Review: Crashtactics – The Hawk is Out

The good tidings of Summer brings usually the peppier side of music. It’s now, in the festival high tide, where the fresh, upbeat music gets released. Hence us music journos/hacks/brown-nosers/patreon-ed lackeys  abusing the term “summery tune” (or a variation of) for these songs. Although math rock always has a inherent emotional undercurrent, Crashtactics’ The Hawk is Out contains a healthy dose of fiercesome tracks. Four tracks more … Continue reading Review: Crashtactics – The Hawk is Out

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Review: The Life and Times – The Life and Times

How do you keep fresh after 15 years in a genre that is a niche inside a nook inside a crannie inside a lost geocache in No Man’s Land? Beats me, but The Life and Times are unto something   with their latest release, The Life and Times. It’s a great album that somehow manages to intertwine two different side of the band. Curious about choosing the … Continue reading Review: The Life and Times – The Life and Times

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Review: Actual Wolf – Faded Days

Ciudad Madero, 3 AM. The Córdoba brew smells strong of nuts, caramel, and oak. The coffee pot is an old heirloom from my grandfather, an avid coffee junkie. The vinyl tablecloth tends to stick to you with the late night heat. It’s always warm and muggy here. The ceiling fan is just a fancy dust collector by now, fried to uselessness about five years ago. … Continue reading Review: Actual Wolf – Faded Days

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Review: Winder – Always Assume

When you think of Champaign-Urbana, you think of either their atmosphere-heavy dreampop bands (Absinthe Blind, Headlights, Gazelle, Psychic Twin) or their spaced-out, melodic juggernauts (Hum, Castor, Centaur). Winder might be getting their groove on the second set, but grab some inspiration from the first one. How so? There’s that emo/post-hardcore method that mixes a little lo-fi, distortion and, above all, intimacy, that harks to the … Continue reading Review: Winder – Always Assume

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Review: The Coathangers – Parasite

Nosebleed Weekend was a fierce, machine gun fast trip through the many faces of The Coathangers. Blasting through those 38 minutes of unadulterated punk, the message of The Coathangers was loud and clear: they don’t want to reinvent the wheel, they just want to hollow it up, climb up a steep hill and ride it inside, careening downhill in a vertiginous trip of madness. There, … Continue reading Review: The Coathangers – Parasite

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Review: Renegade Brass Band – Totems

The rookery of talent that is Renegade Brass Band comes back with Totems, an album that solidifies their glitch-based hip hop into a sandstone-like foundation. No, actually, that’s a lie. It looks solid. It seems to be a waterproof barrier, but come closer and the porous surface is highly permeable; the wear and tear of brass instruments has interconnected all pores. This doesn’t mean the … Continue reading Review: Renegade Brass Band – Totems

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Review: Eric & Magill – Peach Colored Oranges

There’s always been something discombobulating in the music of Eric & Magill. A subcutaneous feeling that leaves translucent goosebumps where long lost memories reside. The prism-like ambience of Peach Colored Oranges feels like the band has glided over a colorful spectrum of emotions. Whereas All those I know was a melancholic affair, the vivacious Peach Colored Oranges brings some zest that it’s not unexpected: this … Continue reading Review: Eric & Magill – Peach Colored Oranges

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The Lost Gem: Karate – Some Boots

Writing for Sloucher is very much like The Mafia: just when I thought I was out, they drag me back in!. Five years ago I wrote an article about defunct, uber-cult Boston band Karate and how, in my opinion, they are the most underrated band of all time. Now, I haven’t written any articles since but when the fine folk at Sloucher asked me to … Continue reading The Lost Gem: Karate – Some Boots

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Review: The Clench – The Clench

Weird westerns. Gotta love ’em. The cliché of the good guy wearing the white hat, evil being punished, and a good hootin’ and hollerin’ by the townsfolk at the end, all ignored. Instead, true grit is applied until the veneer breaks down into tiny pieces. The lustre is gone, night has fallen, and in the dark blue and pitch black nothingness that was a small … Continue reading Review: The Clench – The Clench

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Review: Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Alexander Devotion

Editor’s note: this review is based on the longer version of Alexander Devotion. Still, the four track EP completely has the feelings described in the following rant. It’s weird how memory works. I’ve been a fan of Letting Up Despite Great Faults for a good six years and I still can’t put my finger on which 80s band they remind me of. The jangle pop … Continue reading Review: Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Alexander Devotion

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