and listen to music. A lot of times, we write our reviews high. I guess I should say Stephen Chow and I. Our editor and the owner of this magazine know this. She doesn’t care how we live our lives. She just wants us […]

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Jane in Space: Feel It Alive

By Stephen Chow I’m into it. The name of the band. Every track of Feel It Alive. I’m one of those people who loves ‘90s music. And Jane in Space serves it up very well on this record. It’s more than an homage. There’s a definite electronic edge of the now. We’re here and now […]

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Audio Jane: A Full Bird’s Wing

By Lisa Waugh Audio Jane‘s A Full Bird’s Wing is a glorious time machine back to the sweet spot of the ‘90s. Even if that’s not the goal of the EP, it’s certainly a welcome sensation. Sarah Pech and bandmates Mike Goldberg, Mark Cote, Jesse Perkins, and Noah Miller have captured that certain sound when […]

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