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Golden Plates - Nothing

Golden Plates’ Elder Brycen approaches dream-pop songwriting as a type of free therapy. Nothing is a song about depression, according to its author, that spares very little in terms of details, and makes no effort to disguise the gruesome aspects under metaphors.
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Alex Lucero - Loud & Clear

Alex Lucero makes the kind of quirky indie rock that dares you to call his bluff on whether he’s joking, or not. Just like Father John Misty, a modern rock figure operating in similar territories, the answer isn’t all that important. This material is far too…
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Josh Taffel - Shimmer

If the vocals to this were any more strange, I would swear it’s a Genesis rarity from great ol’ Peter Gabriel days. Prog rock has evolved and so have recording techniques. It’s why Shimmer, as melodically sophisticated as it is, could be categorized as a…
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Young Yin - My Green Chakra

I am something of a cynic when it comes to pop music. I tend to think that whoever is writing a particularly pleasant song must be in for the money as Zappa would say. However, hippies have been around forever, and they must be responsible for a song like My green…
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Korine - Cast

Korine’s sound, and, especially, the visuals that accompany the release of Cast make it seem as if you’ve just retrieved a long lost VHS of a cult’s indoctrination rituals. Synth and programmed drums are Korine’s best friends. But, just like most…
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Defoe - Black Metal Romance

If you’ve clicked on the article spurred on by the title you are soon to be pissed off. Black metal is not the genre that Defoe, modern music producer from LA, is covering here. And, for the record, neither is Black Metal the most extreme genre around by a country…
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Sam Roberts Band - I Like The Way You Talk About The Future

God is a traffic-cop, sometimes we roll, sometimes we stop. The hippies, and folkies took the world very seriously! Helluva lot of good that did them. Sam Roberts Band are past taking advice from well-intended people, and not quite ready to rage against the dying of the…
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China Bears - Statue Still

China Bears’ Statue Still is ripe for soundtrack use. Of course, not any cinematic vision would do. It should most likely accompany a tale of hardship and redemption. The four-piece sound convincing. They have their craft down and like many indie-rockers of 2020…
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Spider Mike King - Hollow Man

Gutter-poet extraordinaire, Spider Mike King, spits rhymes and ever more uncaring world. I will admit that the first time I heard the blues rhythm, harmonica and Captain Beefheart influences, I was expecting this to be much more difficult to take in. But, rest assured…