Author Archives: Gerrit Feenstra

Album Review: Liturgy – The Ark Work

Hunter Hunt-Hendrix cannot catch a break. With his work as Liturgy, he has crafted some of the most vivacious, jarring metal records we’ve heard in recent years. Take 2011’s Aesthetica as an example. The record operates between quiet and loud like little else on the market. Its use of black metal techniques (blast beat, tremoloRead more…

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Album Review: Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

“I remember you was conflicted, misusing your influence – sometimes I did the same.” Kendrick Lamar dug himself a bit of a hole on his explosive 2012 breakthrough LP, good kid, m.A.A.d city. His problem? He’s a fantastic storyteller. Actually, he’s likely one of the best we’ve ever had. In two and a half years,Read more…

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Album Review: Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

If you really think about it, Sufjan Stevens has made a living for over 15 years now asking one simple question: what should I believe? On his debut, A Sun Came, belief was an overcrowded canvas, wet with word vomit and impossibly complex to navigate (much like all of our minds). For the two stateRead more…

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Album Review: Twin Shadow – Eclipse

As soon as word came out earlier this year that George Lewis Jr. had signed with Warner Brothers, there was one thing that was clear: Twin Shadow was getting bigger. Not just in the commercial sense – rather, all of the massive 80s indulgences explored on past records were now going to have the ceilingRead more…

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Album Review: Heems – Eat Pray Thug

“Product of partition” – that’s how Himanshu Suri, a.k.a. Heems, defines himself on Eat Pray Thug closer “Patriot Act”. On that track, he talks about how growing up as a man of Indian descent in post-9/11 NYC was a nightmare. “From then on they called all of us Osama”, he recalls towards the end, “ThoseRead more…

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Album Review: Will Butler – Policy

If you call yourself an Arcade Fire fan and have seen the band at least once in the live setting, there’s a good chance that you need absolutely no introduction to Will Butler. When Arcade Fire skyrocketed to the moon amongst the Reflektor hype of 2013, it was clear that the one facet of theirRead more…

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Live Review: Caribou with Koreless at Showbox at the Market 3/4/2015

Truly, we can’t do without you, Dan Snaith. With a discography 15 years deep and only getting sweeter with time, any chance to see Snaith in any venue under any of his monikers is an incredible blessing. In fact, I bet he could have sold just as many tickets throwing a DJ set as DaphniRead more…

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Album Review: Purity Ring – Another Eternity

Two and a half years have passed since Purity Ring dropped their debut LP Shrines on 4AD. Every time I hear that, I’m totally baffled. How has it only been two and a half years? It feels like Purity Ring have been a household indie pop name for an eternity. After a handful of oneRead more…

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Live Review: Flight Facilities with Beat Connection at Showbox at the Market 2/21/15

There’s this interview reel with Rod Serling that plays over the intro of Flight Facilities opening dance number “Two Bodies” on their debut LP, Down To Earth. Here, the famous Twilight Zone narrator reconciles the ideas of commercialism and creativity as the house beat fades in and Emma Louise sings straight to your soul. IRead more…

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Album Review: Dan Deacon – Gliss Riffer

Dan Deacon has one dynamic range: massive. Loud, soft, euphoric, cacophonous, it doesn’t matter – what Dan Deacon does is at full blast, whatever the knob at hand may be. There are intimidating levels of passion and conviction in every second of his recordings, with or without any vocals attached. It’s for this reason thatRead more…

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