Category Archives: Album Reviews

Album Review: Mas Ysa - Worth

There’s an art to first impressions. As an artist, you really only get to make one first step onto the scene, and whether everyone cares or no one cares, that’s the point from which you take every single step after. For Thomas Arsenault, that first step has been a long time in the making. He’sRead more...

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Album Review: Dum Dum Girls - Too True

Dee Dee Penny is a woman who cannot be held down. With pretty much every album she’s crafted with Dum Dum Girls, she’s pushed forward the cutting edge of the Brooklyn indie rock scene. That case was especially evident with 2011′s Only In Dreams. Together with its phenomenal coda EP, End of Daze, Dee DeeRead more...

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Agitated Atmosphere: Chris Zabriskie - Cylinders

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As major labels continue to exist behind the times, artists and labels with little capital and lesser reputations are producing some of the most innovative, interesting, and inspiring music. Whether it’s creating a new niche in digital technology or looking to once obsolete formats, Agitated Atmosphere hopes to pull back the curtain on a wealthRead more...

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Album Review: Pixies - EP-2

When we saw Pixies return to the scene last summer, everything moved in a bit of a blur. With the departure of Kim Deal came the immediate release of “Bagboy“, the first new Pixies offering since the Kim-led “Bam Thwok” single of 2004 (which was the only original release from Pixies since they broke upRead more...

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Album Review: Warpaint - Warpaint

If their lyrics give any sense of how tough the ladies of Warpaint are, the Los Angeles quartet aren’t a band so much as they are a gang. Not in the organized crime sense, but in the “don’t mess with us” sense. Case in point: On “Elephants”, the second track on the band’s 2008 debutRead more...

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Album Review: Childbirth - It’s A Girl!

Seattle’s feminist rock scene has a beautifully rich history at this point, and it’s a total blast to see where the kids are taking it. Three bands in particular have, hand in hand, brought the noise consistently for the last couple years: Chastity Belt, Tacocat, and Pony Time. These three acts have each spun SeattleRead more...

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Album Review: Damien Jurado - Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son

I first listened to Damien Jurado‘s 11th album, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, while walking through our shared hometown of Seattle on a particularly rainy day. The first formidable moments of “Magic Number,” transported me into a movie full of earnest life truths. Like his 2012 album, Maraqopa, Brothers and Sisters has instant cinematicRead more...

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Album Review: Childish Gambino - Because the Internet

Donald Glover has done a lot of thinking in the past two years. “That Camp was a million years ago, sing me a different song” he raps on the closer of his new record Because the Internet. The referenced 2011 studio album debut does feel like forever ago now. After self-releasing three albums and threeRead more...

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Album Review: The Flaming Lips - Peace Sword

There’s no sleep for The Flaming Lips this year. After releasing the uncharacteristically dark (but well received) concept album The Terror in the first half of the year and playing a string of supporting dates (including a headliner spot at this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party), the Lips went back to the studio in OklahomaRead more...

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Album Review: The Music of Grand Theft Auto V, Vol. 1

The Grand Theft Auto video game series has never been a stranger to good music. Old school fans still cling to the 2002 Vice City entry for the precious Wave 103 radio station, where you can listen to Psychedelic Furs, Gary Numan, and Human League while running from the cops down a neon Miami-esque highway.Read more...

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