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Alan Sutcliffe EMS Synthi AKS Improv

Alan Sutcliffe - EMS Synthi AKS Improv CS (Buried Treasure)

28 June 2017

During his lifetime, West Yorkshire, UK-born Alan Sutcliffe (1930-2014) founded the Computer Arts Society, produced animation for Ridley Scott’s 1979 film Alien (seen in the cover art) and acted as part-time director for Electronic Music Studios, creators of the EMS Synthi AKS.

Spooky Action - Jason Loewenstein

Jason Loewenstein - Spooky Action (Joyful Noise Recordings)

27 June 2017

Like staring at the clock and waiting for your ninth period class to come to an end, Jason Loewenstein’s latest effort is a tight, fast assortment of controlled chaos that rings that bell to set you loose.

American High - Bones in the Attic, Flowers in the Basement (Self-Released)

27 June 2017

American High still sound like a band just beginning, which makes this such an exciting and enthusiastic debut.

The Rippers A Gut Feeling Slovenly

The Rippers - A Gut Feeling 12" (Slovenly)

27 June 2017

Sardinia’s The Rippers return with their fifth full-length that shows their blistering freakbeat at full tilt.

Eric Frisch - Late in the Night EP (Self-Released)

26 June 2017

Late in the Night is a wonderfully fresh concept, if only a slight addition to the artist’s larger body of work.

Allen Ginsberg The Complete Songs Of Innocence And Experience Omnivore

Allen Ginsberg - The Complete Songs Of Innocence And Experience 2xCD (Omnivore)

23 June 2017

Before poet Allen Ginsberg recorded the legendary sessions that would end up on last year’s phenomenal The Last Word on First Blues collection, he paid tribute to his hero and inspiration William Blake by setting the master’s words to music for what would be his debut non-spoken word album.

Dusty Wright - Caterwauling Towards the Light

Dusty Wright - Caterwauling Towards the Light (Pet Rock)

22 June 2017

Wright…has been writing more deeply personal songs on recent albums, just from the greater perspective gained from dealing with all aspects of life over a long period of time. Recently, death in the family more keenly focused this tendency, and the hard-earned result is a touching album of plainspoken truths.

Luxembourg Signal Laura Palmer Shelflife

The Luxembourg Signal - "Laura Palmer" 7" (Shelflife)

21 June 2017

Two and a half years after their beautiful, stellar debut, The Luxembourg Signal finally return with an expanded lineup and a pair of excellent songs.

Banditos - Visionland (Bloodshot Records)

20 June 2017

“The Banditos rock to their own inner rhythms, picking influences and sounds from across both time and genres. Get on board.”

Album cover for Magic Shoppe's High Goodbye EP.

Magic Shoppe - High Goodbye EP (Little Cloud Records)

18 June 2017

“The band’s sound continues to evolve into a hammering wonder of drones, peaceful passages, and boot stompin’ psych blues.”

Cover art for Taeppe by Landing.

Landing - Taeppe EP (Vast Arc Hues)

18 June 2017

“This batch of songs is meant to surround and comfort the listener with fuzzy vibrations and soft tones.”

Phoenix - Ti Amo

Phoenix - Ti Amo (Glassnote Records)

16 June 2017

Ti Amo is the aural equivalent of a by all means successful – and at times particularly elating – booze cruise.

Eliot Lipp, Skywave

Eliot Lipp - Skywave (Young Heavy Souls)

16 June 2017

Austin-based musician Eliot Lipp preps the release of Skywave.

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2017 (Manchester, TN) June 11th, 2017 (PHOTOS)

13 June 2017

Photos and a quick recap of Sunday of Bonnaroo 2017.

Album cover for the Floored EP from Stutter Steps.

Stutter Steps - Floored (Blue Arrow Records)

13 June 2017

“Stutter Steps is a Pittsburgh based jangle pop group who’ve deeply mined the Kiwi pop sound and added a soupcon of Luna and maybe some Go Betweens along the way.”

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2017 (Manchester, TN) June 10th, 2017 (PHOTOS)

11 June 2017

Photos and a recap of Saturday of Bonnaroo 2017.

Album cover for 2 Steps From the Middle Ages by Game Theory.

