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Zoom MY BLOODY VALENTINE
m b v
8 out of 10
Often considered the grandfathers of the shoegaze genre, Dublin four-piece My Bloody Valentine have only released two full-length albums in the last 22 years, 1988′s Isn’t Anything and 1991′s Loveless, the later of which has since gone on to become a classic. For those keeping score, the whole idea of ‘shoegazing’; musicians standing in a detached, unmoving state on stage and gazing introspectively at their own shoes in between squealing guitar drones, is inherently ridiculous. What isn’t silly, though, is the care that often goes into creating this type of music.
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MY BLOODY VALENTINE

m b v

8 out of 10

Often considered the grandfathers of the shoegaze genre, Dublin four-piece My Bloody Valentine have only released two full-length albums in the last 22 years, 1988′s Isn’t Anything and 1991′s Loveless, the later of which has since gone on to become a classic. For those keeping score, the whole idea of ‘shoegazing’; musicians standing in a detached, unmoving state on stage and gazing introspectively at their own shoes in between squealing guitar drones, is inherently ridiculous. What isn’t silly, though, is the care that often goes into creating this type of music.

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03.16.13 3
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Centipede Hz
9 out of 10
Animal Collective’s ninth studio album, Centipede Hz, feels like a sonic midlife crisis. The experimental pop outfit from Baltimore, made up of Noah Lennox (Panda Bear), David Portner (Avey Tare), Josh Dibb (Deakin), and Brian Weitz (Geologist), have been inking out their warped sonic neon light show for the past 12 years now, and managed to achieve crossover appeal with 2009’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, an album widely praised as a modern classic. While it’s true that Merriweather was a gorgeous record, in some ways it sanded off the group’s more abrasive edges, such as their tendency to overpower melody through the sheer density of manufactured noise, and eliminated vocalist Avery Tare’s manic yelping, handing most of the vocal duties to the more subdued Panda Bear instead. It also had hit songs, such as the wildly popular “My Girls”, a great tune, but one that endeared them to more mainstream listeners who probably had no idea just how fucking weird the band really was.
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ANIMAL COLLECTIVE

Centipede Hz

9 out of 10

Animal Collective’s ninth studio album, Centipede Hz, feels like a sonic midlife crisis. The experimental pop outfit from Baltimore, made up of Noah Lennox (Panda Bear), David Portner (Avey Tare), Josh Dibb (Deakin), and Brian Weitz (Geologist), have been inking out their warped sonic neon light show for the past 12 years now, and managed to achieve crossover appeal with 2009’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, an album widely praised as a modern classic. While it’s true that Merriweather was a gorgeous record, in some ways it sanded off the group’s more abrasive edges, such as their tendency to overpower melody through the sheer density of manufactured noise, and eliminated vocalist Avery Tare’s manic yelping, handing most of the vocal duties to the more subdued Panda Bear instead. It also had hit songs, such as the wildly popular “My Girls”, a great tune, but one that endeared them to more mainstream listeners who probably had no idea just how fucking weird the band really was.

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Zoom ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFFITI
Mature Themes
8 out of 10
Just who the hell is Ariel Pink, anyways? In one corner, are those claiming the 34-year-old musician (born Ariel Rosenberg) is a scrap-heap genius, churning out hundreds of purposefully alienating demos since the 1990’s. In the other, are those who think he’s simply hiding behind the archetype of the lonely outsider preening for a cult audience, and that his pastiche of cheeky psych pop, 60’s krautrock, and cheesy 70’s AM radio is simply a navel-gazing stunt. It’s hard to know just how to take his persona, but what matters here isn’t the recent pink-dyed hair or meltdown last year at Coachella, but rather the sheer novelty of his musical oeuvre.
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ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFFITI

Mature Themes

8 out of 10

Just who the hell is Ariel Pink, anyways? In one corner, are those claiming the 34-year-old musician (born Ariel Rosenberg) is a scrap-heap genius, churning out hundreds of purposefully alienating demos since the 1990’s. In the other, are those who think he’s simply hiding behind the archetype of the lonely outsider preening for a cult audience, and that his pastiche of cheeky psych pop, 60’s krautrock, and cheesy 70’s AM radio is simply a navel-gazing stunt. It’s hard to know just how to take his persona, but what matters here isn’t the recent pink-dyed hair or meltdown last year at Coachella, but rather the sheer novelty of his musical oeuvre.

