Review: Vast Robot Armies – Dinner Music

Road 15 was always a good drive in the Camaro. A few rough patches of bad Tarmac, yes, but it was a good drive. The zippiest way from town to Emerald Quays, where the pier shined at night like a frantic kaleidoscope. Those were the days. Us four, the “Four Jays”, as our Phys. Ed. teacher, Mr. Torkmargh used to call us. One stop at … Continue reading Review: Vast Robot Armies – Dinner Music

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Review: Acidandali – Plaga

I (Psicopatía para la justicia) ‘You must be Mr. Laurie. I’m Hugh Sholay, they sent me from Central.’ ‘Ah, yes, did they explain the process?’ ‘Yes, but if you still fancy giving me a tour of the place, please do.’ Mr. Laurie walks me through the old archival site. All the film cans from 1960 to 1980 are housed are, in a remote warehouse in … Continue reading Review: Acidandali – Plaga

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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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Stream: Vast Robot Armies – Cruel Elephant

We are delighted to have an exclusive stream of ‘Cruel Elephant’, a rocking track from the newest Vast Robot Armies album, Dinner Music.   Here are a few words from Jason Thomson: I have a long standing fear that after each album I will run out of song ideas. So I tend to pressure myself to write something new within a week of releasing an … Continue reading Stream: Vast Robot Armies – Cruel Elephant

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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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Overfloater – a short story

“So, how did you two meet?” “Oh, you know, like everyone else does. It was Easter, 1997. People on the beach were drinking heavy quantities of Pacifico and Indio. Back then, they were good beers, not the slightly acidic, watered down urine we are sold at the shops these days.” I wasn’t the best of swimmers, but I knew Miramar like the back of my … Continue reading Overfloater – a short story

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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: Point Decster, Islas, Acidandali, Sadfields & Caos del Té @ Foro Alicia.

The resurrection, or regeneration, if you want to use Doctor Who terms, of Acidandali was an atmospheric afternoon gig. Akin to the incense smell lingering in old church nave, the rich atmosphere was thick with diminished chords, reverb pedals and echo pedals on wet mode. First act was Point Decster, a fledgling band that mixes post-hardcore with dulcimer-like tones. A dash of post rock tension … Continue reading Review: Point Decster, Islas, Acidandali, Sadfields & Caos del Té @ Foro Alicia.

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