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Alt-storytelling: Padre and BANTAMWEIGHT reviewed

BANTAMWEIGHT – Fall Away Wherever you are living, chances are that you are decrying the state of education in your country. With few exceptions, it is true that governments invest much less in teaching the children than in, potentially, bombing other people’s…
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Deftones - Ohms review. Their best work since White Pony?

Like a dirty rumor spread all over town, Deftones has never been able to live down the moniker of “nu metal”. Yet, beyond the fact that genre categorization makes music filing easier, adding the Chino Moreno fronted group to the typically well-dated assembly of…
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Oliver Oat - Hearts Of Man

I’d expect a hand to come out of the speakers and slap your over the head if you were caught smiling while listening to this. This is serious stuff! It makes sense that it would be sober. The band is clearly inspired by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Nowhere is that…
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Bang Sugar Bang - Personality Transplant

I’m starting to think a lot of bands have begun to neglect the intro portion of their songs. Not, Band Sugar Bang. Personality Transplant begins with a demented cow-punk introduction that immediately got me on this band’s side. “When she was fun, she…
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Nick Ramirez - Stop, Just Breathe (Review)

I rarely get into arguments with the music I’m listening to, but Nick Ramirez’s song Stop, Just Breathe proved the exception. Sandwiched snuggly between indie-rock dynamics a la Cage the Elephant, this is a song about taking a moment to reflect on life and…
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Chay Snowdon - What The Kids Want (Review)

I miss the days of the Klaxons, or the Kooks following hot on the steps of groups like the Arctic Monkeys or Kasabian, equipped with pinched pop-hooks and an ever-evolving sense of style. Chay Snowdon have some of the same qualities, and I can see them working up…
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Kate Vogel - The Truth (Review)

Kate Vogel crafts a gentle indie-folk ballad about the tragedy of sexual assault. It’s the storytelling here that is most interesting. Vogel details the way in which the victim is shunned, and the event treated as a misunderstanding, at best, or a lie, at worst.
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Radiator King - Haunts Me Now (Review)

With a voice that is eerily reminiscent of Brian Fallon’s, Radiator King echoes the dark folk inclinations of Tom Waits, of, even The Horrible Crowes. This is dark, horrific version of Americana, a style that is so easily botched by many. Radio King, featuring the…
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Ohms - Deftones

Each new Deftones release is greeted with the kind of anticipation reserved for an unpublished J.D. Salinger novel. Often the new tunes cannot help but be dragged by the weight of exceptation. Much of this stems from the reverence reserved for seminal album White Pony, an…