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COLD ESKIMO
Glass Beach
Singer Rachelle Martin, guitarist Nick Bear, bassist/guitarist Gary Bladen, and drummer Julian Loy are Cold Eskimo, a”baroque pop” outfit hailing from the sleepy California gutter town of Sacramento, a place that’s somehow producing some stellar indie music these days. From the lo-fi pop/punk of G. Green, to the aggressively fractured hip-hop trio Death Grips, Sacramento has amassed quite a formidable lineup of talented musicians. Cold Eskimo are no exception, and on their debut LP Glass Beach, they deftly combine lush production, joyous melodies, and some of the prettiest chamber/folk this side of fellow Sacramento-native Julie Baenziger.
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COLD ESKIMO

Glass Beach

Singer Rachelle Martin, guitarist Nick Bear, bassist/guitarist Gary Bladen, and drummer Julian Loy are Cold Eskimo, a”baroque pop” outfit hailing from the sleepy California gutter town of Sacramento, a place that’s somehow producing some stellar indie music these days. From the lo-fi pop/punk of G. Green, to the aggressively fractured hip-hop trio Death Grips, Sacramento has amassed quite a formidable lineup of talented musicians. Cold Eskimo are no exception, and on their debut LP Glass Beach, they deftly combine lush production, joyous melodies, and some of the prettiest chamber/folk this side of fellow Sacramento-native Julie Baenziger.

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09.08.12 3
Zoom BARONESS
Yellow & Green
6 out of 10
It would almost be a daring thing nowadays for a band known for a certain type of sound to continue in that familiar vein, or in the case of prominent sludge metal outfit Baroness, actually progress in an even more aggressive direction. The Savannah, Georgia four-piece’s last two albums, 2007’s Red Album and 2009’s Blue Record, were masterworks of visceral sludge metal; dark, pulverizing, progressive, and intensely melodic. On their latest opus, Yellow & Green, the inventive band takes what first appears to be a surprising left turn into alt-rock territory, until one realizes that this seems to be the predictable trajectory for bands of this ilk.
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BARONESS

Yellow & Green

6 out of 10

It would almost be a daring thing nowadays for a band known for a certain type of sound to continue in that familiar vein, or in the case of prominent sludge metal outfit Baroness, actually progress in an even more aggressive direction. The Savannah, Georgia four-piece’s last two albums, 2007’s Red Album and 2009’s Blue Record, were masterworks of visceral sludge metal; dark, pulverizing, progressive, and intensely melodic. On their latest opus, Yellow & Green, the inventive band takes what first appears to be a surprising left turn into alt-rock territory, until one realizes that this seems to be the predictable trajectory for bands of this ilk.

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09.05.12 1
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DIIV
Oshin
It would be easy to dismiss the first full-length from Brooklyn four-piece DIIV (formerly Dive) as a typical dream-pop record with heavy allegiances to The Cure. Guiding force Zachary Cole Smith (who also plays guitar in the similarly dreamy Beach Fossils), does seem indebted to the dark post punk rhythms of the English pioneers, but there’s also a tendency towards Krautrock jams and an overall atmosphere of intangibility that gives the band their own identity.
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DIIV

Oshin

It would be easy to dismiss the first full-length from Brooklyn four-piece DIIV (formerly Dive) as a typical dream-pop record with heavy allegiances to The Cure. Guiding force Zachary Cole Smith (who also plays guitar in the similarly dreamy Beach Fossils), does seem indebted to the dark post punk rhythms of the English pioneers, but there’s also a tendency towards Krautrock jams and an overall atmosphere of intangibility that gives the band their own identity.

