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Wampire: Bazaar

Wampire: Bazaar

Cole Waterman October 12, 2014 0

Wampire’s world is one of taking unabashed pleasure in stylized darkness. Think of an 8mm horror film that goes for genuine scares, but ends up being pure camp due to its hokey nature, much

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Wire: Document & Eyewitness

Wire: Document & Eyewitness

Kevin Korber October 12, 2014 0

In 2013, Wire released Change Becomes Us, by far the best record the band put out since reuniting in 2002. What helped that album succeed is that the band had already worked on it

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M83: M83/Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts/Before the Dawn Heals Us

M83: M83/Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts/Before the Dawn Heals Us

Nathan Stevens October 9, 2014 0

Reissues and retrospectives can be jarring. Walking back through time and seeing what we loved or hated as compared to our current feelings is strange. M83, at the time of its inception, seemed to

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Holy Hell! Roman Candle Turns 20

Holy Hell! Roman Candle Turns 20

John L. Murphy October 9, 2014 0

After Elliott Smith’s death in 2003, a wall on Sunset Boulevard, where L.A.’s Silver Lake blends into Los Feliz, filled with tributes. They crept over a colorful design of an auto-repair shop’s façade, featured

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King Tuff: Black Moon Spell

King Tuff: Black Moon Spell

Jester Jay Goldman October 9, 2014 0

Here’s the pitch: We’ll raise T. Rex’s Marc Bolan from the dead and partner him up with the Cramps, then polish the act to create the perfect bubblegum pop band for a Saturday morning

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Weezer: Everything Will Be Alright in the End

Weezer: Everything Will Be Alright in the End

Kevin Korber October 8, 2014 0

The most frustrating aspect of Weezer’s long decline is that it has never once appeared as if Rivers Cuomo was selling out in any way. Even at the peak of his flirtation with the

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Esben and the Witch: A New Nature

Esben and the Witch: A New Nature

Michael Merline October 8, 2014 0

Brighton’s Esben and the Witch released a split LP with fuzz rockers Thought Forms earlier this year, introducing the standout track “No Dog,” a song that returns with just as much impact on third

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Flying Lotus: You’re Dead!

Flying Lotus: You’re Dead!

Jake Cole October 7, 2014 0

There’s no point in saying that Steven Ellison’s latest LP as Flying Lotus, You’re Dead!, represents a creative peak, because at this stage in his career the odds are excellent that you’ll have to

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Rediscover: Kelley Polar: I Need You to Hold on While the Sky Is Falling

Rediscover: Kelley Polar: I Need You to Hold on While the Sky Is Falling

Michael Merline October 7, 2014 0

Even though electronic musician Kelley Polar’s two records share many of the same stylistic tricks, debut Love Songs of the Hanging Gardens rarely hinted at how strangely impressive his 2008 sophomore record would be

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Tennis: Ritual in Repeat

Tennis: Ritual in Repeat

Katherine Springer October 7, 2014 0

With their third album in four years, the husband-and-wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley are releasing their dreamy indie-pop at a breakneck pace. Thankfully, within that short period of time, Tennis has not

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