Murder Dove “Love and Carnage”

3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS Vancouver’s Murder Dove are Lanie Klipp (Singer/Songwriter) and Christopher Arruda (Producer), both of whom are masters of their craft. Klipp’s music under Arruda’s direction is as good as anything Portishead could have written. Klipp’s voice is surprisingly more Billy Holiday than Beth Gibbons. On the first track St. Louis Cemetery, off of Love and Carnage, Klipp sounds like Rachel Goodrich […]

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Le Matos “Join Us”

The dark 80’s electronica landscape that Le Matos conjures up on their latest offering- Join Us, is not only an amazing feat, but a truly enthralling one. It’s got drive, mystique and could really be applied as a soundtrack to ones life. Join Us goes well with Ray-Ban Wayfarers and convertible cars. This record is really solid and its track positions […]

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Lipstick Homicide “Out Utero”

Where has Lipstick Homicide been all my life? Vocalist/bassist Rachel Feldmann’s voice is like an angelic rainbow made of marshmallows sprinkled with pixie dust. As for the rest of the band, Kate Kane (guitars/vocals) and Luke Ferguson (drums) they hold everything tightly in place and have great chemistry. I’m a huge fan of pop punk, but it’s really hard to […]

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Drusties “War Is Business”

Nothing is more exciting to me than to see how much punk rock has influenced music around the world. Case in point- Drusties, a crust punk band from Padang, Indonesia. These guys aren’t fucking around. The Drusties borrow heavily from Discharge and other d-beat crust bands but then again who doesn’t in this genre? From start to finish War Is […]

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CopyCats “Miss The Strange” 7″

Little here in the U.S. is known about Spain’s CopyCats. Other than the CopyCats are Europe’s second best pop-punk band after Italy’s the Manges. This four track 7 inch slab of wax encompasses catchy as hell pop-punk songs. Top tracks are Generation Stroll and Miss The Strange. Fans of the Ramones, Buzzcocks or the Jam will really dig the CopyCats. […]

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Sonic Graffiti “Friendly Unit Creation Kit”

Rock band Sonic Graffiti hails from St. Petersburg, Florida. They’re probably Florida’s most anti-hipster rock band who still accidentally look like hipsters. Make no mistake though, Sonic Graffiti are no hipsters. For jam sessions, harmonicas and mandolins are not in a hipsters arsenal. Friendly Unit Creation Kit is a powerful entry into rock n’ roll. These guys get it. One listen to this […]

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Sir Astro “kUSH x cOcO”

Sir Astro’s kUSH x cOcO aesthetics scream Miami, literally and figuratively. Shitty photoshop art, songs about coco puffs, tight beats and images of celebrities filtered with neon hues. I’d like to compare this release from Sir Astro to Das Racist and in a lot of ways he is very much like Das Racist but this reminds me way more of Kool […]

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Male Bondage “Love Moon”

Indianapolis band Male Bondage says their music is “Like Karp and Fugazi making out.” That’s a ballsy claim to be throwing around. But I’d have to say these dudes nailed it in the comparison department. I’d also say they’re definitely more Karp than Fugazi. I can only imagine that Male Bondage live must be quite a sight. These dudes bring the […]

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Rackets “Separator”

There’s a new party in the southwest Pacific ocean and that party is a band called Rackets. They hail from New Zealand and they’ll melt your face off. They remind me of fun 90’s band Polaris (yeah from Pete and Pete) but with more balls and less Spin Doctory vocals. Rackets has just released a single called Separator along with b-side Machete. […]

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