Game Theory - Two Steps from the Middle Ages (Omnivore Recordings)

11 June 2017

“Omnivore has done another outstanding job of reissuing this underappreciated record and it’s worth it for the 13 tracks alone along with the commentary from people who have worked with Scott. The extra tracks are an added dollop to an already satisfying release. Recommended for all Let’s Active, Game Theory, and Loud Family fans, as well as for anyone who appreciates intelligent, well constructed indie rock. “

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2017 (Manchester, TN) June 9th, 2017 (PHOTOS)

10 June 2017

Photos and coverage from Friday of Bonnaroo 2017.

No Line North - Dream of Trees Part 1

No Line North – Dreams of Trees Part 1 EP (Twin Lakes)

9 June 2017

Compared to the more robust rock crunch of this New Haven, CT Americana/folk-pop collective’s 2014 Farther Out Beyond Today, the production and playing on Dreams is lighter and lither.

Edward Rogers TV Generation Zip

Edward Rogers - TV Generation (Zip)

7 June 2017

New Yorker Edward Rogers returns with his strongest and most varied album to date while examining America’s cultural obsession with the boob tube.

Jody Cooper - Serenades & Odes to a Cracked World Part 1 (Self-Released)

7 June 2017

Overall, Cooper’s goal is an energetic one, with the ultimate aim of getting the public to “start engaging with the problems around them in an attempt to make a positive change.”

Amber Coffman - City of No Reply

Amber Coffman - City of No Reply (Columbia)

5 June 2017

Coffman’s debut strips itself of any self-pity, granting universal empathy and a countering effect to the notion that it’s a breakup album and nothing more.

Photo of U2 by Kevin Mazur.

U2 (Chicago, IL) - June 3, 2017

5 June 2017

U2’s first of two nights at Chicago’s Soldier Field transcended mere nostalgia. The veteran Irish rockers shared the “desert songs” of 1987’s landmark The Joshua Tree album with a multi-generational assemblage of devoted fans as an act of spiritual communion.

Saint Etienne - Home Counties

Saint Etienne - Home Counties (Heavenly)

2 June 2017

Quintessentially British band Saint Etienne takes a leisurely, but keenly observed stroll through the English suburbs on its new album

The Cavemen Death Row Slovenly

The Cavemen - "Death Row" 7"EP (Slovenly)

1 June 2017

Kiwis are generally known for being polite, but Auckland’s Cavemen strive to destroy that stereotype with yet another blast of feral trash rock slime.

Clutch

Clutch with Lucero, the Sword - the Capitol Theatre - (Portchester, NY) - May 17, 2017

31 May 2017

Walking into the Capitol Theatre in Portchester, NY, there were signs that warned NO SURFING and NO MOSHING. Clutch were in town on their East Coast leg of their Summer 2017 tour supporting Psychic Warfare. These signs made it seem that the crew running the theater have not seen Clutch since the early to mid ‘90s. True enough, the band were part of the 90’s punk and hardcore scene but over the past 15 years or so they have evolved into a hard-working no BS kick-ass rock band.

Snake Pit 2017 (Indianapolis, IN) - May 28th, 2017 (PHOTOS)

30 May 2017

Recap and photos from the 2017 Indianapolis 500 Snake Pit.

Slowdive - Slowdive

Slowdive - Slowdive (Dead Oceans)

29 May 2017

Seminal UK shoegaze giants Slowdive returns with a resplendent and raved about album over two decades after its previous album.

Album cover for Night Comes Down, out now on RPM Records.

Night Comes Down: 60s British Mod, R&B, Freakbeat, and Swinging London Nuggets (RPM Records)

28 May 2017

“This entire collection evokes a lot of memories from my childhood, and features a wide swathe of musical styles and unusual artists. Well worth picking up for collectors and music aficionados alike.”

Elf Power - Twitching in Time

Elf Power - Twitching in Time (Orange Twin)

25 May 2017

Now fourteen albums deep, Andrew Rieger, Laura Carter, and company are still endlessly dedicated to crafting power pop via fuzzy, chugging powerhouse or wistful, shimmering acoustic number.

Mt. Wolf - Aetherlight (CRC Music)

25 May 2017

Aetherlight is a mesmerizing LP that demonstrates just how strong Fox is as a lead singer, as well as how haunting and beautiful Mt. Wolf remains as a trio.

Yuri Morozov Strange Angels Experimental & Electronic Music Buried Treasure

Yuri Morozov - Strange Angels: Experimental & Electronic Music (Buried Treasure)

25 May 2017

Through the ’70s and into the ’80s, Yuri Morozov recorded over 46 albums in numerous genres that were passed around Russian underground music circles in defiance of Soviet control.

