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By Samuel Hernandez On Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
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Editors: The Weight of Your Love

Editors The Weight of Your Love (PIAS) I have anger. Subdued, boiling rage. Just really about to lose it. But I’m calm and expressionless. There might be a maniacal plot to avenge the pain that I’m More...

By Samuel Hernandez On Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Dear Reader: Rivonia

Dear Reader Rivonia (City Slang) With a flourish and fanatic devotion, Dear Reader is an intimate epistle, an album with unwavering love in mind and instrumentation to provide the necessary mood. Rivonia at first More...

By Samuel Hernandez On Monday, June 3rd, 2013

BOAT: Pretend To Be Brave

BOAT Pretend to Be Brave (Magic Marker Records) The band BOAT is a band that rewards long time fandom with payoff. In the lead, “Sharpshooters,” which is a clever love song about running together from More...

By Samuel Hernandez On Sunday, May 26th, 2013

She & Him: Volume 3

She & Him  Volume 3 (Merge Records) There are many things about She & Him that contribute to a dismiss of novelty. Zooey Deschanel is the face of the band, a face that is tied to the glamorous hipster indie More...

By Samuel Hernandez On Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

We talk with Singer/Songwriter Cara Samantha about being on American Idol and more

Cara Samantha is determined to be successful and is unafraid to make cheesy music if behind the cheese the music is still good. She is friendly with a big constant smile, and her stage presence is equal parts vivaciousness More...

By Samuel Hernandez On Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Young Man: Beyond Was All Around Me

Young Man Beyond Was All Around Me (BMG) Every now and then a record comes along that blends genres. It has a throbbing bass rhythm, steady pulsing drums, an ethereal set of vocals, lyrics that delve into a melancholic More...

By Samuel Hernandez On Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Starfucker: Miracle Mile

Starfucker Miracle Mile (Polyvinyl Records) The album opens with a chorus of woos in front of a thumping bass. It progresses through a soul-funk vocal and a casual enough dance beat to get people from their seats More...

By Samuel Hernandez On Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Little Wings: Last

Little Wings Last (RAD) There are the cliched musicians. People evoke certain images to complete what they think a musician should look like. For the acoustic guitared set, that includes both folk singers and More...

By Samuel Hernandez On Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Kate Nash: Girl Talk

Kate Nash Girl Talk (Have 10p Records) “And it doesn’t matter, how much I tell myself, I still feel the same/And it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter, ’cause I still feel the same,” More...

By Samuel Hernandez On Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Indians: Somewhere Else

Indians Somewhere Else (4AD) Bands with imagination make music that seems sprawling and bigger than human possibility. Indians has that promise of something bigger. With sparse arrangements that grow from the More...