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Tommy Alto – Atlas // Patterson

August 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s really easy to mess up a genre like math-pop. There are just so many opportunities where it can go wrong, and just the same, so many areas where it can go right. Tommy Alto...

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Silverbird – Surface Life

June 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

There is a really beautiful moment during “Hollow Heart”, the opening track off of Silverbird’s upcoming EP Surface Life, where the subdued, piano-centric, stripped-down opening gives way to a crescendo of drum rolls and soaring guitars.  It’s...

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Childish Gambino – because the internet

December 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

I’m pretty sure we all remember when Donald Glover made a huge splash on Community a few years back, but what was more memorable was when he made an even bigger splash as Childish Gambino...

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Suli Breaks – The Dormroom

July 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

A British spoken word poet talking about his college experience and feelings on life sounds like something taken right from a hipster’s journal. However, Suli Breaks manages to make this idea into a reality- minus...

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Verhoven – Verhoven

July 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

As it turns out, the life of a young professional is a lot busier than the life of a more-or-less unemployed recent college graduate. As I write, lunch is taking place around me. People are...

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Let Me In – Welcome Home

July 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Italian pop-punk band Let Me In is back with a new EP entitled Welcome Home.  It is their fourth release having published two other EPs and a full length album since 2005.  The sound is...

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Fourth Quarter Comeback, upon first appearance, look like a group of assholes not a day over 19. First impressions are everything, guys. I’m tired of seeing greased up dudes fronting bands. The photo that was...

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Sick/Sea – “Moral Compass” EP

October 10, 2012 | 1 Comments

When I was told about Sick/Sea’s new EP Moral Compass coming out, I was given the following description: “Theirs are songs of life and love and the discernment gained through human relationship.” The description was...

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No Rest For The Wicked (or DZ Deathrays)

February 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

Insomniacs of the world: you’re not the only ones getting “No Sleep”. In fact, everyone is. (Note: won’t actually affect your REM cycle.) Now that you’re well and confused, I’ll explain: there’s an EP being released...

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Dragon Fighters United! If a musician wants to gain fame, there are two options: excel in an existing genre, or appear on the front line of a new one. Chicago-based I Fight Dragons falls squarely...

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