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  • 5 years ago

    Rugged and shouty, the Savannah, Georgia, trio Black Tusk is bent on playing metal that plows blindly ahead instead of plodding atmospherically along. Years of demos and other self-released material led the way to 2008's Passage Through Purgatory....

  • 5 years ago

    The Fresh & Onlys have released music on seven different labels at this point—a startling feat for a band that formed two years ago. But keep in mind that the San Francisco six-piece has a serious pedigree. And that it plays some of the cool...

  • 6 years ago

    Call it kitsch if you must, but the French ensemble Nouvelle Vague has found an affable niche reimagining rebellious punk, post-punk and New Wave anthems as breezy bossa nova tunes. Following two albums of well-chosen covers and a surprisingly div...

  • 6 years ago

    Mapping out a universe of spongy synth leads and canned beats, Dallas-bred knob-tinkerer Alan Palomo has managed an offbeat triumph in Psychic Chasms, the debut of Neon Indian, his mostly one-man bedroom project. The rising Sacramento label Lefse ...

  • 6 years ago

    Rife with character-heavy narratives and big-sky imagery, country music has always been an ideal soundtrack for driving. We're reminded of that on Dale Watson's second album of highway songs, following 1998's The Truckin' Sessions. With lots of fi...

  • 6 years ago

    Every band evolves. Sometimes it's a gradual thing that's apparent only in retrospect; sometimes you see it happening right before your eyes and ears. The latter is the case with Brooklyn's The Antlers, which sprang from the solo recordings of sin...

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