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08.01.12 0
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Ten Stories
8 out of 10
Mewithoutyou have finally went ahead and made a full-fledged concept album. Not that the idea is shocking or anything. Ever since the Philadelphia four-piece set the underground ablaze with their blistering 2002 debut A-B Life, there have been hints of recurring motifs and lyrical narratives unspooling from the mind of eccentric vocalist Aaron Weiss. Truthfully, all of Mewithoutyou’s albums, especially 2009’s game changer It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Alright! feature concepts containing mini-stories trapped inside larger stories.
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MEWITHOUTYOU

Ten Stories

8 out of 10

Mewithoutyou have finally went ahead and made a full-fledged concept album. Not that the idea is shocking or anything. Ever since the Philadelphia four-piece set the underground ablaze with their blistering 2002 debut A-B Life, there have been hints of recurring motifs and lyrical narratives unspooling from the mind of eccentric vocalist Aaron Weiss. Truthfully, all of Mewithoutyou’s albums, especially 2009’s game changer It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Alright! feature concepts containing mini-stories trapped inside larger stories.

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07.12.12 2
Zoom TORCHE
Harmonicraft
8 out of 10
Torche are a study in contradictions. Technically, they’re a metal band, but metal being the shape-shifting monster that it’s become lately; it’s hard to determine exactly where the Miami four-piece fit into the ever-changing spectrum. Some will inevitably plug them into the stoner/sludge genre, a sonic landscape teeming with heavy gloom and plodding guitar riffs, and yet Torche write exuberant melodies that would sound right at home in a stadium arena. The music is loud and heavy, but there’s an undeniable sense of levity at work that seems to fly in the face of the standard metal ethos.
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TORCHE

Harmonicraft

8 out of 10

Torche are a study in contradictions. Technically, they’re a metal band, but metal being the shape-shifting monster that it’s become lately; it’s hard to determine exactly where the Miami four-piece fit into the ever-changing spectrum. Some will inevitably plug them into the stoner/sludge genre, a sonic landscape teeming with heavy gloom and plodding guitar riffs, and yet Torche write exuberant melodies that would sound right at home in a stadium arena. The music is loud and heavy, but there’s an undeniable sense of levity at work that seems to fly in the face of the standard metal ethos.

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06.13.12 1
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AT THE DRIVE-IN
Acrobatic Tenement
There’s no doubting the musical legacy left behind by post-hardcore heroes At The Drive-In. The El Paso, Texas five-piece, who formed in 1993 and then broke up abruptly in 2001, were highly influenced by outfits like Bad Brains and Heroin, bands who utilized the spirit of punk— fast rhythms and pummeling grooves—with the harsher elements of the hardcore scene, such as screamed/barked vocals and jack jammer guitar riffs.
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AT THE DRIVE-IN

Acrobatic Tenement

There’s no doubting the musical legacy left behind by post-hardcore heroes At The Drive-In. The El Paso, Texas five-piece, who formed in 1993 and then broke up abruptly in 2001, were highly influenced by outfits like Bad Brains and Heroin, bands who utilized the spirit of punk— fast rhythms and pummeling grooves—with the harsher elements of the hardcore scene, such as screamed/barked vocals and jack jammer guitar riffs.

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05.18.12 1
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CANNONBALL ADDERLEY
Somethin’ Else
Renowned alto saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley’s work on this milestone 1958 effort is often overshadowed by the fact that Miles Davis not only played many of the trumpet solos, but was also instrumental in picking much of the included material. Backed by the likes of drummer Art Blakey, pianist Hank Jones, and bassist Sam Jones, the album nonetheless bristles with Adderley’s fusion of rhythm & blues and gospel with his rollicking sax playing, which is often played at dance-like rhythms.
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CANNONBALL ADDERLEY

Somethin’ Else

Renowned alto saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley’s work on this milestone 1958 effort is often overshadowed by the fact that Miles Davis not only played many of the trumpet solos, but was also instrumental in picking much of the included material. Backed by the likes of drummer Art Blakey, pianist Hank Jones, and bassist Sam Jones, the album nonetheless bristles with Adderley’s fusion of rhythm & blues and gospel with his rollicking sax playing, which is often played at dance-like rhythms.

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