Coldcut On-U Sound Adrian Sherwood Outside the Echo Chamber Ahead of Our Time

Coldcut x On-U Sound - Outside the Echo Chamber (Ahead of Our Time)

23 May 2017

English electronic music pioneers Coldcut join forces with the godfather of British dub Adrian Sherwood, aka On-U Sound, for sixteen slabs of heavy dub infusion.

Saint Blasphemer - Theotokos (Self-Released)

22 May 2017

One should hesitate in calling Theotokos a concept record, but drug addiction and how it effects both the user and those around them is a theme that repeats on many of the songs.

Girlpool - Powerplant

Girlpool - Powerplant (ANTI-)

16 May 2017

Girlpool may have enlarged their sound, but they still possess a nakedness to their performance that is unmistakably their own. If anything, expanding to a full band has strengthened their identity.

Cover art for Modern Kosmology by Jane Weaver.

Jane Weaver - Modern Kosmology (Fire Records)

14 May 2017

“Jane Weaver is progressive rock in its purest molecular form. Fossilised in ferric, the crystal in the concrete. Magnetic, melodic, folkloric, unapologetic and rhythmic in her discipline.”

Space Motel - Arrival (Self-Released)

13 May 2017

Arrival doesn’t show a tremendous amount of growth in Space Motel since their last full-length, but it does show them just as strong with no sign of slowing down.

Cachemira Jungla Heavy Psych Sounds

Cachemira - Jungla 12" (Heavy Psych Sounds)

12 May 2017

Barcelona, Spain’s Cachemira explode with a stoner-friendly debut straight out of the Summer of Love.

Snake Pit 2017 (Indianapolis, IN) - May 28th, 2017 (PRE-COVERAGE)

10 May 2017

Pre-Coverage for Indianapolis’s “Gateway to Summer” – Snake Pit.

Jed Kurzel The Babadook OST Waxwork

Jed Kurzel - The Babadook OST 12" (Waxwork)

9 May 2017

A large part of what made Jennifer Kent’s 2014 horror film The Babadook so effective was Jed Kurzel’s unsettling score.

Dotsun Moon - My Apology EP

Dotsun Moon – My Apology EP (Dotsun Moon)

8 May 2017

A couple of years after this Buffalo, NY outfit’s 2011 debut LP 4am, dazzling lead singer Mary Ognibene left the band. DM’s new vocalist Maria Sebastian is as breathtaking as her predecessor, and this EP’s three distinctive tunes showcase her multifarious skills.

Secret Shine - There Is Only Now

Secret Shine - There Is Only Now (Saint Marie)

8 May 2017

Seminal indie shoegaze/dream-pop band Secret Shine returns with the gloriously dreamy and sublimely spectacular There Is Only Now.

Giöbia Magnifier Heavy Psych Sounds

Giöbia - Magnifier (Heavy Psych Sounds)

5 May 2017

Milan, Italy’s Giöbia see their undisputed 2015 masterpiece remastered, repackaged and reissued for all the world to finally hear properly.

Fred Schneider & the Superions The Vertical Mind HHBTM

Fred Schneider & the Superions - The Vertical Mind (HHBTM)

4 May 2017

In case you haven’t heard, B-52s vocalist Fred Schneider has been active with his new band The Superions (Noah Brodie and Dan Marshall) for over a decade.

Round Eye Monster Vision Sudden Death

Round Eye - Monster Vision (Sudden Death)

3 May 2017

Shanghai, China’s Round Eye return with a referendum on last year’s election that offers an insightful glimpse from outside the United States.

Jaimie Branch Fly or Die International Anthem

Jaimie Branch - Fly or Die (International Anthem)

2 May 2017

Having already established herself as a prominent side-player to the likes of William Parker, TV on the Radio and Spoon, trumpeter Jaimie Branch delivers an outstanding debut as band leader that showcases the full range of her talent.

Album cover for Form of Play: A Retrospective by The Sneetches.

The Sneetches - Form of Play: A Retrospective (Omnivore Recordings)

29 April 2017

“I hear so many things as I parse through these songs, all of them memorable in that timeless way that great 60s songs had on me. I also hear echoes of modern artists like Sloan, *Fountains of Wayne, and The Posies. I am sure that is because all these bands have similar influences and all grew up with the same records in their collections.”

Swans The Great Annihilator Drainland Young God

Swans - The Great Annihilator/Drainland (Young God)

27 April 2017

By 1995, Swans had evolved through several styles of music, from no wave skronk to punishing industrial sludge to Southern Gothic ballads to driving, droning guitar rock.