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LISTEN NOW: Pile - "You're Better Than This" PLUS Review

Pile You’re Better Than This Boston, MA (Exploding in Sound Records) You're Better Than This by pile The Boston head-smasher four piece has proven to be a formidable leader in the world of noise rock. Their fifth LP, You’re Better Than This, maintains that visceral crunch. Think back to ’90s Touch & Go and Dischord […]Read More »

LISTEN NOW: The Hiders - "Totem"

The Hiders Totem Cincinnati, OH (Self-released) Totem by The Hiders After a decade playing together, The Hiders have long figured out their strengths: splendid harmonies; slow-building, worth-the-wait songs; and, most of all, tight musicianship with perfectly chosen parts played for each moment. In addition to these strengths, Totem, the band’s fifth album, showcases well-crafted lyrics, […]Read More »

VINYL OF THE MONTH: Trust Fund/Joanna Gruesome Split 12"

VINYL OF THE MONTH Trust Fund/Joanna Gruesome Split 12” (HHBTM Records) “Split LP exudes noisy, abrasive bliss…” Joanna Gruesome / Trust Fund Split 12" by Trust Fund / Joanna Gruesome It’s always a joy to get new Joanna Gruesome vinyl, and this time out fans are treated to a delicious two-fer: a split LP with […]Read More »

WATCH: Will Butler Live on Letterman PLUS Our Review of "Policy"

Will Butler Policy Montreal, QC (Merge Records) Capturing a blend of gritty art-pop, sadcore sensibilities and indie joy, this breakout LP is a bombastic, yet heartfelt bound towards making a name for himself outside of Arcade Fire. The 8-song release is a giddy departure from Butler’s main role as multi-instrumentalist in the aforementioned AF. Its loose […]Read More »

REVIEW: Sleater-Kinney "No Cities To Love" PLUS Full Album Stream

Sleater-Kinney No Cities To Love Olympia, WA (Sub Pop) Sleater Kinney originally formed in Olympia, WA in 1994 and quickly began turning heads in the “riot grrl” scene, a feminist hardcore punk scene originating out of the Pacific Northwest. Now the band’s eighth album is here and it’s been ten years since their previous effort […]Read More »

REVIEW: Father John Misty - "I Love You, Honeybear" PLUS Full Album Stream

Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear Seattle, WA (Sub Pop) I Love You, Honeybear is Joshua Tillman’s second effort under the moniker Father John Misty. Written by Tillman and produced by Jonathan Wilson, the album serves as a love letter to his Emma Elizabeth Tillman – who played a dominatrix in the video for […]Read More »

PHOTO GALLERY: St. Vincent Live in Providence

St. Vincent  Lupo’s – Providence/RI March 8, 2015 Breaking the boundaries of art rock Ripping a 10-foot section of molding from a balcony overhang, Annie Clark proved that Providence (or any city, for that matter) is no match for the blistering St. Vincent.This encore thrashing of “Strange Mercy” found bits of Lupo’s Hearbreak Hotel scattered over […]Read More »

Bush Live at Boston's House of Blues

At Chicago’s Riviera Theatre February 13, 2015 The boys of Bush never basked so brightly than last night at House of Blues. Frontman Gavin Rossdale marveled at the band’s seemingly immortal reverie that has managed to span two decades. Their debut album, 1994’s Sixteen Stone, practically lit listeners’ on fire with its dissonant guitars and swarming, melodically […]Read More »

PHOTO GALLERY: Sleater-Kinney Live in Boston

Sleater-Kinney House of Blues, Boston/MA February 22, 2015 Pounding through over 20 songs, the punkish trio of Corin Tucker (vocals, guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitar, vocals), and Janet Weiss (drums) proved that Sleater-Kinney must not be forgotten. Their return, almost a decade after disbanding, was a tour de force rather than a trip down nostalgia lane. […]Read More »

Theophilus London Live in Boston

Theophilus London doesn’t need to do much to command an audience when he performs—his discography speaks for itself. The Trinidadian born artist released Vibes this past November, and his sophomore effort showcased his predisposition for brooding rhythms, pummeling crescendos, and smoldering vocals—with a profound tinge of Caribbean ecstasy. It was executively produced by Kanye West, […]Read More »

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